Rewards and Challenges of School Psychologists Serving U.S. Indigenous Communities

This session is from the NASP 2021 Annual Convention

  • PMD: 7,10
  • Skill Level: Introduction
  • Session 7: Psychological Services for Specific Groups of Students

Learner Objectives

This session will help participants…

  1. describe factors that impact comprehensive school psychological service delivery in Indigenous communities.
  2. analyze the perceived rewards and challenges of school psychologists serving Indigenous communities.
  3. apply qualitative research methodology.


This poster session presents data from an investigation of the training and professional practices of school psychologists working in schools with a high percentage of U.S. Indigenous children, families, and communities. Using qualitative descriptive content analysis, the researchers will explore the experiences of school psychologists working with Indigenous communities by examining their perceived rewards and challenges. Attendees will benefit by learning about factors that impact school psychological service delivery with Indigenous students.



Erin D. Churchill, Mapleton Public Schools
Mara E. Kleinman, University of Rhode Island


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