Welcome to the Department of Educational Psychology
The University of Connecticut stands among the top 25 public universities in the nation. The Department of Educational Psychology within UConn’s Neag School of Education is ranked by U.S. News & World Report at No. 19 in the nation and is one of the University’s most productive departments. We offer Doctor of Philosophy and Master of Arts degrees in Educational Psychology with concentrations in:
- Cognition, Instruction, and Learning Technology
- Counselor Education and Counseling Psychology
- Giftedness, Creativity, and Talent Development
- Research Methods, Measurement and Evaluation
- School Psychology
- Special Education
We also offer a Master of Arts in Educational Psychology with concentration in Educational Technology.
Recent Department News
Six UConn Students Receive Fulbright Program Grants
Six UConn students have been selected as recipients of a grant through the Fulbright U.S. Student Program for the 2021-22 academic year — among them, alum Jessica Stargardter ’16 (ED), ’17 MA. The program provides grants for individually-designed study and research projects or for English teaching assistantships around the world. Students meet, work, live with, and learn from the people of the host country, sharing daily experiences. Read more on Stargardter on UConn Today.
Neag School Researchers Developing Computational Thinking Unit for High School Biology Classes
As the world of science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) becomes increasingly computational, promoting students’ computational thinking is essential to prepare them for future STEM careers. Neag School assistant professor of learning sciences, Ido Davidesco, has received a $1.4 million grant from the National Science Foundation to develop a month-long computational thinking unit in high school biology classes. Davidesco will work with colleagues Bianca Montrosse-Moorhead, Christopher Rhoads, and John Settlage, as well as Aaron Kyle from Columbia University’s Department of Biomedical Engineering. Read the story on UConn Today.
The Show Must Go On (AUDIO)
Allison Lombardi, associate professor, tells UConn 360 about College and Career Readiness for Transition (CCR4T), a five-year measurement study that aims to evaluate high school students’ preparation for their next steps Check out the podcast episode.
Can Teachers Learn From Students’ Brainwaves?
It’s a bit of a mystery what goes on inside the brain when students learn. But thanks to relatively new breakthroughs in portable EEG devices, which can measure the brain’s electrical activity in what are known as brainwaves, researchers are able to run experiments in classrooms as never before. Check out the podcast episode from EdSurge featuring Ido Davidesco’s research.
UConn Selected to Help Create National Network on Emotional Wellbeing Research
A group of UConn researchers, including Sandra Chafouleas, have received a $2.5 million grant from the National Institutes of Health to develop a network to address knowledge gaps on the topic of emotional wellbeing, an emerging public health concern. This project is one of six, totaling more than $3.13 million in year one funding from the NIH. Read about the new grant on UConn Today.
The Importance of Physical Activity on Wellness
“From preschool aged children up to Individuals who are students in graduate or professional schools, if each and every day we could spend time — 20 minutes, 30 minutes, or even longer — with the goal of playing of being active, of interacting, the benefits to our physical, our emotional, our spiritual health would be life-changing,” says Jaci VanHeest. Tune into the CSCH podcast episode.
‘We Need To Be Nurtured, Too’: Many Teachers Say They’re Reaching A Breaking Point
Districts are trying to help stressed teachers — with yoga classes, counseling sessions, and webinars on mental health. According to Lisa Sanetti, a professor of educational psychology at the Neag School of Education, “Chronically stressed teachers are just less effective in the classroom.” Read the story via NPR.