School Psychologists

  • Who are School Psychologists?

    School Psychologists help students succeed academically, socially, and emotionally. They collaborate with educators, parents, and other professionals to create, safe, healthy, and supportive learning environments for all students that strengthen connections between home and school. School psychologists are highly trained in the fields of psychology and education. They must complete a minimum of a post-Masters degree program that includes a yearlong internship specific to school psychology.

    What Services Do School Psychologists Provide?

    1. Consultation

    • Collaborate with teachers, parents, and administrators to find effective solutions to learning and behavior problems
    • Help others understand child development and how it affects learning and behavior

    2. Evaluation

    • Evaluate eligibility for special education services
    • Assess targeted academic skills
    • Determine social-emotional development and specific areas of need
    • Consultation with teachers regarding progress monitoring of students

    3. Intervention

    • Provide school-based counseling
    • Provide training in social skills and anger management
    • Help families and schools manage crises
    • Advising teachers on proper academic interventions based on a student's cognitive profile

    4. Prevention

    • Design programs for children at risk of failing at school
    • Promote tolerance, understanding, and appreciation for diversity within the school community
    • Develop programs to make schools safer and more effective learning environments

    5. Research and Planning

    • Evaluate the effectiveness of academic and behavior management programs
    • Use evidence-based research to develop and/or recommend effective interventions

    School Psychologist Engagement in a Response to Intervention System

    Tier 1
    Involvement in universal screening procedures. Support in collecting, analyzing, and interpreting data. Liaison between school, families, and community to increase understanding of RTI.

    Tier 2
    Support in developing student portfolios through observations, record reviews, collecting and analyzing data, providing assessment information, progress monitoring. Consultation and training regarding the appropriateness and effectiveness of Tier 2 interventions. Targeted assessment of specific academic, cognitive, and social emotional areas to help plan interventions.

    Tier 3
    Ongoing progress monitoring and analyzing data to evaluate effectiveness. Research and help evaluate intervention strategies and programs. Targeted assessment of specific academic, cognitive, and social emotional areas to help plan interventions. Consultation regarding the appropriate of special education referrals.