School Psychology is the application of the principles of psychology to the learning and developmental processes of children and adolescents. School psychologists conduct psychological and educational evaluations in order to plan remedial programs for students, counsel students with learning and school adjustment problems, consult with school personnel and parents, develop and implement educational and psychological programs for schools, and evaluate school programs.
The Ph.D. program in School Psychology is grounded in the scientist-practitioner model of training. The APA-accredited* Ph.D. program in School Psychology is grounded in the scientist-practitioner model of training. The program adheres to the idea that practice and research should reciprocally influence and strengthen each other. The program prepares students to integrate scientific knowledge and skills into all professional activities, to promote empirically established practices on behalf of those being served, and to exemplify the legal and ethical standards of the psychology profession.
The program is typically a five-year, 120 credit hour program. Four years are spent in full-time coursework at UCA, and the fifth year is a full-time internship in a school or other appropriate setting. Strong emphasis is placed on child mental health promotion, primary prevention, and intervention with a broad range of community related problems involving children, families, and schools. In this and other ways, the program is responsive to on-going societal concerns facing children. It prepares its graduates to work in schools, clinics, community agencies, and hospitals.
The primary purpose of the program is to prepare students to provide and promote empirically-supported psychological services for children, youth, families, and schools. The program is founded on the central belief that school psychologists offer a unique and valuable contribution to society through the provision of scientifically sound prevention and intervention services. The need for quality school psychological services has been strongly felt throughout the state of Arkansas, the United States, and beyond. The Ph.D. program responds to this need in a pragmatic manner by emphasizing mental health promotion, prevention, and intervention at the individual, group, and systemic/programmatic levels.
Housed within the Department of Psychology and Counseling in the College of Health and Behavioral Sciences, the program emphasizes the professional identity of school psychologists within the broader field of psychology, a breadth and depth of professional training that prepares candidates to competently perform a variety of school psychology functions, and an education that values and respects cultural diversity among candidates, faculty, and service recipients.
The doctoral program in School Psychology began in 2000 and is accredited by the American Psychological Association (APA).
Questions related to the program’s accredited status should be directed to the Commission on Accreditation:
- Office of Program Consultation and Accreditation
- American Psychological Association
- 750 1st Street, NE, Washington, DC 20002
- Phone: (202) 336-5979 / Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Web: www.apa.org/ed/accreditation
Program Goals, Curriculum, Licensure, and Other Data
- Student Admissions, Outcomes, and Other Data
- Program goals
- Sample curriculum & course descriptions
- Doctoral practicum & internship information
- Certification & licensure in Arkansas
- Praxis information
- School Psychology Doctoral Program Handbook 2016-17
- School Psychology Doctoral Program Handbook 2015-16
- School Psychology Doctoral Program Handbook 2014-15
- School Psychology Doctoral Program Handbook 2013-14
- School Psychology Doctoral Program Handbook 2012-13
- School Psychology Doctoral Program Handbook 2011-12
Forms and Contracts
- Thesis or Dissertation Committee Selection Form
- Petition for Candidacy_45-hour Masters Degree_Example for PhD Students
- Ph.D. Annual Self-Assessment Form
- Practicum/Internship Forms
- Log Form for Doctoral Students
- Practicum-Internship Supervisor Information Form
- Doctoral Practicum-Internship Supervisor Rating Scale
- Doctoral Practicum-Internship Self-Rating Scale
Professional Organizations and Information
- Psi Chi International Honor Society
- CAPS (Counseling and Psychology Students)
- American Psychological Association
- APA Division 16 – School Psychology
- NASP (National Association of School Psychologists)
- Arkansas School Psychology Association
- Arkansas Psychology Board
- Arkansas Department of Education / Special Education
- Use of Human Research Participants
- Use of Animal Research Participants
- To register for the Problems in Psychology I/II course, the student and faculty mentor should complete this online survey.
- Sponsored Programs Website
- STOPS database – contains information on scholarships, fellowships, internships, grants, travel internships and awards for students at all levels including undergraduate and graduate
- APA Grants
- Dr. John Murphy, Program Director
- Dr. Ron Bramlett
- Dr. Joan Simon
- Dr. Heather Martens
- Other Departmental Faculty