Message from the Director

Dear Prospective Student,

School Psychology is an exciting and unbelievably rewarding profession! Being a school psychologist means never having a dull moment. For that reason, it is also extremely challenging. To be a great school psychologist, you have to love it.

Fairfield University's program in School Psychology is designed to provide you with that sound understanding of psychological principles and how they apply to the field of school psychology. Upon admission, you are assigned an advisor with whom you'll plan your program and work closely throughout your course of study. Our faculty love to teach and combine their academic endeavors with practical work in the community.

Our program in School Psychology has a foundation in science, ethical principles of psychologists, and the ideals of a traditional Jesuit education. Our academically rigorous program will challenge and excite you intellectually and personally. The people you meet in your M.A. classes will come from diverse backgrounds and will enhance your learning. Once you move into the C.A.S. program, you'll take classes with an intimate cohort of school psychology students for two years until you graduate.

The tripartite model of school psychology espoused by the program includes consultation, assessment, and direct intervention. In addition to the tripartite model, several paradigms form the core philosophy of the School Psychology program, including emphases on the scientist-practitioner tradition, reflective practice, primary prevention, developmental and systems theory, and becoming agents of change. There are numerous experiences designed to assist you in the acquisition of these paradigms, some of which are described below.

A unique characteric of our program at Fairfield is its emphasis on reconciling who you are as an individual with who you are becoming as a school psychologist. Toward this end, you'll develop a professional portfolio to document your personal and professional growth throughout the program. You'll also have opportunities to:

  • Conduct research
  • Write articles for publication
  • Participate in a school-wide primary prevention program
  • Interact with school psychologists currently practicing in the field from the first semester on
  • Attend events such as:
    • Annual Conversations in School Psychology, which allows you to network with school psychologists in the field, faculty, and alumni
    • Annual Fall Bridge, which brings recent graduates back to campus for peer and faculty support
    • Annual Career Night
    • A workshop for student interns to have their resumes critiqued and to participate in mock interviews conducted by a panel comprised of Directors of Special Education from districts around the state.

Finally, the student-created Student School Psychology Association (SSPA) allows opportunities for Fairfield's students to work together on committees, such as the Service Learning, Professional Development, and Website Committees.

Please feel free to explore this program site further, and if you have any questions or would like to schedule a time to meet with me for further discussion, just send me an e-mail.

Paula Gill Lopez
Director, School Pschology Program