How to Find an Educational Psychologist

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Educational psychologists are specially trained, certified professionals with a deep background in both psychology and educational theory who help children and young adults succeed academically, socially and emotionally. Sometimes called "school psychologists," educational psychologists work in public and private schools, universities, school-based clinics, hospitals and in private practice. Finding an educational psychologist is a moderately easy process; using resources developed by professional organisations and certification bodies will be the most direct method of finding an educational psychologist.

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    Talk to your child's principal or school guidance counsellor. Although many educational psychologists work within private or public school systems, not every school has a psychologist onsite. Ask the school's leadership team or talk to staff at your area school board office to find a list of local educational psychologists.

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    Search for an educational psychologist through the American Psychological Association. The APA's Division 15 represents educational psychologists nationwide; by contacting the division leadership or staff, or by searching through resources developed for the division's web site (link in References), you can find a local educational psychologist.

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    Contact the National Association of School Psychologists, the professional association that solely represents educational psychologists (link in References). The NASP not only provides resources to the school psychologist community, but it also manages the certification process for all school psychologists and maintains a list of all certified educational psychologists in the U.S. Although use of the searchable database online requires registration or membership in NASP, you may contact the staff directly to find a local educational psychologist.

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    Search for an educational psychologist through your state school psychology association; a list of all state associations is available in the Reference section. Each state's school psychology association maintains a list of educational psychologists within the state, as well as contact information. The state associations also have staff and leadership contact information on their web sites so that you can reach out to them to aid in your search.

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