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The Department OF Educational Psychology

The Department of Educational Psychology (EPSY) is home to a variety of interrelated disciplines and degree options focused on human development and well-being in educational and community contexts. Our undergraduate programs prepare students to work with children and youth in a variety of community and school contexts. We also offer a range of professional master’s degrees geared towards professionals in schools, communities, and the corporate world. For those interested in doctoral studies we offer Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) degrees in Educational Psychology, Counseling Psychology, and School Psychology.

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Educational Psychology Programs



EPSY offers a Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in Education and University Studies, with one of three focuses.


Graduate Programs

The department of Educational Psychology offers a range of professional graduate degree programs.



EPSY offers a wide variety of online programs and courses to many the diverse needs our students.

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Undergraduate students have the opportunity to complete certificate programs while completing their degree requirements.


“I came to the conclusion that being a special educator is less about whom you teach and more about what you teach.”

– Stephanie Haetchen ’12
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Dr. Julie Thompson

Dr. Julie Thompson

Director of Behavioral Learning INterventions for Children (BLINC) Lab


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My work as a classroom teacher for children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) gave me insight into the layered complexities of providing adequate education to individuals with ASD in public schools. This has guided my decision making and emphasis on feasibility, social validity, and support of diverse populations. My personal research examines explicit instruction procedures to teach academic and language skills to ethnically and linguistically diverse children with autism spectrum disorder at home and in public school settings both through directly examining effectiveness of instructional procedures and curriculum as well as training parents and practitioners. Through my experience as director of the Behavioral Learning INterventions for Children (BLINC) Lab, I have in-depth experience in leading, guiding, and mentoring practitioners, university students, and junior colleagues in research and service activities. I am or have been PI on five externally funded awards totaling $2,224,370 and Co-PI on two externally funded awards totaling $8,826,637. I am currently principal investigator of “Project TAPP: Tackling Autism via Paraprofessional Preparation”, in which we are training paraprofessionals across the state of Texas and researching the effectiveness of our multi-tiered approach to providing ongoing coaching and support, and “Recruit-Prepare-Retain Squared (PhD Scholars and Pre-Service Teachers)” a personnel development grant to train doctoral scholars as experts in special education teacher preparation research and implementation. I have 19 peer-reviewed publications, 52 peer-reviewed presentations, and am or have supervised 20 doctoral graduate students.

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