Ph.D. in School Psychology

School Psychology

Ph.D. in School Psychology

Become a practicing school psychologist, conduct independent research, take a leadership role in special education, or prepare for private practice.

This program gives you several career options while you learn from the scientist-practitioner model, where research and theory will inform your work, and real-world experiences will help your research.

During the course of completing this program, you will also earn a master's degree in school psychology.

Completion of this 94-credit hour degree program takes most students five to six years of full-time study. You’ll complete at least 800 hours of practica and 1,500 hours of internship work, which will give you the experience you’ll need to earn licensure. You’ll also conduct field-based research under the guidance of a faculty advisor.

Admission offers are made using a faculty mentoring approach. Students are selected, in part, based on their fit with the research interests of specific professors. If accepted, you will join the program as an advisee of a specific faculty. When applying, please indicate in your personal statement which professor(s) in the School Psychology Program you are interested in working with and why.

Our research areas includes:

  • Action research in schools
  • Autism and related neurodevelopmental disabilities, including ADHD, learning disabilities, intellectual developmental disorder
  • Culturally Responsive Psychological and Psychoeducational Assessment
  • Interdisciplinary and Interprofessional (school-medical) collaboration
  • Social justice and educational equity
  • School-based mental health
  • Students with emotional and behavioral disorders, particularly students placed in self-contained classroom settings
  • Trauma-informed practices

Meet Our Current Students

Jac'lyn Bera is from Price, UT. Her research interests include rural mental health, access to diagnostic and therapeutic services, and marginalized/minority mental health access. In the future, she hopes to work in a rural community clinic as a licensed psych providing services to under resourced communities.

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Meet Our Alumni

Leslie Jenkins is a Licensed Psychologist, and since 2017 she has owned and operated a private practice that focuses on second opinion evaluation for the treatment of complex conditions. She provides counseling and assessment services across the lifespan.

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Our faculty

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Associate Professor

Research Areas:
Social Skills Programming for Children and Youth
Email:
sbellini@iu.edu
Phone:
(812) 856-8325
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Associate Professor

Research Areas:
autism, neurodevelopmental disabilities, psychological assessment, interprofessional and interagency (school-medical) collaboration, culturally responsive identification, training/professional issues
Email:
mcclainm@iu.edu
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Assistant Professor

Research Areas:
School Mental Health, socioemotional learning, trauma-informed practices
Email:
ormiston@iu.edu
Phone:
(812) 855-0352
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Professor

Research Areas:
Social justice, culturally responsive practice, consultation
Email:
dashri@indiana.edu
Phone:
(812) 856-8049

Contact Us

Maryellen Brunson McClain
Associate Professor
ED 4058
mcclainm@iu.edu