Evolution of School Psychological Services During the COVID-19 Outbreak

This session is from the NASP 2021 Annual Convention

  • PMD: 5,6
  • Skill Level: Introduction

Learner Objectives

This session will help participants…

  1. understand how the COVID-19 pandemic altered the roles and responsibilities of school psychological practices across the United States and Canada.
  2. comprehend the primary concerns of school psychologists during the COVID-19 pandemic in regards to student mental health, job responsibilities, and legislation.
  3. identify the top three barriers school psychologists experienced in providing telehealth interventions and counseling to students during the COVID-19 pandemic.
  4. identify primary areas of self-care used by school psychologists before and during the COVID-19 pandemic.


The coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic led to the immediate closure of private and public schools, impacting school psychologists across the world. Within this study, researchers provide results from 723 school psychologists who were surveyed across the United States and Canada regarding their experiences with COVID-19. Results show that school psychologists’ roles and responsibilities changed drastically because of school closures. Implications and recommendations for future practice are presented.



Gary E. Schaffer, Niagara University, NYS OPWDD, & ECMC
Elizabeth M. Power, College of Saint Rose
Amy Fisk, College of Saint Rose


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