- Graduate Programs
- School Psychology
School psychologists use their expertise to support students' ability to learn and succeed. Our program combines theoretical and applied approaches across developmental, cognitive, social and behavioral areas. It will prepare you for practitioner roles in treatment, assessment and consultation, as well as teaching and research positions.
We offer two full-time degree tracks:
To learn more:
- Watch videos on our YouTube channel.
- Read about school psychologists on the National Association of School Psychologists website.
Invited students will be interviewed on the following date:
- Thursday, February 16, 2023 or Friday, February 17, 2023 (one of those two days to be determined).
You'll benefit from being part of a small cohort of less than eight students. In addition to training focused on multi-tiered services and support, you'll receive extensive research experiences.
Other program benefits include:
- Strong track record for funding Ph.D. students (funding is sometimes available for master's/specialist-level students).
- Convenient location that allows for easy access to Chicago-area resources.
- Commitment to diversity in the field of psychology.
- Excellent placement rate for practicum and internship experiences, beginning in the spring of your first year.
- Support from our active School Psychology student organization.
Students in our specialist in school psychology program have the opportunity to receive training focused on bullying. We'll begin selecting candidates for our new program, Project Prevent and Address Bullying Behavior at All Tiers (PPABB), from the entering class of fall 2021.
Established in 1978, our certification program received full approval from the National Association of School Psychologists and the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education in 1992. The program has maintained this status.
Our Ph.D. program is accredited by the American Psychological Association, which places us at the forefront of the nation's school psychology programs. The program is also approved by the Association of State and Provincial Psychology Boards and the National Register of Health Service Providers in Psychology.
Office of Program Consultation and Accreditation
750 First Street, NE
Washington, DC 20002-4242
You'll work closely with our accomplished faculty members:
- Michelle K. Demaray
- Christine Malecki
- Molly McDade
- Julia Ogg
- Kara Styck
They are active researchers who are engaged in the field of school psychology on local, regional and national levels. Some of their accomplishments include:
- Michelle Demaray, Ph.D., is the editor of the Journal of School Psychology.
- Christine Malecki, Ph.D., was the chair of the executive committee of the Council of Directors of School Psychology Programs.
- Julia Ogg, Ph.D., is the conference program chair-elect of American Psychological Association division 16 (school psychology).
Bullying Prevention Training
Project Prevent and Address Bullying Behavior at All Tiers can provide you with financial support and specialized training. Now accepting applications for future cohorts (2022, 2023, 2024)!
Receive Free Training to Become a School Psychologist
Preparing Educators as School Psychologists in Northern Illinois (PESP-NI).
Christine Malecki, Ph.D.
Psychology-Computer Science Building room 312
Director of Graduate Studies
Kevin Wu, Ph.D
Graduate Studies Assistant