School Psychology Clinic

Waiting area of the clinic

Free school psychology services for children and adolescents

The University of Washington, School Psychology Clinic is a University-Based community clinic that aims to serve children and families in the Seattle community.

The UW School Psychology Clinic provides individual counseling services (both in-person and virtual) for school-age students 8-18. We also provide testing and assessment services for children ages 3-5 years and school-age students 8-18. We support children and adolescents and their families by:

  • Providing you with a confidential and safe place for you to discuss your concerns
  • Helping you to identify your needs and developing a plan to address them
  • Providing you with psychoeducational information and interventions
  • Connecting you with resources in the community

The UW School Psychology Clinic serves as a training site for graduate students in the School Psychology Program earning Ed.S. and Ph.D. degrees. All services are supervised by a licensed psychologist/clinician, along with a program faculty member.

Our training Clinic does not provide official diagnoses for concerns about learning or attention difficulties. The assessments completed in our Clinic result in a comprehensive cognitive and learning profile in a report that summarizes the strengths and challenges present for your child. This report can be used in conversations with your healthcare providers, schools, educators, or any other support professional to continue to support your child or adolescent  based on their needs. At this time, our clinic provides services free of charge to the community.

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Counseling

We support a wide range of concerns including: anxiety, depression, trauma, grief, loss, low self-esteem, life transitions (e.g., divorce), school adjustment (e.g., moved from a different city or to a new school in the area), relationship issues, family-related difficulties, stress, parenting difficulties, attention-related difficulties, social skills

  • ​School-age children and adolescents age 8-18
  • Appointments available January through June
  • Monday and Wednesday evenings

Assessment and Testing

We support learning disability concerns, reading, math, or writing difficulties, executive functioning challenges, and school behavior challenges.

  • Preschool children ages 2-5
    • Appointments available March through June
    • Tuesday and Thursday mornings
  • Children and adolescents ages 8-18
    • Appointments available January through March
    • Tuesday and Thursday mornings

Requesting an appointment

After submitting our request form, a Clinic staff member will review information and determine whether our training Clinic is an appropriate fit to serve your child or adolescent. A secondary phone intake may be scheduled with the course instructor to gather more detailed information about the needs and determine availability for services. If you are selected for services, the Clinic staff will assist with scheduling and paperwork to receive counseling or assessment services from a student clinician, supervised by professional faculty.

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For any additional questions regarding services at the School Psychology Clinic, please call the front desk at 206-543-4970 or email spclinic@uw.edu.


Fees

We are one of the very few clinics that offer our services completely free of charge at this time. We are able to provide this due to our Program's careful budget planning.


Location

We are located at the University of Washington, Seattle Campus, inside the Brooklyn Trail Building to the west of campus. The address is 3903 Brooklyn Ave NE Seattle, WA 98105. We recommend parking in the W12 lot across the street from the clinic ($4/hr) or the Central Parking Garage.


About us

Janine Jones, PhD, NCSP (PY00002482)

Dr. Jones is a Professor of School Psychology at the University of Washington and a Licensed Psychologist. Dr. Jones teaches courses and supervises graduate students in school psychological assessment, multicultural issues in school psychology, advanced personality assessment, and advanced clinical interventions. Her clinical orientation is Culturally Responsive Interpersonal Psychotherapy with adolescents (CR-IPTa). She is also an applied researcher with a primary focus on multicultural interventions. She studies effective practices for working with children and families and the impact cultural context has on the effectiveness of interventions.

James Mazza, PhD, NCSP (PY00002818)

Dr. Mazza is a Professor at the University of Washington, School Psychology Program, and a licensed psychologist. Dr. Mazza is a leading researcher in adolescent suicide and has strong research interests on adolescent mental health issues and the impact on academic performance. He is currently examining a school-based curriculum that utilizes the skills component of Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT).

Kristen Missall, PhD, NCSP

Dr. Missall is the Director of the University of Washington, School Psychology Program and she oversees the program operations. She is a Professor of School Psychology at the University of Washington. She conducts research on child development from birth to age 8, and specializes in studying school readiness, early school adjustment, and academic and social-emotional assessment and intervention for children at a young age. Her recent work has focused on assessment and intervention in the areas of early literacy and early mathematics for preschool-aged children.

Alexa Matlack, PhD, NCSP (LH 61231421)

Dr. Matlack is an Assistant Teaching Professor in the School Psychology Program. Dr. Matlack supervises graduate students and teaches practicum courses in counseling and assessment, and school-based intervention and support. Clinically, she specializes in working with children with developmental disabilities and teenagers/young adults with a wide array of clinical presentations including trauma, depression, anxiety, and OCD. Dr. Matlack is a certified Parent Child Interaction Therapist and works with parents to support behavior management for children of all ages.  Dr. Matlack completes phone intakes for families who request psychological and learning assessments from the School Psychology Clinic. 

Elizabeth Holland, PhD (PY 60654496)

Dr. Holland is a teaching associate in the School Psychology Program. Dr. Holland teaches courses and supervises doctoral students in counseling and assessment. She specializes in working with school-aged children with neurodevelopmental disabilities and internalizing and externalizing disorders. Her clinical orientation is cognitive-behavioral, and she utilizes other treatment modalities as indicated. Dr. Holland has specialized experience and training in exposure and response prevention (ERP), evidence-based reading interventions, working with military families, and assessment for ADHD, learning disorders, and Autism Spectrum Disorder. Currently, Dr. Holland works in private practice part-time and teaches at the University of Washington part-time. She also does some school consultation contract work.

Allison Wells, MEd, NCSP

Professor Wells is a teaching associate in the School Psychology Program. Professor Wells teaches the assessment and practicum courses for specialist level students. She also is a Nationally Certified School Psychologist who has worked in a number of Washington state school districts.

Yoko Shibata, PhD, NCSP (PY60998551)

Dr. Shibata is a teaching associate in the School Psychology Program. Dr. Shibata serves as internship director of the program and supports the graduate clinicians in their third year internship. She also works in the Federal Way School District and has her own private-practice clients.

Graduate clinicians

If you receive services from our clinic, you will be working directly with a graduate clinician who is currently in training in the UW School Psychology Program. Our trainees provide direct services under the supervision of a licensed psychologist/clinician and faculty member. All clinicians are required to complete an online HIPAA training course offered by the University of Washington, and carry student malpractice insurance, as covered by the University of Washington.