NASP Distinguished Lecture: Equity and Social Justice in School Psychology—Possibilities in Policy and Practice

This session is from the NASP 2021 Annual Convention

  • PMD: 8,10

Learner Objectives

This session will help participants…

  1. identify systemic barriers that interfere with educational attainment and evidence-based strategies to improve student outcomes.
  2. explore policy avenues that school psychologists can utilize to expand access to educational and behavioral health services for all students.
  3. identify strategies to maximize synergies between local and state policy makers, particularly during this time of COVID, to improve access to school-based behavioral health services.


Educational inequity erodes equality of opportunity and is destructive to our society. School psychologists are uniquely positioned to address systemic barriers and improve equitable access to educational opportunities. This session explores policy and practice strategies to address cultural, historical, and organizational factors that affect students’ personal, social, and academic development.



Melissa Pearrow, University of Massachusetts-Boston


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