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School & Applied Child Psychology

What is the School & Applied Child Psychology specialization?

The mission of the School and Applied Child Psychology program is to prepare school psychologists to be contributors and effective collaborators in enhancing learning and mental health outcomes for all individuals within a wide variety of settings. Graduates of our program are positioned to serve as educational leaders in the effective application of educational and psychological principles to the learning environment at both the individual and systems levels. Learn more.

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Featured Research

Navigating the World of Autism

Quick Chat: The Stigma of ADHD

Quick Chat: ADHD in Adults

SPARK for Learning: Effects of Daily Physical Activity on the Self-esteem, Executive Functioning, and Attention of Children with ADHD

Climie, E. A. (2012).  Building Resilience in At-Risk Children.  University of Calgary Vice Presidentnt (Research) Faculty Starter Grants

Adding Injury to Insult: An Exploration of Risk Factors for Peer Victimization in Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder

Schwartz, K. D. URGC Seed Grant: Positive Youth Development: Exploring the Presence and Power of Youth Developmental Strengths in South Africa

Featured Students & Alumni

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Amanda Smith

Amanda Smith is pursuing a PhD in School and Applied Child Psychology


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Ryan Matchullis

Ryan Matchullis is pursuing a graduate degree in School and Applied Child Psychology


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Patricia Azarkam

Patricia Azarkam is pursuing a Master of Science in School and Applied Child Psychology


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Alyssa Altomare

Alyssa Altomare is pursuing a graduate degree in School and Applied Child Psychology


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Keely Murphy

Keely Murphy is pursuing a graduate degree in School and Applied Child Psychology


Programs Offered




Program Goals

Students will demonstrate a thorough knowledge of both psychological and educational theories and research related to school psychology;

Students will demonstrate an understanding of the importance of systems-level prevention to promote mental health and resilience;

Students will demonstrate foundational competence in a wide range of assessment practices as well as effectively integrate data for data-based decision making;

VStudents will demonstrate knowledge of a broad range of evidence-based interventions including academic, psychological, and behavioral;

Students will demonstrate basic skills in problem-solving consultation and collaboration with children, families, school personnel, and agencies;

Student will demonstrate professional conduct;

Students will demonstrate knowledge and application of ethics and legal to their practice;

Students will demonstrate skill in scholarship;

Students will demonstrate skill in fostering positive interpersonal relationships; and

Students will demonstrate skill in working effectively with others from diverse backgrounds.

Career Options

Graduates from our M.Sc., M.Ed., and Ph.D. programs are capable of obtaining registration as a psychologist (or psychological associate) in Alberta and across Canada. Our graduates are typically employed in public or private schools, community/mental health agencies, hospital/medical settings, and academia as practitioners, administrators, and researchers.

Student Testimonial

Danielle Droucker graduated from the PhD program in School & Applied Child Psychology in 2013. She currently works for Renfrew Educational Services as a Provisional Psychologist.

Student Testimonial

Suzie Bisson is a Counselling Psychologist, who works for the Calgary Catholic School District's Intercultural Wellness Program. She graduated with her PhD in Counselling Psychology in 2012.


To achieve these goals, our program cultivates students who are theoretically- and scientifically-informed critical thinkers who demonstrate excellence as providers of high-quality, evidence-based prevention, assessment, intervention and research services. Our graduates are scientist-practitioners who benefit from learning experiences enriched by empirical investigation and supervised training experiences within both the clinical and school environments.