The Landscape of Advocacy in Public Schools: The Role of School Psychologists

Kari A. Oyen, Katie Eklund, Nathaniel von der Embse

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Advocacy has been a core function and expectation of school psychologists for over 40 years. However, there is little empirical research and guidance around the role and function of a school psychologist as an advocate within public schools. Advocacy can include speaking up on matters that promote student well-being at both the individual student level and the broader systems level. The current article seeks to provide guidance to school psychologists as to the various levels of advocacy and how school psychologists can promote both individual- and systems-level advocacy. This includes a careful examination of relevant case studies to address barriers in order to help public service professionals increase advocacy efforts. Finally, calls to action are provided to inspire and strengthen school psychologists who want to impact change at the student and systems level.

Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalPsychological Services
StatePublished - Jan 1 2019


  • Advocacy
  • Ethical and legal guidelines
  • Public policy
  • Public schools
  • School psychologist

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Psychology
  • Applied Psychology


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