Mission and Goals

Program Mission

The School Psychology program at the University of British Columbia is dedicated to optimizing the development of children, youth, and families within their social systems utilizing the scientist-practitioner model. To this end, our goal is to create a community of learners with foundational knowledge and respect for diverse theoretical orientations and empirical literatures. Training and practice integrate developmental, social-ecological, cognitive, and social-behavioral perspectives. Graduates of the program will be able to utilize multiple frameworks to understand the development of individuals and groups within complex systems in a diverse society. Through evidence-based evaluation, prevention, and intervention, students will be able to identify, analyze and solve problems, and function as change agents, with a life-long commitment to professional development and ethical practice.

Program Goals

Goal #1

To prepare school psychologists with a strong foundation and skills in integrating the theoretical and scientific bases of professional psychology and education needed to provide services to children, youth, and families within complex systems and organizations in diverse society.


Students will demonstrate knowledge and competence in the breadth of scientific psychology, its history of thought and development, its research methods, and its application.

Goal #2

To prepare school psychologists to generate, critically analyze, and implement psychological and educational theory, research, and methods of scientific inquiry to engage in effective practice, and reciprocally to have practice inform research and theory.


Students will be competent psychologists and critical consumers and producers of literature and research, demonstrating knowledge and competence in:

  • Psychological screening, assessment, and evaluation at the individual, group, and systems level
  • Psychological and educational prevention and intervention
  • Integrated problem-solving approaches to school psychology
  • Research and data analysis skills
  • Diversity & culturally responsive practice
  • Communication & collaboration
  • Ethical and legal bases of professional practice