Pace University is adding an advanced degree to its offerings — a new doctoral program in School Psychology on its New York City campus.
The Department of Psychology launched the program this fall, in part, to meet the growing demand for school psychologists. With a greater awareness of mental health and the importance of supporting students emotionally, socially and academically, school psychologists play an important role in learning. In fact, the Bureau of Labor Statistics projects the field to grow by 8 percent over the next decade.
“The PhD in School Psychology is an invaluable degree that prepares skilled professionals to meet the needs of the public,” said Tresmaine R. Grimes, dean, Dyson College of Arts and Sciences and School of Education. “With a special focus on the developmental processes of children and youth within the context of schools, families, and other systems, this program will provide our graduates the training and knowledge required to address a range of psychological services that serve as an integral component in support of the mental well-being of our children, which is greatly needed in today’s world.”
Housed in the Dyson College of Arts and Sciences, the program is designed to train school psychologists who are equipped to assume leadership, academic and research roles within the field. The program will train students to conduct research, provide indirect service delivery in areas such as preventive mental health and program development and evaluation, and function as doctoral-level school psychologists. It is designed to provide education and training in school psychology within a scientist-practitioner model.
“Graduates of the program will be critical forces in identifying the mental health needs of youth, families, and schools during and after the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Anastasia Yasik, PhD, program director and psychology professor. “They will not only be equipped to identify risk but will also be skilled in establishing and evaluating programs to address these risk factors. In addition, our graduates will be key players in combatting issues of social injustice within schools and communities.”
“I decided to pursue Pace University’s PhD in School Psychology because of the resources they provide to prepare students for the field and the opportunity to learn from renowned faculty,” said Ji Hoon Park, first-year student. “With their extensive experience and knowledge, Pace faculty help students integrate their interests into thesis and dissertation topics …….