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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. David Blustein has received the 2016 Committee on Socioeconomic Status (CSES) Award for Distinguished Leadership in Psychology from the American Psychological Association. The award recognizes the outstanding achievements of expert psychologists who have contributed significantly to the understanding of socioeconomics, including the impact of status, livelihood, and well-being on the socioeconomically disadvantaged. Blustein’s notable achievements through his practice and research have made longstanding contributions to the understanding of socioeconomic status. 

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.