Counseling, Developmental, and Educational Psychology (CDEP)


In our department of Counseling, Developmental, and Educational Psychology, students learn how to promote purposeful lives from the inside out. They focus on advancing the science of the mind and improving the wellbeing of children and adults, spurring positive social change in the process.

Our faculty are leaders in their fields and active mentors—acclaimed scholar-practitioners devoted to preparing students for careers in human services, counseling, education, research, advocacy, and policy.

Program Offerings


Our Applied Psychology and Human Development program is practical, inspiring, and eye-opening. It introduces undergraduates to an assortment of academic experiences, leadership opportunities, and career paths.


CDEP graduate programs focus on applying evidence-based best practices to support the needs, strengths, and wellbeing of diverse populations:

In partnership with the Boston College School of Theology and Ministry, we also offer a dual degree in Theology and Ministry and Counseling Psychology:


Training leaders in academia, research, and policy, our Applied Developmental and Educational Psychology program prioritizes sociocultural approaches to learning, paying particular attention to development from preschool through adolescence and adult functioning in community settings.

The Counseling Psychology program emphasizes application of rigorous science in a range of contexts, including schools and workplaces.

Certificates and Professional Learning

CDEP offers four certificate & specialization programs:

Our Faculty & Expertise

Improve Lives Through Clinical Placements

Practicums and internships enable graduate students to gain experience while helping people in community health centers, schools, hospitals, and treatment programs.

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