Ph.D. Program Goals

Coursework and field experiences within the doctoral program in School Psychology are designed to assist students in developing the appropriate knowledge and skills to meet the program goals and objectives outlined below. Evaluation of students throughout the program ensures that upon graduation, students have attained the competencies corresponding to these objectives.

Goal 1: Students will have a broad and general understanding of the theoretical and conceptual foundations of psychology.

Objective 1.1: Students will have a broad understanding of the foundational scientific principles underlying the biological, cognitive, affective, and social bases of behavior. 

Objective: 1.2: Students will have knowledge of typical and atypical human development.

We expect that our students will be able to:
 
1.1a  Demonstrate knowledge of the theories and relevant research underlying the biological, cognitive, affective, and social bases of behavior.
1.1b:Apply knowledge of these bases of behavior to improve social, emotional, behavioral, and educational outcomes.
1.1c: Demonstrate skill in measuring these bases of behavior from infancy to adulthood.
1.2a: Demonstrate knowledge of the theories and relevant research underlying human development.
1.2b. Adapt psychological practices to developmentally appropriate levels that meet the needs of the individual.  

Goal 2: Students will be able to implement systemic and consultative interventions in school psychology.

Objective 2.1: Students will have knowledge of the systemic nature of schools and other settings.

Objective 2.2: Students will understand and apply various models of consultation and collaboration with family, school, and community systems.

Objective 2.3: Students will be able to plan for and effectively provide prevention and intervention services, including crisis response, at the systemic level.    

We expect that our students will be able to: 
2.1a:  Demonstrate knowledge of various systems (e.g., family, school, community) and the complex systems-level interactions both within and across these settings.
2.2a:  Demonstrate knowledge of various consultative and collaborative approaches.
2.2b:  Demonstrate skill in implementing effective consultation with families, school personnel, and systems.
2.3a:  Demonstrate ability to implement effective systemic prevention or intervention programs (including crisis response).
2.3b:  Demonstrate skills in evaluating the effectiveness of consultation and other indirect services (e.g., systemic intervention).

Goal 3: Students will demonstrate knowledge and skills in comprehensive assessment for the purpose of understanding challenges, developing interventions, and measuring change. 
Objective 3.1:  Students will demonstrate knowledge and skill in using a variety of formal and informal methods to assess different domains (e.g., cognitive, academic, behavior, environment).

Objective 3.2:  Students will be able to use assessment results to develop appropriate recommendations and intervention programming.

Objective 3.3:  Students will demonstrate knowledge and skill in program evaluation.

We expect that our students will be able to:  
3.1a: Demonstrate skill in administering and scoring a variety of cognitive, behavioral, academic, and environmental measures.
3.2a: Interpret and report of assessment results for the purpose of intervention recommendations and planning.
3.3a:  Demonstrate knowledge and skill in measuring intervention and/or program outcomes.
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Goal 4: Students will be able to skillfully provide direct psychological services. 

Objective 4.1: Students are knowledgeable about and able to select appropriate evidence-based interventions.
Objective 4.2:  Students are able to effectively provide evidence-based direct services to children and youth in schools and other settings. 

We expect that our students will be able to: 
4.1a: Demonstrate knowledge of evidence-based preventive and remedial interventions for specific problems particularly prevalent among children and adolescents.
4.1b: Demonstrate skill in identifying individuals or groups who may benefit from intervention services.
4.2a:  Demonstrate skill in selecting appropriate intervention strategies.
4.2b:  Demonstrate skill in delivering individual therapeutic and preventive interventions.

Goal 5: Students will be prepared to engage in culturally competent legal, ethical, and professional practice.
 
Objective 5.1: Students will demonstrate knowledge of, and application of legal and ethical standards in school psychology research and practice.

Objective 5.2:  Students will have knowledge of and demonstrated competency in working with diverse populations. 

Objective 5.3: Students will demonstrate a commitment to ongoing professional development.

We expect that our students will be able to: 
5.1a:  Demonstrate understanding and adherence to legal and ethical standards as applied to psychological research and practice.
5.2a:  Demonstrate ability to recognize and understand the factors that contribute to individual differences, including ability, culture, SES, sexual orientation, and language.
5.2b: Demonstrate skill in culturally responsive practice (e.g., consultation, assessment, intervention) that reflects adherence to legal and ethical standards.
5.3a: Demonstrate commitment to ongoing professional preparation and leadership through association memberships, participation in additional professional development activities, and pursuit of psychological licensure.

Goal 6: Students will be competent in understanding, using, and conducting research.

Objective 6.1: Students will demonstrate knowledge of, ability to evaluate, and effectively use research to address problems of practice in school psychology.

Objective 6.2: Students will be knowledgeable of, and able to utilize skills in research design, methodology, and statistical analysis for the purpose of engaging in scientific inquiry.

We expect that our students will be able to:
6.1a: Demonstrate skill in evaluating the quality of, and the ability to effectively use, current research in the field of school psychology.
6.2a: Demonstrate knowledge of research design, methodology, and statistical analysis for the purpose of conducting and presenting original research through written manuscripts, oral/poster presentations, and the successful completion of a dissertation.