Georgia State University, NASP Approved

Specialist and Doctoral Programs

Based on our commitment to diversity, advocacy and the belief that changes are possible, the mission of the department is to prepare competent professionals in counseling and psychological services, to contribute to the body of knowledge that undergirds these professions, and to provide service to the profession and the community.

Student Demographics

At least 25% of students come from traditionally underrepresented groups. In 2007, 53% of the entering students were from traditionally underrepresented groups.

Comprehensive Program

The School Psychology program at GSU is considered to have comprehensive model of training and financial support. Comprehensive programs are those that include student minority representation, multicultural curricular emphasis, faculty members involved in minority research and outreach, recruitment and financial retention strategies in the form of research and training grants. This program seeks to develop and amplify the role of the school psychologist beyond their traditional roles and functions. The school psychology program has been accredited by APA since 1979, making it one of the earliest such approved programs in the United States.

Specialized Training Experiences

  • Grants: GSU offers research grants that focus on multiculturalism, high-need schools, and urban settings. For example, the GSU MINRS program is a U.S. Department of Education, Office of Special Education Programs funded effort to improve services for students in high-need urban school districts around Atlanta.  We also have funded projects that emphasize services to diverse communities and schools such as projects focused on preventing the commercial sexual exploitation of children, enhancing PBIS implementation, and training non-professionals to provide mental health first aid.
  • Practica and Internships: Most students have practicum and internship placements in highly diverse schools surround Atlanta, GA.
  • Immersions: Immersions in other countries are offered for the purposes of working in the schools, learning another language, or learning about another culture.

Retention & Recruitment

GSU uses a multifaceted approach to recruitment and retention of CLD students. Funding is available through the program that covers all or a portion of the student's tuition and/or related fees. The focus of the funding is specific to working with multicultural populations. In addition, special materials and methods are used to recruit candidates from CLD backgrounds along with special retention strategies.

Field Placements

Students are provided with placements in schools serving a high number of CLD students and assigned to supervisors that have had training or experience working with diverse populations or have a specific skill such as training in bilingualism.


Faculty profiles can be viewed at At least one member of the faculty is involved in community outreach or providing direct service to specific populations. Core faculty members whose focus of interest and research is related to multicultural/diverse populations include:

Catherine Perkins, PhD 
Steve Truscott, PsyD
Joel Meyers, PhD 
Andy Roach, PhD  
Kris Varjas, PsyD

Ethan Van Norman, PhD

Program Specifics

As part of the curriculum at GSU, a combination of required multicultural courses and content infused throughout the curriculum are used to enhance learning and competency in diversity issues.

  • Degree Awarded:  MEd, EdS, PhD in School Psychology
  • Total number of credits: MEd: 36 semester/hours; EdS: 43 semester/hours; PhD: 73-82 semester/hours
  • NASP-Approved: Doctoral Level
  • Bilingual Specialization: No

Contact Information

Phone: (404) 413-8010