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Facilitate optimal learning conditions amongst diverse students as a school psychologist. Become competent in the use of data-based assessment, consultation, prevention/intervention strategies, and effective instruction to help students and families thrive.

Program Details

Kathleen Policastro
“Eastern exudes a positive and warm atmosphere of a smaller university that makes one feel welcome and supported. Professors are committed to ensuring that students receive the best education and career preparation possible. I feel confident that when I graduate, I will be fully prepared as a school psychologist.”

Kathleen Policastro, MS in School Psychology '16

Program Outcomes

  • We develop school leaders who promote mental health and academic skills in all students from grades Pre K to 12.
  • Our graduate students integrate evidence-based knowledge with practical experience to serve students in diverse school settings within the context of their cultural, educational, and familial worldview.
  • We offer in-depth training in evaluating students for special service eligibility by teaching the assessment of academic skills and cognitive abilities and determining how social-emotional development interacts with academic and cognitive skills.
  • Students learn and practice collaboration with teachers, caregivers, and administrators, and implement solutions for learning, behavior, and social problems.
  • We train students to provide psychological counseling by directly working with students and their families to resolve difficulties in adjustment and learning.
  • Specific skills in applied behavioral analysis and the implementation and monitoring of interventions are also taught and practiced by our graduate students.

Faculty Spotlight

Dr. Kirby L. Wycoff, Associate Professor and Co-Director of the School Psychology Program 

Dr. Kirby WycoffDr. Kirby Wycoff was recently a featured speaker at the 7th Annual Education Summit on March 22, 2019. This event, hosted by the Catholic Partnership Schools in Camden NJ, was designed to bring together educators, mental health professionals, community health providers, and others who are committed to serving vulnerable youth and family populations in Camden and beyond. Dr. Wycoff spoke about the power of relationships in supporting the needs of young people and families exposed to trauma and adversity and how educators and communities can come together to foster resilience. Through her work with vulnerable populations, Dr. Wycoff spoke about the need to integrate big-picture public health thinking in how we approach educational challenges to address issues of inequity and disparity to ensure all children and families feel safe and supported in their schools and communities. Learn more about Dr. Wycoff.

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