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Become a leader in the fields of teaching, learning, human development, and behavior in our Educational Psychology program. Graduate-level researchers study how students think and learn, the science of giftedness and creativity, quantitative methodology, and the best practices in the field of school psychology.

By crafting personalized plans of study, we prepare you to be an educational researcher, theorist, or practitioner who works to serve diverse populations. Our department comprises four interconnected areas of emphasis, which provide depth and flexibility to customize your program of study and become an expert in the research skills to build knowledge about the ways students think and learn.

  • Applied cognition and development: Explore the effect of cognitive and developmental processes on education, and determine how that knowledge can be applied to teaching and learning
  • Gifted and creative education: Follow the philosophy that giftedness and creativity are expressed in diverse ways among diverse people, that creativity is a universal potential to be nurtured and enhanced, and that the best education is tailored to student's specific needs for talent development
  • Quantitative methodology: In this program, not only will you make advancements in the field, but also connect these solutions to real-world problems in educational and social science research
  • School psychology: Learn to become a clinically skilled psychologist who understands and works within accepted scientific principles and guidelines

Our department is also home to several leading research centers and clinics that offer opportunities for practical experience working with clients and conducting research projects. This includes the School Psychology Clinic, the Academic Computing Center, and the Georgia Center for Assessment. Our students also may work closely with the Torrance Center for Creativity and Talent Development.

Our faculty members have been awarded millions of dollars in federal and private funding for research on topics such as:

  • Assessment and remediation of children's reading difficulty
  • Sex differences in mathematics strategies
  • Underrepresented populations in gifted education
  • Creativity
  • Reading comprehension and vocabulary development
  • Diagnostic classification models
  • Preschool intervention for children living in poverty
  • Design of student-centered learning environments
  • Dropout prevention

Contact Details

  • 323 Aderhold Hall
    110 Carlton Street
    Athens, Georgia 30602

Department head: Stacey M. Neuharth-Pritchett

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Latest News

Doctoral student receives scholarship from psychology association

October 17, 2016
Anna Goodbread will receive the annual Dr. Louise McBee scholarship from the Athens Area Psychological Association (AAPA) at the organization’s legislative breakfast this December.

Professor named a Research Thought Leader by the Innovation Collaborative

October 3, 2016
Bonnie Cramond was named to a group of six national advisors to stimulate further research on how the intersections of the arts and STEM can promote creative thinking in K-12 settings

Kappa Delta Pi elects new president; leadership council

September 28, 2016
Kappa Delta Pi, an international honor society in education at the University of Georgia, recently elected a new president and leadership council to help foster excellence in education.

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