School Psychology


School psychology is a field that applies principles of educational psychology, developmental psychology, clinical psychology, community psychology, and applied behavior analysis to meet children's and adolescents' behavioral health and learning needs in a collaborative manner with educators and parents.

Applied behavior analysis is a scientific discipline concerned with analyzing the principles of learning and behavioral control, developing usable methods from these principles, and systematically applying these methods to change behavior of social significance.

Clinical psychology is an integration of science, theory and clinical knowledge for the purpose of understanding, preventing, and relieving psychologically based distress or dysfunction and to promote subjective well-being and personal development.

Community psychology studies the individuals' contexts within communities and the wider society, and the relationships of the individual to communities and society.

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School psychologists are educated in psychology, child and adolescent development, child and adolescent psychopathology, education, family and parenting practices, learning theories, and personality theories.

Learning theories are conceptual frameworks in which knowledge is absorbed, processed, and retained during learning.

A psychologist is a professional who evaluates and studies behavior and mental processes.

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They are knowledgeable about effective instruction and effective schools.

"Effective Schools" is both an educational movement and body of research which examines school-based factors which positively influence learning outcomes in K-12 schools.


They are trained to carry out psychological testing and psychoeducational assessment, counseling, and consultation, and in the ethical, legal and administrative codes of their profession.

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