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Graduate Programs in School Psychology

Welcome to the Graduate Programs in School Psychology. We are very proud of our doctoral and specialist programs and our long history of educating school psychologists dating back to the 1950s. Our Graduate Programs were the first in Illinois to receive approval from the State Teacher Certification Board. We have over 600 alumni working throughout the United States. Our training emphasizes the scientist-practitioner model in preparing trainees to fulfill all of the major roles and functions of school psychologists. For more information, see our Mission, Vision, and Training Philosophy.

Our Graduate Programs have all available accreditations and approvals suggested based on state and national standards for the education of professional service providers in school psychology. The doctoral program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of the American Psychological Association (750 First Street, NW, Washington, DC 20002-4242, 202/336-5979), and approved by the National Association of School Psychologists (NASP) and the Council for Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP). Our specialist program is approved by NASP and CAEP. The doctoral and specialist programs are also approved by the Illinois State Board of Education.

Program accreditation and approval suggest high quality training, comprehensive curricula, and properly supervised field experiences. Our alumni are eligible to sit for the examinations leading to the credentials of Nationally Certified School Psychologist (NCSP), licensed school psychologist in Illinois, and (at the doctoral-level with appropriate post-doctoral experience) licensed clinical psychologist in Illinois. Accreditation and approval also facilitate transfer of credentials for employment in other states.

 

Related to financial assistance, historically our program has been able to support with graduate assistantships and grant funding all of our specialist and doctoral students for the years of their on-campus training. These graduate assistantships include a monthly salary and full tuition waiver.

Nondiscrimination and Equal Opportunity Policy

The Graduate Programs in School Psychology have adopted the NASP Nondiscrimination and Equal Opportunity Policy. Our Graduate Programs are committed to this policy of nondiscrimination and the promotion of equal opportunity, fairness, justice, and respect for all persons. We work to ensure that our Graduate Programs provide an environment that is safe and welcoming and an equal opportunity to all persons regardless of actual or perceived characteristics, including race, ethnicity, color, religion, ancestry, age, national origin, immigration status, socioeconomic status, language, disability, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, chronic illness, or any other personal identity or distinguishing characteristics. Discrimination is defined as acting toward people in a manner that results in adverse impact because they share similar characteristics or because they are from specific groups. Review the NASP nondiscrimination policy.

School psychologists are identified as the best social services job by U.S. News and World Reports.

According to U.S. News:

The Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts that this profession will grow at a rate of 20 percent between the years 2014 and 2024, which will equate to 30,500 new jobs for school psychologists. Rising school enrollment, as well as a heightened awareness of the stresses and disabilities that students face, is driving the demand for more school psychologists. However, this demand is tempered by state and local funding for schools, which is inadequate in some cases. See the full U.S. News and World Report article.

 

 

Internship Sites

Listed below are some of the internship sites for trainees in the Graduate Programs in School Psychology. The Annual Intern and Intern Supervisor Conference is held each September at Illinois State. The conference is co-sponsored by the Illinois School Psychologists Association and the Directors of University School Psychology Programs. Current or prospective intern supervisors should contact Dr. Mark Swerdlik by email for more information about the conference.

Specialist Internship Sites

Sites in Illinois:
Addison Trail. High School
Arlington Heights School District
Belleville Public School District #118
Cicero School District
Community Consolidated School District 59 (Arlington Heights)
Des Plaines School District
DeKalb Community School District #428
East Peoria Public Schools
Edwardsville Public Schools
Indian Prairie School District 204 (Naperville, Aurora, Bolingbrook, Plainfield)
JAMP Special Education Services (Olmstead)
LaGrange Area Department of Special Education
Lisle School District 202
Livingston County Special Services Unit (Pontiac)
Maine East and West High Schools
Mount Prospect School District
Napervillle School District
Niles North High School
Northern Suburban Special Education District (Highland Park)
Northshore District 112 (Highland Park)
Peoria Public Schools
Rural Champaign County Special Education Cooperative South Eastern Special Education (Sainte Marie)
Special Education of Peoria County
Springfield School District
Streator Public School
Tri-County Special Education Cooperative (Bloomington)
Unit Five Schools (Normal, Ill. and McLean County)
Urbana School District
Waukegan Public Schools
Wheaton/Warrenville School District 200
Woodford County Special Education Cooperative (Metamora)
Woodridge School District 68

Sites in Other States:
Baldwinville Central School District (N.Y.)
Dearborn Public Schools (Mich.)
Greater Lafayette Area Special Services (Ind.)
Paradise School District (Tempe, Ariz.)
Portland Public Schools (Ore.)

Doctoral Internship Sites

Astor Home for Children (Rhinebeck, N.Y.) *
Carleton Washburne School (Winnetka, Ill.) * (ISPIC)
Cypress-Fairbanks Independent School District (Tex.) *
Department of Rehabilitative Services, University of Illinois (Champaign) (ISPIC)*
Edwardsville Community Unit School District #7 (Ill.)
Florida State University Multidisciplinary Psychoeducational Center (Tallahassee) *
Fort Worth Independent School District(Tex.) *
Hope School (Springfield, Ill.) * (ISPIC)
Houston Independent School District (Tex.) *
Kennedy Krueger Institute (Baltimore, Md.) *
Lewisville Independent School District (Tex.) *
Livingston County Special Services Unit (Pontiac, Ill.) * (ISPIC)
Louisiana Internship Consortium (New Orleans) *
May Institute (Boston, Mass.) *
Milton Hershey School (Hershey, Penn.) *
Monroe-Meyer Institute (Lincoln, Neb.) *
Northern Suburban Special Education District (Highland Park, Ill.) * (ISPIC)
Southern Illinois University School of Medicine Department of Pediatrics (Springfield) * (ISPIC)
Special Education District of Lake County (Gages Lake, Ill.) * (ISPIC)
The Baby Fold Residential Treatment Center (Normal, Ill.) * (ISPIC)
University of Nebraska Internship Consortium (Lincoln) *
University of Tennessee Health Science Center (Memphis) *
Washburne Middle School (Winnetka, Ill.) * (ISPIC)
Westbrook Therapeutic Day School (Mount Prospect, Ill.) * (ISPIC)

* Accredited by the American Psychological Association ISPIC: Illinois School Psychology Internship Consortium

Employment of Graduates

Listed below are some of locations where our alumni have accepted employment.

Employment Sites for Specialist Graduates

• Addison (Ill.) Trail High School
• Arlington Heights (Ill.) School District
• Buffalo Grove (Ill.) Public Schools
• Community Consolidated School District 59, Elk Grove Village, Ill.
• District 96 Countryside School District, Buffalo Grove, Ill.
• East Peoria (Ill.) School District 86
• Glenbard (Ill.) High School
• Heartland Community College, Normal, Ill.
• Indian Prairie School District, Naperville, Ill.
• John Hershey High School District 214, Arlington Heights, Ill. • Joliet (Ill.) School District
• LaGrange (Ill.) Area Department of Special Education
• Lewistown (Tex.) Independent School District
• Maine (Ill.) East High School
• Maine (Ill.) West High School
• Naperville (Ill.) Public Schools
• Northern Suburban Special Education District, Highland Park, Ill.
• Peoria (Ill.) Public Schools
• Rockford (Ill.) School District
• Rural Champaign County (Ill.) Special Education District
• The Special Education District of Lake County, Gages, Ill.
• Stevenson (Ill.) High School
• Tri-County Special Education Cooperative, Bloomington, Ill.
• Unit 5 Schools, Normal, Ill. and McLean County
• Waukegan (Ill.) Public Schools
• Woodford County Special Education Cooperative, Metamora, Ill.

Employment Sites for Doctorate Graduates

• The Baby Fold Residential Treatment Center, Normal, Ill.
• Ball State University, Muncie, Ind.
• Chicago School of Professional Psychology, Chicago, Ill.
• Disability Resources and Educational Services- University of Illinois, Champaign, Ill.
• Duquesne University, Pittsburgh, Pa.
• Eastern Carolina University, Greenville, N.C.
• Eastern Kentucky University, Richmond, Ky.
• East Peoria School District, East Peoria, Ill.
• Glenview School District, Glenview, Ill.
• Hammitt School, Normal, Ill.
• Illinois School Psychology Internship Consortium, Illinois State University, Normal, Ill.
• Indian Trail School District, Addison, Ill.
• Livingston County Special Services Unit, Pontiac, Ill.
• Mississippi State University, Mississippi State, Miss.
• Munroe-Meyer Institute, Omaha, Neb.
• Northern Suburban Special Education District, Highland Park, Ill.
• OSF Saint Francis Hospital, Peoria, Ill.
• Psychological Services Center, Illinois State University, Normal, Ill.
• Tulane University, New Orleans, La.
• University Child Development School, Seattle, Wash.
• Western Illinois University, Macomb, Ill.

School Psychology Institute

The Graduate Programs in School Psychology and the Department of Psychology sponsor the School Psychology Institute. The Institute presenters are national leaders in school psychology and related areas who impact the practices of school psychologists. The Institute includes a skill-based workshop in the morning for community mental health professionals, graduate trainees, and interested faculty. In the afternoon, the speaker presents a research colloquium that is open to the public. After the colloquium, an informal meeting is held with the speaker and current school psychology doctoral trainees to further discuss the speaker’s research and other professional issues that impact the field of school psychology.

Presenters and Topics

20th Annual Institute (2017)
Patrick C. Friman, Ph.D., ABPP, University of Nebraska School of Medicine
Advance treatment concepts: The generic power of behavior analysis

19th Annual Institute (2016)
Kris Varjas, Psy.D., Georgia State University
Unpacking culture and assessing our practice: Legal and ethical issues

18th Annual School Psychology Institute (2015)
Heather Ringeisen, Ph.D., National Institute of Mental Health
Connections between child maltreatment and well-being: perspective from the National Survey of Child and Adolescent Well-Being

17th Annual Institute (2014)
Joel Meyers, Ph.D., Georgia State University
Intervention and prevention strategies to address bullying and cyberbullying

16th Annual Institute (2013)
Thomas J. Huberty, Ph.D., ABPP, Indiana University-Bloomington
Childhood anxiety disorders: Identification, intervention, and prevention

15th Annual Institute (2012)
Mark Reinecke, Ph.D., Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine
Cognitive-behavioral therapy for depressed adolescents

14th Annual Institute (2011)
Mark Shinn, Ph.D., National-Louis University
Implementing response-to-intervention (RtI) at middle and high school levels

13th Annual Institute (2010)
John W. Payton, DrPH, University of Illinois at Chicago, and Kay Ragozzino, M.A.
Promoting children's social and emotional development through school-based social-emotional learning

12th Annual Institute (2009)
Karen Stoiber, Ph.D., University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
Chaos in the classroom

11th Annual Institute (2008)
Susan Wilczinski, Ph.D., National Autism Center
Autism

10th Annual Institute (2007)
Scott Poland, Ph.D., Nova Southeastern University
School violence

9th Annual Institute (2006)
Dorothy Espelage, Ph.D., University of Illinois at Urbana
Anti-bullying

8th Annual Institute (2005)
Dan Reschly, Ph.D., Peabody College of Vanderbilt University
Response to intervention

7th Annual Institute (2004)
Nadine Kaslow, Ph.D., Emory University
Childhood depression

6th Annual Institute (2003)
Tom Power, Ph.D., Children's Hospital, University of Pennsylvania
Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder

5th Annual Institute (2002)
Deborah Crockett, Ph.D., Atlanta, GA Public Schools
Developing a tolerance curriculum

4th Annual Institute (2001)
Russ Skiba, Ph.D., Indiana University-Bloomington
Violence prevention

3rd Annual Institute (2000)
Tom Kratochwill, Ph.D., University of Wisconsin-Madison
Empirically-supported interventions

2nd Annual Institute (1999)
Susan Sheridan, Ph.D., University of Nebraska-Lincoln
Home/School collaboration

1st Annual Institute (1998)
George Batsche, Ph.D., University of South Florida
Bullies

Graduate Association of School Psychology

The Graduate Association of School Psychology (GASP) was established at Illinois State University for school psychology trainees. Each year, GASP members participate in:

  • talking to prospective graduate students at the School Psychology Open House
  • meeting applicants at the doctoral program and specialist program interview days
  • assisting at the annual Intern and Intern Supervisor Workshop
  • attending and participating in ISPA and NASP conventions
  • developing the New Trainee Welcome Packet that is distributed each summer
  • presenting an orientation program for new trainees
  • organizing social events for trainees
  • raising School Psychology awareness in the community
  • supplying amenities for the Psychological Services Center
  • sponsoring a continuing professional development workshop (used as a fund raiser to support trainee travel)
  • many other activities suggested by the GASP members.

GASP trainees contact may contact Dr. Leandra Parris (faculty advisor) at lnparri@ilstu.edu.

GASP Officers for 2016-17

President - Samantha DeHaan
Vice President - Brooke Harris
Treasurer - Danielle Gieschen
Secretary - Jasmine Taylor
Historian - Jessica Lucas-Nihei
Social Events Coordinator - Kelsey Atteberry
NASP Representative - Melissa Nink
APA Division 16 Representative - Amanda Rohan
ISPA Representative - Anna Taylor
ISPA Intern Rep representative - Allison Satterlee
1st Year Doctoral Student Representative - Heather Calkins
2nd Year Doctoral Student Representative - Margaret Christie
2nd Year Specialist Student Representative - Jennifer Hilger
3rd Year Representative - Heather Lacey
4th Year Representative - Cyndy Alvarez

GASP Constitution

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