Our graduates work with children, youth, families and educators to promote effective functioning in the areas of learning, behavior and mental health.
Our students develop professional competencies in:
It is our mission to train the next generation of research, teaching, and policy leaders who are singularly focused on solving significant societal problems in education and psychology. We utilize an integrated systems approach to address academic and behavioral evidence-based practice with world-class research lines in prevention science, assessment, and intervention.
Degrees are in educational, school and counseling psychology with an emphasis in school psychology.
- Doctor of philosophy (PhD)
- Educational specialist (EdSp)
- Master of education (M Ed) — part of EdSp degree program
- Master of arts (MA) — part of PhD degree program
The School Psychology program is led by highly productive, nationally recognized faculty. They hold leadership roles in key professional organizations and premier publication outlets in our field, engage in cutting edge research, and apply a progressive problem-solving framework to school psychology. Click on links below to learn more about them and their areas of expertise. Faculty members who will be accepting new doctoral advisees for the 2016-2017 school year are marked with an asterisk (*).
Core Program Faculty
- Cheryl Offutt (program coordinator)
- Matthew Burns*
- Katie Eklund*
- Craig Frisby*
- Keith Herman*
- Steve Kilgus*
- Wendy Reinke*
- Chris Riley-Tillman*
- Kelly Schieltz*
- Erica Lembke (Special Education)*
- Janine Stichter (Special Education)*
- Lori Newcomer (affiliated research faculty)
- Andy Knoop (affiliated clinical faculty)
Accreditation and Credentialing
The doctoral program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of the American Psychological Association (APA) and the National Association of School Psychologists (NASP). Questions related to the program’s APA accredited status should be directed to the APA Commission on Accreditation. Questions related to the program’s NASP approval status should be directed to the NASP Program Review Board.
Both degree programs are approved by the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education and lead to certification as a school psychologist in the state of Missouri. To be eligible for employment in states other than Missouri or for psychology licensure (doctoral-level only), a greater number of courses and internship hours may be required.
APA Contact Information
Office of Program Consultation and Accreditation
American Psychological Association
750 First St. NE
Washington, DC 20002
NASP Contact Information
Program Approval Board
National Association of School Psychologists
Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education
Office of Educator Quality
PO Box 480
Jefferson City, MO 65102