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Frederic J. Medway

Distinguished Professor Emeritus
Department of Psychology
University of South Carolina


Dr. Medway is a Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Psychology at the University of South Carolina. He formerly served as interim dean of the USC College of Education and held an adjunct appointment in the USC Medical School and was a consultant to the Institute for Families in Society school-based mental health project. Dr. Medway, a graduate of Syracuse University, received his Ph.D. from the University of Connecticut in 1975.

Dr. Medway is the author of more than 75 journal articles and book chapters. He is the coauthor of the text School Psychology: A Social Psychological Perspective (1992, Erlbaum). He is a Fellow of the American Psychological Association in School and Educational Psychology, and an honorary member of the American Academy of School Psychology. He is the recipient of the APA Division of School Psychology's Lightner Witmer Award given in recognition of outstanding research contributions to school psychology and also has won state awards for his contributions to education and educational media.

His current research deals with:

  • school transitions from middle school to college
  • family separation, particularly as related to military separation and trauma, and family relocation
  • domestic violence and its impact on children
  • teacher stress and school-based supports


He has received more than $1,000,000 in external grants (including FIPSE and OSERS) and his expertise is widely cited by the national and international media. Dr. Medway serves on the editorial board of the School Psychology Quarterly, serves on several community boards focusing on educational improvement and at risk youth, and as an educational consultant to numerous agencies and school districts in the Southeast. Dr. Medway is involved in several distance educational initiatives.

Dr. Medway teaches courses in:

  • consultation
  • introductory and advanced school psychology seminar
  • abnormal psychology
  • adolescent psychology
  • sports psychology



Dr. Medway's Personal Statement

The School Psychology program was the first doctoral program in the Psychology Department and has enjoyed strong support for over 10 years. We were one of the first programs to be fully accredited by the American Psychological Association and continue to receive accolades for our training of both practitioners and scientists. Students in the doctoral program receive close mentoring due to our low ratio of one faculty member to five full-time students.

School Psychology is an enriching and highly rewarding career and South Carolina is a wonderful area of training and job opportunities. Being in the state capital of Columbia affords us the opportunity to link our training with many state and federal programs and agencies. All our entering students are fully supported with assistantships ranging from $7500 to over $13,000. All of our faculty have close contacts with undergraduate Psychology majors as well, many of whom participate in our research teams. We believe in the saying, "Nothing could be finer than to be at Carolina."