Stephen F. Austin State University

Doctoral Program

School Psychology Doctoral Program Philosophy, Aims, and Compentencies

The School Psychology Program's philosophy holds that one learns best by engaging in evidence-based intervention. The program mission is to apply behavioral scientific knowledge and methods to the assessment and treatment of learning, behavior, and psychosocial problems in regular and special education populations in the public schools. Our program emphasizes functional analytic, collaborative, and data-based decision making expressed in the following themes:

Graduates will be qualified to contribute substantially to the following needs and service trends:

Doctoral Course Curriculum

Year One

Fall Spring Summer I & II
EPS 560: Learn/Cognitive Dev EPS 545: Indiv. Intelligence Testing SPE 562: Inst. Stat/Except Learners
EPS 544: Psychoed. Assessment EPS 502: Applied Behavior Analysis SPE 567: Ed. Exceptional Children
EPS 550: Research Methods EPS 565: School Psychology COU 535: Multicultural Counseling
PSY 501: Advanced Psychology Statistics EPS 580: Human Neuroscience EPS 501: Ethics in School Psychology
Total: 12 hours Total: 12 hours Total: 12 hours

Year Two

Fall Spring Summer I & II
COU 522: Family Counseling EPS 555: Practicum EPS 563: Consultation and Supervision
EPS 561: Social Basis of Beh EPS 590: Thesis Writing EPS 530: Systems and Interventions

EPS 589: Thesis Research (Advisor)

Committee identified and proposal
development w/ IRB approved

EPS 666: Verbal Behavior EPS 601: Behavior Ethics
(optional for BCBA certification)
EPS 585: Adv. Human Gr. & Develp. EPS 665: Advanced School Psychology Masters Comprehensive Exam
Total: 12 hours Total: 12 hours Total: 9 hours

Year Three

Fall Spring Summer I & II
EPS 595A: Intern SCH/PSY EPS 595B: Internship
Praxis Testing
EPS 672: Advanced Neuropsychological Assessment
EPS 668: Child/Family Assessment EPS 650: Advanced Research Methods EPS 655: Practicum
EPS 685: Child/Adolesc. Psychopath EPS 653: Adv. Sing. Sub. Res. Meth. EPS 661: History & Systems
EPS 652: Single Case Res. Methods EPS 623: Ethics Prepare for Internship Application
Total: 12 hours Total: 12 hours Total: 9 hours

Year Four

Fall Spring Summer I & II
EPS 671: Severe Dev. Disab./Autism EPS 623: Child and Adolescent Therapy EPS 690: Dissertation
EPS 655: Practicum EPS 602: Applied Behavior Analysis
EPS 651: Multivariate Anaylsis EPS 655: Practicum

EPS 690: Dissertation

Committee identified and completed
proposal development w/ IRB approved

EPS 690: Dissertation
Submit Internship Application
Doctoral Comprehensive Examination/
Dissertation Completion and Oral Defense
Total: 12 hours Total: 12 hours Total: 3 hours

Year Five

Fall Spring Summer I & II
EPS 695: Internship EPS 695: Internship N/A
Total: 3 hours Total: 3 hours

Printable Doctoral Course Listing

Potential Students

Financial Support

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Doctoral Program Handbook

Dissertation Committee Form

Dissertation Proposal Approval Form

Dissertation Change Form

Application for Dissertation Examination

Report of Dissertation Form

18 Characteristics of the Doctoral Program

18 Characteristics of Texas Public Doctoral Programs

Recent School Psychology Doctoral Dissertations

Frank Gomez Predicting Academic Performance: A Commitment Perspective
Sarah Law Evaluating the Use of Brief Experimental Analyses of Writing Interventions with Elementary Students
Jacklyn Peppard Moderating Effects of Parental Involvement on Bullying and Somatization
Summer Koltonski Using Relational Frame Theory to Teach Nutritional Skills
Mihaela Mateescu Academic Entitlement
Joshua Staley The college athlete" An investigation of athletic identity and student university fit as predictors of a college athletes psychological well-being

Laura Cooper Complex Trauma and Peer Attachment in Juvenile Justice Involved Youth
Sarah Halle Teaching Social Skills to Students with Autism: A Video Modeling Social Stories Approach
Elizabeth Kelly The Production and Validation of a Compute-based Designed Instructional Program for Teaching Behavior Analytic Concepts
John Thomas Lacy Increasing Students' Time Outside and Rate of Participation with ActivExpression 2
Marilyn L. Rumph Application of Neural Network Technology for School Psychology

Carol Bradley Behavioral Interventions for Food Refusal in Children
Melanie Kellam The Therapeutic Alliance as a Mediator between Attachment and Symptom Distress: Comparing Women With and Without a History of Child Sexual Abuse

Stevie Malnar Review of Literature: Teacher-Child Interaction Therapy and Parent-Child Interaction Therapy