Chair Welcome

Cindy Carlson, Ph.D.

Welcome to the Department of Educational Psychology at The University of Texas at Austin. We are a dynamic and nationally ranked department of long-standing with programs, faculty, and students who represent a broad range of expertise and interests yet share a commitment to the highest standards of academic and professional training in educational psychology.

Educational psychology is the scientific study of human experience in educative contexts broadly construed. Educational psychologists conduct research to advance theory and practice relevant to human actions and learning that occurs across the life span from infancy to old age and across settings, including the home, school, peer group, military, health, business and industry, or via technology.

Consistent with the broad brushstroke of the field of educational psychology, the department contains programs in four distinct areas: Counseling Psychology & Counselor Education; School Psychology; Human Development, Culture & Learning Sciences; and Quantitative Methods. All program areas prepare specialists at the masters and doctoral degree level with the skills necessary to fill a variety of roles in settings in which knowledge of human development, learning theory, research and evaluation methods, and individual differences in behavior is essential.

An advanced degree in educational psychology may qualify students for careers as university or college instructors, psychological researchers, program evaluators, and measurement consultants. Degrees earned within the program areas of School Psychology and Counseling Psychology/Counselor Education may also qualify students for professional practice careers as counselors, psychologists, and specialists in school psychology.

I invite you to explore our website and discover the exciting training opportunities and faculty in our Department. We hope to see you soon in the Department of Educational Psychology at UT.

Cindy Carlson, Ph.D.
Professor and Chair