School Psychology, PhD


  • Application Deadline 1 December
  • School psychology doctoral candidates Meghan Silva and Whitney Kleinert were both recipients of the American Academy of School Psychology (AASP) Memorial Fellows Fund Scholarship at the 2016 Annual Convention of the American Psychological Association in Denver, Colorado.

Thank you for your interest in our School Psychology PhD Program at the University of Massachusetts Boston, now accredited by the American Psychological Association and fully approved by the National Association of School Psychologists (NASP). For information on accreditation, please visit 

The University of Massachusetts Boston PhD in School Psychology prepares doctoral-level professional school psychologists for careers as scholars, university faculty, and practitioners.  Our program utilizes a scientist-practitioner model that emphasizes practice to support students, school staff, families and community members that is grounded in rigorous research and science. In adhering to this model, our School Psychology PhD program of study is designed to:​

  • To develop scientist-practitioners who deliver evidence-based, prevention, assessment, consultation and intervention services in school and community settings.
  • To prepare doctoral level school psychologists to apply advanced research skills exploring and evaluating educational and psychological issues, and conduct independent research.
  • To promote culturally responsive graduates and leaders who understand contextual, policy, and social justice issues related to diversity and educational disparities at local and transnational levels.    

Our faculty, in collaboration with students, are actively engaged in research and practice to evaluate and support data-driven and culturally responsive behavior screening, classroom management, treatment integrity, and multi-tiered systems of support. See more about our faculty here.

University of Massachusetts Boston School Psychology PhD students engage in practice and research in local urban and suburban school districts as well as specialized school settings for students with intensive needs. Students lead and contribute to research efforts published in peer-reviewed journals and presented at local and national conferences. Please review our newsletters for more information about our students and their experiences.

Interested students may apply for the Applied Behavior Analysis for Special Populations Certificate, a graduate course sequence offered in partnership with the school psychology program. Following the completion of the coursework and supervised experience, students may sit for the national Behavior Analyst Certification Board licensing examination. For more information about this certificate, contact Mel Collier-Meek.

Additional information about our School Psychology PhD program sequence and requirements can be found here. If you have any questions, please contact Lindsay Fallon, the director of the PhD program in school psychology.

Before applying, please review the admissions page and the FAQs page.

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