Dr MacKay's latest survey - carried out with with Jim Boyle, a Strathclyde colleague - involved 91 primaries and 21 secondaries in five west of Scotland authorities, and showed a 22 per cent rise in satisfaction levels in primary and 37 per cent in secondary.
The survey tested teacher opinion in key areas such as individual assessments, primary-secondary liaison and pupil support. "Schools want more of everything and value individual assessment and work with parents," Mr Boyle said.
Dr MacKay said: "It is a very encouraging picture for the profession."
Psychologists were well placed for a central role in helping schools to deliver the five national priorities.
* Headteachers recognised their role in work outside special educational needs. They also appreciated the need for research.