School Psychology Doctoral Program

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School Psychology Area Chair​
Erin Rodriguez

As the first American Psychological Association-accredited doctoral school psychology program, the School Psychology doctoral program at the University of Texas at Austin has a long history of scientist-practitioner training, scholarly contributions to research, and academic and professional leadership.

Consistent with the broad and general health service psychology specialty of school psychology, the program prepares students to be scientist-practitioners capable of addressing the significant and complex problems and issues facing children, youth, and their caretakers in a variety of settings and contexts.

As a program we strive to advance equity in our admission, retention, and graduation of diverse students; through our scholarship, we create opportunities for students to engage in research with diverse and marginalized populations; through training in evidence-based and culturally-responsive practice, we promote the health and resilience of youth and their systems over time.

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

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

Professor

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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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.