The doctor of psychology (Psy.D.) program in school psychology at the Graduate School of Applied and Professional Psychology (GSAPP) of Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey prepares doctoral level psychologists for professional practice with children and youth in schools and other community settings.  We emphasize integration of scientific knowledge with innovation in the delivery of psychological services to individuals, families, groups, and organizations. 

Welcome to the School Psychology Program (PsyD) at Rutgers University!

School psychologists work with individuals, families, schools, and school districts to support the emotional, social, and academic development of students. During the early part of my career, I worked as a practicing school psychologist in a middle school. It was during my time as a practitioner that I truly began to recognize and experience the profound influence that school psychologists can have on the lives of children, adolescents, families, teachers, and the broader community. 

As a School Psychology program, we are a vibrant group of scholars, practitioners, and students who are dedicated to highly intensive training and research in the use of empirically-based assessment, intervention, and consultation practices. We emphasize the importance of understanding the role of context, systems, culture, and all forms of diversity in psychological and educational functioning. We also introduce students to a wide array of contemporary, cutting edge theoretical models and professional practices.

Our program also integrates classroom-based learning with numerous opportunities for practice of professional skills through practicum experiences in public schools and a variety of other settings, such as counseling centers, psychological clinics, and pediatrics settings, that serve the mental health and educational needs of children and youth.

I encourage you to peruse our website to learn more about our overall mission and philosophy and the exciting opportunities that we can provide doctoral students.

Please feel free to contact me with questions.

timothy.cleary@gsapp.rutgers.edu