Student perspectives on recruiting and orienting prospective school psychology trainees.

Sally L. Grapin, Joel O. Bocanegra, Eric Rossen, Taylor M. Woytas, Jennifer Rossel

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This study investigated current school psychology students’ perspectives on recruiting and orienting prospective trainees to the profession. Two hundred sixty-two student members of the National Association of School Psychologists (NASP) responded to two open-ended survey items regarding: (a) information they wished they had known prior to beginning their training and (b) their beliefs about effective recruitment practices for increasing racial and ethnic (R/E) diversity in the profession. Qualitative analyses revealed that approximately one-third of participants from R/E minoritized backgrounds reported wishing they had known more about the roles and functions of school psychologists. Participants also generated a wide range of potentially valuable recruitment strategies. Implications for improving recruitment practices are discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)261-270
Number of pages10
JournalSchool psychology (Washington, D.C.)
Issue number4
StatePublished - 2021

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education
  • Developmental and Educational Psychology


  • diversity
  • graduate students
  • recruitment
  • school psychology programs


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