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About SOPP

The School of Professional Psychology (SOPP) is a separate School within the University structure. SOPP was among the nation’s first doctoral programs to develop a practitioner model program and to confer the Doctor of Psychology (Psy.D.) degree. The SOPP believes that generalist education and training at the doctoral level best prepares psychologists to meet the current and future challenges posed by changes in health care delivery. As a university-based program, SOPP students benefit from campus resources.

With the most diverse faculty and student body of any psychology program in the region, the SOPP embraces its mission of serving the underserved and promoting cultural sensitivity and diversity appreciation. The SOPP remains committed to diversity in all its forms, an emphasis on social responsibility, the preparation of students for applying research and practicing in a broad array of settings, and an emphasis on lifelong learning and the welfare of others.

Mission, Vision, Aim,  and Strategic Plan

School Mission

The School of Professional Psychology inspires students to achieve excellence and to be innovative in the practice of health service psychology.  We value social equity within the context of power, privilege and oppression.  We focus on personal and professional identity development among students, faculty, staff, client and other stakeholders.


Building on our culture of innovation and a commitment to diversity, we strive to be the program of choice for health service psychology students, scholars, and practitioners looking to engage in reparative justice.


The Psy.D. program prepares students to be diversity-competent clinical psychologists for practice in health service psychology. Our diversity-anchored program integrates theory, empirical evidence, and practice by providing generalist training and opportunities for training in emphasis areas. The program adheres to the profession-wide competencies and discipline-specific knowledge as outlined by the standards of accreditation of the American Psychological Association (APA) through the lens of a practitioner training model.

Strategic Plan

Program and Regional Accreditation

For a doctoral psychology program to be eligible for accreditation by the APA, the program must be part of an institution of higher education that is regionally accredited by a nationally recognized body. Wright State University is regionally accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC). One of six regional accrediting agencies in the United States, NCA accredits post-secondary educational institutions in the central part of the country. To be an eligible internship program, a program must be organized with “adequate experiential exposure” to help prepare students for practice in psychology.

At the Wright State School of Professional Psychology, our Doctor of Psychology (Psy.D.) and doctoral internship programs have enjoyed the highest levels of accreditation bestowed by APA since 1982, the year of our first graduating class.  In 2012, the PsyD program was reaccredited for seven years. The Doctoral Internship program received seven years’ reaccreditation in 2016.

American Psychological Association
Education Directorate
Office of Program Consultation and Accreditation
750 First Street, NE
Washington, DC 20002-4242
Phone: (202) 336-5979
TDD/TTY: (202) 336-6123

Student Admissions, Outcomes, and Other Data

Please direct questions to:

Cheryl Meyer, JD, Ph.D.
Associate Dean
School of Professional Psychology
3640 Colonel Glenn Hwy
110 Health Sciences Building
Dayton, Ohio 45435-0001
(937) 775-3492
Fax:  (937) 775-3493


Founded in 1979 by Dr. Ronald Fox, the School of Professional Psychology doctoral program at Wright State University has been continuously accredited by the APA since 1982 as a practitioner model program. The School has two internal training centers.  The first training site is the University’s counseling center, known as Counseling and Wellness Services (CWS), which is staffed by practicum students and interns who are supervised by faculty members and staff psychologists.

The second training site is the Ellis Development Institute, which opened in the fall 1989 as the fulfillment of the vision of the faculty of the School of Professional Psychology.  The training mission, the range of services offered at the institute, its location within a major urban renewal area, and the administration of the facility by the SOPP have set the Ellis Institute apart from any other facility in the state of Ohio, and possibly within the United States. The primary goals of the Institute are: to provide and train for the next generation of practicing psychologists, to assist in meeting individual and community needs, to overcome human problems, and promote human effectiveness through utilization of the clinical and educational resources of the SOPP.