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What is the purpose of the Child Study Center?

The Child Study Center is a psychoeducational clinic operated by the School Psychology Program of the Department of Educational Psychology. The center is designed to:

  • serve as a training facility for graduate students in the School Psychology Program
  • assist faculty in current research studies
  • provide a service to children, families, and schools

What services can the Child Study Center provide?

The center staff provides:

  • educational and psychological assessments of children aged four to twenty-one with learning and/or behavioral problems
  • consultation to parents concerning educational remediation and treatment of problem behaviors
  • consultation to schools, outside agencies, and other concerned professional personnel
  • short-term treatment of learning and behavior problems

Who provides Child Study Center services?

The primary role of the Child Study Center is to provide preservice practicum experience and training in psychoeducational assessment and case consultation to school psychology graduate students. Under the direct supervision of Educational Psychology Department faculty members, the graduate students complete educational and psychological evaluations and case consultations as a service to children and parents.

What are the Child Study Center's hours of operation?

The Child Study Center operates year-round. The center is open weekdays from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. to:

  • accept referrals
  • schedule evaluations
  • communicate with parents and schools

Clinic evaluations are conducted on:

  • Thursdays and Fridays from 1:00 to 5:00 p.m. during the Spring semester
  • Monday through Thursday on a half-day schedule from 8:00 a.m. to noon during the Summer session

How do you refer a child to the Child Study Center?

Parents should call the Child Study Center at 724-357-2445 during normal business hours. Child Study Center administrative assistants will be available to accept new referrals. School personnel wishing to make a referral should recommend that parents contact the center for an appointment. All information is strictly confidential.

What is the Child Study Center fee?

Services are provided for a fee of $75 to cover center costs. A fee waiver is available to eligible families.

Please note that the $75 charge for services at the Child Study Center (CSC) is a nominal fee that covers the basic costs of operating the center. Evaluation services like those your child receives at the CSC would cost approximately $300 to $500 in the private sector. Tax-deductible donations are welcomed in order for the center to continue to provide these services to the community. If you would like to make a tax deductible donation, please send a check made payable to the “IUP Child Study Center,” Department of Educational and School Psychology, Stouffer Hall, Room 243, 1175 Maple St., Indiana, PA 15705. Thank you.

What types of situations can be addressed by the Child Study Center?

The Child Study Center is designed to address issues related to education for children and adolescents. Some examples would be children who are not doing well in school or who have been identified as having a specific learning problem. The center also provides consultation to parents and schools who want to guide a child's education or better serve his/her learning needs. The needs of high-performing children who require specially designed instruction can also be met by the center. The Child Study Center emphasizes the value of family involvement in every child's learning and attempts to foster communication between home and school.

What exactly does the Child Study Center do to meet the child's needs?

Child Study Center personnel meet with parents and the student and also gather information from the school (with parents' permission) to determine what might be helpful to an individual child. Services that can be provided include academic and intellectual assessment, counseling, recommendations for behavioral intervention, parent education, family counseling, academic recommendations, and school consultation.

The Child Study Center also provides in-service programming for school personnel and offers educational programs for parent groups.

Is there a waiting list for service?

Individual children are seen by the Child Study Center between January and July each year. Family services are offered between June and September. Consultation services and educational programming are available all year. Therefore, only individual children referred very early in the Fall semester would have to wait for services. All intakes are done during the year. Therefore, parents should contact the center as soon as possible after a need is recognized.

Is the service confidential?

Yes, the Child Study Center operates as an agency independent from schools. That means that no information about the assessment is forwarded to the schools or any other agency without parent permission.

What if I want to know more?

Call the Child Study Center at 724-357-2445 or the center director, Dr. Mark McGowan, at 724-357-3788. E-mail

Or mail the Child Study Center at:

Supervisor, Child Study Center
Indiana University of Pennsylvania
Educational Psychology Department
Stouffer Hall, Room 243
1175 Maple St.
Indiana, PA 15705

  • Educational and School Psychology Department
  • Stouffer Hall, Room 246
    1175 Maple Street
    Indiana, PA 15705-1087
  • Phone: 724-357-2316
  • Fax: 724-357-6946
  • Office Hours
  • Monday through Friday
  • 8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
  • 1:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.