Educational Psychology

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Educational Psychology
#5 Ranked Program by U.S. News & World Report

Leadership in Science and Practice

Our department is dedicated to advancing knowledge of human behavior as it relates to education. We train our students to work as teachers, counselors, evaluators, and researchers in educational environments. Students develop skills in the areas of human development and behavior, psychology of education, learning theory, and research and evaluation methods. This year, U.S. News and World Report ranked our department third among public institutions and fifth overall.

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Graduate Programs

Our master’s and doctoral programs explore theory through research and apply data driven approaches in a wide variety of settings. Students gain the skills necessary to make significant impacts in research and education.
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Undergraduate Minor

Our department offers a minor in Educational Psychology. Undergraduate students have the opportunity to take our courses as electives, minor in Educational Psychology, and/or participate in EDP research.
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Featured Research

Faculty and students conduct research that is aimed at promoting and understanding learning, mental health, and school success. We have several labs and centers dedicated to examining cognition, culture, and coping and stress.

Feature Stories

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Awad Recognized for Helping Create AMENA-Psy

When Germine “Gigi” Awad, associate professor in the Department of Educational Psychology, began her career in 2005, she looked—often in vain—for colleagues who were also Egyptian American or Arab. Two years ago, Awad became a founding member of the American Arab, Middle Eastern, and North African Psychological Association (AMENA-Psy), and served as its first treasurer. She was recently elected president-elect. Read more about groundbreaking work in psychology being done by Awad and her colleagues.

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Whole Communities Whole Health

We’re meeting families in their homes and neighborhoods. We’re welcoming them as engaged, contributing community scientists—finding answers to their questions and sharing results with them in real time.

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Promoting Positive Behavior Through Positive Parenting

Research shows that when parents practice positive parenting while their children are young, they can protect them from a host of emotional and behavioral issues down the road.