Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) - School Psychology Concentration
The mission of the School Psychology concentration in the Educational Psychology Ph.D. program at Wayne State University is to prepare professionals to effectively work to enhance the healthy development of learning and/or mental health of children, adolescents, and adults in a variety of clinical, educational, and research settings. The Educational Psychology faculty is committed to preparing psychologists capable of facilitating learning, growth, and adjustment of individuals experiencing academic, emotional, and behavioral difficulties. Graduates of the program primarily engage in the practice of psychology in schools, clinics, hospitals, and community mental health agencies, teach at the college or university level, and work in research positions. Students will be prepared to conduct child, adolescent, family, and adult mental health interventions, perform psycho-educational and psychological assessments, and conduct research. Successful applicants will have backgrounds in School Psychology, Counseling Psychology, Marriage and Family Psychology or its equivalent. Students completing the degree requirements of this concentration will be eligible to apply for licensure as a psychologist in the State of Michigan.
The program’s emphasis on theory, research and evidence-based practices subscribes to the scientist-practitioner model in the practice of psychology, which is reflected in the academic requirements. The program includes the study of human development from diverse lenses such as biological, cognitive behavioral, socio-cultural, ecological, and educational perspectives. Another emphasis of the program is an in depth knowledge of the scientific literature and its applications in the areas of psychology, especially different aspects of human development, motivation, learning processes, therapeutic approaches, and human diversity. Students will receive training within a multi-level perspective that includes the influences of the social context and the environment in relation to individual development, functioning, and mental health. A multi-systems approach to intervention with children, adolescents, and their families forms the core training mission of the program. Students learn about the overlapping nature of three primary systems that influence the development of children and adolescents: schools, families, and communities. Evidence-based practices grounded in collaboration across these systems are emphasized.
Students also receive training in the areas of research design, methodology, and statistical analyses so that the process of scientific inquires are clearly understood. Students receive a strong foundation of theory, scientific literature, research skills, and applied training using evidence-based practices, and are taught the importance of drawing on empirical literature and scholarly inquiries as a primary basis for professional practice.
This program meets the Association of State & Provincial Psychology Board/National Register of Health Service Providers in Psychology “Guidelines for Defining ‘Doctoral Degree I Psychology.’” Therefore, graduates of this designated program who decide to apply for licensing as a psychologist typically will meet the educational requirements for licensing in the United States and Canada. However, in each jurisdiction there are additional requirements that must be satisfied. For exact information, please contact the state or provincial licensing board in the jurisdiction in which you plant to apply.
Once licensed, graduates are eligible to apply for credentialing as a Health Service Provider in Psychology. Graduate from a designated program means that the program you completed typically meets the educational requirements for credentialing by the National Register. However, there are additional requirements that must be satisfied prior to being credentialed by the National Register of Health Service Providers in Psychology. For further information, consult the National Register’s website: www.nationalregister.org
Click here for the program brochure: School Psychology concentration brochure