UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN River Falls

School Psychology

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School Psychology emphasizes collaboration, culturally-responsive practice, leadership development and data-based decision making. School psychologists work with teachers, school administrators, parents, and other mental health professionals to ensure that every child learns in a safe, healthy and supportive environment. School psychologists understand school systems, effective teaching and successful learning. They help evaluate student and classroom needs and develop systematic interventions when needed.

Fully accredited by the National Association of School Psychologists (NASP), our program ensures graduates have strong skills in data-based decision making, school interventions, consultation, collaborative problem solving and culturally-responsive services. To learn more about school psychologists, click here.

Shaun

Shaun Felipe (correct)"I decided to join the UW-RF School Psychology Program because, after meeting with the faculty and staff, it was evident that I would not simply be joining a "program." Rather, I left with the feeling that I would be joining a cohesive-team of faculty that would be committed to supporting me in succeeding throughout my graduate studies. As a result of my decision, I am now working as a licensed school psychologist with the skills and knowledge that are required to implement culturally competent practices, data-based decision making and an amalgam of other vital roles."

Employed by
– South Washington County School District (MN)

Andrea

Andrea Ganske (correct)"The UW-River Falls School Psychology program gave me the skills required to be an effective school psychologist. The focus on assessment, cultural sensitivity, collaboration and consultation, counseling techniques, multi-tiered systems of support, and school intervention strategies fully prepared me for the obstacles many children, families and educational professionals face. I continue to value the strong relationships I established with former colleagues and professors during my time at UWRF; these relationships have allowed me to grow personally as well as professionally.  I am forever grateful for the opportunities that have been offered to me as a result of the quality education provided through the UWRF School Psychology program."

Employed by – Hudson School District (WI)

Marcie

Marcie Walker (correct)"The School Psychology program at UWRF taught me many skills required to fulfill my job duties as a school psychologist. I learned how to effectively evaluate student needs, collaborate with educators and parents, counsel students with various mental health issues and to enjoy this ever-changing, fast-paced, career."

Employed by - CESA 10-Thorp School District (WI)

Sally

 Dr. Sally Baas (correct)"The School Psychology Program at UWRF prepared me for the field of school psychology and helped me hone my leadership skills, guiding me to work cross-culturally, to create and direct the Hmong Culture and Language Program, and to serve in various state and national leadership roles including the Presidency of the National Association of School Psychologists (NASP)."

Employed by - Concordia University, St. Paul (MN), Professor 

Bobbi

Bobbi Schiller (correct) "As an alumna of the UWRF School Psychology Program, I am very happy with my choice for graduate school. The professors were supportive, knowledgeable, and responsive. There were multiple leadership and involvement opportunities locally, statewide, and nationally. I know the program's strong reputation was an advantage when applying for internships and post-graduation positions in both Wisconsin and Minnesota."

Employed by - Saint Paul Public Schools (MN)

Donald

Don Stovall"My experience discovering the UWRF School Psychology Program was similar to that of many. I made the short trip from St. Paul to River Falls to meet the faculty and discuss what a career in school psychology would offer. I was immediately impressed with the individualized attention I received, and enthused by the faculty's dedication and excitement for the profession. The program has a rich history of mentorship, collaboration, research, and a fundamental goal to help improve the lives of others. My decision to join the UW-River Falls program led to a career in education and psychology that matched my professional goals of working directly with children, adolescents, caregivers, and other professionals."

Employed by - Program Alumnus & Professor Emeritus, UW-RF School Psychology Program 

Program Highlights

  • Students attend classes in two convenient locations - the main campus in River Falls (30 minutes from St. Paul) and at the Hudson Center (20 minutes from St. Paul).
  • Evening-based courses provide flexibility, with classes typically beginning at 4 p.m. or later. Many students find the structure to be integral to their success, allowing time to maintain daytime employment and/or time for other obligations as needed.
  • Graduates experience numerous career opportunities while benefiting from a network of hundreds of alumni working in Western Wisconsin, in the Twin Cities area of Minnesota, and beyond. One-hundred percent of UWRF program interns have secured school psychology positions since 2002.


News and Events

  • Department Open House events for prospective students are held twice annually (spring and fall) in the Walker Wyman Education Building. The date of the next Open House will be WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 19th, from 4:30 to 6:00 PM in the Wyman Education Building. Open House events include opportunities to interact with current students, faculty members, and tour program facilities. Parking is available nearby in Pay 1 Lot or the Pay 2 Lot. See campus map for details. Prospective applicants are highly encouraged to attend. For additional details, contact Mark Gillen, department chair.
  • Online open houses may also occur occasionally, during which a window of time will be announced and interested students may email Dr. Gillen with questions. He will respond immediately! Check back to this webpage frequently or email Mark Gillen for specific details.
  • NEW! The 2016-17 School Psychology Program Policies and Procedures Handbook (i.e., "The Student Handbook") has been updated and is now available HERE. The handbook covers everything from applying to the program to getting a license after graduation (and nearly everything in between!). 

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Contact Us

School Psychology
scott.woitaszewski@uwrf.edu
715-425-3883
227 Wyman Education Building
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