As an new student in the USD School Psych program, I really appreciate the welcoming and optimistic atmosphere among the department students and faculty. I specifically appreciate the faculty's effective teaching strategies that promote a greater understanding of the topics while also challenging my current knowledge base. Also, the faculty offer encouragement in a way that feels like they truly want students be successful in the program and professional settings. Equally helpful is the clarity of expectations throughout the program, which allows for an objective understanding and evaluative process. Lastly, I appreciate how the faculty were willing to work with me to create an individualized trajectory in regards to transfer credits.
Brittany Lewno, doctoral student
My time at USD in the School Psychology program is a very fond memory for me. The rigor of the program was balanced by the personal attention and open-door policies of the professors in the departments. Always ready to assist in academic and personal matters, the professors regard students simultaneously as scholars, mentees, and, eventually, colleagues. I maintain personal and professional contact with many classmates and professors from the program to this day, eleven years after setting forth from Vermillion. From an inner-city urban district with 155 psychologists on staff, to mountain resort towns with fewer than 10 psychologists on staff, the technical and interpersonal skills that I gained during my time at the USD School Psychology training program have allowed me to assume leadership positions in every psychology department that I have been a part of.John Larson, Ph.D., NCSP