Doctor of Philosophy - School Psychology


The UNLV School Psychology program is the only training program in Nevada. We work to meet the critical need for school psychologists in Nevada and nationally. You will find that school psychology is a stimulating and rewarding field. We hope that you will choose UNLV for your education and training. Feel free to reach out to any school psychology faculty for any questions, or just to chat!

The Ph.D. in School Psychology is rooted in training that emphasizes cultural diversity, a systems perspective (cultural ecological framework), and the integration of science and practice (scientist-practitioner model). Doctoral students are trained to be health service psychologists (HSPs), with a specialization in school psychology, who address psychological concerns through both scholarly research and the application of psychological knowledge and skills in practice. The Ph.D. in School Psychology trains students to be licensed school psychologists in schools, HSPs licensed for independent practice, and researchers who are able to become faculty in academia. Doctoral students train in schools, The PRACTICE, a community mental health center located in the COE, and other community settings. Training is sequenced and rigorous adhering to training standards espoused by the American Psychological Association (APA), the Nevada Board of Psychological Examiners (NBPE), the National Association of School Psychologists (NASP), and the Nevada Department of Education (NDOE).


This program is not yet accredited by APA. Questions related to the program’s accredited status should be directed to the Commission on Accreditation:

Office of Program Consultation and Accreditation American Psychological Association
750 1st Street, NE, Washington, DC 20002
Phone: 202-336-5979

For information regarding accreditation at UNLV, please head over to Academic Program Accreditations.

Learning Outcomes

The School Psychology Ph.D. program's high-level aims include the following:

  1. Train leaders in the field who promote the science of psychology and advocate for the well-being of diverse children and youth through their scholarship and research; and,
  2. Train health service psychologists to deliver school psychological services and advocate for the well-being of diverse children and youth through their services.

The successful School Psychology PhD program graduate will learn the knowledge, skills, and dispositions to:

  1. Identify as health service psychologists with a specialty in school psychology who are leader-advocates for children's well-being and rights;
  2. Provide effective and ethical psychological services from a cultural ecological framework that promote the well-being of diverse children and youth in various community settings; and,
  3. Critically consume, disseminate, and produce scholarship and research that informs cultural ecological school psychology practice.

Career Possibilities

Career possibilities upon graduation are excellent. School psychology consistently ranks at the top of the list for “best social service job” (top 1 and 2 in recent years) according to US News and World Report. Graduates are eligible to work as school psychologists, licensed health service psychologists, researchers, and professors.


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Doctor of Philosophy - School Psychology


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