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Lynch School of Education

Counseling, Developmental, and Educational Psychology

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Department Mission:

We promote psychosocial well-being, positive social change, and social justice through innovative and rigorous teaching, research, and professional training in applied psychology. We engage in psychological research and its applications to advance more equitable and socially just policies and practices in partnership with diverse local, national and global communities. We prepare students who engage in culturally informed research and practice within and across disciplines and settings.

Department Spotlight:

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A passion for empowering her graduate students to effect change earned Prof. Lisa Goodman a 2014 Elizabeth Hurlock Beckman Award, presented annually to faculty who have inspired students to work to benefit society. Read more in the Boston College Chronicle.

Academic Programs:

The department offers an undergraduate program in Applied Psychology and Human Development, a master’s and Ph.D. in Applied Developmental and Educational Psychology, and graduate programs in Counseling Psychology, including an APA-approved doctoral program, a master’s in mental health counseling, and a master’s program in school counseling that meets the current requirements of the Massachusetts Department of Education for initial licensure as an elementary or secondary school counselor.