The primary mission of the Department of Educational Studies in Psychology, Research Methodology, and Counseling is to offer quality graduate programs to an interdisciplinary array of students.  The Educational Research program develops researchers for the public sector, private sector, and higher education. The Educational Psychology program provides exemplary graduate training in research, application, and practice related to learning, development, and mental well being of people of all ages.  The Program in Counselor Education offers a quality program of teaching, research, and service for students enrolled for study and, ultimately, for the benefit of the publics they serve.  The School Psychology program provides exemplary graduate training in research, application, and practice related to the learning, development, and mental health of children and youth as well as their families, teachers, educators and other professionals who work with them.

The Department of Educational Studies is committed to cultivating a scholarly community that celebrates values of diversity, equity, and inclusion. Guided by these firm commitments, we embrace a holistic perspective of diversity, which includes race; ethnicity and national origin; gender, including gender identity and expressions; sexualities; age, socioeconomic status; disabilities; religion and spirituality; as well as other identities and ideologies. Our department strives to create and actively promote a welcoming and supportive environment where diverse perspectives are encouraged, recognized, and respected.

In response to COVID-19, most admission test scores (GRE/GMAT/MAT MCAT) have been waived for Spring, Summer and Fall 2021.

Department Head:  Dr. Michael Lawson

Counselor Education Educational Psychology/Neuroscience Educational Research School Psychology








Dr. Eric Baltrinic

Assistant Professor, Counselor Education

Teaching and Learning
Counselor Preparation
Q Methodology

Dr. Heather Britnell

Clinical Asst. Professor, School Psychology

Dr. Joy Burnham

Professor, Counselor Education

Children’s Fears
School Counseling
Women in Academia

Dr. Chunhua Cao

Assistant Professor, Quantitative Methods
Incoming fall 2021

Dr. Dan Cohen

Assistant Professor, School Psychology

School Mental Health
Educational Equity
Behavioral Assessment

Dr. Ryan Cook

Assistant Professor, Counselor Education

Clinical Judgment
Clinical Supervision
Ethical Decision-Making

Dr. Tony Derriso

Clinical Assistant Professor, Educational Psychology

Dr. Heather Fye

Assistant Professor, Counselor Education

Wellness, Stress, and Burnout
School Counseling
Quantitative Researc

Suzanne Gibson

ESPRMC Faculty Support

Dr. Judy Giesen

Clinical Professor, Educational Research

Dr. Ann Godfrey

Associate Teaching Professor, Educational Research

Dr. Teresa Grenewalt

Associate Professor, Qualitative Research

Dr. Wenjing Guo

Clinical Assistant Professor, Quantitative Research

Dr. Kelly Guyotte

Associate Professor, Qualitative Research


Dr. Karl Hamner

Clinical Associate Professor, Educational Research

Dr. Hyemin Han

Associate Professor, Educational Neuroscience

Michelle Harris

ESPRMC Student Support

Darlene Hicks

BCE/BEP Support

Dr. Stacy Hughey-Surman

Clinical Associate Professor, Educational Research

Classroom Assessment
Evaluating Collective Impact
Arts Evaluation

Dr. Joni Lakin

Associate Professor, Educational Research

Educational Measurement
STEM Education & Interventions

Dr. Michael Lawson

Department Head & Associate Professor, Educational Research

Student/Family Engagement
Improvement Science
Mixed Methods Research

Dr. Joon Ho Lee

Assistant Professor, Educational Research

Experimental & Intervention Research

Dr. Junfei Lu

Associate Professor, Rehabilitation Counseling

Mindfulness & Resilience
Counselor Competence Development
People with Disabilities

Dr. Emily Lund

Assistant Professor, Rehabilitation Counseling

Dr. Wenchao Ma

Assistant Professor, Quantitative Research

Cognitive Diagnosis Modeling
Item Response Theory

Dr. Kaiwen Man

Assistant Professor, Educational Research

Educational Measurement
Quantitative Studies

Dr. Laura Morett

Assistant Professor, Educational Neuroscience

Educational Neuroscience
Gesture Studies
Language Learning/Processing

Dr. George Mugoya

Associate Professor, Counselor Education

Disabilities and Chronic Illnesses
Psychosocial Correlates of Health
Statistical Design and Analysis

Dr. June Preast

Assistant Professor, School Psychology

Consultation in Schools
Responsiveness to Intervention
Multi-tiered Systems of Support

Dr. Randall Schumacker

Professor, Educational Research

Multiple Regression
Multivariate Statistics
Structural Equation Modeling

Dr. Stephanie Anne Shelton

Associate Professor, Educational Research

Qualitative Interviewing/Focus Groups
Genders and Sexualities in Education
Queer and Feminist Theories

Dr. Firat Soylu

Associate Professor, Educational Neuroscience

Numerical Cognition
Cognitive Neuroscience
STEM Learning

Dr. Macarena Suárez Pellicioni

Assistant Professor, Educational Psychology/Neuroscience

Dr. Michael Lee Sulkowski

Associate Professor, School Psychology

Dr. David Ian Walker

Associate Professor, Educational Psychology

Moral/Character Development
Interdisciplinary Research
Military/Ex-Military Populations

Dr. Yurou Wang

Clinical Assistant Professor, Educational Psychology

Learning Persistence

Dr. Stefanie Wind

Associate Professor, Measurement and Evaluation

Rater-mediated Assessment
Item Response Theory
Nonparametric IRT