Counseling & Applied Educational Psychology

School Psychology PhD

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Applications are due 12/1

Program Overview

Northeastern University’s Doctoral Program in School Psychology is designed to prepare the next generation of leaders in school psychology. The ecological perspective and scientist-practitioner training model provide the foundation for the program’s educational goals. Students learn how to conduct research, to use research to inform practice, and to contribute to the scientific foundation of professional practice.

The program has three principal themes:

  1. Promotion of the educational and developmental success, and the mental and physical health, of children
  2. The reciprocal influence of science and practice in multicultural and urban contexts
  3. Development of leadership skills in research and practice

The PhD Program has 5 major training goals:

  1. To produce graduates with understanding of the basic areas of psychology.
  2. To produce graduates who are competent in research and scholarship.
  3. To produce graduates who uses a systematic, problem-solving approach in the practice of psychology.
  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.
  5. To produce graduates with the knowledge and skills to engage in professional behavior that is ethically and legally appropriate.

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Core Faculty:

Amy Briesch, PhD
Jessica Hoffman, PhD
Louis Kruger, PsyD
Chieh Li, EdD
Karin Lifter, PhD
Emanuel Mason, EdD
Robert Volpe, PhD 

This program meets the "Guidelines for Defining 'Doctoral Degree in Psychology’" as implemented by the ASPPB/National Register Designation Project. Therefore, a graduate of this designated program who decides to apply for licensure as a psychologist typically will meet the jurisdictional educational requirements for licensing. However, individual circumstances vary, and, there are additional requirements that must be satisfied prior to being licensed as a psychologist. Students should contact the state / provincial / territorial licensing board in the jurisdiction in which they plan to apply for exact information. Additional information including links to jurisdictions is available on the ASPPB's web site:


Northeastern's School Psychology PhD Program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of the American Psychological Association (APA). The next APA accreditation site visit will be held in 2020. 

Questions related to the program’s accredited status should be directed to the Commission on Accreditation:

Office of Program Consultation and Accreditation
American Psychological Association
750 First Street, NE
Washington, DC 20002
Phone: (202) 336-5979/E-mail:


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Contact Info

Dr. Jessica Hoffman, Program Director
415 Int'l Village
Tel: 617.373.5257
Fax: 617.373.8892