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Undergraduate Program, Director: Deborah Maxwell-McCaw, Ph.D. - Deborah.firstname.lastname@example.org
School Psychology Program, Director: Tania Thomas-Presswood, Ph.D. -
Clinical Psychology Program, Director of Clinical Training: Lawrence Pick, Ph.D. -
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The Doctor of Psychology in School Psychology (Psy.D.) is built upon our successful and National
Association of School Psychologists (NASP) approved Specialist in School Psychology Program (Psy.S.).
The Psy.D. in School Psychology Program provides a comprehensive plan of advanced studies with the
fundamental commitment to develop competent doctoral-level school psychologists who possess a
sub-specialization in serving deaf and hard of hearing children as well as other school age children and
skilled in the delivery of multiple services in a variety of settings (e.g. schools, private practice,
hospitals, clinics, universities, etc.) The Psy.D. in School Psychology Program integrates respect for
diversity in theory and practice, basic and advanced psychological principles, consultative and
interventionist skills, data-based and problem-solving approaches, and scholarly and research-based
learning that advance the field of school psychology and the practice with school age students. The
program is anchored in the Practitioner-Scholar model, the goal of which is to develop and produce
practitioners informed by research and whose training prioritizes the acquisition of practical and
The Psy.D. program in School Psychology will require completion of 97 graduate semester hours, including
extensive practicum and internship experiences. The program generally will require four years to
complete. The first year includes a 31-credit sequence of courses in psychology and related areas,
courses in American Sign Language (ASL), and successful completion of comprehensive examinations.
Successful completion of these requirements results in the Master of Arts degree in Developmental
Psychology with a Specialty in Working with Deaf Children. The post-Masters (or 2nd– 3rd years) portion
of the program requires an additional 67-semester credit sequence of courses emphasizing school
psychological services, content areas, extensive advanced practicum/externship experience, and a
yearlong applied research project. The fourth year of the program requires a 12-credit, full-time school
psychology internship, served in a school or school/clinical setting anywhere in the United States, the
completion of two Internship Comprehensive Intervention Case Studies, and taking the Praxis national
For the program of study, requirements, and list of courses for the Psy.D. in School Psychology, please
visit the Academic
All applicants must be able to pass a background check to be advanced to practicum or
internship due to all school systems requiring a background check before granting access to school age children. All
applicants must demonstrate scholastic ability and interpersonal skills to be an effective psychological
practitioner in the schools.
The Admission Committee is made up of all faculty in the Psy.D. School Psychology Program. The committee meets and
reviews all applications and materials submitted. Applicants are encouraged to submit additional materials that
speak to their likelihood to be successful in graduate studies. The committee selects applicants who are believed to
have the potential to succeed in graduate studies and whose personal and professional goals match those of the
Psy.D. in School Psychology at Gallaudet University. Successful applicants are invited to an interview.
Prospective students with advanced degrees in school psychology (including Psy.S., Ed.S., or CAGS from an accredited
program) can be admitted with advanced standing in the Psy.D. These applicants must have received their degrees no
more than 10 years before the application date. As per APA guidelines, these advanced applicants will be required to
complete at least 2 years of residency excluding their internship year to meet APA Standards as well as any
deficiency (i.e., missing foundation courses) identified after a careful transcript review by faculty.
Core faculty: Sherry Eyer Ph.D., Tania Thomas-Presswood
Ph.D. and Robert Whitaker,
Program Support Specialist: Renee Smith
For more information: Email Dr. Tania Thomas-Presswood, School
Psychology Program Director, or call 202-651-5540 (V).
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