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Department of Psychology

Faculty and Student Accomplishments

Program History

The School Psychology Graduate Program is one of four coherent, degree granting graduate programs (Clinical-Community, Quantitative, Cognitive and Neural Sciences, and School Psychology) in the Department of Psychology at the University of South Carolina (USC).  Founded in 1969, our program is only one of four national programs with a Carnegie Research 1 designation (“Very High Research Activity”) that is uniquely housed in a Department of Psychology. 

The Program has a long history of recognition for excellence. It was the third school program in the United States to receive APA accreditation (1974). It has been commended for excellence by the South Carolina Commission on Higher Education, rated as the third best school program by U.S News and World Report, recognized as a "model program" by APA Division 16, and ranked in the top five programs in faculty publication rates in several national studies, including one study covering a 30-year period (Skrutski & Williams, 2001) as well as a more recent study (Kranzler et al., 2011). The Program has been ranked in the top five programs in terms of the number of graduates in academic positions in school psychology programs (Akin-Little & Little, 2004). 

APA Division 16 Fellow
E. Scott Huebner

The Society for the Study of School Psychology Early Career Research Award 
Samuel D. McQuillin

USC Breakthrough Star Faculty Award
Samuel D. McQuillin

SEC Faculty Achievement Award
Mark Weist

Garnet Apple Teaching Award
Samuel D. McQuillin

McCausland Faculty Fellowship
Samuel D. McQuillin

International Society for Quality of Life Research Fellow
E. Scott Huenber

Outstanding Alumni - Indiana University School of Education
E. Scott Huebner

USC Department of Psychology Outstanding Graduate Faculty Teaching Award
E. Scott Huebner

Named top 100 most influential scholars in school psychology
E. Scott Huebner

USC Rising Star Faculty Award
Jane Roberts

South Carolina Association of School Psychologists Outstanding Contributions to School Psychology Award
E. Scott Huebner

Identified as #1 in productivity in school psychology journals in US from 1987-1995 (Little, School Psychology International)
E. Scott Huebner

  • Lilya Jiang, Mike Lyons, & Ryan Kelly were awarded the Outstanding Student Scholarship award from Division 16 (School Psychology) of the American Psychological Association.
  • Bridgette Tonnsen received NIMH Ruth Kirchstein National Research Science Award (F31): "Behavioral and Biomarkers of Attention in High Risk Infants" (PI).
  • Charity Brown was awarded a Dissertation Research Grant from the National Association of School Psychologists.
  • Jody Lanza-Gregory and Amanda Davis won the 2022 APA Division 16 (School Psychology) poster competition. 
  • Anna Flitner was awarded the USC's Outstanding Community Engagement Award.
  • Jessica Luedke was awarded the competitive Russell J. and Dorothy S. Bilinski Dissertation Fellowship.


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