Counseling and Psychology

About the Department


The Department of Counseling and Psychology has the primary mission of offering strong academic programs in psychology and unsurpassed preparation of mental health professionals who will serve the community and public school system.

  • Our dedicated faculty serves the programs through instruction, scholarly activity, and service aimed at providing high quality academic experiences for students.
  • The department is strongly supportive of an environment that protects and promotes human welfare and equal opportunity. 
  • We also serve the wider university community, the Upper Cumberland region, state of Tennessee, and the nation through research and public service.

Applied Experience

In addition to the formal classroom and laboratory training, practicums are available for students to gain experience and test their vocational aspirations in a variety of applied settings.

  • We have an active Psychology Club that invites guest speakers of interest, makes academic field trips, and attends state and regional psychological conventions/conferences.
  • Tennessee Tech also has a chapter of Psi Chi, the International Honor Society in Psychology.

Instruction and Facilities

Our personal approach to research necessitates close contact with instructors and fosters an apprenticeship system. To facilitate this approach, research-oriented courses typically are small and have fewer than 15 students.

  • The psychological laboratories are equipped for studies in group dynamics, social psychology,  learning, cognition, perception, development, and human physiology. 
  • In addition, the laboratories include facilities for computerized data collection and analysis.
  • This research training culminates in a senior thesis of the student's own design.
  • Some of these research projects are presented at regional and national psychological conventions or published in scientific journals.

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