What is a school psychologist?
School psychologists are uniquely qualified members of school teams that support students' ability to learn and teachers' ability to teach. They apply expertise in mental health, learning, and behavior, to help children and youth succeed academically, socially, behaviorally, and emotionally. School psychologists partner with families, teachers, school administrators, and other professionals to create safe, healthy, and supportive learning environments that strengthen connections between home, school, and the community. School psychologists are credentialed with an Office of Public Instruction (OPI) state license, class 5 or class 6 (depending on their educational level). School psychologists may also apply for and be a Nationally Certified School PSychologist by the National School Psychology Certification Board, which sets standards for practice under the NASP Practice Model.