A National Study: Factors Influencing the School Psychology Shortages

This session is from the NASP 2021 Annual Convention

  • PMD: 1,9
  • Skill Level: Advanced

Learner Objectives

This session will help participants…

  1. learn the results of a national study (N = 1,104) and factors that influence recruitment and retention of school psychologists.
  2. learn about the factors that influence a school psychologist's job search.
  3. learn about the reported actual versus preferred percentages of time spent on activities within the roles of school psychologists.
  4. learn the most rewarding and challenging aspects of school psychology.
  5. consider recommendations for increasing job satisfaction and job retention of school psychologists.


The purpose of this study is to provide demographic characteristics, employment setting details, and reasons behind the national school psychology shortage. Data collected from a U.S. national sample (N = 1,104) across 44 states will be presented. School psychology practitioners, administrators, graduate trainers, and graduate students will learn specific reasons behind the school psychology shortage, as well as recommendations to alleviate the school workforce shortage.



James R. Deni, Appalachian State University
Elizabeth M. Power, The College of Saint Rose
Allison D. Sams, Appalachian State University


Katherine H. Walls


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