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.
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.