Greetings and welcome to the Department of Educational Psychology. Our mission is to promote the development and application of scientific knowledge across educational contexts and communities. We offer degrees for students interested in practitioner- or research-focused careers. Our practitioner-oriented degrees provide training to become a licensed and practicing School Psychologist or a Board Certified Behavior Analyst licensed to practice in the state of Texas. For students interested in other educational pathways, we also offer a master's degree in Applied Educational Psychology. For this degree, students are trained both in the foundations of the discipline while offering flexible pathways for students to pursue a variety of career and educational goals.
Sharon Nichols, Ph.D.

Contact

Sharon Nichols, Ph.D.

Department Chair and Professor, Educational Psychology, Director, Urban Education Institute

Educational Psychology

sharon.nichols@utsa.edu

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Why Study in Educational Psychology?

  • 100% job placement for School Psychology and our Applied Behavior Analysis master's programs
  • Graduated 145 students in the last 10 years
  • School psychology program nominated as a finalist for 2020 Examples of Excelencia award

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Programs

We offer a NASP accredited master's program in School Psychology, an ABAI-verified master's degree and certificate in Behavior Analysis, and a master's degree in Applied Educational Psychology. Our degrees prepare students for professional opportunities in research or to become a Licensed Specialist in School Psychology (LSSP) or a Board Certified Behavior Analyst.

Educational Psychology Faculty

Felicia Castro-Villarreal, Ph.D.

Felicia Castro-Villarreal, Ph.D.

Professor, Educational Psychology

John Davis, Ph.D.

John Davis, Ph.D.

Associate Professor, Educational Psychology

Norma Guerra, Ph.D.

Norma Guerra, Ph.D.

Professor, Educational Psychology

Mackenzie Hart, Ph.D.

Mackenzie Hart, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor, Educational Psychology

Michael Karcher, Ph.D.

Michael Karcher, Ph.D.

Professor and Associate Dean for Research, Educational Psychology

Marie Kirkpatrick, Ph.D.

Marie Kirkpatrick, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor, Educational Psychology

Ashley Labay, Ph.D.

Ashley Labay, Ph.D.

Clinical Associate Professor, Educational Psychology

Han Bum Lee, Ph.D.

Han Bum Lee, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Research, Associate Director, Urban Education Institute, Educational Psychology

Hannah MacNaul, Ph.D.

Hannah MacNaul, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor, Educational Psychology

Leslie Neely, Ph.D.

Leslie Neely, Ph.D.

Associate Professor, Director of Child and Adolescent Policy Research Institute, Educational Psychology

Sharon Nichols, Ph.D.

Sharon Nichols, Ph.D.

Department Chair and Professor, Educational Psychology, Director, Urban Education Institute, Educational Psychology

Humberto Pena, Ph.D.

Humberto Pena, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Research, Educational Psychology

Jeremy Sullivan, Ph.D.

Jeremy Sullivan, Ph.D.

Professor, Educational Psychology

Ian Thacker, Ph.D.

Ian Thacker, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor, Educational Psychology

Victor Villarreal, Ph.D.

Victor Villarreal, Ph.D.

Professor, Educational Psychology

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We appreciate your interest in the Department of Educational Psychology and extend our warmest welcome to you from the Department.