Samuel Song

Professor, College of Education
Expertise: School bullying prevention and intervention, Restorative justice and practices in schools, Social justice and diversity in school psychology, School mental health, Disparities in student discipline, School-to-prison pipeline


Samuel Song, a professor within the UNLV College of Education's department of educational psychology and higher education, is an expert on school bullying prevention and reducing racial/ethnic discipline disparities through the implementation of restorative justice practices in schools. His research focuses on strategies to promote healthy school cultures and climates for all children — including the "ecological minority" —and integrating social justice in the field of school psychology.

In addition to Song's academic career, he has practiced school psychology in traditional and alternative settings, including clinics and hospitals, and worked as a licensed psychologist and health service provider. A past president of the Trainers of School Psychologists, Song strives to prepare social justice-oriented industry professionals to work in large, diverse school districts and place emphasis on advocacy, prevention, and interventions that promote wellness and prevent negative outcomes in schools and communities.

Song co-edited the first book on social justice and school psychology, School Psychology and Social Justice: Conceptual Foundations and Tools for Practice. In 2019, he was honored with the American Psychological Association's Division of School Psychology Mid-Career Service or Practice Award, which recognizes exceptional contributions to the field through programs of service or innovations in practice.

His scholarship has been published in scientific journals including the Journal of School Psychology, the National Association of School Psychologists' Best Practices in School Psychology, and the Journal of Experimental Education.


  • B.A., University of Nebraska-Lincoln
  • Professional psychology fellowship, Yale School of Medicine
  • Social policy fellowship, Yale University
  • Ph.D., University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Samuel Song In The News

May 12, 2022
After several days of classroom lockdowns when violent brawls broke out inside Desert Oasis High School in Las Vegas, Cherish Morgan had had enough.
April 22, 2022
Three students were arrested Wednesday in three separate assaults on teachers and staff at Las Vegas Valley schools, the latest in a growing trend of violence throughout the Clark County School District that some experts and community leaders say is the culmination of a lack of comprehensive resources for children that has been exacerbated by the pandemic.
The Center Square
February 23, 2022
The fight outside North High School in Denver was about to turn more violent as one girl wrapped a bike chain around her fist to strike the other. Just before the attacker used the weapon, school staff arrived and restrained her, ending the fight but not the story.
Film Threat
February 21, 2022
Samuel Song of the University of Nevada Las Vegas perceives school as a hierarchy, where students seek to obtain respect and popularity by putting others down. More often than not, minorities are at greater risk of being bullied and contemplating suicide, which the film tackles with great detail.

Articles Featuring Samuel Song

Sam Song
People | October 3, 2016

A younger relative’s brush with gangs and the school's indifference to his situation set this College of Education professor on his career path.