The School Psychology program follows a scientist-practitioner model. This model of training emphasizes a school psychologist's basic skills as derived from a thorough understanding of the science of psychology. Armed with this understanding of basic psychology, the school psychologist can adapt to changing professional demands and help determine the future of the profession. Without this background a psychologist could only serve the role of a technician, and would be poorly equipped to overcome any obstacles or lead new developments in the profession.

Academic Programs

Program Features

  • Clinical practicum experiences in local schools beginning in the first year and lasting throughout the program.
  • Only APA accredited School Psychology program in Philadelphia*
  • Multi-disciplinary faculty focus and expertise that provides a broad look at the field as well as specialties within school psychology
  • Integrated scientist-practitioner model.
  • Opportunities to participate in clinical and research opportunies in the Philadelphia area.
  • Opportunity to pursue Board Certification in Behavior Analysis together with School Psychology Certification.
*The PhD in School Psychology has full accreditation by the American Psychological Association (APA) and the National Association of School Psychologists (NASP). Temple University's Doctoral Program in School Psychology was one of the earliest programs in the country to receive APA approval. The program is also approved by the National Association of School Psychologists. The Pennsylvania State Department of Education has given approval for the program which provides State Certification in School Psychology. The PhD in School Psychology is also accepted by the Pennsylvania State Board of Psychology and the National Register of Health Service Providers in Psychology.
 

Psychoeducational Clinic

Temple University’s Psychoeducational Clinic provides comprehensive psychoeducational evaluations for adolescents, children and young adults who are experiencing academic difficulties. Such difficulties may be related to behavioral, emotional or social problems; learning disabilities; or neurological impairment.

School Psychology Conference

The School Psychology Conference is a convening of nearly 200 practitioners, faculty, and students to discuss and exchange information on a variety of topics relevant to the field of school psychology. These topics have included how to address the opioid crisis, how to appropriately and accurately assess English language learners, and how to provide trauma-focused interventions for students with conduct disorder, among many others.

Program Contact

Catherine Fiorello, professor of School Psychology, is faculty coordinator of the School Psychology program.
Phone: 215-204-6254
Emailcatherine.fiorello@temple.edu