School Psychology Ph.D. Program

Fully-Accredited by the American Psychological Association (APA) and Full Approval by the National Association of School Psychologists (NASP) through 2019.

Thank you for your interest in our School Psychology Ph.D. program. The doctoral degree in School Psychology adheres to a scientist-practitioner model of training and is fully approved as such by the American Psychological Association (APA). The program is designed to fully integrate psychological theory with rigorous research and professional practice skills. The program aspires to develop evidence-based practitioners and researchers, and is committed to training multi-culturally competent school psychologists. We are very excited about our APA-accredited and NASP-approved School Psychology program and hope you'll consider joining us! The information found in these pages should help you navigate through various program components and requirements.

Dr. Karen Stoiber
Training Director, School Psychology Ph.D.
Department of Educational Psychology
P.O. Box 413
University of Wisconsin- Milwaukee
Milwaukee, WI 53201-0413
Fax: 414-229-4939

Student Admissions, Outcomes, and Other Data Tables

Academic Year 2013-14 Handbooks

Ph.D. Program Handbook

The School Psychology program has five major goals:

  • Prepare school psychology students to design and implement evidence-based therapeutic interventions that meet the mental health and educational needs of children, adolescents, and families.
  • Prepare school psychologists to engage in problem-solving consultation within and across schools and community settings with families and professionals to enhance the competencies and resilience of youth and to promote healthy home, school, and community environments.
  • Prepare school psychologists to conduct comprehensive assessments that are directly linked to interventions aimed at improving understanding and outcomes of youth, families, and schools.
  • Prepare school psychologists to provide service delivery and to conduct research that reflects APA and NASP ethical and professional standards.
  • Prepare school psychologists to conduct, interpret, critique and disseminate high quality scientist-practitioner research that advances the field of school psychology in urban settings.

Student Support and Program Costs

Doctoral students are eligible to apply for research and project assistantships and fellowships through the University of Wisconsin- Milwaukee Educational Psychology Doctoral Program and through the Graduate School. The Doctoral Program provides assistantships to approximately 5 students in the department of Educational Psychology each year; typically 2 students in the School Psychology program are funded through this mechanism. The faculty also seeks other funding, which provides for additional student support. Faculty members in the School Psychology program have been highly successful in attaining extramural funding and have received more than $7 million in federal grant funding since 2002. Each year, approximately 6 school psychology doctoral students are fully-funded as part of faculty research projects. Every student who has desired funding and has been admitted since 1999 has had a graduate assistantship. Tuition information may be found on the Bursar's Office website.


All graduates of our program have received certification as school psychologists from the Department of Public Instruction or similar Departments of Education in the states in which they currently reside. The School Psychology program has graduated 16 students between 2002 and 2009. Of those 16 students, 5 students (31%) have become licensed psychologists.

Commission on Accreditation
c/o Office of Program and Accreditation

Education Directorate
American Psychological Association
750 First Street NE
Washington, DC, 20002-4242
(202) 336-5979