School Psychology Doctor of Psychology

The Psy.D. program at the University at Albany prepares school psychologists to integrate psychological theory, research, and established methods of scientific inquiry into effective practice; and to engage in research and evaluation activities that contribute to the science and practice of psychology. Specifically, the Program prepares graduates as life-long learners who engage in the issues of cultural and individual diversity. The Program's philosophy is that preparation of professional psychologists is dependent on: (a) a solid foundation in psychological theory and research, established methods of scientific inquiry, and skill-based training in psychological assessment and intervention methods; (b) opportunities for supervised application of theory, research, and methods of inquiry and practice; and (c) opportunities to engage in research and evaluation of psychological practice. This philosophy is consistent with an integrated theory-research-practice model in which theory and research provide the basis for psychological practice, the implementation and evaluation of which subsequently informs theory, research, and practice. Students are involved in a systematic and reasoned, sequential plan of study which includes integrated course work in general psychology and professional school psychology, field training experiences, and opportunities to engage in research and evaluation of psychological practice. Training competent professional school psychologists thus encompasses multiple areas; specifically, personal characteristics, academic knowledge, research, field training experiences, comprehensive examination, and dissertation. The sequential plan of study is designed to aid the students' attainment of the knowledge necessary to engage in and enhance psychological practice. This program is accredited by the American Psychological Association.

Program of Study

Each student, in consultation with a faculty advisor, develops a course of study using the course distribution listed below as a guide. Each program is subject to review and approval by the Division of School Psychology.

  1. Scientific Psychology (27)
  2. Theoretical Foundations of Psychology (12)
  3. Professional School Psychology (22)
  4. Educational Foundations and Related Areas (9)
  5. Electives (9)
  6. Professional Field Experiences and Internship (12) (Note: Advanced field experiences and internships do not carry academic credit. There is a total of 22 months supervised experience required.)

Minimum = 91 credits.

Additional requirements. In addition to required course work and field training, all students are required to pass doctoral qualifying examinations, and complete an applied research project (professional dissertation).  Project SAVE (Safe Schools Against Violence Prevention in Education) Training and NYS Mandated Reporter/Identification and Reporting of Child Abuse and Maltreatment are also required. These do not carry course credit but are noted on each student's transcript.

Full Time Study in Residence
Students enrolled in the Psy.D. program in School Psychology must complete a minimum of one academic year in full time residence. One academic year is defined as consecutive Fall and Spring semesters. Full time study is defined as 12 credits in each semester (i.e. 12 credits in the Fall semester and 12 credits in the Spring semester).

Any student may apply to the faculty in the Division of School Psychology to request a modification (with rationale) of this requirement. The Division faculty will then meet to discuss the student request and decide if the modification will be allowed.