Directions for Program Development, Research, and Training
With increasing emphasis on integrated health care, and the shift from providing behavioral health and medical care in silos to an interdisciplinary approach, pediatric school psychologists have opportunities to work in a variety of settings. Some are employed in schools where their role may include development of prevention programs, grant writing, program evaluation, parent education, and school-medical system liaison (Shaw, 2003). Pediatric school psychologists also may work in hospital settings where they may function in the role of consultation liaison, or assist in medical specialty clinics that provide support in the transition between hospital and school (Power, DuPaul, Shapiro, & Parrish, 1995). Primary care is another setting for the practice of pediatric school psychology. Professionals may be involved in colocation, collaborative care, and integrated care. Finally, some pediatric school psychologists engage in independent practice in the community.