The School Psychology program in the Division of Counseling and Psychology in Education within the School of Education provides supervised training for Ph.D students in the delivery of psycho-educational services, advances the field of school psychology through research, and serves as a resource to the community.

A primary goal of USD's School Psychological Services (SPS) is to diagnose learning, behavioral, social, and emotional problems of children and college students, and to make recommendations regarding treatment and management of these problems.
Psychological assessment, consultation, intervention, and referral services are provided to the students of the University of South Dakota as well as children, adolescents, and their families living in the Vermillion and surrounding communities. To that end, the SPS offers comprehensive psychological evaluations to identify educational, developmental, and mental health disorders such as:

  • Learning Disabilities
  • Dyslexia
  • Attention-Deficit Hyperactive Disorder (ADHD)
  • Autism Spectrum Disorders
  • Disruptive Behavior Disorders
  • Mood and Anxiety Disorders
  • Mental Retardation/Borderline Cognitive Functioning

Referrals are accepted from clients, parents, physicians, schools or other interested parties. Clients are seen by appointment only. Services in the School Psychology Program are available September through May. Appointments may be arranged either in person, suite 210 of the Delzell School of Education building on the campus of the University of South Dakota, or by calling 605-677-5250, Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. During the summer, information can be obtained by contacting Dr. Amy Schweinle at 605-677-5257/5250.

There is a fee for specific diagnostic and intervention services. Fees are determined by the extent of the services provided and according to a sliding scale based on income. Fees range from a minimum of $10 to a maximum of $300. In addition, presentations, workshops, and consultative services may be offered as an outreach of the SPS to community groups, schools, and parents on various psycho-educational topics.