Department of Educational Studies in Psychology, Research Methodology and Counseling

The department offers undergraduate courses in support of the teacher education program and other undergraduate majors.

Associate Professor Michael Lawson, Department Head
Office: 306C Carmichael Hall

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Associate Professor Firat Soylu, Program Coordinator
Office: 1038 Tom Barnes Education Center

Educational neuroscience is an interdisciplinary field bridging neuroscience and education. The main goals of the field are to understand mechanisms supporting cognitive abilities (language, reading, math etc.), how biological, socio-cultural, and environmental factors affect these abilities both in neurotypical and neurodivergent (e.g., autism, ADHD, dyslexia) individuals, and to interpret empirical findings for classroom practice. The educational neuroscience undergraduate students (1) learn about neural mechanisms supporting learning, cognition, and affect, (2) acquire hands-on research experiences and skills, and (3) develop statistical and computational skills. This program does not lead to a teaching certification.

Program in Counselor Education, BCE

Associate Professor George Mugoya, Program Coordinator
Office: 315A Autherine Lucy Hall

The Program in Counselor Education assists undergraduate students in exploring counseling services that supplement elementary and secondary school academic programs. Undergraduates may examine the essential elements of school counseling and guidance either in preparation for employment in school settings or as a foundation for graduate study in counselor education.

Program in Educational Psychology, BEP

Associate Professor Hyemin Han, Program Coordinator
Office: 1615 Capital Hall

Undergraduate coursework provided by the Program in Educational Psychology supports College of Education undergraduate teacher education programs and other programs across the University. The coursework is designed to provide basic knowledge and competencies related to human learning and development. The Program in Educational Psychology offers several graduate degrees, as described in The University of Alabama graduate catalog.

Program in Educational Research, BER

Associate Professor Stephanie Shelton, Program Coordinator
Office: 308 Carmichael Hall

Courses provided by the Program in Educational Research support College of Education undergraduate teacher education programs and are designed to provide basic assessment competencies for future teachers.

Program in School Psychology, BSP

Associate Professor Michael Sulkowski, Program Coordinator
Office: 302 Carmichael Hall

The Program in School Psychology offers several graduate degrees, as described in The University of Alabama graduate catalog.


Department Head
  • Michael Lawson
  • Joy Burnham
  • Joni Lakin
  • Randall Schumacker
Associate Professors
  • Kelly Guyotte
  • Hyemin Han
  • Michael Lawson
  • Junfei Lu
  • George Mugoya
  • Stephanie Shelton
  • Firat Soylu
  • Michael Lee Sulkowski
  • David Ian Walker
  • Stefanie Wind
Assistant Professors
  • Eric Baltrinic
  • Chunhua Cao
  • Daniel Cohen
  • Ryan Cook
  • Heather Fye
  • Teresa Grenawalt
  • Joon-Ho Lee
  • Emily Lund
  • Wenchao Ma
  • Kaiwen Man
  • Laura M. Morett
  • Macarena Suarez Pellicioni
  • June Preast
  • Shena Sanchez
Clinical Professor
  • Karl Hamner
Clinical Associate Professor
  • Stacy Hughey-Surman
Clinical Assistant Professors
  • Heather Britnell
  • Millie Dawson-Hardy
  • Anthony Derriso
  • Wenjing Guo
  • Yurou Wang


Freshman Compass: UA

This course for first-year UA students provides an introduction to the nature of higher education and to the function, resources, and activities of The University of Alabama. This course is designed to help students make the transition to a large comprehensive research university, develop a better understanding of the learning process, and acquire basic academic survival skills. The ultimate goal of the course is to equip each student with the confidence and basic skills necessary for degree attainment.

Freshman Compass
Intro Learning Strateg Skills

Provides students with a theoretical and practical understanding of the importance and use of specific learning strategies. This course will also engage students in reflective decision making and critical evaluation of their learning process.

Educational Statistics

Statistical methods in education; graphs, charts, frequency distributions, central tendencies, dispersion, correlation, sampling errors, estimation, and hypothesis testing.

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