Exploring Urban School Psychologists' Training Needs, Experiences, and Professional Practices

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. examine the systemic challenges present in urban education.
  2. understand the training needs, professional practices, and experiences of urban school psychologists.
  3. consider future directions for training school psychologists to meet the needs of urban learners.


The urban school context is associated with a number of challenges that may impact school psychology practice, including environmental stressors, systemic barriers, systematic marginalization, and limited resources. Urban school psychologists must be responsive to the ways in which these challenges emerge across practice areas in order to advance positive outcomes for children living in urban communities. As such, the purpose of this study is to explore urban practitioners’ perspectives regarding their professional practice and training needs.



Kiley Callahan, Loyola University Chicago

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