Date of Award

Spring 4-28-2017

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Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)



First Advisor/Committee Member

Dr. Cher Edwards

Second Advisor/Committee Member

Dr. Nyaradzo Mvududu

Third Advisor/Committee Member

Dr. Jorge Preciado

Fourth Advisor/Committee Member

Dr. Rick Eigenbrood


Paradigm Shift, School Psychology, Perceptions, school psychologists, teachers, administrators


The purpose of this research paper is to gain current perceptions of school psychology services and paradigm shift theory in school psychology by school psychologists, teachers and administrators within public school systems. The paper will focus on the history of school psychology, federal legislation, and IDEA. Surveys were collected from school psychologists, teachers and administrators regarding perceptions of school psychology and paradigm shift theory in school psychology services. Although the results were non-significant, results of the surveys indicate similar results to previous perceptual surveys. While teachers and administrators would like more services in general from school psychologists, school psychologists remained split on actual versus preferred roles or duties.


I would like to personally thank my beautiful wife Marina and three little girls, Maya, Mariveah, and Izabella. I couldn't have done it without your love and support. I'd also like to thank a fellow Chicano warrior, my twin brother Omar. We did it carnal! Thank you to my parents for being who you are. To my older brother Ulysses, another warrior in the struggle. Your determination inspires me everyday carnal. To my young sister Morayma, this is for you sister. You are my heroes. Lastly, I'd like to thank all the Chicano's/a's back home in Fallbrook California whom are continuously engaged in the struggle. Get up and fight for your rights! Y que viva la raza!

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