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School Psychology Program

Our program is dedicated to preparing psychologists of the highest quality to serve the psychological and developmental needs of children and adolescents within the interrelated contexts of family, school, and community. A scientist-practitioner model of graduate education guides our APA accredited and NASP approved Ph.D. degree program, and our NASP approved M.S. degree psychology students


Within the environment of a psychology department, our program provides students with a strong foundation in psychological science combined with best professional practices in serving the needs of children, families, schools, and communities. The University of Rhode Island's School Psychology Program has historically maintained a leadership position among graduate education and training programs both regionally and nationally. School Psychology at the University of Rhode Island originated in 1964 by offering a masters degree and several years later (1970) introduced a course of study leading to the doctoral degree. This doctoral (Ph.D.) program was among the first in the United States to be fully accredited by the American Psychological Association (APA) and successfully participated in the first series of joint accreditations by APA and the National Association of School Psychologists (NASP). As noted above, currently our Ph.D. program is accredited by APA and approved by NASP, and the master's (M.S.) program is approved by NASP.

Information about APA accreditation is available from the Commission on Accreditation:

American Psychological Association
750 First Street, NE
Washington, DC 20002-4242
(202) 336-5979

Information about NASP Program Approval is available from:

National Association of School Psychologists
4340 East West Highway
Suite 402
Bethesda, MD 20814
(301) 657-0270