School Psychology, Ph.D.

Frequently Asked Questions -
Field of School Psychology

What does a school psychologist do?

School psychologists are engaged in professional activities that promote the academic/cognitive and social development of children and youth. They also promote the effective functioning of families, schools, and communities in order to enhance the development of children and youth. These activities take place in a variety of settings such as schools, hospitals, and clinics. 

Doctoral level graduates of our program assume positions as faculty, researchers, school psychologists, administrators, state or national leaders, and clinicians.

School psychologists draw upon a wide variety of professional knowledge and skills, including in depth knowledge of children’s development, knowledge of systems, especially schools and school systems, and knowledge of assessment, intervention, counseling, consultation, evaluation and research.

What career opportunities exist for graduates of the UNC-Chapel Hill School Psychology Program?

Numerous opportunities are available for graduates. The job market is extremely favorable, especially for those seeking academic positions or school-based positions. 

Our graduates work in public school systems, universities, research centers, mental health agencies, and clinics.

Among the doctoral graduates who work in schools, over time many assume administrative positions such as directing psychological services in a school district. Graduates who work in mental health or clinic settings provide various psychological services to children and families. Often, they play an important liaison role between medical/clinical facilities and the schools.