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.
Those interested in submitting a link for potential inclusion on this webpage may do so here.
- 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
- Brown University’s “Preparing for your First Year as a Faculty Member”
- Society for the Study of School Psychology Early Career Forum
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 Stacy-Ann January (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.
The Early Career Blog
Early Career Professional (ECP) Workgroup Nomination for Presidential Citation as an APA Citizen Psychologist
2018 APA President Dr. Jessica Henderson Daniel and APA are seeking nominations for professionals to be recognized as a “Citizen Psychologist” through July 2018. The Early Career Professional workgroup would like to nominate an early career school psychologist for...read more
The American Psychological Foundation (APF) is now accepting applications for the 2018 Kenneth B. and Mamie P. Clark Grant. The Kenneth B. and Mamie P. Clark Fund was established in 2003 to honor the Clarks and to perpetuate their work as pioneers in understanding the...read more
Overview To recognize groups or individuals who champion the interests of early career psychologists. Description The APA Committee on Early Career Psychologists (CECP) invites nominations for its annual Champion Award. This recognition award is presented to...read more
The School Psychology Research Collaboration Conference (SPRCC) Call for Early Career Scholar Participants
The School Psychology Research Collaboration Conference (SPRCC) is an opportunity for emerging scholars to work in collaboration with peers and hand-in-hand with top researchers in the field of school psychology. Sponsored by the Society for the Study of School...read more
Division 16 Webinar: Complex Trauma in the Classroom- Considerations for Building Relationships with Students Impacted by Complex Trauma
A Division 16 Webinar Event - May 4 from 3:00 - 4:00 Eastern Time Division 16 invites members and non-members alike to attend a special webinar event, entitled "Complex Trauma in the Classroom - Considerations for Building Relationships with Students Impacted by...read more