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Opportunities for School Psychology Students

Student organizations/clubs

  • School Psychologists of the University of Dayton (SPUD): Provides opportunities for leadership, service, fundraising, professional development, and social activities. It was the first officially recognized graduate student organization on campus. Students can participate in events like Walk for Autism, Walk for Independence, UD's Christmas on Campus, and intramural sports.
  • Future School Psychologists of Ohio (FSPO) Club: UD’s school psychology program partnered with the Ohio School Psychologists Association (OSPA) in 2020 to launch an affiliate program for undergraduate students interested in the field of school psychology. FSPO is now in its fourth year of implementation, and UD school psychology students are an integral part of the organization. For additional information on FSPO, please visit their website

Work as a graduate assistant

Students must apply and must be full time to receive graduate assistantships. Graduate assistants are typically employed for 20 hours per week on a 9-month contract and they receive partial tuition remission and a monthly stipend.

School Psychology students can be placed in on- and off-campus assistantships, including:

UD School of Education and Health Sciences
Additional on-campus locations
Off-campus locations

Mental Health Services Professional (MHSP) Demonstration Grant Awarded to UD

The University of Dayton school psychology program was awarded a $920,000 grant to help recruit and train graduate students from southern Ohio to provide school-based mental health services in their communities’ underserved school districts. The program will create new opportunities to train future school psychologists from the southern Ohio area (Adams, Brown, Highland, Ross, Pike, or Scioto counties) who may have financial and logistical barriers preventing them from enrolling in a graduate program, and who will return to their communities to serve. To learn more about this opportunity, click here or contact Elana Bernstein (

Regional and national organizations

  • Graduate Community Fellows: Help build community partnerships to benefit the wider Dayton community, while enhancing the learning experience of University of Dayton students through service.
  • National Association of School Psychologists: Provides support for school psychologists through scholarships, grants, professional development opportunities, information sharing and other means to enable them to better serve students.
  • Ohio School Psychologists Association: Promotes quality mental health services and academic support to help children and adolescents to succeed socially, emotionally, and academically.
  • Southwest Ohio School Psychologists' Association: A branch of Ohio School Psychologists Association that serves ten counties (including Hamilton, Butler, Warren, Clermont, Preble, Montgomery, Green, Clark, Clinton, and Fayette) in Southwest Ohio.

School Psychology Program

Fitz Hall
300 College Park
Dayton, Ohio 45469 - 2962