Publication Date

Spring 2016

Advisor(s) - Committee Chair

Carl Myers (Director), Elizabeth Jones, and Samuel Kim

Degree Program

Department of Psychology

Degree Type

Educational Specialist


Ethics is a topic of great importance for professional school psychologists. The National Association of School Psychologists’ (NASP) Principles for Professional Ethics is a document that originated in 1974 and was most recently revised in 2010. The function of this document is to guide school psychologists’ conduct in their professional careers. This study examines the content of school psychology journals, the NASP school psychology newspaper, and NASP convention abstracts from the last 16 years to evaluate the ethical topics being discussed within the school psychology community. A search of the publications related to ethics provides answers to several questions while highlighting the contemporary concerns and interests of school psychologists. The findings of this study include the representation of ethical issues in four domains to varying degrees. The greatest topics of interest and concern for school psychologists were found to be related to assessments and interventions while issues related to professional behaviors seem underrepresented in the literature.


Psychology | School Psychology