School Psychology

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Program Director
Timothy Keith

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

Professor, Department Chair

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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Jenifer Carter

Clinical Assistant Professor

Provides assessment and counseling services to students and families in a variety of school settings with a focus on social-emotional learning interventions.

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Timothy Keith

Professor, School Psychology Program Director

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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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.

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Kevin Stark


Studies the application of cognitive-behavioral interventions to behavior problems in schools, and the assessment, treatment, and theoretical models of depression in children and adolescents.

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.