School Psychology Ph.D. program School Psychology Ph.D.

The doctor of philosophy with a major in school psychology is accredited by the American Psychological Association Commission on Accreditation — 750 First Street, NE, Washington, D.C. 20002-4242; phone: 202-336-5979.

degrees School Psychology ranked 5th in the nation among APA accredited doctoral programs.

The school psychology program at Georgia State University is recognized by the National Association of School Psychologists (NASP) as demonstrating a commitment to diversity issues through the recruitment and retention of students from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds, multicultural curricular emphasis, faculty members involved in multicultural research and outreach, and participation in related research and training grants.

School psychology is an applied specialty within the general field of professional psychology. The school psychology doctoral program prepares students for professional practice as a school psychologist within the standards of professional competence specified by the American Psychological Association.

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The Doctorate of Philosophy with a major in School Psychology is accredited by the American Psychological Association.
*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 1st Street, NE, Washington, D.C. 20002
Phone: 202-336-5979

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If an applicant holds a bachelor's degree in psychology, education, or a related field, he or she can apply to the Ph.D. program in school psychology. Students pursuing the bachelor's to Ph.D. program of study will complete all master of education and specialists in education prerequisites before beginning the Ph.D. program of study.

Students normally enter the doctoral program in school psychology after completion of requirements for both the master of education and the specialist in education (sixth-year certificate as associate school psychologist) degrees. However, students lacking such certification, but holding the master's degree in a related field, may be admitted to the program with the provision that sixth-year certification (entry level for Georgia Department of Education state certification as associate school psychologist) is attained promptly.

Ideally, planning for the integration of research training and professional skills training should begin as early as possible for the student who intends to pursue a doctorate. Therefore, students in the M.Ed. or Ed.S. program who anticipate application to the doctoral program should seek faculty advisement toward this goal early in their careers.

  • Catherine Perkins, Ph.D., – Associate Clinical Professor and Program Coordinator for the School Psychology M.Ed/Ed.S. program in the Department of Counseling and Psychological Services.
  • Joseph Hill, Ph.D.  - Clinical Assistant Professor in the Department of Counseling and Psychological Services
  • Joel Meyers, Ph.D. is a Regents Professor in the Department of Counseling and Psychological Services and is director of the Center for School Safety, School Climate and Classroom Management. He also serves as director of Project Drop Out and Violence Elimination (DOVE) and director of the College of Education & Human Development’s school psychology program. Meyers previously served as president of American Psychological Association Division 16 and has served as the editor of the Journal of School Psychology.
  • Andy Roach, Ph.D. - Associate Professor and Program Coordinator with joint appointments in the Department of Counseling and Psychological Services (College of Education & Human Development) and the School of Public Health. He also serves Associate Director of the Center for Leadership in Disability (CLD)—a University Center for Excellence in Disability (UCEDD). Prior to returning to GSU in 2013, he was an associate professor and executive director of the Collaborative Research and Evaluation Office (CREO) in Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College at Arizona State University.
  • Stephen Truscott, Psy.D. -  Professor of the School Psychology Ph.D. Program. He has been a school psychologist since 1984 and practiced in New York State before entering academia. He completed his Psy.D. at the University at Albany in 1998 and taught at Alfred University and the University at Buffalo, SUNY before joining the GSU faculty in 2005. Truscott was editor of the Journal of Educational and Psychological Consultation. His research interests focus on improving schools and school psychology practices; particularly in respect to how school psychologists can support teachers and best serve children in need.
  • Kris Varjas, Psy.D.  - Professor in the Department of Counseling and Psychological Services and Director of the Center for School Safety, School Climate and Classroom Management.

Program Contacts

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Andy Roach, Ph.D.
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