Mason Creates Center for School Psychologists

Posted: December 20, 1999 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

George Mason’s Psychology Department has more than the new century to look forward to. Soon the department will receive the first appropriation of $450,000 from the U.S. Congress to create a regional resource center for school psychologists.

According to department chair Robert Smith, the primary focus of the center will be to provide consultation, continuing education, and continuing professional development to school psychologists who work throughout Northern Virginia. “We are very excited about the prospect and potential of what we envision to be a major resource center for our region,” says Smith, who, for the present, serves as principal investigator of this grant.

Early next year, efforts will begin to staff the center, Smith says. The staff will comprise three nontenure faculty members, between four and eight graduate students, and one fellow, whose position will be filled on a rotating basis. “We see the center as having multiple goals of providing a needed service to the region and an enhanced training facility for our students, and serving as a model for university-community interactions,” he says.

A location for the center has not yet been determined. The center is, however, expected to be operational by fall 2000.

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