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School Psychology PhD Program
Goals and Competencies

Goal #1: To produce graduates with understanding of the basic areas of psychology.

Competencies Expected for Goal 1:  

1.1. Students will understand biological bases of behavior.

1.2. Students will understand cognitive and affective bases of behavior.

1.3. Students will understand theories and research that underlie the social aspects of behavior.

1.4. Students will demonstrate knowledge of the historical and philosophical influences on psychology, including school psychology

1.5. Students will demonstrate knowledge of typical and atypical human development with a focus on children and adolescents

Goal #2: To produce graduates who are competent in research and scholarship.

Competencies Expected for Goal 2:

2.1. Students will demonstrate the ability to formulate meaningful research questions based upon a broad critical review of the extant literature and relate their own findings to extant literature. 

2.2. Students will demonstrate competence in research design (both group and single case) and program evaluation methods, taking into consideration threats to internal and external validity in addition to ethical considerations.

2.3. Students will demonstrate knowledge of a wide variety of statistical methods, including assumptions and limitations of each approach, and be able to select appropriate analyses given their research questions.

2.4. Students will demonstrate knowledge of traditional and modern test theory (e.g., reliability, validity, factor analysis, item response theory).

Goal #3: To produce graduates who use a systematic, problem-solving approach in the practice of psychology. 

Competencies Expected for Goal 3:  

3.1. Students will demonstrate the appropriate selection and administration of assessment procedures, taking into consideration contextual factors.

3.2. Students will demonstrate the ability to accurately integrate and interpret assessment findings from multiple sources and use these data to make recommendations that are evidence-based and culturally sensitive.

3.3. Students will demonstrate the ability to implement, monitor and evaluate evidence-based, culturally sensitive interventions.

3.4. Students will demonstrate the ability to provide consultation at the individual, and group, and systems levels. 

3.5. Students will demonstrate the ability to provide prevention services.

Goal #4: To produce graduates with awareness, sensitivity and skills in working with diverse individuals, groups, and communities, who represent various cultural and personal backgrounds and characteristics defined broadly.

Competencies Expected for Goal 4:

4.1. Students will monitor and apply knowledge of themselves as cultural beings in assessment, intervention, consultation, and research.

4.2. Students will apply knowledge of others as cultural beings in assessment, intervention, consultation, and research.

4.3. Students will apply knowledge of the role of culture in their interactions with diverse others in assessment, intervention, consultation, and research.

Goal 5: To produce graduates with the knowledge and skills to engage in professional behavior that is ethically and legally appropriate.

Competencies Expected for Goal 5:  

5.1. Students will demonstrate that they know and follow APA’s and NASP’s professional standards and ethical guidelines in their research and practice.

5.2. Students will demonstrate that they know and follow relevant federal and state laws and regulations in their research and practice.

5.3. Students will demonstrate knowledge of, purpose for, and roles in supervision.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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