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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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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. Leann Smith

Dr. Leann Smith

Assistant Professor


Curriculum Vitae

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Short Bio

My research answers the question of how racially minoritized youth’s developmental outcomes are impacted by supports or challenges present within cultural and social contexts. Specifically I’m interested in the ways in which schools, parents and peers are responsive to the cultural and developmental needs of youth of Color, and in turn, how that leads to resilience. The current projects we are focusing on in the CASCADe lab involve: (1) academic socialization processes between Black adolescents and their parents and peers, (2) racial socialization processes across the lifespan, (3) STEM attrition for Black and Latinx students, (4) race, anti-racism and the training and practice of school psychology.

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