School Psychology Program

Program Mission

The mission of the Eastern Kentucky University school psychology specialist program is to educate graduates who are committed to producing demonstrable benefits to children, youth, families, and schools. The school psychology program emphasizes a scientist-practitioner model whereby the science of psychology is used as a framework within which school psychologists produce positive outcomes for all students. The vision of the program, based on the NASP Blueprint for Training and Practice III, is that all graduates will attain a high level of competence in data-based decision making and accountability, legal and ethical practice, interpersonal communications, collaboration and consultation, knowledge and appreciation of individual differences and diversity, knowledge and understanding of human development, school systems and organization, home/school/community collaboration, and information technology.  

Program Description

The Psy.S. degree in school psychology is a three year, 71-hour degree program including coursework in statistics, research, psychological assessment, consultation, therapy, academic and behavioral intervention and ethics. Please review our Model Curriculum  for a specific outline of course requirements. The first two years of the program are devoted to coursework and practicum experiences. The third year is devoted to a school psychology internship. Along with practicum and internship placements, our students also provide services in the EKU Psychology Clinic and participate in research groups led by the School Psychology Faculty members. This program will prepare you to effectively meet the diverse psychological and educational needs of children. This program meets the eligibility requirements for taking the Kentucky school psychology certification examination and has NCATE/NASP approval. Students will obtain an M.S. degree in General Psychology at the end of their first year in the school psychology program. Students who successfully complete this program will earn a master’s degree in general psychology as well as a specialist degree in school psychology.

For additional information regarding the School Psychology Program and Eastern Kentucky University please view the School Psychology Handbook .

Admission Requirements

General information regarding applying to the EKU Graduate School

Admission Requirements

  • A minimum of five undergraduate psychology courses including general psychology, statistics, and experimental psychology plus two other acceptable courses.
  • A minimum overall undergraduate grade point average of 2.5, or 2.75 for the last 60 hours. Students receiving clear admission to graduate programs in psychology usually have an overall undergraduate grade point average of 3.0 or higher.
  • A score on the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) is required to be submitted. Admission is competitive and limited to available space. Meeting admission requirements, therefore, do not guarantee admission to the program. Target GRE scores are:
    • Verbal Reasoning taken prior to August 1, 2011 - 450 or Verbal Reasoning take after August 1, 2011 – 151
    • Quantitative Reasoning taken prior to August 1, 2011-490 or Quantitative Reasoning taken after August 1, 2011- 147
    • Analytical Writing - 4.0
  • Must submit academic transcripts for any undergraduate and graduate work
  • Completion of an online application including a personal statement, three letters of recommendation, and curriculum vitae/resume.
     

Admissions and the Application Process

The admissions process will include the completion of an online application. The application process will occur completely online through the EKU Graduate School website (http://gradschool.eku.edu/apply), including submission of personal statement, 3 letters of recommendation, and CV/resume. Once materials have been received they will be reviewed by the Admission Committee. Applicants will be ranked based on GRE, GPA, personal statement, letters of recommendation, and relevant academic and professional experience. Applications should be received by March 1. Notification regarding admission usually will be made in April. Students applying later may be accepted if space is available.

Applications must be completed by March 1 in order to be considered for the next entering class

Completed applications will include:

  1. Completed online application through EKU Graduate School (http://gradschool.eku.edu/apply).
  2. Academic transcripts from every institution you have attended (undergraduate and graduate level). These transcripts need to be sent directly to EKU from that institution.
  3. Official GRE scores. The test scores must be sent directly from the testing institution to the EKU Graduate Office to be official. EKU Graduate School code is 1200.
  4. Personal statement (2-3 typewritten, double spaced pages). A personal statement will be submitted as a part of online application. Please provide a personal statement addressing your academic experiences, professional interests, and an explanation of why the field of school psychology, and specifically the EKU School Psychology Program, is a good fit for you. Below are some additional questions to consider as you construct your response.
    • What personal characteristics do you possess that you believe are important to the practice of school psychology?
    • Do you possess any particular strengths that you feel will an asset to you in graduate school? 
    • What are your professional goals and how do they match the mission of our program?
    • Describe any experiences that have particularly prepared you for graduate study in school psychology (e.g., co-op/internships, research experiences, particular coursework, shadowed a school psychologist, working with children, etc.).
    • If you feel that any portion of your application does not accurately reflect your academic skills or preparation for graduate school in psychology (e.g., GRE, GPA, etc.), please explain in your personal statement.
  5. Three letters of recommendation from individuals familiar with your abilities relevant to graduate-level study in psychology. Two letters should be related to the undergraduate major, with at least one from faculty. These letters will be submitted online using a recommendation form.
  6. Curriculum Vitae/Resume. The CV/resume will be submitted as a part of online application.
     

For more information or questions regarding the application and admission process, please contact:

Dr. Andrea Strait
Program Coordinator, School Psychology Specialist Program
521 Lancaster Ave.
127 Cammack Building
Richmond, KY 40475
andrea.strait@eku.edu

Program Faculty

The EKU Psychology Department has three faculty members who hold doctoral degrees in school psychology (Dr. Andrea Strait-Program Coordinator, Dr. Dan Florell, and Dr. Theresa {Teri} Nowak). The School Psychology Program is fortunate to also have several additional faculty who provide instruction and supervision within the School Psychology Program. Please see the list of school psychology and additional faculty members below.        

School Psychology Faculty

Andrea Strait, PhD,NCSP, (andrea.strait@eku.edu) Program Coordinator, Associate Professor, Licensed Psychologist, and Certified School Psychologist. Dr. Strait received her PhD from the University of Tennessee in 2005. Areas of interest include school and home-based consultation, academic and behavioral interventions, reading fluency and comprehension, curriculum-based measurement, and autism. Graduate courses taught include:

Dan Florell, PhD, NCSP, (dan.florell@eku.edu)Assistant Professor, Licensed Psychologist, and Certified School Psychologist. In 2001, Dr. Florell received his PhD from Illinois State University. Interest areas include school psychology, technology use in adolescents, cyberbullying, implications of technology on school psychology, and sleep issues. More information on Dr. Florell teaches the following graduate courses:

Theresa (Teri) Nowak, PhD, NCSP, (teri.nowak@eku.edu)Assistant Professor, Licensed Psychologist, Certified School Psychologist. Dr. Nowak received her PhD in school psychology at the University of Kentucky. She has 14 years of experience in the public school system as a teacher and a school psychologist. Her areas of interest are early childhood care and education, school readiness, temperament, assessment, and infant mental health. Graduate courses taught include:

Additional Faculty:

Theresa Botts, PhD, (theresa.botts@eku.edu) Assistant Professor and Licensed Psychological Associate. Dr. Botts received her PhD in Counseling Psychology from the University of Kentucky in 2001. Her specialty interests include: trauma and grief work, gender related issues, depression and anxiety disorders. Much of her clinical work focuses on working with the juvenile and young adult populations. Her therapy orientation integrates feminist, cognitive behavioral and systemic approaches. Graduate courses taught are:

Robert G. Brubaker, PhD, (robert.brubaker@eku.edu) Department Chair, Foundation Professor, and Licensed Clinical Psychologist. Dr. Brubaker received his PhD from the University of South Florida in 1984. Interest areas include clinical psychology, disruptive behavior disorders in children, child and family behavior therapy, parenting, and the psychology of art. He also serves as Director of the EKU Psychology Clinic.

Myra Beth Bundy, PhD,(myrabeth.bundy@eku.edu) Associate Professor and Licensed Clinical Psychologist. Dr. Bundy received her PhD from the University of South Carolina in 1996. Her areas of interest include neuropsychological assessment, ADHD, autism, low incidence populations and cognitive assessment. Dr. Bundy teaches the following graduate course:

Catherine A. Clement, (catherine.clement@eku.edu) Professor. Dr. Clement earned her Ph.D. from Clark University. Her interests include cognitive psychology, concept learning, and analogical thinking. Dr. Clement teaches the following graduate level course within the School Psychology Program:

Jonathan Gore, PhD, (jonathan.gore@eku.edu) Associate Professor. Dr. Gore received his PhD from Iowa State University, Ames in 2005. Areas of interest include the self and self-concept change, culture, goal motivation, and social cognition. Graduate courses taught include:

Adam Lawson, PhD, (adam.lawson@eku.edu) Assistant Professor. Dr. Lawson received his PhD in Psychology at Oklahoma State University with an emphasis in cognitive neuroscience in 2001. Areas of interest include cognitive neuroscience and higher-order cognitive processes. Graduate courses taught include:

Richard Osbaldiston, PhD, (richard.osbaldiston@eku.edu) Assistant Professor. Dr. Osbaldiston received his PhD in Social and Personality Psychology at the University of Missouri. His areas of interest include research and statistics, environmental problems, and human motivation. Graduate courses taught include:

Yoshie Nakai, PhD (yoshie.nakai@eku.edu) Assistant Professor

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