In educational psychology (EPY), we conduct high-quality research that explores how emotional, social and cognitive processes impact development and learning with the goal of making learning more effective and equitable.
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Recent EPY News
Distinguished University Professor Daphne Greenberg has been named a 2022 Literacy Champion by Atlanta-based nonprofit Literacy Action, Inc.
Doctoral Student Taylor McGee Has Article Accepted for Publication in the Journal of Black Psychology
Taylor McGee, a doctoral student in the educational psychology Ph.D. program, authored an article in the Journal of Black Psychology.
Jason Braasch and Daniel Conine, faculty members in the in the Department of Learning Sciences, are two of eight recipients of the College of Education & Human Development’s Faculty Awards for 2022.
Rebekah Pollock, a doctoral student in our department, has her residency study accepted for publication in the Journal of Black Psychology.
Daphne Greenberg, Ph.D., was the keynote speaker for the MTML Professional Development Learning Day for the LBS Field on Nov 12.
Daphne Greenberg, Ph.D., serves as a panelist at the Education and Workforce Speaker Series. Science for Georgia and Partners were hosts. The event took place June 16.
Kathryn McCarthy, assistant professor in Learning Sciences is a guest on a recent episode of the Emerging Issues in Educational Psychology podcast presented by APA Division 15.
Daniel Conine, assistant professor in Learning Sciences, published an article for the Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis.
WSB-TV spoke with Iris Feinberg, a research assistant professor, about how language barriers impact a pandemic.
Iris Feinberg talks with Helen Osborne of Health Literacy Out Loud (HLOL) on a podcast.
Daphne Greenberg has created the first post-doctoral fellowship training program in the country designed to support new Ph.D. graduates interested in studying adult literacy.
Johari Harris-Ward, an alumna of the College of Education & Human Development (CEHD) in educational psychology, appears on a TV news program regarding the formation of Freedom School.
Katie McCarthy teaches college students to become more effective learners through funding from the Spencer Foundation.
Liya Endale, educational psychology, Ph.D. student receives great news from the Fulbright Student Program.
Roxanne Russell, Ph.D. 2011, from the College of Education & Human Development was awarded a patent for a computer-based reading comprehension program.
Professor Daphne Greenberg was one of the invited presenters at the Barbara Bush Foundation’s inaugural National Summit on Adult Literacy on Nov. 13.
Educational Psychology assistant professor Kathryn McCarthy received a $6,000 grant. Her research is, “Examining Students’ Disciplinary Knowledge: Making Comprehension Strategies Visible.”
This summer Ann Kruger, Ph.D. worked with the Emory-Tibet Science Initiative (ETSI), a collaboration of Emory University and the Dalai Lama, on a project.
African-American girls in low-income, high-risk neighborhoods report encounters with aggression and sexual objectification, according to Georgia State University researchers
Andrew Potter is an M.S. student in the Educational Psychology program. Learn more about him.
Jacob Alan English is a doctoral student in the Educational Psychology program. He’s also an alumni of other Georgia State programs. Learn more about him.
Dr. Daphne Greenberg, titled one of Georgia State University’s Distinguished University Professors, is a professor in the Educational Psychology (EPY) field of study.
Our Voices interview with Elena Nightingale, Ph.D. candidate in the Educational Psychology program, Nightingale works as a research assistant for the Center for the Study of Adult Literacy (CSAL).
Our Degree Programs
Educational Psychology, Minor
This minor is for undergraduates interested in a deeper understanding of how psychological principles can be applied in educational settings.
Learn how to apply for the Educational Psychology, Minor »
Human Learning and Development, B.I.S.
This program provides students an opportunity to acquire a career-oriented range of skills and knowledge. Students choose from the coursework in behavior and learning disabilities, counseling, deaf studies, educational psychology, family and community literacy, learning technologies and research methods and problem-solving.
Learn how to apply for the Human Learning and Development, B.I.S.»
Educational Psychology, M.S.
This program helps students understand the science of learning and behavioral change with emphasis on the application of the principles of psychology to the systematic study of education.
- Jason Braasch
- Sarah Elizabeth Carlson
- E. Namisi Chilungu
- Iris Feinberg
- Daphne Greenberg
- Miles Irving
- Ann Cale Kruger
- Kathryn McCarthy
- Joe Magliano
- Ashley Marie Stewart
For information about our master’s in Applied Behavior Analysis, please see the ABA program page.
Educational Psychology, Ph.D.
In this program, students work closely with faculty in an apprenticeship-based model to examine how theories of learning, culture, development and behavior can be applied to educational settings.
The program follows an apprenticeship model. This means you are paired with a faculty advisor in your first year of the program. Along with your advisor, you will put together a tailored curriculum that suits your interests and satisfies the requirements. You are also encouraged to reach out to faculty members whose research interests overlap with your own.
Broadly, our faculty’s areas of research include:
- Urban Education and Diverse Learners
- Literacy Across the Lifespan
- Behavior Analysis
- STEM Thinking
- Disciplinary Learning
- Computer-Based Learning Environments
See our faculty biographies (below) for more information.
If you do not have a master’s degree, you are still encouraged to apply to the Ph.D. program. You can be admitted concurrently and receive your master’s degree on the way to your Ph.D.
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Download the EPY Concurrent Graduate Handbook »
Health Literacy Graduate Certificate
Improved health literacy increases health equity. This reduces disparities through improved communication between patients and health consumers and those who provide health information, such as doctors or public health workers.
Interested in studying Educational Psychology or explore how Educational Psychology can enhance your training in another field?
Below is a list of the courses we offer in EPY. Note that these courses may not be offered every semester and some may contain restrictions on who can enroll. Please see the course catalog or contact us for more information.
- EPY2040 – The Science of Learning
- EPY2050 – Human Growth and Development
- EPY3010 – Memory and Cognition in the Real World
- EPY4190 – Introduction to Behavior Analysis
- EPY4450 – Culture & Cognition
Graduate Courses for Georgia State Students
- EPY 7080 – The Psychology of Learning and Learners
- EPY 7090 – The Psychology of Learning and Learners: The Young Child
- EPY 8050 – The Psychology of Instruction
- EPY 8070 – Understanding and Facilitating Adult Learning
- EPY 8080 – Memory and Cognition
- EPY 8120 – Motivational Factors in Learning and Behavior
- EPY 8180 – Learning and the School-Age Child (5 to 18 Years)
- EPY 8200 – Advanced Developmental Psychology: Cognition and Intellect
- EPY 8220 – Advanced Developmental Psychology: Personality and Socialization
- EPY 8240 – Development of Racial, Ethnic, and Cultural Identity
- EPY 8250 – Psychology of Inner-City Children
- EPY 8265 – Health Behavior: Acquisition and Change
- EPY 8760 – Seminar in Text and Media Comprehension
- EPY 8790 – International Experiences and Issues in Education
- EPY 9000 – Facilitating College Teaching
- EPY 9310 – Reading Development, Disorders, and Intervention Research
- EPY 9320 – Language Development, Disorders, and Intervention Research
- EPY 9330 – Measurement and Assessment in Advanced Language and Literacy Science
Seminars for Graduate Students in EPY
- EPY 7975 – Seminar for Graduate Assistants
- EPY 7990 – Master’s Capstone
- EPY 8010 – Professional Studies in Educational Psychology
- EPY 8810 – Directed Reading or Research in Educational Psychology
- EPY 8960 – Seminar in Educational Psychology
- EPY 8961 – Professional Development Seminar in Educational Psychology
- EPY 9660 – Internship in Educational Psychology
- EPY 9990 – Dissertation
Courses for Applied Behavior Analysis (for more information on our ABA program, see the ABA unit page).
- EPY 7660 – Practicum in Applied Behavior Analysis
- EPY 8020 – Principles of Behavior Analysis
- EPY 8030 – Advanced Applied Behavior Analysis
- EPY 8360 – Staff Management and Supervision
- EPY 8380 – Verbal Behavior and Skill Acquisition
- EPY 8850 – Introduction to Single-Case Methodology
- EPY 8860 – Applications of Single-Case Methodology
- EPY 8870 – Single-Case Methodology
- EPY 8970 – Ethics for Behavior Analysts
In the EPY program, you’ll work with a faculty advisor to conduct research on how theories of psychology can inform educational settings.