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Department of Educational Psychology

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

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  • 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

    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

Double Dawgs
Combined Bachelor's and Master's Degrees


  • Personal Health and Well-Being Minor

    Housed in the Department of Educational Psychology and the Department of Kinesiology, the personal health and well-being minor supports students' exploration, understanding, and development of practices and habits that support personal health and well-being.

  • Educational Psychology Minor

    The Educational Psychology Minor is designed to support students’ advanced understanding and application of the cognitive, sociocultural, emotional, and moral development of children and adolescents, as well as developmental issues in a wide range of educational contexts.

MEd/EdS Professional Programs

  • EdS in School Psychology

    Earn certification as a school psychologist through our Educational Specialist program in three years.

Master of Education (MEd)

Master of Arts (MA)

Educational Specialist (EdS)

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

Non-Degree Programs

Certificate Programs

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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 encourages active participation in projects relating to fields represented in the department.

Faculty advisor: Sycarah Fisher

Latest News

Faculty and Staff

Anna Abraham
E. Paul Torrance Professor
Kadir Bahar
Assistant Professor
Michael M. Barger
Assistant Professor
Laine P Bradshaw
Associate Professor
Kristen Bub
Caroline Calhoun-King
Student Affairs Professional II
Louis Castenell
Dean Emeritus
Allan S. Cohen
Professor Emeritus
Stephen E. Cramer
Senior Academic Professional Emeritus
Bonnie Cramond
Professor Emeritus
Jessica Crook
Administrative Specialist I
Denis Dumas
Associate Professor
Amanda E. Ferster
Senior Lecturer
Logan Fiorella
Associate Professor
Sycarah Fisher
Associate Professor and Graduate Coordinator
Shawn M. Glynn
Josiah Meigs Distinguished Teaching Professor, Emeritus
Erin E. Hamel
Assistant Professor
Ashley Johnson Harrison
Associate Professor and Program Coordinator
Meg Easom Hines
Senior Lecturer
Seock-Ho Kim
Omer Clyde and Elizabeth Parr Aderhold Professor in Research Methodology
Michele Lease
Jennifer H. Lindstrom
Adjunct Professor
Zhenqiu (Laura) Lu
Associate Professor
Matthew Madison
Assistant Professor
Sakhavat Mammadov
Associate Professor
GCE Program Coordinator
Roy P. Martin
Professor Emeritus
Chitra Pidaparti
Clinical Assistant Professor
Amy L. Reschly
Professor and Department Head
Emily Q. Rosenzweig
Assistant Professor
Paula J. Schwanenflugel
Professor Emeritus
Zuchao "William" Shen
Assistant Professor
Sekita D Stroud
Business Manager I
Shiyu Wang
Associate Professor

Contact Info

Department Head: Amy Reschly
323 Aderhold Hall 110 Carlton Street Athens, Georgia 30602
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