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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 and the Academic Computing Center. 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

Anti-racism Statement

Please read our Statement of Anti-racism


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

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.

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.


Research Grants

Outreach Programs


In addition to the following departmental scholarships, learn more about additional opportunities for financial assistance on our financial aid page.

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: Sycarah Fisher


Doctoral student wins AERA Shark Tank competition

July 6, 2021
Xiao-Yin Chen, a doctoral student in the department of educational psychology, won AERA's Shark Tank competition for her research presentation on the experiences of Appalachian students in college preparatory programs.

New research may explain shortages in STEM careers

May 12, 2021
A new study by the University of Georgia revealed that more college students change majors within the STEM pipeline than leave the career path of science, technology, engineering and mathematics altogether.

Contact Us

Department Head: Amy Reschly

323 Aderhold Hall 110 Carlton Street Athens, Georgia 30602