Message from the Chair

Welcome to the Department of Educational Psychology. Our mission is to promote the development and application of scientific knowledge across educational contexts and communities. Our programs cater to students interested in working in education contexts in a variety of capacities. We offer programs for students seeking practitioner-oriented degrees that allow them to work in school or community settings with children, teachers, and/or parents. We also offer a generalist degree in Applied Educational Psychology that is ideal for students who are interested in advancing their knowledge about theories and research and ways to apply that knowledge across a variety of contexts. Gradates of our degrees go on to work in schools, non-profit agencies, community centers and/or clinics, research centers, with many of our masters graduates going on to pursue PhDs.

Our department has a dedicated community of twelve faculty members devoted to the success of our students and the advancement of educational science. Our faculty have won prestigious research and teaching awards both locally [UTSA Presidential Achievement Awards in Teaching (2014, 2019). Research (2017), Community Service (2023), and Mentorship (2024)] and from outside organizations [University of Southern California Ph.D. Achievement Award (2020)] and Outstanding Service to the Profession of School Psychology, Texas Association of School Psychologists (2012). Our faculty belong to many different professional associations, offering students numerous pathways for professional development and networking opportunities.  

  • American Educational Research Association (AERA);
  • American Psychological Association (APA: Divisions 15 and 16);
  • Association for Behavior Analysis International (ABAI);
  • Association of Mathematics Teacher Educators (AMTE);
  • European Association for Research on Learning and Instruction (EARLI);
  • National Association of School Psychologists (NASP);
  • National Consortium for Instruction and Cognition (NCIC);
  • National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM);
  • Psychology of Mathematics Education - North American Chapter (PME-NA);
  • Scholarly Consortium for Innovative Psychology in Education (SCIPIE);
  • Texas Association for Behavior Analysis (TxABA);
  • Texas Association of School Psychologists (TASP); and
  • Women in Behavior Analysis (WBA).

The Department of Educational Psychology welcomes you to explore our degrees and to contact us with any questions you might have about research, career, and education opportunities available.

Sharon Nichols, Ph.D.


Sharon Nichols, Ph.D.

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

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