Counseling, Developmental, and Educational Psychology
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.
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.
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.