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Department of Psychology


Faculty and Student Accomplishments

Program History     Faculty Accomplishments
Student Accomplishments


Program History

The School Psychology Graduate Program is one of three coherent, degree granting graduate programs (Clinical-Community, Experimental, and School Psychology) in the Department of Psychology at the University of South Carolina (USC). The Clinical-Community Program is also accredited by APA. Founded in 1964, our program is only one of four national programs with a Carnegie Research 1 designation (“Very High Research Activity”) that is uniquely housed in a Department of Psychology. The Program also maintains close ties with the USC College of Education and is part of the College's Professional Educator Program.

The Program has a long history of recognition for excellence. It was the third school program in the United States to receive APA accreditation (1974). It has been commended for excellence by the South Carolina Commission on Higher Education, rated as the third best school program by U.S News and World Report, recognized as a "model program" by APA Division 16, and ranked in the top five programs in faculty publication rates in several national studies, including one study covering a 30-year period (Skrutski & Williams, 2001) as well as a more recent study (Kranzler et al. 2011). The Program has been ranked in the top five programs in terms of the number of graduates in academic positions in school psychology programs (Akin-Little & Little, 2004). 


Faculty Accomplishments
In the last several years, our faculty have had many professional accomplishments of which we are proud. Below are just a few...

APA Division 16 Fellow
E. Scott Huebner

AERA Early Career Fellow, Social Context of Education Research Group
Shauna M. Cooper

International Society for Quality of Life Research Fellow
E. Scott Huenber

Society for the Study of School Psychology
E. Scott Huebner

Outstanding Alumni - Indiana University School of Education
E. Scott Huebner

National Science Foundation Career Award
Shauna M. Cooper

USC Department of Psychology Outstanding Graduate Faculty Teaching Award
E. Scott Huebner

NIMH Fellow, African American Mental Health Consortium (AAMHRS)
Shauna M. Cooper

Named top 100 most influential scholars in school psychology
E. Scott Huebner

Roland Haynes Award for Distinguished Service, Mentorship, and Research in Communities of Color, Psychology Department, University of South Carolina
Shauna M. Cooper

Past Presidents of South Carolina Association of School Psychologists
Catherine Oxner
Mark Posey

Andrew Billingsley Award, Institute for Families and Society
Shauna M. Cooper

USC Rising Star Faculty Award
Jane Roberts

Two Thumbs Up Teaching Award: USC Disabilities Services
Jane Roberts

South Carolina Association of School Psychologists Outstanding Contributions to School Psychology Award
E. Scott Huebner

Principal Investigator, National Institute of Child Health and Human Development
Jane Roberts

Principal Investigator, National Fragile X Foundation
Jane Roberts

USC Sponsored Programs and Research (SPAR) Research & Productive Scholarship Awards
Bradley Smith

Alcohol Beverage Medical Research Association Reseach Grant
Bradley Smith

Identified as #1 in productivity in school psychology journals in US from 1987-1995 (Little, School Psychology International)
E. Scott Huebner

Principal Investigator, National Institute of Child Health and Human Development
Shauna M. Cooper

Faculty Member, International Fragile X Conference
Jane Roberts

Carolina Scholar Faculty Mentor
Jane Roberts


Student Accomplishments

Lilya Jiang, Mike Lyons, & Ryan Kelly were awarded the Outstanding Student Scholarship 2011 award from Division 16 (School Psychology) of the American Psychological Association.

Bridgette Tonnsen received NIMH Ruth Kirchstein National Research Science Award (F31): "Behavioral and Biomarkers of Attention in High Risk Infants" (PI).

Charity Brown was awarded a Dissertation Research Grant from the National Association of School Psychologists.