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About Dr. Oakland

Dr. Thomas David Oakland, PhD, ABPP, ABPN died on March 4, 2015 under tragic circumstances. Tom made a lasting imprint on the field of school psychology as a graduate educator, mentor, advocate, test developer, and author. Tom began his career as a middle school teacher in the early 1960s and then received his MS and PhD degrees in educational psychology from Indiana University in 1965 and 1967, respectively.  He was a professor of school psychology at the University of Texas from 1967–1994 and then at the University of Florida from 1995–2010, serving as department chair at both universities.


Tom was a dynamic leader and prolific scholar advancing school psychology and mental health practices in the United States and across the globe. Specifically, he initiated a cultural immersion program for mental health professionals and graduate students in Costa Rica. It is from this program that the Ecuador PPP was born. Dr. Oakland served as a consultant, confidant and mentor to Ecuador PPP's founders. It is with great joy that his legacy is continued with the work of the Ecuador PPP.

To Apply

In his honor, Ecuador PPP offers a partial scholarship to participants who submit exemplary applications and demonstrate financial hardship. If you wish to be considered for this scholarship, please complete the Dr. Tom Oakland's Scholarship essay on the program application.  

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