Doctoral Degrees

Disability & Psychoeducational Studies

School Psychology Ph.D.

The School Psychology Ph.D. program is designed to prepare students for leadership positions in school psychology and related disciplines. More specifically, it is designed to prepare graduates for positions of leadership that involve applying psychological principles to improve student outcomes. Students in the program are provided with a range of training and research opportunities that aim to increase their competence in school psychology and their ability to function as effective professionals who collaborate well with individuals from different disciplines and celebrate diversity. The program leads to Arizona certification and is known for its strong emphasis on research, scholarship, and professional practice.

The program has been accredited since 1979 by the American Psychological Association and since 1991 by the National Association of School Psychologists. Questions related to the program’s accredited status should be directed to the APA’s commission on accreditation:

Office of Program Consultation and Accreditation
American Psychological Association
750 1st. St. NE, Washington, D.C. 20002.
Phone: (202) 336-5979 / Email:
NASP program data on student admission, student outcomes, and other information are available.

Study and analyze theories and methodologies to investigate social behavior
Learn to use a problem-solving approach when working with children and adolescents
Graduate prepared for supervisory, leadership, and service roles in the field of school psychology

Program Aims

  1. Prepare graduates to provide school psychological services and engage in scholarly activities within a culturally diverse society.
  2. Prepare students to use a problem-solving approach when working with children and adolescents.
  3. Prepare graduates for lifelong learning who are skilled in the interface between science, theory, and practice.
  4. Prepare graduates for supervisory, leadership, and service roles in the field of school psychology.
  5. Prepare graduates in the APA and NASP ethical principles, professional practices, and relevant laws associated with the delivery of school psychological services to children and adolescents.
  6. Prepare graduates to exhibit professional attitudes, values, effective communication, and interpersonal skills in their provision of health service activities and conduct of research.

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Graduates of the program are prepared to assume roles that may involve research, scholarship, or practice. They may function as academic school psychologists, licensed psychologists who work in schools, certified school psychologists, educational consultants, or private practitioners. Graduates will be qualified to pursue becoming credentialed as nationally certified school psychologists (NCSPs) as well as licensed psychologists in Arizona.

Contact Us

For more information about the program, contact Program Director Desiree Vega.