Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Doctor of Education (EdD)


Educational Leadership

First Advisor

Dr. Kay A. Keiser


This mixed data exploratory study examined the actual and desired job responsibilities of school psychologists, the Professional Quality of Life survey,school psychologist to student ratio, and years in the profession. Qualitative data regarding reasons they entered the field, barriers to practicing in their desired role, and roles they felt to be most effective was gathered. The aim of this study was to shed light on the extent to which the alignment of their desired roles influences the perceived effectiveness of the school psychologists. Most school psychologists entered the field to support children; all but one of the school psychologists surveyed indicated barriers preventing them from practicing within their desired job role. This research should encourage educational stakeholders and school psychologists to overcome the barriers to provide school psychologists the ability to practice within an expanded role to provide a whole-child approach to supporting the education and well being of students.


A Dissertation Presented to the Faculty of the Graduate College at the University of Nebraska in Partial Fulfillment of Requirements for the Degree of Doctor of Education. Copyright 2020 Tessa Petereit.

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