Research Apprenticeship


Scientific inquiry (i.e., research) is the most powerful and prominent method for creating new knowledge and testing extant theories.  The skills and attitudes of scientific inquiry are also essential to the development and delivery of sound professional services, and directly benefit the clients and constituencies served.

We believe that the Ph.D. degree in School Psychology should indicate the student’s ability to generate and disseminate (e.g., through professional conferences and journals) new knowledge that contributes to our understanding of important theoretical and/or practical issues and questions in the area of psychology.  This requires that students are well versed in the knowledge base in their specialty area, and that they have developed facility with all aspects of the research process.  It also implies that our graduates should be able to function as researchers both independently and collaboratively in clinical and research settings.


Our program is designed to foster doctoral students’ continuous involvement in research.   Students are expected to participate in mentored research activities from the start of their doctoral training by joining existing research teams led by faculty mentors to provide a vehicle to cultivate their research skills.  At early stages, involvement in research may include assistance with data collection, study management, and data entry or organization.  As students’ skills develop, opportunities for conducting data analyses, designing new studies, producing scholarly products (e.g., conference presentations, journal articles), and mentoring in grant writing may be available.

Through these mentored research opportunities, students’ will develop the full spectrum of research skills necessary for formulating their dissertation and conducting research independently.   Students’ research involvement and research competence will be reviewed annually by the student’s doctoral committee and/or program committee to provide the student with written feedback about his/her progress toward meeting program research expectations.

Recent Research with Students