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School Psychology

Our program prides itself on offering our students access to faculty members with a diverse set of practical skills and research interests. Through this diversity, you will develop a broad knowledge base of school-based assessment, consultation, and intervention work. Doctoral students will also develop expertise within a certain area through involvement on a research team, completion of a thesis and dissertation, and coursework associated with their minor concentration.

Our School Psychology faculty dedicate a substantial amount of time and effort to our graduate students. When selecting students, we are not simply selecting individuals with who we will provide didactic instruction in the classroom, but students with whom we will spend many hours in and outside of the classroom perfecting their clinical and research skills in order to enhance the lives of children and the practice of school psychology.

Note that, for our doctoral program, most of our students do not have a master’s degree when they enter the program. You will complete a master’s degree as part of our doctoral program (but we are not a terminal master’s program). We do accept students into our doctoral program who have completed a master’s degree in related areas, and in these cases, it may be possible to complete the program in four rather than five years.

Degree Programs

Educational Specialist (EdS)

  • EdS in School Psychology

    Earn certification as a school psychologist through our Educational Specialist program in three years.

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

Accreditation Information

The UGA School Psychology PhD Program is accredited by the American Psychological Association and approved by the National Association of School Psychologists. Questions related to the program’s accredited status should be directed to the APA Commission on Accreditation:

American Psychological Association 750 1st Street, NE, Washington, DC 20002 Phone: 202-336-5979

The UGA School Psychology EdS Program is approved by the Georgia Professional Standards Commission for school-based practice in the state of Georgia.

Current Students

Student Organizations

Association of School Psychologists (ASP)

To advise the scholarly goals and professional interests of future school psychologists.

Faculty advisor: Scott Patrick Ardoin

Graduate Researchers in Educational Psychology

This organization fosters communication between graduate students and faculty in the Department of Educational Psychology and encourages active participation in projects relating to fields represented in the department.

Faculty advisor: Michele Lease

Faculty and Staff

Anna Abraham Professor
Scott P. Ardoin Professor
Kristen Bub Professor
Sycarah Fisher Assistant Professor and Graduate Coordinator
Ashley Johnson Harrison Associate Professor and Program Coordinator
Michele Lease Professor
Rebecca G. Lieberman-Betz Associate Professor
Jennifer H. Lindstrom Associate Professor
Sakhavat Mammadov Associate Professor
Stacey M Neuharth-Pritchett Senior Associate Dean
Chitra Pidaparti Clinical Assistant Professor
Amy L. Reschly Professor and Department Head

Contact Info

323 Aderhold Hall 110 Carlton Street Athens, Georgia 30602
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