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Become a leader in the fields of teaching, learning, human development, and behavior in our Educational Psychology programs. 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.

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

Concentrations

Applied Cognition and Development

Our Applied Cognition and Development programs prepare graduates to improve education through research, to implement projects in schools, and to apply research and methods to various settings.

Gifted and Creative Education

The Gifted and Creative Education Program philosophy is grounded in tenets that giftedness and creativity are expressed in diverse ways among people; that creativity is a universal potential to be nurtured and enhanced; and that the best education is tailored to student's specific needs.

Quantitative Methodology

Do you have an interest in theoretical developments in psychometrics, statistics, measurement, and other statistical modeling strategies? The QM Program exists to advance the field of quantitative methodology and connect to real-world problems in educational and social science research.

School Psychology Program

The School Psychology program is designed to produce clinically skilled scientists who are proficient in principles of theory, science, and practice. We are fully accredited by the APA.

Degree Programs

 

Research Grants

Outreach Programs

  • Autism Diagnostic Evaluation

    If you believe your child may benefit from an evaluation at the UGA School Psychology Clinic, here is an overview of the various types.

  • Comprehensive Psychological Evaluations

    If you believe your child may benefit from an evaluation at the UGA School Psychology Clinic, here is an overview of the various types.

  • Intervention Services

    If you believe your child may benefit from an evaluation at the UGA School Psychology Clinic, here is an overview of the various types.

Student Organizations

Association of School Psychologists (ASP)

To advise the scholarly goals and professional interests of future school psychologists.

Faculty advisor: Scott Patrick Ardoin

Graduate Researchers in Educational Psychology

This organization fosters communication between graduate students and faculty in the Department of Educational Psychology and to encourage active participation in projects relating to fields represented in the department.

Faculty advisor: Michele Lease

Faculty and Staff

Scott Patrick Ardoin

  • Professor and Department Head

Kadir Bahar

  • Assistant Professor

Michael M. Barger

  • Assistant Professor

Laine P. Bradshaw

  • Associate Professor

Kristen Bub

  • Associate Professor

Louis Castenell

  • Dean Emeritus

Hye-Jeong Choi

  • Adjunct Assistant Professor

Allan S. Cohen

  • Professor

Stephen E. Cramer

  • Senior Academic Professional Emeritus

Amanda E. Ferster

  • Assistant Professor-Limited Term

Logan Fiorella

  • Assistant Professor

Sycarah Fisher

  • Assistant Professor

Shawn M. Glynn

  • Josiah Meigs Distinguished Teaching Professor, Emeritus

Ashley Johnson Harrison

  • Associate Professor

Glenda Henderson

  • Business Manager I

Meg Easom Hines

  • Senior Lecturer

Seock-Ho Kim

  • Professor

Nancy Flanagan Knapp

  • Adjunct Associate Professor

Michele Lease

  • Professor and Graduate Coordinator

Jennifer H. Lindstrom

  • Adjunct Professor

Zhenqiu (Laura) Lu

  • Associate Professor

Roy P. Martin

  • Professor Emeritus

Danielle Mitchell

  • Administrative Associate II

Stacey M. Neuharth-Pritchett

  • Associate Dean for Academic Programs
  • Professor

Chitra Pidaparti

  • Clinical Assistant Professor

Amy L. Reschly

  • Professor and Program Coordinator

Emily Q. Rosenzweig

  • Assistant Professor

Sarah E. Sumners

  • Associate Research Scientist

Jason A. Tiller

  • Student Affairs Professional II and Graduate Coordinator Assistant

Shiyu Wang

  • Assistant Professor

Contact Us

Department Head: Scott Ardoin

323 Aderhold Hall 110 Carlton Street Athens, Georgia 30602