PhD Specialization in School Psychology

School Psychology is a general practice and health service provider specialty of professional psychology that is concerned with the science and practice of psychology with children, youth, families, and the schooling process.

The basic education and training of school psychologists prepares them to provide a range of psychological assessment, intervention, prevention, health promotion, and program development and evaluation services with a special focus on the developmental processes of children and youth within the context of schools, families, and other systems.

Doctoral students specializing in school psychology will, in addition to integrating the education described above, complete advanced studies in statistics, research design, history, and systems of psychology, and social-organizational psychology. Graduates will be equipped to use scientific exploration and data-based decision making to provide psychological practices in multiple settings including but not limited to schools, hospitals, universities, and private practice.

School Psychology Specialization Doctoral Courses
  • EDP 5327 Educational Evaluation
  • EDP 5328 Psychological Assessment of Children and Adolescents I: Cognitive
  • EDP 5333 Psychology of Learning, Cognition, and Affect
  • EDP 5337 Psychological Assessment of Children and Adolescents II: Psychoeducational
  • EDP 5340 Measurement and Evaluation
  • EDP 5341 Professional Practice, Law and Ethics for School Psychologists
  • EDP 5356 Psychological Interventions with Children and Adolescents I: Behavior
  • EDP 5360 Psychological Interventions with Children and Adolescents II: Counseling
  • EDP 5362 Psychological Interventions with Children and Adolescents III: Academic
  • EDP 5363 Psychological Interventions with Children and Adolescents IV: CBT
  • EDP 5366 Psychology of Exceptional Children
  • EDP 5367 Psychopathology of Individuals & Families
  • EDP 5370 Consultation, Collaboration, and Family-School Partnerships
  • EDP 5393 Cultural Issues with Children and Families
  • EDP 5394 Psychological Assessment of Children and Adolescents III: Socio-Emotional
  • EDP 5V78 Practicum in School Psychology
  • EDP 6182 Doctoral Internship in School Psychology
  • EDP 6332 Advanced Study of Human Growth and Development
  • EDP 6337 Psychometric Theory and Test Construction
  • EDP 6350 History and Systems of Psychology and Educational Applications
  • EDP 6360 Experimental Design I
  • EDP 6362 Applied Multiple Regression/Correlation
  • EDP 6365 Latent Variable Models in Education       
  • EDP 6366 Item Response Theory
  • PSY 5323 Biological Foundations of Behavior
  • PSY 5339 Social-Organizational Psychology
School Psychology Faculty

Nicholas Benson, PhD
Dr. Benson's research interests in the development and measurement of intelligence, personality, and academic achievement. He holds a license for the practice of school psychology in Florida and is a nationally certified school psychologist (NCSP).

Julie Ivey, PhD
Dr. Ivey’s research interests in autism spectrum disorder interventions, family systems, and suicide prevention. She is a licensed specialist in school psychology (LSSP).

Tamara Hodges, EdD
Dr. Hodges’s interests are in curricular issues for special needs students, therapeutic approaches for individuals with eating disorders, and depression in adolescents and young adults. Dr. Hodges holds a license for the independent practice of psychology in Texas and is a licensed specialist in school psychology (LSSP).

Eric L. Robinson, PhD
Dr. Robinson conducts research concerning classroom management, at-risk youth and subsequent college attendance, prevention and intervention of aggressive behaviors, social and developmental aspects of student-athletes, and policy efforts in school psychology. Dr. Robinson is the Coordinator of the Baylor Autism Resource Clinic (BARC) that services children and families in central Texas.

Marley Watkins, PhD
Dr. Watkins has wide research interests in school psychology, including professional issues, the psychometrics of assessment and diagnosis, individual differences, and computer applications. Dr. Watkins is an award-winning scholar, ranked 10th among U.S. school psychology faculty for publications between 2000 and 2005 and again for 2005 to 2009. He is an elected member of the Society for the Study of School Psychology. His advanced clinical competence was recognized by the American Board of Professional Psychology by an award of the Diplomate in School Psychology and he holds a license for the independent practice of psychology in Pennsylvania and Arizona.