Early Career Resources
The resources below are designed to provide guidance and opportunities for Early Career School Psychologists—spanning information on certification and licensure, finding jobs, starting a successful career, and so forth. In addition, we recommend visiting APA Central’s early career development website.
- American Board of Professional Psychology (ABPP)
- Association of State and Provincial Psychology Boards (ASPPB)
- American Psychological Association (APA) Accredited Internship Programs
- Association of Psychology Postdoctoral and Internship Centers
- National Register of Health Service Providers in Psychology
Detailed information on school-based credentialing requirements by state can be found by visiting NASP’s website, here.
Resources to Begin and Thrive in an Academic Career
- Pathways to academic careers for school psychologists
- So you want to be a professor? Perspectives on the academic job search process (Part 1)
- So you want to be a professor? (Part 2)
- So you landed a job – What’s next? Advice for early career psychologists from early career psychologists
- Work-life balance in academic careers
- Surviving and Thriving in Academia: A Guide for Members of Marginalized Groups
- National Center for Faculty Development and Diversity
Resources for Those Pursing a Private Practice
The School Psychologist, Early Career Corner
As part of our efforts, the Early Career Workgroup publishes a column in each edition of The School Psychologist, Division 16’s official newsletter. This column focuses on the needs of ECPs within the Division. Members of the workgroup have authored several articles in The School Psychologist to date:
- Professors in Private Practice: To Be or Not To Be on Insurance Panels (Fall 2016)
- Globalization of School Psychology: Insights & Opportunities for Early Career Psychologists (Fall 2016)
- Professors in Private Practice: Recommendations for a Successful Practice as a Faculty Member (Summer 2016)
- Reviewing Manuscripts for Publication (Winter 2016)
- Highlights from Convention (August 2015)
- Towards structuring a productive summer: Tips for the early career professional (April 2015)
- Addressing and meeting the needs of Div. 16’s early career members (January 2015)
- Preparing for the EPPP as a school psychologist (April 2014)
- Focus on early career psychologists: Div. 16’s new workgroup (January 2014)
Those with suggestions for future topics may contact Nick Gelbar (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Funding & Awards for ECPs
These funding opportunities are specifically designed for early career psychologists. Some of these opportunities provide travel funding to specific conferences while others provide funds for research activities.
- Division 16’s Lightner Witmer Award
- American Psychological Association Early Career Funding Opportunities
- Society for the Study of School Psychology Early Career Research Awards
- Society of the Study of School Psychology Research Collaboration Conference
- National Association for School Psychologists’ Paul H. Henkin Memorial Travel Scholarship Award
- Trainers of School Psychologists Junior Faculty Development Award
- Institute of Education Sciences Early Career Development Grants
- National Institutes of Health Early Career Investigator Policies
- What you need to know to get licensed
- Creating an Independent Developmental for Your Post-Doc
- DiLillo, D., DeGue, S., Cohen, L. M., & Morgan, R. D. (2006).The path to licensure for academic psychologists: How tough is the road? Professional Psychology: Research and Practice, 5, 567-586.
- Vaughn, T. J. (Ed.). (2006). Psychology Licensure and Certification: What Students Need to Know. Washington, DC: American Psychological Association.
Early Career Announcements
Alberti Center Early Career Award – Distinguished Scholarly Contributions to Bullying Abuse Prevention
The Alberti Center for Bullying Abuse Prevention at the University at Buffalo, State University of New York is pleased to announce an early career award competition in support of its mission to reduce bullying abuse in schools and in the community by contributing...
What: $250 to help support attendance and participation at APA’s Annual Convention. Who: Applicants must be early career psychologists who have completed their PhD/PsyD within the past 10 years to be eligible. Why: Awards will be given to applicants with accepted...
What: $500 to fund LGBTQ-related research which has been proposed or is ongoing, but has not yet been completed Who: Applicants must be early career psychologists who have completed their PhD/PsyD within the past 10 years to be eligible. Why: Awards will be given to...
What: This award, named in honor of the National Register's Executive Officer from 1990 through 2013, recognizes excellence in a credentialed Health Service Psychologist Who: ECPs with less than 10 years of postdoctoral experience. Why: The award recipient receives a...
The APA Committee on Early Career Psychologists is pleased to announce the achievement award program for early career members from all areas of psychology to attend APA's Annual Convention this year, August 3-6 in Washington, DC. At least five award recipients who are...