School Psychology

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Graduate Programs in School Psychology

Contact Dr. Adena Meyers if you are interested in scheduling a campus visit or talking to a faculty member about our Graduate Programs in School Psychology.

Future Events:

February 11 and 12, 2021 (Thursday evening and Friday) Doctoral Applicants Interview Day
Invited applicants must complete interviews with the school psychology faculty to be considered for fall 2020 admission.

February 19, 2021 (Friday) Specialist Applicants Interview Day
Invited applicants must complete interviews with the school psychology faculty to be considered for fall 2020 admission.


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 since the 1950s. Our Graduate Programs were the first in Illinois to receive approval from the State Teacher Certification Board. Our training emphasizes the scientist-practitioner model in preparing trainees to fulfill all of the major roles and functions of school psychologists. We have over 600 alumni working throughout the United States.For more information, see our Mission, Vision, and Training Philosophy .

The Doctoral Program strives to educate health service psychologists within the specialty of school psychology who demonstrate discipline specific knowledge pertinent to the field of psychology and professional competencies necessary to deliver high quality services in a range of settings.

Aim I: To prepare competent entry-level school psychologists who possess foundational and integrated knowledge across the basic areas of the discipline of psychology, , which will demonstrated by using basic psychological principles to understand and explain human behavior

Aim II: To educate school psychologists with the necessary profession-wide entry-level competencies to deliver effective psychological health services to children, adolescents, and families.
These services include assessment, intervention, consultation, prevention, and clinical and administrative supervision. The competencies in these areas are exhibited in settings chosen by the graduate, which may include schools, hospitals, university-based clinics, mental health settings or independent practice.

Our Graduate Programs have all available accreditations and approvals 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). APA accreditation reports are available for review in the Psychology Department Graduate Office (DeGarmo Hall 448) or from the program coordinator. The doctoral and specialist degree programs are approved by the National Association of School Psychologists (NASP) and the Council for Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP). The doctoral and specialist programs are also approved by the Illinois State Board of Education.

Program accreditation and approval suggests 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 psychologists in illinois and,with a doctorate degree and appropriate post-doctoral experience, as licensed clinical psychologists in Illinois. Accreditation approval also facilitates the transfer of credentials for employment in other states.

Historically our Graduate Programs have been able to support our graduate students, during on-campus training, with graduate assistantships. Assistantships may include work in the department as teaching or research assistants, on faculty research grants, and practicum or pre-professional opportunities. Graduate assistantships include a monthly salary and tuition waiver for the academic year.

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 result in 300 jobs for school psychologists. Rising school enrollment and 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. School Psychologists rank #1 in Best Social Services Jobs. See the full U.S. News and World Report article .

Doctoral Program in School Psychology is ranked 10th in the nation out of the top 50 doctoral programs (2017) (Doctoral programs identified in the list are both APA accreditation and NASP approved, and based on statistical information reported as Student Admissions, Outcomes, and Other Data. The Student Admissions, Outcomes, and Other Data report for Illinois State is available in the top row menu of this website.)

Professional Practice and Internship Sites

Listed below are some of the professional practice and internship sites for trainees in the Graduate Programs in School Psychology. Illinois State hosts the Annual Intern and Intern Supervisor Conference in September. 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 Professional Practice Sites

Sites in Illinois:

Addiston Elementary School District 4
Addison Trail. High School
Arlington Heights School District
Belleville Public School District #118
Cicero School District
Columbia Community Unit School District 4
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)
Park Forest-Chicago Heights School District 163 (Park Forest)
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 Schools

Tazewell Mason Counties Special Education Association
Tri-County Special Education Cooperative (Bloomington)
Unit Five Schools (Normal, Ill. and McLean County)
Urbana School District
Wabash and Ohio Valley Special Education District (Norris City)
Waukegan Public Schools
Wheaton/Warrenville School District 200
Woodford County Special Education Cooperative (Metamora)
Woodridge School District 68
Woodstock School District 200

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)*
District 211 Academy-North (Palatine, Ill.)* (ISPIC)
Edwardsville Community Unit School District #7 (Ill.)
Egyptian Public and Menthal Health Department/Wabash and Ohio Valley Special Education District (Eldorado)*
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.) *
Munroe-Meyer Institute (Lincoln, Neb.) *
Northern Suburban Special Education District (Highland Park, Ill.) * (ISPIC)
Palatine Community Consolidated School District 15 (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

21st Annual Institute (2018)
Leandra N. Parris, Illinois State University
Cris Prevention and preparedness in the schools

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 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

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

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

Graduate Association of School Psychology

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

  • 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
  • Sponsoring a continuing professional development workshop (used as a fund raiser to support trainee travel)
  • Supplying amenities for the Psychological Services Center
  • Other activities suggested by the GASP members.

GASP trainees may contact Dr. Brea Banks (faculty advisor) if they have questions about GASP.

GASP Officers for 2018-19

President - Stephanie AuBuchon
Vice President - Jessica Foley
Secretary - Casey Grage
Treasurer - Kristina Medema
Social Events - Margaret Christie
Historian - Alexandra Horton
2nd Year Specialist Student Representative - Patricia Charczuk
2nd Year Doctoral Student Representative - Kara Cicciarelli
3rd Year Representative - Heather Calkins
Advanced Doctoral Student Representative - Danielle Gieschen
NASP Representative - Lizzie Deutsch
APA Division 16 Representative - Kelsey Atteberry
ISPA Representative - Samantha Fillmore
ISPA Intern Representative - Emily Hellmann

GASP Constitution