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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 (PhD) degrees in Educational Psychology, Counseling Psychology, and School Psychology.

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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. Laura Stough

Dr. Laura Stough



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Laura Stough’s professional career has been spent addressing disparities in the provision of educational and social services for people with disabilities. Her current research investigates the psychological and social effects of disaster on individuals with disabilities. Dr. Stough serves as the Assistant Director of the Center on Disability and Development and is a Fellow at the Hazard Reduction and Recovery Center at Texas A&M University. Dr. Stough directs Project REDD: Research and Evaluation on Disability and Disaster, which has investigated the impact of disasters, including Hurricane Harvey, Hurricane Katrina, Hurricane Ike, and the Bastrop County Complex Wildfire, on individuals with disabilities. Project REDD also has conducted large scale evaluation studies of organizations that provide disaster services and produced disaster-related publications, workshops, and resources. She published “Disability and Disaster: Explorations and Exchanges” together with Dr. Ilan Kelman of University College London. The book is the first that focuses on disasters and disability and features narratives written by authors with disabilities across the globe, providing a critical analysis of assumptions about disaster vulnerability. Dr. Stough’s research has been supported by research grants through the Centers for Disease Control, the Association for University Centers on Disability, the Department of Education, and the National Disability Rights Network. At the national level, Dr. Stough serves as the Chair of the Emergency Preparedness Special Interest Group for the Association of University Centers on Disabilities. She has provided leadership to the State of Texas as Chair of the Disability Task Force for the Texas Division of Emergency Management, as well as through presentations and workshops on disaster and disability throughout Texas.

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