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International School Psychology Association

  • By: Thomas Oakland
  • In: Encyclopedia of School Psychology
  • Edited by: Steven W. Lee
  • Subject:School/Educational Psychology (general), School Psychology, Educational Psychology

The International School Psychology Association (ISPA) emerged from efforts by Calvin Catterall and Francis Mullins to broaden the views of school psychologists within the United States to include international perspectives. They initiated the International School Psychology Committee, first within the American Psychological Association's Division of School Psychology and later within the National Association of School Psychologists.

This committee served as a vehicle through which Dr. Catterall established contacts with various school psychologists outside of the United States. This committee sponsored its first international conference in 1975. In 1979, the United Nations (UN)–sponsored International Year of the Child attracted the interests of many school psychologists internationally. Participants recognized the need for an association that would serve ongoing interests of school psychologists internationally. ISPA's constitution and bylaws were ...

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