PAA School Psychology

What is a School Psychologist?


School psychologists are professionals who possess skills and knowledge in the areas of child and adolescent development, principles of learning and behaviour, individual differences, social/emotional/academic interventions, assessment and program planning. School Psychologists typically work for school boards or in private practice


What do School Psychologists Do?


School Psychologists work with individuals, within schools and within school districts to provide support, consultation, and aid in the development of various programs.


For Individuals

  • Consultation & program planning with students, parents & teachers
  • Individual psycho-educational assessment
  • Individual counselling and therapy
  • Skill development (e.g. social skills, anger management)
  • Transition planning across a variety of educational stages


Within Schools

  • Liaison with school learning teams
  • Collaboration with school staff to support inclusive environments
  • Prevention and intervention programs for a positive school environment
  • Professional development on current research and best practices
  • Debriefing and counselling students and staff following a traumatic event


Within School Districts

  • Development, implementation and evaluation of district-wide screening and assessment programs
  • Development, implementation and evaluation of district-wide intervention programs
  • Provision of district in-service training on various topics


School Psychology Resources


Free articles, publications, presentations and position papers related to school psychology on various topics of interest including publications from Alberta Education, members of the PAA School Psychology Committee and other psychologists in Alberta. View...


The PAA School Psychology Committee


The PAA School Psychology Committee was formed in 2011 to aid PAA in its advocacy efforts related to school psychology. The purpose of the School Psychology Committee is to:


a) Advocate for meaningful and effective incorporation of psychologists in Alberta school systems


b) Promote the profession of school psychology and professional practices that support the educational and psychological wellbeing of children in Alberta school systems.


School Psychology in Alberta


Summary article of relevance


Johnson, R.C. , & Zwiers, M.L. (2016).  Evolving nature of school psychology in Alberta: Politics and practice.Canadian Journal of School Psychology,

31(3),166–187. DOI: 10.1177/0829573516655229



Over the past 15 years, the practice of school psychology in the province of Alberta reflects the entrenchment of assessment with the emerging possibility of a broader

service provider role. This article articulates the influence that politics and government has had on the role of school psychologists in Alberta schools as special education

funding frameworks have evolved. The authors describe the present training and roles of Alberta school psychologists and outline the work that has been undertaken

in that province to advocate for a role in key government initiatives of Response to Intervention (RTI) and Inclusive Education.