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The University of Memphis offers two degree programs in school psychology. The Master of Arts (MA) and Educational Specialist (EdS) degree program is designed for persons seeking nondoctoral preparation for practice as a school psychologist, primarily in public school settings. Students complete the MA degree of 37 semester hours and then enter the EdS degree program and complete an additional 30 semester hours including an internship (see more information in the program handbook). The MA/EdS program usually takes three years to complete. Graduates obtain a credential to practice as a school psychologist from the Tennessee State Department of Education or similar agency in other states. More than 120 program graduates now serve as school psychologists in the Mid-South Region and across the United States. The program is approved by the National Association of School Psychologists and formally accredited as part of the education unit at the University of Memphis by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation. For more information about the MA/EdS program, contact program director Dr. Thomas Fagan at tfagan@memphis.edu.

The Doctor of Philosophy program is designed to prepare students for various school psychology roles in public school and community settings and for academic careers. It places a strong emphasis on scientific thinking, research design, and statistics; offers advanced practicum experiences in school, hospital, and clinic settings; and allows students to develop expertise in an area of subspecialization. Numerous clinical, supervision, and teaching experiences are provided, and a year-long internship is required. A thesis and a dissertation must be completed. The degree program currently requires at least 100 semester hours and is usually completed over a 5-year period (see more information in the program handbook). Students and program graduates have been highly successful in publishing research and other scholarly work in journals, books, and other outlets (see a list of publications at this link), and students have been highly successful in obtaining APA-accredited internships (see a list of these internships at this link). Graduates are employed in public schools, developmental disabilities and medical centers, and academic positions in Hawaii, Illinois, Louisiana, North Carolina, Nebraska, Tennessee, and Texas.  For more information about the program's admissions, outcomes, and other data, follow this link (School Student Admissions, Outcomes and other Data).

As of March 28, 2014, the doctoral program is accredited by the American Psychological Association (APA), and its next accreditation site visit will be held in 2021. Information about APA accreditation can be found by contacting the Commission on Accreditation of the American Psychological Association at the Office of Program Consultation and Accreditation; 750 First Street, NE; Washington, DC  20002-4242; Phone: 202.336.5979; and TDD/TTY: 202.336.6123. The Commission on Accreditation’s website is http://www.apa.org/ed/accreditation/ For more information about the doctoral program, contact program director Dr. Randy Floyd at rgfloyd@memphis.edu.

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Core School Psychology Faculty

Dr. Thomas Fagan
Professor and Director of the MA/EdS Program
Rm. 115 Psychology Bldg.
University of Memphis, Memphis, TN 38152-3230
901-678-4676
tfagan@memphis.edu
Ph.D. 1969, Kent State University
Interests: School psychology foundations, history and development of the field, and demographic characteristics

Dr. Randy Floyd
Professor and Director of the PhD Program
Rm. 332 Psychology Bldg.
University of Memphis, Memphis, TN 38152-3230
901-678-4846
rgfloyd@memphis.edu
Ph.D. 1999, Indiana State University
Interests: Psychoeducational assessment, theories of intelligence, academic achievement, and the process and products of publication in peer-reviewed journals

Dr. Elizabeth Meisinger
Associate Professor and Associate Director of the PhD Program
Rm. 360 Psychology Bldg.
University of Memphis, Memphis, TN 38152-3230
901-678-3435
bmsinger@memphis.edu
Ph.D. 2006, University of Georgia
Interests: Academic and behavioral interventions, development of literacy skills, and school mental health

Dr. Xu (Lilya) Jiang
Assistant Professor of Psychology
Rm. 306 Psychology Bldg.
University of Memphis, Memphis, TN 38152-3230.
901-678-4473 Office
xjiang2@memphis.edu
Ph.D. 2015, University of South Carolina
Interests: School psychology consultation and interventions, positive youth development, prevention and wellness promotion.