School Psychology Program

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About School Psychology at Rider University

Rider University has one of the finest school psychology programs in the region for several reasons:

  • The School Psychology Program is one of only five specialist level programs in New Jersey to hold full accreditation from the National Association of School Psychologists (NASP)

  • Students are actively recruited by employers and typically find jobs either before or shortly after graduation.

  • The program offers a blend of traditional and contemporary school psychology training including psychological assessment, response to intervention, consultation, positive behavior support, counseling, and curriculum-based measurement. This innovate training makes graduates attractive to school districts.

  • Upon graduation, students are eligible for national school psychology certification. Over the past five years, nearly 100% of students have passed the national exam in school psychology.

  • Students start their fieldwork experience during the first semester in the program, making student training in the program very applied.

  • Students enrolled in Rider University's School Psychology Program take classes with faculty who are active researchers. Students read articles and books on course topics written by program faculty. This is rare because most active researchers do not teach.

Top ranked School Psychology program

Rider University's school psychology program was just rated as one of the top 5 specialist programs in the country. This rating was based upon the scholarly productivity of its school psychology faculty. View more information.

Rider University is itself a distinguished institution of higher learning and is perennially ranked a top tier master’s level university in U.S. News and World Report’s annual survey of colleges/universities and as a “best” school in the country by the Princeton Review’s Best Colleges and Universities guidebook.

Students in the School Psychology Program hail from local, regional and national colleges/universities. Institutions represented in the program include Rider University, Cornell University, the University of Montana, the College of William & Mary, Columbia University, Fordham Law School, University of Pennsylvania, the College of New Jersey, Rutgers University, George Washington University, the University of Richmond, Lehigh University, and the University of Delaware.

About this site

Within this site, you will find detailed information about Rider University’s School Psychology Program including information on program philosophy, degree requirements, program faculty, admissions procedures, and program highlights. The faculty of the School Psychology Program encourages you to read through this web site. After reading, should you have additional questions, please call or email program faculty who would be happy to answer any additional questions that you might have. Dr. Karen Gischlar may be reached via email at [email protected]. Dr. Stefan C. Dombrowski may be reached via email at [email protected].

For more information about School Psychology, please contact:

Headshot of Stefan Dombrowski
Professor and Director, School Psychology Program
Bierenbaum Fisher Hall 202J

Academic Background

  • Post Doctoral Fellow, Clinical Child Psychology, University of California, Davis Medical Center
  • Ph.D., School Psychology, University of Georgia
  • M.B.A., Finance, University of Connecticut
  • B.B.A., Personnel Management & Organizational Behavior, College of William & Mary

Professional Certifications

  • Licensed Psychologist (New Jersey & Pennsylvania)
  • Certified School Psychologist (New Jersey & Pennsylvania)
Headshot of Karen Gischlar
Associate Professor
Bierenbaum Fisher Hall 202N

Academic Background

  • Ph.D., School Psychology, Lehigh University
  • Ed.S., School Psychology, Rider University
  • M.A., School Counseling, The College of New Jersey
  • B.S., Early Childhood/Elementary Education, The College of New Jersey


Current research focuses on emergent literacy skill assessment and intervention and the implementation of Response to Intervention models.

Scholarly Projects

Peer Reviewed Journals