Stress in Graduate School: Identifying Strategies to Overcome Challenges

This session is from the NASP 2021 Annual Convention

  • PMD: 4
  • Skill Level: Intermediate
  • Session 9: Issues in School Psychology, Education, and Supervision

Learner Objectives

This session will help participants…

  1. identify the different coping strategies people employ when faced with stress.
  2. identify the predictive characteristics and coping strategies of graduate school psychology students in relation to their current stress.
  3. develop a plan to increase proactive coping strategies to potentially decrease stress levels during the program, internship, and future years of practice.


Graduate studies can be stressful for students, and there are various factors that contribute to every student’s perceived stress level. Stress, and the coping behavior employed, has the potential to derail one’s graduate education or shorten one’s career and impact in the field. The purpose of this study is to analyze the characteristics and coping strategies of graduate students to determine if there are supports to assist with a successful transition to becoming a practitioner.



Sarah L. Christenson, University of Wisconsin- La Crosse
Robert J. Dixon, University of Wisconsin- La Crosse


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