National Association of School Psychologists

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National Association of School Psychologists
HeadquartersBethesda, Maryland
Executive Director
Kathleen Minke

The National Association of School Psychologists (NASP) is the major national professional organization for school psychologists in the United States.

Mission and purpose[edit]

Its stated mission is to "represent and support school psychology through leadership to enhance the mental health and educational competence of all children." The vision of NASP is that all children and youth access the learning, behavior, and mental health support needed to thrive in school, at home, and throughout life. The four main purpose of this organization is "a) to actively promote the interests of school psychology; b) to advance the standards of the profession; c) to help secure the conditions necessary to the greatest effectiveness of its practice; and d) to serve the mental health and educational interest of all children and youth".[1]


The National Association of School Psychologists was created on March 15, 1969, during a two-day national conference in St. Louis. NASP is the world's largest organization to serve the interests of school psychologists exclusively. NASP is govern by nationally elected officers and state-elected representatives to the NASP's primary legislative body, NASP Delegates Assembly. There are two delegate representatives in each of its four region with the executive council consisting of the elected officers and program managers. Including committee members, editors, etc. within the program manager areas, the governing body exceeds 200 individuals. The policies and business of NASP emanate from the association’s central office, located in Bethesda, Maryland.[2]

Organization and services[edit]

2020/2021: NASP Executive Council
  • NASP President — Wendy Price
  • President-Elect — Laurie Klose
  • Past President — Leslie Z. Paige
  • Secretary — Karen Apgar
  • Treasurer — Misty Lay

NASP provides a year-round membership and access to evidence-based resources, periodicals exploring the most current issues, and networking opportunities. There are different rates and categories offered to become a member such as regular member, student member, retired member, international member, and so forth. The memberships run from July 1-June 30. NASP offers a Find-A-Mentor Program where an individual can choose to become a mentor or find a mentor. This program provides support at all levels of professional growth and development. NASP also offers awards, grants, and scholarships.[3]

NASP Practice Model represents NASP's official policy regarding the delivery of school psychological services. The NASP Practice Model is one of the four major of parts of Professional Standards NASP 2010 and creates flexibility for agencies and professionals to develop policies and procedures that meet local needs, while also providing sufficient specificity to ensure appropriate, comprehensive service provision. The NASP Practice Model consists of two parts: Professional Practices and Organizational Principles.

While the American Psychological Association (APA) serves similar purposes through Division 16,[4] one way that NASP differs fundamentally from the APA is in that it officially recognizes the specialist degree as the entry-level degree for the field, as opposed to the doctoral degree. The two organizations, however, are more complementary than competing. Many view NASP as the governing body for sub-doctoral school psychologists and the APA as the governing body for doctoral-level school psychologists, although there are many doctoral-level school psychologists who belong to NASP. Further, NASP approval of graduate programs does not compete with APA accreditation; the APA does not accredit non-doctoral programs,[5] and NASP will more quickly approve programs that have already been APA-accredited.[6]

NASP provides standards for ethics and practice, and approves graduate training programs that sufficiently adhere to its training guidelines. NASP is a constituent member of the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) and although NCATE accredits units (such as colleges of education), not programs, it does provide "national recognition" status to NASP-approved programs located in units accredited by NCATE.[7]

The organization also offers an opportunity for those who have successfully completed their graduate coursework, participated in a 1200-hour internship with at least 600 hours in a school setting, and received a score of at least 660 on the School Psychologist Praxis II Examination to apply for National Certification in School Psychology.

The National Association of School Psychologists currently distributes one journals: School Psychology Review, which is the second-largest psychology academic journal and includes research and theory related to school psychology. It previously distributed[8] School Psychology Forum: Research in Practice, an electronic publication, but the final issue was published in spring 2019.[9] NASP also publishes a periodical, Communiqué, which is the official newspaper of NASP that covers news, events, innovative practices, legislative developments, and other topics relevant to the field.


  1. ^ "History of the National Association of School Psychologists: The First Decade". National Association of School Psychologists (NASP). Retrieved 1 December 2018.
  2. ^ Fagan, Thomas; Wise, Paula (2007). School psychology : past, present, and future (3rd ed.). National Association of School Psychologists. ISBN 978-0932955-71-5.
  3. ^ "Find-a-Mentor Program". National Association of School Psychologists (NASP). Retrieved 1 December 2018.
  4. ^ "Indiana University Bloomington". Indiana University Bloomington.
  5. ^ "APA-Accredited Programs".
  6. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2006-07-18. Retrieved 2006-10-09.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  7. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2006-03-05. Retrieved 2006-10-09.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  8. ^ "About SPF". National Association of School Psychologists (NASP). Retrieved 2019-09-19.
  9. ^ "General Issue". National Association of School Psychologists (NASP). Retrieved 2019-09-19.

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