School psychologists must follow best practices that are supported by empirical research. Our program trains graduates to do that by using a problem-solving model that approaches consultation, assessment and intervention from a behavior analytic framework and emphasizes the influences of family, community and culture in the problem-solving process.
Our Ph.D. program includes specializations in health and pediatric psychology, as well as in working with students at risk for or with disabilities.
Students in our Ed.S. certificate program can specialize in autism spectrum disorders or Response to Intervention. Students in both programs receive supervised practicum experience in school settings from the beginning and gain a knowledge and experimental underpinning in multicultural perspectives.
Our faculty and students engage in research in areas such as autism and other pervasive developmental disorders, and they have published in journals and presented their research at national and international conferences.
The Ph.D. program is accredited by the American Psychological Association, the National Association of School Psychologists and the Pennsylvania Department of Education; the Ed.S. program is accredited by the National Association of School Psychologists and the Pennsylvania Department of Education.
School Psychology Program in the United States
Training future leaders in school psychology by developing and evaluating best practices that help children and the community.
The School Psychology program invites you to explore the exciting opportunities as a prospective student in the field of school psychology.
Our program was ranked #1 by Best Counseling Degrees. The Journal of School Psychology has ranked our program #2 in the nation for scholarly productivity and research impact. In a Chronicle of Higher Education report, Lehigh was ranked #3 among the nation’s elite for research productivity.
Our doctoral programs are accredited by the American Psychological Association (APA) and approved by the National Association of School Psychologists (NASP). This means we have met the rigorous criteria and standards designed by these governing boards to ensure that our programing provides a top education for students in our programs.