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Stephen F. Austin State University

School Psychology

Department of Human Services

PO Box 13019, SFA Station
Nacogdoches, Texas 75962
Phone: 936.468.2906

Degrees

Thesis Optional: No

Overview

This master's program has a special emphasis on applied research with four central components: functional assessment, treatment, consultation, and the experimental analysis of human-computer interactions. School psychologists are professionals trained in the concepts and techniques of psychology, behavior analysis, and software development relating to the assessment and treatment of children. School psychologists work with children in areas of functional assessment and treatment of emotional/behavioral disorders and learning disabilities. Also, they act as consultants to teachers, parents, and school administrators. School psychologists may be employed in a variety of settings including schools, day care centers, hospitals, mental health clinics, and child guidance centers.

The Ph.D. program has been developed to meet the standards set forth by the National Association of School Psychologists (NASP) and the Texas State Board of Examiners of Psychologists for this level of certification. The program includes the following major areas of professional competence:

A major educational objective is for students in the School Psychology program to be eligible to pursue licensure through the Texas State Board of Examiners of Psychologists (TSBEP) as Licensed Psychologists and Licensed Specialists in School Psychology (LSSP). Students will be Nationally Certified School Psychologist (NCSP) under the auspices of the National Association of School Psychologists (NASP) and certified as a Board Certified Behavior Analyst through the Behavior Analyst Certification Board (BACB). In addition, students in the School Psychology program will be able to register for the National Register of Health Service Providers of Psychology. Licensure as a psychologist and registry in the National Register of Health Service Providers of Psychology are unique to the Ph.D. level of training.

Additional educational objectives for the Ph.D. in School Psychology are to prepare students to become educators, researchers, and/or practitioners in public schools, higher education, community mental health facilities, and hospital/medical settings. Students will be trained to work with diverse special needs populations with a primary focus on children and families.

Contact the Advisor:

Dr. Chris Ninness
hninness@sfasu.edu
Phone: 936.468.2906