The job of a School Psychologist includes many different roles. Primarily, School Psychologists are dedicated to helping students reach their potential. We work to improve academic achievement, promote positive behavior and mental health, and support diverse learners. In addition, we are committed to creating safe, positive school climates. Among many different activities, we counsel students, consult with teachers and evaluate students.
In New Jersey, School Psychologists work together with the Child Study Team (CST) to coordinate special education services for classified students. The Child Study Team also includes the School Social Worker and a Learning Disabilities/Teacher Consultant. It may also involve Speech Pathologists, Occupational Therapists or Physical Therapists, as needed. The process includes evaluating children to determine if they meet eligibility criteria to receive special education and related services under NJAC 6a:14.