School Psychology

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Interim Area Chair
Cindy Carlson

The School Psychology program at UT Austin is the first APA accredited School Psychology program in the nation. Our program uses the scientist-practitioner model to prepare students in understanding and enhancing the development of children and adolescents in context. 

The program offers both Doctoral (Ph.D.) as well as Master's degrees (Specialist in School Psychology, MA/SSP). Education and training includes strong preparation in the academic foundations of psychology. Students prepare in the research skills essential to the contribution of new knowledge, and in the competent and ethical professional practice of assessment, intervention, and consultation. 

Our graduates are employed in colleges and universities, school systems, mental health and child guidance centers, medical centers, and independent clinical practice. The program has a comprehensive and interdisciplinary perspective and is acknowledged as an exemplary model of training in school psychology.    

School Psychology Faculty

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Sarah Kate Bearman

Assistant Professor

Research focuses on the dissemination and implementation of empirically supported practices (ESPs) for children with disruptive behavior, trauma, anxiety and depression in community settings.

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Cindy Carlson


Interim Area Chair, School Psychology

Active in current healthcare reform endeavors, studies integrated behavioral health, attachment theory, and consultation theories and processes such as home-school partnership and family-centered treatment.

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Jane Gray

Assistant Professor of Practice

Director of Clinical Training

Supports the clinical training of doctoral students, teaches clinically-focused courses and prepares students for psychology internship training.

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Timothy Keith


Focuses on the nature and measurement of intelligence, including the validity of tests of intelligence, and understanding factors that influence school learning and academic achievement.

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David Klingbeil

Assistant Professor

Evaluates popular educational practices to identify moderators of effectiveness; designs evidence-based practices for the context of high-poverty schools, identifying students needing additional support and evidence-based interventions for academic and social-behavioral outcomes.

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Jessica O'Bleness

Assistant Professor of Practice

Director of Clinical Training, School Psychology Masters Program

Supports the clinical training of MA/SSP students, teaches undergraduate and graduate level courses related to clinical training and psychology, and prepares students for MA/SSP internship training.

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Erin Rodriguez

Assistant Professor

Studies family, linguistic, and sociocultural influences on children’s adaptation to stress, to better understand how family coping, language and communication, and sociocultural context impact children’s mental and physical health outcomes.

Affiliated Centers

Laboratory for Leveraging Evidence and Advancing Practice for Youth Mental Health Services (LEAP Lab)

Examines factors that promote and support effective use of empirically supported mental health interventions for youth, evaluates the effectiveness and acceptability of interventions in low-resource settings, and emphasizes research-practice partnerships.

Pediatric Coping and Language Lab

Studies family, linguistic, and sociocultural influences on children’s adaptation to stress and their mental and physical health outcomes.

Psychological and Educational Assessment Center

Serves as a training center for the graduate programs in Counseling Psychology and School Psychology and a resource for people who are seeking assessment for possible learning difficulties or conditions that may affect learning.