The Impact of Burnout on School Psychologist Supervisors

Kathryn Buck Pursell, Tennessee State University


The literature suggests that most internship supervisors have received little formal academic training in supervision and do not obtain supervision of their supervision (Harvey & Struzziero, 2008). Little or no training paired with meeting job demands and being responsible for supervisees can be stressful. Studies concerning chronic stress or burnout experienced by school psychologists are limited in the research, and there have been no studies concerning school psychologist supervisors and the relationship between burnout and lack of training in the area of supervision. Therefore, the purpose of this study was to examine the extent of burnout among school psychologist supervisors and to determine whether there is a relationship between job burnout of school psychologist supervisors and amount of training in supervision. Results indicated statistical significance for school psychologists having supervision training for all burnout factors. There were significant effects for school psychologists having supervision training for emotional exhaustion, F(1, 991) = 9.75, p = .002; depersonalization, F(1, 991) = 2.78, p = .096; and personal accomplishment, F(1, 991) = 13.13, p ≥ .001.

Subject Area

Educational psychology|Occupational psychology

Recommended Citation

Kathryn Buck Pursell, "The Impact of Burnout on School Psychologist Supervisors" (2018). ETD Collection for Tennessee State University. Paper AAI10838889.