School Psychology faculty

Program Mission

The primary mission of the Master of Arts & Specialist in School Psychology Program at Appalachian State University is to provide learning experiences grounded in the scientist-practitioner model that enable our students to become well-rounded, effective school psychologists who work in public schools or in other related settings. Our program prepares our graduates to work with diverse populations in a variety of settings and to practice competently, ethically, and from a scientific perspective in the major domains of school psychology practice, including consultation, assessment, prevention, intervention, training, diversity, home-school collaboration, and research.

The program values diversity in the backgrounds and orientations of our students and faculty and strives to recruit faculty members and students who represent a wide range of diversity. We strive to enhance students’ awareness of and ability to educate others about diversity and to prepare them to move into advocacy and action roles in their professional practice. Program faculty members are active scholars and mentors who contribute to the discipline in multiple ways and who collaborate with other institutions and organizations to provide quality opportunities for continuing professional development and community outreach.

Program Vision

The Master of Arts & Specialist in School Psychology Program aspires to produce leaders in the field of school psychology who advocate for and facilitate positive change for the children, families, and institutions they serve, by employing the best available scientific evidence and technological resources, the most effective interpersonal and collaborative skills, and the highest ethical standards.

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Pamela Kidder-Ashley
Program Director
828-262-2272, ext. 426


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