Loyola University Chicago

School of Education

PhD in School Psychology


The PhD in School Psychology is conferred by The Graduate School and accredited by the National Association of School Psychologists (NASP) and the Commission on Accreditation of the American Psychological Association (APA)*. As such, the PhD program graduates professional school psychologists who are broadly educated within the context of the scientific bases of general psychology and who are more specifically educated in the application and generation of knowledge in their specialized discipline aligned with NASP training standards and the program's APA goals, objectives and competencies.

Candidates learn to take a scientific, problem-solving approach to their practice and to evaluate the outcomes of their work through response-to-treatment interventions and data-based decision making. Candidates are not only prepared to read and understand existing scientific research, but to also develop new applications-oriented knowledge through their own research and scholarship.

An effort is made to develop an active community of learners and researchers. All students are required to become active participants on an established research team. 

Program benefits

  • Engage in scientifically-driven practice within a social justice framework, working with underserved environments and with disenfranchised groups.
  • Graduate from a doctoral program accredited by NASP and APA, and that is aligned with ISBE standards.
  • Incorporate research and data into decision-making, as well as to conduct new research and scholarship.
  • Learn from respected faculty who are leaders in their fields.

Program outcomes

  • Understand the history of school psychology, as well as traditional and emerging roles as ethical and socially just decision-makers and leaders in practice and research.
  • Understand the historical discrimination and inequity on educational and psychological functioning, as well as the impact of individual differences and social/cultural influences on development and adjustment.
  • Conduct evidence-based, data driven approached to assessment, intervention, and evaluation of services from a social justice perspective. 
  • Conduct evidence-based direct counseling and mental health interventions, as well as indirect consultative interventions in applied settings. 
  • Critically evaluate research (i.e., designs, data analysis, and data interpretation) from a methodological, as well as ethical and social justice perspective.  
  • Apply research methodological skills and statistical expertise to successfully complete dissertation research. 
  • Present at psychological and educational conferences and prepare manuscripts for publication. 

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The School Psychology Program Distinguished Alumnus/a Award is awarded for outstanding contributions to the profession and the school. It is presented annually at the School of Education’s Fall Alumni Reception.

Next steps

*The next APA accreditation site visit for the Ph.D. School Psychology program will be held in 2018. 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/E-mail: apaaccred@apa.org
Web: www.apa.org/ed/accreditation

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