School Psychology

Established in 1965, the Berkeley School Psychology Program prepares graduates to assume leadership roles as practicing school psychologists, researchers, university educators, and program directors at the local, state and national levels. Grounded in a scientist-practitioner model of education and training, the program emphasizes developmental and ecological systems perspectives and a school-based mental-health consultation model of service delivery.

The UC Berkeley School Psychology Program is accredited by the American Psychological Association. Questions related to the program’s accredited status should be directed to the Commission on Accreditation:

Office of Program Consultation and Accreditation
American Psychological Association
750 1st Street, NE
Washington, DC 20002

Phone: (202) 336-5979 / E-mail:


The program is also accredited by the California State Department of Education and approved by the National Association of School Psychologists (NASP). Students earn their master's degree after completing the first milestone toward their doctorate, but the program does not offer a terminal master's degree. Completion of the program meets the current requirements for certification as a school psychologist and licensure as a psychologist in California.

Program Faculty

Listed below are the core faculty who teach in the School Psychology Program. The faculty who are available to advise new doctoral students for the coming academic year have an asterisk next to their name. 

school psychology lecturer Amanda McKerracher

Amanda McKerracher

portrait image of professor chunyan yang wearing sleeveless v neck white top

Chunyan Yang

portrait image of lecturer Alejandra Ojeda Beck wearing sleeveless red top

Alejandra Ojeda-Beck

portrait image if lecturer mercedes zapatas

Mercedes Zapata

portrait image if lecturer kate perry wearing red blouse

Kate Perry

portrait image of professor frank worrell wearing light blue top and navy sport coat

Frank C. Worrell *