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School Psychology

Department of - Health & Behavior Studies

Contact Information

(212) 678-3084
(212) 678-4034
Professor Stephen T. Peverly (Ph.D.), Professor Philip Saigh (Ed.M.)

Program Description

The College has two programs in school psychology: (a) the Ph.D. program, which is accredited by the American Psychological Association (APA) and the National Association of School Psychologists, and (b) the Ed.M. program, which is accredited by the National Association of School Psychologists (NASP). The theoretical model of our programs involves the application of psychological science to the promotion of children in learning and mental health in schools and other educational and mental health contexts.

The goal of the doctoral program is to train beginning-level doctoral school psychologists to work in schools, universities, research centers, testing companies and clinics that serve children, youth, and their families. Our scientist–practitioner training model is one of both formal instruction and apprenticeship. Course work provides students with a strong foundation in psychological theory and research as well as its application to (a) the instruction and learning of school-related subjects, particularly reading, and (b) the understanding, promotion, and treatment of mental health problems. Practica and internship experiences provide students with the opportunity to apply this knowledge directly to their work with clients. Clients are seen in a variety of contexts, including the Dean Hope Center (our college clinic) in the first year, collaborating schools in the second year (we provide school psychological services to children and youth in schools that serve children from ethnically and linguistically diverse low- and middle-income environments), organized externships in public schools, hospitals, and clinics in the New York City area in the third and fourth years, and a formal internship in the 5th year. Under close supervision by faculty, doctoral students apprentice in teaching (labs, modules for assessment courses) and clinical supervision of first-year students with practicum clients in the Dean Hope Center. Students also take on leadership roles in research labs, admissions, faculty searches, and in mentoring younger Ph.D. students. Faculty research, all of which is cognitively, behaviorally, and/or developmentally oriented, provides yet another vehicle for students to develop and apply their knowledge.

In addition to the Ph.D. program, the program in school psychology also has a New York State Department of Education registered Ed.D option. However, this degree is not accredited by APA, and the program has not accepted applications or admitted students in many years.

The goal of the Ed.M. program is to train beginning-level certified school psychologists to work in schools. Course work provides students with a strong foundation in psychological theory and research as well as its application to (a) instruction and learning of school-related subjects, particularly reading, and (b) understanding, promotion, and treatment of mental health in school settings. Practica and internship experiences provide students with the opportunity to apply this knowledge directly to their work with clients who are seen in the Dean Hope Center in the first year, our collaborating schools in the second year, and internships in schools in the New York City area or other parts of the country in the third year.

Specifically, we prepare school psychologists who:

  • Goal 1: Demonstrate a sound theoretical foundation in psychological science and use this knowledge as scientist/practitioner to plan, conduct, and evaluate psychological and educational research
  • Goal 2: Demonstrate knowledge and skills concerning fundamentals of measurement and assessment and the use of psychological and educational assessment measures in a non-biased, reliable and valid manner. Demonstrate knowledge and skills concerning the theories and tactics used to guide the design, implementation, and evaluation of effective interventions for children and adolescents and their families.
  • Goal 3: Demonstrate the ability to apply theoretical knowledge and skills when consulting with teachers, parents, and other professionals.
  • Goal 4: Demonstrate the ability to apply knowledge of individual cultural differences (e.g., race/ethnicity, gender, language, socioeconomic status, religion, sexual orientation, etc.) to effective professional practice in multicultural social contexts.
  • Goal 5: Demonstrate (a) active involvement in the profession, (b) commitment to professional ethics and standards, and (c) commitment to life long learning.

Degree Summary

APPLIED DEVELOPMENTAL AND LEARNING PSYCHOLOGY- SCHOOL PSYCHOLOGY (SPSM)

  • Master of Education (Ed.M.)

SCHOOL PSYCHOLOGY (SPSD)

  •  Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.)

For a complete listing of degree requirements, please click the "Degrees" tab above

For a complete listing of degree requirements, please continue on to this program's "Degrees" section in this document

Degree Requirements

Master of Education (Ed.M., 69 points)

Master of Education (Ed.M.)

Our National Association of School Psychologists (NASP)-accredited Master of Education program requires 69 points of coursework. The course of study stresses a firm grounding in the core areas of psychology, especially cognitive psychology, as well as in the tools traditionally used by school psychologists to apply their knowledge and skills to school settings. Completion of the Ed.M. program in School Psychology can lead to certification as a school psychologist in New York State.

Ed.M. students should plan on three years of full-time attendance, including summers. Although part-time attendance is possible, full-time attendance leads to a richer educational experience. Ed.M. students must be available to spend a minimum of one full day per week for practica in their first year and two full days per week for fieldwork in their second year. Internships are full-time.

Suggested sequence of courses by year and semester:

First Year:

Fall

  • HBSK 4025 (3)  Professional and Ethical Functions of School Psychologists
  • HBSK 4072 (3)  Theory/Techniques of Reading Assessment/Intervention or
  • HBSE 4015 (3) Applied Behavior Analysis I
  • HBSK 5320 (3)  Individual Psychological Testing I*
  • HBSK 5378 (3)  Practium in Psychoeducational Assessment of School Subject Diff.*
  • HBSK 5031 (3)  Families as a Context for Child Development or
  • HBSK 4073 (3)  Childhood Disorders*

Spring

  • HBSK 5321 (3) Individual Psychological Testing II*
  • HBSK 6380 (3) Practium in Psychoeducational Assessment of Culturally Diverse Students*
  • HBSS 6100 (3) Measurement and Program Evaluation
  • HBSK 5031 (3) Families as a Context for Child Development or
  • HBSK 4073 (3) Childhood Disorders*
  • HBSK 5096 (3) The Psychology of Memory: Cognitive and Affective Bases 

Summer

  • HBSK 4074 (3) Reading Comprehension Strategies and Study Skills** (or Summer Year 2)
  • HBSK 6584 (3) Seminar: School Psychology Consultation
  • ORL 5362 (3)   Group Dynamics: A Systems Perspective (all semesters) or
  • HBSK 5050 (3) Therapeutic Interventions for School Psychologists 

Second Year:

Fall

  • HBSK 5070 (3) Neural Bases for Language and Cognitive Development
  • HBSK 5085 (3) Observing and Assessing the Preschool Child**
  • ORL 5362 (3)   Group Dynamics: A Systems Perspective (all semesters)
  • HBSK 5280 (2) Fieldwork in School Psychological Services
  • HBSK 6382 (3) Advanced Practicum in Psychoeducational Interventions in Schools
  • HBSK 5050 (3) Theraputic Interventions for School Psychologists (Summer A) 

Spring

  • HBSK 6383 (3) Neuropsychological Assessment of Children and Adults* or
  • HBSE 4045 (3) Curriular and pedagogical operations for teaching the foundations of functional academic literacy
  • HBSK 4074**Development of reading comprehension strategies and study skills
  • HBSK 5051 (3) Child-adolescent PTSD and related disorders
  • HBSK 5280 (2) Fieldwork in school psychological services
  • HBSK 4030 (3) Multicultural Issues in School Psychology

Summer

  • HBSK 5096 (3) The psychology of memory: Cognitive affective bases
  • HUDM 4122 (3)  Probability and statistical inference

Third Year:

  • HBSK 5480  School psychologist internship (full-time placement)

 * Includes a lab that is not part of the scheduled time for the course.  Lab times are usually decided on a group-by-group basis once lab supervisors are assigned (HBSK 5321 is an exception with a scheduled lab).

**Take HBSK 5085 if you are interested in working with young children; take HBSK 4074 if you are interested in late elementary/middle school and high school populations.

New York State Education Department (NYSED) has teacher certification requirements that are needed for program completion and graduation which are listed in the Office of Teacher Education website of the catalog.


Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D., 90 points)

Our American Psychological Association  (APA)- and National Association of School Psychologists (NASP)- accredited doctoral program (Ph.D.) requires a minimum of 90 points. Students may have to complete courses in addition to those included in the curriculum if their advisor deems it necessary (e.g., an extra statistics course). Attainment of the doctoral degree prepares students for certification as a school psychologist and licensure as a psychologist. On average, doctoral students should plan on five years of full-time attendance, including summers. This includes three years of coursework, a two-semester externship in the third year, a full-year internship during the fifth year, and a dissertation.

Suggested sequence of courses by year and semester:

First Year:

Fall

  • HBSK 4025 Professional and ethical functions of school psychologists
  • HBSK 4072 Theory/Techniques of Reading Assessment/Intervention or
  • HBSE 4015 Applied Behavior Analysis I
  • HBSK 5320 Individual psychological testing I*
  • HBSK 5378 Practicum in psycho-educational assessment of school subject difficulties*
  • HBSK 6570-HBSK 6578    Research in applied educational psychology         
  • HUDM 4122 Probability and statistical inference

Spring

  • HBSK 4073 Childhood disorders*
  • HBSK 5321 Individual psychological testing II*
  • HBSK 6380 Practicum in psycho-educational assessment with culturally diverse students
  • HBSK 6570-HBSK 6578 Research in applied educational psychology                       
  • HUDM 5122 Applied regression analysis
  • ORL 5362 Group dynamics: A systems perspective

Summer

  • HUDM 5123 Linear models and experimental design
  • HBSK 6584 Seminar: School psychology consultation.

 Second Year:

Fall

  • HBSK 5050 Therapueutic interventions for school psychologists
  • HBSK 5070 Neural bases for language and cognitive development
  • HBSK 5280 Fieldwork in school psychological services
  • HBSK 6382 Advanced practicum in psycho-educational interventions in schools
  • HBSK 6570- HBSK 6578 Research in applied educational psychology                          
  • ORLJ 5040 Research methods in social psychology                   

Spring

  • CCPJ 6362 Group practicum
  • HBSK 5031 Family as a context for child development
  • HBSK 5280 Fieldwork in school psychological services
  • HBSK 6383 (3) Neuropsychological Assessment of Children and Adults* or
  • HBSE 4045 (3) Curriular and pedagogical operations for teaching the foundations of functional academic literacy
  • HBSK 6570-HBSK 6578 Research in applied educational psychology                  
  • HBSK 4030 Multicultural issues in school psychologyy

Summer

  • CCPX 6020 History and systems of psychology, or
  • HBSK 5096 The psychology of memory: Cognitive and affective bases
  • HUDM 5059 Psychological measurement

Third Year:

Fall

  • HBSK 5085 Observing and assessing preschool children
  • HBSK 5271 Supervised externship in psycho-educational practice   
  • HBSK 6570-HBSK 6578 Research in applied educational psychology
  • ORLJ 5540 Proseminar in social and organizational psychology

Spring

  • HBSK 4074 Development of reading comprehension strategies and study skills
  • HBSK 5051 Child-adolescent PTSD and related disorders
  • HBSK 5271 Supervised externship in psychoeducational practice    
  • HBSK 5273 Supervised experience in supervision
  • HBSK 6570-HBSK 6578 Research in applied educational psychology*                   

Summer

  • CCPX 6020 History and systems of psychology, or       
  • HBSK 5096 The psychology of memory: Cognitive and affective bases                 

Fourth Year:

Fall

  • HBSK 7503 Dissertation seminar: Schooling and reading**
  • HBSK 5271 Supervised externship in psychoeducational practice
  • HUDK 6520 Seminar in lifespan developmental psychology

Spring

  • HBSK 8902 Dissertation advisement: Schooling and reading
  • HBSK 5271 Supervised externship in psychoeducational practice

 Fifth Year:

  • HBSK 6480 School psychologist internship
  • HBSK 8902 Dissertation advisement: Schooling and reading

* Includes a lab that is not part of the scheduled time for the course. Lab times are usually decided on a group-by-group basis once lab supervisors are assigned (HBSK 5321 is an exception with a scheduled lab).

** If the student has a proposal hearing after one semester of HBSK 7503, s/he must enroll in HBSK 8902. HBSK 7503 cannot be taken more than twice.

There are many opportunities for fieldwork and internship experiences in the New York City area including public schools, residential schools, and hospitals.


Application Information

The GRE General Test and an academic writing sample (a paper from an undergraduate or prior graduate class) are required for applicants to the Ed.M. and Ph.D. degrees. 

Financial Aid

See the Office of Financial Aid for more information.

Faculty List

Faculty

Lecturers

Visiting Faculty

Adjunct

Full-Time Instructors

Instructors

Professor of Psychology and Education
Adjunct Associate Professor
Adjunct Assistant
Instructional Staff
Adjunct Assistant Professor of Psychology and Education
Adjunct Professor of Psychology and Education
Adjunct Assistant
Professor of Psychology and Education
Professor of Psychology and Education
Adjunct Associate
Professor of Psychology and Education
Lecturer
Adjunct Associate Professor of Psychology and Education

For up to date information about course offerings including faculty information, please visit the online course schedule.

Course List

HBSK 4025 Professional and ethical functions of school psychologists
Permission required. Overview of issues associated with the school psychologist’s roles within educational settings including assessment, intervention, and consultation. Education and disability law and ethics are stressed.
HBSK 4072 Theory and Techniques of Assessment and Intervention in Reading

Provides an overview of theories and research pertaining to reading acquisition and assessment and intervention techniques for reading across the lifespan.  Content is organized according to four major themes: the psychology of reading development, language structures, assessment, and intervention.  Materials fee: $25.

HBSK 4073 Childhood Disorders

Permission required. Information involving the symptoms, life-course, prevalence, and etiology of a number of psychiatric disorders that are manifested in childhood and adolescence is presented. Information involving assessment and treatment is also considered. This course considers psycho-educational assessment, diagnosis, and treatment of child and adolescent disorders. A testing lab is included. 

HBSK 4074 Development of Reading Comprehension Strategies and Study Skills

Reading and study skills: Practical procedures based on research findings appropriate for teachers, counselors, and others. Discussion focuses on students in the middle elementary grades through young adulthood.

HBSK 5031 Family as a context for child development
Prerequisite: Any introductory developmental psychology course. Examines theories of family functioning and empirical evidence of family processes that mediate child and adolescent development outcomes. Emphasis on family factors associated with children’s cognitive, emotional, and academic development, including home-school collaboration and social functioning within cultural contexts. Materials fee: $10.
HBSK 5050 Therapeutic interventions for school psychologists

This course is intended to provide school psychology students with information about applied behavior analysis, behavior therapy, and cognitive-behavior therapy. Information pertaining to behavioral assessment, single-case research designs and behavioral and cognitive-behavioral approaches to the treatment of childhood disorders and problems is considered. Information involving treatment efficacy is a major focus of the course.

HBSK 5051 Child-adolescent PTSD and related disorders

Permission required. This course presents information about the history, epidemiology, etiology, assessment, prevention, and cognitive-behavioral treatment of child-adolescent post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and related internalizing disorders. Analogue diagnostic and treatment training is provided.

HBSK 5070 Neural bases for language and cognitive development
Permission required. Examination of neural mechanisms involved in language, reading, and the acquisition of academic skills. Particular attention is paid to language disorders, variations in cerebral organization, and hemisphere specialization.
HBSK 5085 Observing and assessing preschool children
Overview of assessment procedures used with preschool and kindergarten-age children including review of related tests, the development of observation procedures, and the development of screening programs. Materials fee: $75.
HBSK 5096 The psychology of memory: Cognitive and affective bases

An analysis of perspectives on human memory with particular attention to knowledge, attention, strategic processes, meta-cognition, transfer, and context. The application of this information to practice is stressed.

HBSK 5273 Supervised fieldwork in remedial reading and school difficulties: Supervised experience in supervision
Advanced doctoral students are supervised in their supervision of the comprehensive psychoeducational assessments with clients in the Center for Educational and Psychological Services performed by first-year school psychology students enrolled in HBSK 6380.
HBSK 5280 Fieldwork in school psychological services

Permission required. Limited to second-year students in School Psychology. Must be taken concurrently with HBSK 6382-HBSK 6383. Supervised school-based experience in psychoeducational practice (two days per week for the entire academic year). Includes university-based supervision.

HBSK 5320 Individual psychological testing I
Permission required. This is a year-long course open to Ed.M. and doctoral students in School Psychology. Background, administration, and interpretation of major psychological tests from both nomothetic and ideographic perspectives. Both courses cover the administration of major cognitive and personality measures and the interpretation and integration of data into case reports. Lecture plus lab/supervisory section. Supervisory fee: $100; materials fee: $50 per term.
HBSK 5321 Individual psychological testing II
Permission required. This is a year-long course open to Ed.M. and doctoral students in School Psychology. Background, administration, and interpretation of major psychological tests from both nomothetic and ideographic perspectives. Both courses cover the administration of major cognitive and personality measures and the interpretation and integration of data into case reports. Lecture plus lab/supervisory section. Supervisory fee: $100; materials fee: $50 per term.
HBSK 6380 Practicum in psycho-educational assessment with culturally diverse students
Permission required. Supervised experience in psychoeducational assessment, including observation, interviewing, and testing of children and youth from culturally diverse backgrounds; integration and interpretation of data. Consideration of intervention procedures. Students work with clients in the Dean Hope Center. Additional supervisory session required. Supervisory fee: $100. Materials fee: $50.
HBSK 6382 Advanced practicum in psycho-educational interventions in schools
Permission required. Concurrent registration in HBSK 5280 required for all School Psychology students. Cognitive-behavioral interventions with children, adolescents, and their families. Special fee: $150.
HBSK 6383 Neuropsychological assessment of children and adults
Permission required. Prerequisites: HBSK 5320 and either BBSN 5033 or BBSN 5070. Analysis, administration, and interpretation of special procedures used to assess brain damage/dysfunction in adults and children. Special fee: $150.
HBSK 6570 Research in applied educational psychology: Neurosciences and Education
Permission required. Prerequisite: familiarity with statistical procedures and research design. Students participate in ongoing research or other special projects under the direction of a faculty member.
HBSK 6571 Research in applied educational psychology: Cognitive processes and strategies in young children
Permission required. Prerequisite: familiarity with statistical procedures and research design. Students participate in ongoing research or other special projects under the direction of a faculty member.
HBSK 6572 Research in applied educational psychology: : Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
Permission required. Prerequisite: familiarity with statistical procedures and research design. Students participate in ongoing research or other special projects under the direction of a faculty member.
HBSK 6574 Research in applied educational psychology: Cognitive processes related to studying
Permission required. Prerequisite: familiarity with statistical procedures and research design. Students participate in ongoing research or other special projects under the direction of a faculty member.
HBSK 6576 Research in applied educational psychology: Acquisition of reading and writing ability
Permission required. Prerequisite: familiarity with statistical procedures and research design. Students participate in ongoing research or other special projects under the direction of a faculty member.
HBSK 6577 Research in applied educational psychology: Psychoeducational aspects of deafness
Permission required. Prerequisite: familiarity with statistical procedures and research design. Students participate in ongoing research or other special projects under the direction of a faculty member.
HBSK 6578 Research in applied educational psychology: Family and school violence
Permission required. Prerequisite: familiarity with statistical procedures and research design. Students participate in ongoing research or other special projects under the direction of a faculty member.
HBSK 6584 Seminar: school psychology consultation
In this course, students develop and practice basic skills in school consul-tation and counseling. Through readings, discussions, presentations, and role plays, students demonstrate an understanding of counseling theories and approaches, approaches to consultation, as well as practices consistent with professional ethics and legal standards. Students reflect on their own cultural background and acquire knowledge relevant to cross-cultural consultations.
HBSK 7503 Dissertation seminar: Schooling and Reading
Permission required.
HBSK 8902 Dissertation advisement: Schooling and Reading
Permission required. Individual advisement on doctoral dissertations. Fee to equal 3 points at current tuition rate for each term. For more information please see section on continuous registration for Ed.D. degree.