School psychologists partner with families, teachers, administrators and other educational
professionals to promote safe, healthy and supportive learning environments that strengthen
the connections between home, school and the community.
According to Jessica Kendorski, PhD, NCSP, BCBA-D, school psychology is unique in that it bridges the disciplines of education and
“We use psychological principles in educational environments to promote optimal learning
for children and to promote their social, emotional and academic development,” she
This process may include assessment, prevention, intervention and consultation.
As part of the assessment process, a school psychologist will determine the level
of current skills and functioning.
“This can be cognitive skills, so things related to learning and memory. This can
be academic skills … how well does this child know how to do addition and subtraction?
We also can do assessments related to how well they could perform academically,” Kendorski
said. “Once we have these assessments and we’re able to see where a child is, then
we help support teachers and families and other personnel with interventions.”
The interventions, she explained, are evidence-based interventions known to be successful
in the classroom.
“We tend to do a lot of consultation with teachers and parents in order to have them
implement effective interventions,” she added.