University of Houston

Doctoral Program

The School Psychology doctoral program is committed to developing school psychologists who excel in the areas of applied research as well as ecologically and developmentally sensitive evidence-based practice. The program's goal is to develop professional psychologists who are competent to engage in applied research and ecologically sensitive evidence-based practice. 

Student Demographics

Approximately 50% of students come from culturally and linguistically diverse groups.

Specialized Training Experiences

  • Grants: Dr. Jorge Gonzalez received an Institute of Educational Sciences grant to study early literacy development in Latino children. Several students are actively involved in this research.
  • Immersions: N/A

Retention & Recruitment:

Funding (research/training) is available through the program that covers all of a portion of the student's tuition and/or other related fees. Focus of the funding is specific to multicultural populations. All of University of Houston's students are offered a tuition fellowship (currently 9 hours plus a health fee stipend), and the students are offered a 20 hour per week paid assistantship.  This covers all of their academic costs, and a sizeable portion of their living expenses.  There are also fellowships that provide additional support, including some that are specific to underrepresented minorities or students with interest in diversity.  

Specialized materials are used to recruit candidates from CLD backgrounds, e.g. brochures, special recruitment sessions, and special retention strategies are utilized, e.g., peer support groups. The program offers strong social supports to all students in the form of formal faculty mentoring structures, strong peer cohort support, and regular monitoring of student needs, questions, or concerns. This system has detected and successfully responded to issues of potential bias or exclusion.

Field Placements

Students are provided field placements in schools serving a high number of CLD students. University of Houston actively recruits multilingual students, and then provides them with training experiences in languages other than English. Houston is one of the most diverse cities in the country. The faculty and students fully embrace diversity as an essential part of the experiential learning of school psychology. 

Faculty

Faculty profiles can be viewed here. Core faculty whose focus of interest and research is related to multicultural/diverse populations includes: Dr. Jorge Gonzalez and Dr. Bradley Smith. 

Program Specifics

The Ph.D. Program in School Psychology was accredited by the APA and approved by NASP in June 2009.  Since its approval by the state in 2005, the Program has been committed to developing school psychologists who excel in the areas of applied research as well as ecologically and developmentally sensitive evidence-based practice. Sensitivity to diversity issues and client preferences is addressed in specific course work and embedded throughout the training experience.

  • Degree Awarded:  PhD in School Psychology
  • Total number of credits: 106 graduation credit hours
  • NASP-Approved: Yes
  • Bilingual Specialization: No 

Contact Information

Phone: (713) 743-6893