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Lynch School of Education

Counseling, Developmental, and Educational Psychology

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Department Mission:

We create and promote deep knowledge of human development, learning, and psychological well-being.  The knowledge advances science and supports social change for individuals, families, communities, and organizations.  Our teaching, research and professional training are informed by perspectives that consider socio-ecological contexts of human development and are guided by an ethos of social justice.  We prepare students to work in a variety of human service, counseling, educational, research, advocacy, and policy settings.


Department Spotlight:

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Dr. Usha Tummala-Narra was awarded the American Psychological Association(APA) Diversity Award in April, 2015. The Diversity Award is granted to an individual who has made important contributions in expanding  knowledge and advancing issues of diversity within psychoanalytic psychology.  Diversity is defined broadly encompassing age, gender, race, culture/ethnicity, sexual orientation and identity, social class and dis/ability.

She was also awarded APA's Shining Star Award at APA National Multicultural Conference and Summit (NMCS) in January, 2015.

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 and 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.