Examining Bilingual School Psychologists: Demographics, Training, and Competencies

This session is from the NASP 2021 Annual Convention

  • PMD: 8,10
  • Skill Level: Introduction
  • Session 9: Issues in School Psychology, Education, and Supervision

Learner Objectives

This session will help participants…

  1. understand the demographics, training experiences, and professional competencies of bilingual school psychologists.
  2. understand the marked variability that exists in how bilingual school psychologists are trained and defined.
  3. understand the training needed for bilingual school psychologists to engage in ethical and appropriate practices.
  4. understand the differences between being bilingual versus being a competent bilingual school psychologist.


Bilingual school psychologists (BSPs) play an essential role in serving culturally and linguistically diverse students in public schools. The purpose of this exploratory study was to examine the lived experiences and practice competencies of BSPs by investigating their demographics, training experiences, and practices. Findings and implications, especially related to the training of BSPs and their service provision in schools, will be discussed.



Jaclyn Wolf, University of Arizona
Alaina M. Puff, University of Arizona
Desiree Vega, University of Arizona


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