Guide to the Wright State University School of Professional Psychology Records

Wright State University School of Professional Psychology Records
Wright State University Libraries Special Collections and Archives
Phone: 937-775-2092
Wright State University. School of Professional Psychology
5 linear feet
This collection is mostly comprised of documents that describe the history and development of the School of Professional Psychology of Wright State University. These documents include accreditation studies and other various necessities of the program's development. The collection also contains a large portion of graduation records and pamphlets.
The records are in English

History of School of Professional Psychology at Wright State University

The original purpose of the School of Professional Psychology at WSU was to train health care psychologists who would primarily engage in professional practice in Ohio, but who would not be trained particularly to do research.

Between 1974 and 1978, the Ohio Psychological Association and other relevant groups sought the establishment of such a program in spite of opposition from some academic psychologists who believe psychologist should be trained to design and conduct research projects, as well as to be competent in professional practice. The 112th Ohio General Assembly enacted legislation to establish the School of Professional Psychology at WSU. In 1977 Dean Ronald Fox was selected, and the formal proposal for the degree program written during 1978. Students were first enrolled in the Fall of 1979. Since the graduation of its first students, the Wright State University School of Professional Psychology has been continuously accredited by the American Psychological Association.

Currently, the School of Professional Psychology at WSU educates students for excellence and innovation in the practice of psychology. The school aspires to ensure training that is oriented to both personal and professional development within a challenging and respectful environment which values diversity among faculty, staff, students, clients, and community.

Scope and Content

This collection includes elements from each stage of progression of the School of Professional Psychology. From 1966-2013, this collection contains materials ranging from early correspondence concerning the development of a Psychology program to graduation brochures from many years after the school's establishment. The collection is topically arranged. This collection is divided into two series and six subseries.

Series I, Development of the Program, covers topics ranging from the inception of the School of Professional Psychology to the accreditation reports needed to get the project underway. Subseries IA, SOPP History and Proposals, contains correspondence between Wright State University faculty and other schools of psychology or organizations of Ohio. It also contains proposals written to consider the consequences of a school of professional psychology and to inspire its creation. Subseries IB, Accreditation and Internships, is comprised of reports concerning the accreditation of the program and its internships in the early years of SOPP. Subseries IC, Duke E. Ellis Human Development Institute, concerns the naming of Duke E. Ellis Human Development Institute. It contains various materials on this topic, such as photographs and correspondence.

Series II, Institutional Organization, contains institutional procedures and publications. It concerns the SOPP after its establishment. Subseries IIA, Events, Programs, and Admissions, contains newsletters and newspaper printouts concerning SOPP. It also includes information on financial opportunities of its students. Subseries IIB, Administrative Staff, Functions, and Reports, consists of financial reports and meeting minutes of SOPP. This section also includes a large number of reports of re-accreditation for the school. Subseries IIC, Graduation, generally consists of commencement and convocation scripts and brochures.

Statement of Arrangement

This collection is comprised of two series and six subseries:
Series I: Development of the Program, 1962-2005
Subseries IA: SOPP History and Proposals, 1966-1989
Subseries IB: Accreditation and Internship Reviews, 1981-1983
Subseries IC: Duke E. Ellis Human Development Institute, 1962-2005
Series II: Institutional Organization, 1978-2013
Subseries IIA: Events, Programs, and Admission, 1979-2010
Subseries IIB: Administrative Staff, Functions, and Reports, 1978-2006
Subseries IIC: Graduation, 1982-2013

Restrictions on Use

Copyright restrictions may apply. Unpublished manuscripts are protected by copyright. Permission to publish, quote or reproduce must be secured from the repository and the copyright holder.

Restrictions on Access

There are no restrictions on accessing materials in this collection.

Related Material: Related Material

University Archives-School of Professional Psychology Newsletter

Subject Terms

The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.


Accreditation (Education)
Financial records
Psychology students


Ellis, Duke Ellington
Fox, Ronald


Wright State University. School of Professional Psychology


Dayton (Ohio)

Material Types:

Academic costume
Blueprints (reprographic copies)
Color photographs
Color slides

Preferred Citation

[Description of Item, Date, Box #, Folder #], UA-2, Wright State University School of Professional Psychology Records, Special Collections and Archives, University Libraries, Wright State University, Dayton, Ohio.

Acquisition Information

The SOPP collection was transferred to the archives by the School of Professional Psychology's Deans Office in the summer of 2000. Additions were transferred to the archives by the SOPP Dean's Office in Nov 2013.

Processing Information

Processed by: This finding aid was written according to DACS standards by Jordan Countryman, Apr 2014.


Further accruals are expected.

Other Finding Aid

The finding aid is available on the Special Collections & Archives, Wright State University Libraries web site at