Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development
70 Washington Square South
New York City, NY 10012
Certificate-School Psychology, Ph.D.-School Psychology
The highly competitive Ph.D. program in School Psychology provides research and clinical training following a scientist-practitioner model. In addition to the graduate core psychology foundations, such as history and systems, biological basis of behavior, developmental, and cognitive and social psychology, Ph.D. students receive research training in statistics, research design, and quantitative methodology and an additional year of research in either advanced quantitative or qualitative methods. Students complete a two-year research apprenticeship with an active researcher in the department, University, or community. Most of the active research programs feature training in and exposure to multicultural and racially and economically diverse populations, addressing many of the social problems common to large urban centers.
The practitioner training aspect of the School Psychology program aims to provide conceptual and clinical skills to enable the school psychologist to function as an integrated and contributing member of the school and mental health team. For the first two years, Ph.D. students are required to be in a school-based field setting while they are taking practicum courses in behavior change, consultation, and cognitive and personality assessment. Thus, from the beginning, their training prepares them to focus equally on individual children in the educational process, on the diversity of school settings, as well as on educational, preventive, and crisis-oriented approaches to dealing with the multiplicity of problems facing children, adolescents, parents, and schools in a diverse urban environment.
Classification: Doctoral/Research University—Intensive
Locale: Large City