School Psychology PsyD

Philadelphia Campus

Doctor of Psychology in School Psychology (PSYD)

The Doctor of Psychology Program (PsyD) in School Psychology at PCOM has a clearly articulated mission and set of aims, competencies and outcomes consistent with the health service psychology model.

The mission of the PCOM School Psychology PsyD program is to train, develop, and prepare entry-level school psychologists with a focus on applied behavior analysis, empirically supported cognitive behavioral techniques, and advanced interventions in neuropsychology. Adopting the practitioner-scholar model of education, the program prepares graduates to provide empirically-based and ethnically-sound direct/indirect school psychological services that promote learning and well-being of all children with sensitivity to culture and diversity. The program also trains students to work collaboratively in multidisciplinary settings to be prepared health care psychologists and to engage in self-care and self-reflection.

The PsyD program is designed to be completed within a minimum of five years and a maximum of seven years of study. The program will require at least 108 doctoral credits, with four years of academic coursework completed at PCOM, and a one year doctoral-level internship required before graduating. Click here for the course sequence.

For more information regarding the School Psychology PsyD program, please contact Dr. Yuma I. Tomes via email at or by phone at 215-871-6946.

Career Options

  • PsyD program graduates will be prepared to serve children, youth and families in schools, hospitals, community health clinics, state psychiatric hospitals, private practice and a variety of other mental health settings.
  • Graduates will be fully prepared to assume the role and responsibility of the school psychologist at an advanced level with specialized training in advanced assessment practices and application of cognitive-behavior therapy.


Program Highlights

Doctor of Psychology in School Psychology


Most faculty are certified school psychologists who are internationally renowned practitioner-scholars and researchers in the field.


The program's multicultural focus prepares school psychologists to have a positive impact on pluralistic systems and communities.


High-fidelity simulators and standardized patient actors immerse students in realistic experiences and clinical situations.


Students complete coursework in specialized areas such as Neuropsychology in the Schools and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy.


The PsyD program can be completed in as few as five years.


Most courses are offered during evenings and weekends to accommodate your personal life and your work schedule.


The Doctor of Psychology program in School Psychology is approved by the National Association of School Psychologists (NASP). PCOM’s PsyD program in School Psychology is also approved by the Association of State and Provincial Psychology Board (ASPPB). Refer to their website for a listing of programs meeting designation criteria.