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Psychology Department

Have a passion for helping people? We can prepare you to make a positive impact in their lives.

Psychology Department

The Department of Psychology provides undergraduate study for those students who plan either to enter the work force upon graduation or do graduate work in psychology. Undergraduate preparation is also offered for students who plan to teach psychology at the secondary level or minor in psychology.

Why should you study psychology at Emporia State University?

At the graduate level (master's degree), training is provided in Clinical Psychology, Educational Psychology, Experimental Psychology, School Psychology, and - in conjunction with other key departments - Trauma-Informed Education: Social-Emotional Learning and Psychological Well-Being Certificate. The Specialist in Education degree is also offered in School Psychology. In addition, the department offers an online program for the certificate in the psychology of learning. The department is part of The Teachers College at Emporia State University.

Undergraduate Majors + Minor

If you have a passion for helping people cope with life issues and reach their full potential, Emporia State can equip you with the skills, knowledge, and experience needed to make a positive impact in their lives.

Graduate Degrees + Certificate

Whether its our graduate programs in Clinical Psychology or School Psychology, our faculty have decades of experience in the field to prepare you to work with the people you want to help.

Online Programs

We offer two certificate programs you can study completely online.

Explore the Psychology Department

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Professional Development Seminars

Get the dates and subjects of our department's Professional Development Seminars (PDS).

Professional Development Seminars
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In addition to other scholarships available through Emporia State University and The Teachers College, there are scholarships allocated specifically to our psychology majors each year.

Psychology Scholarships
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Research + Resources

Information on performing research, resources including writing aids, student organizations, and scholarships.

Research + Resources
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About the Department

Many of your classes will be held in Visser Hall, Rm 345 (VH345), named the Davis Lab, which had a complete renovation in 2018. VH344I and the entire third floor public spaces were completely renovated in 2019, including creation of our own Learning Commons.

About the Department
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Department Faculty & Staff

Virtually every course you will take is taught by faculty. All of our faculty have the Ph.D. in their respective disciplines and extensive (typically, decades) of professional experience in their fields such as experimental psychology, counseling psychology, clinical neuropsychology, school psychology, industrial/organizational psychology, developmental psychology, etc.

Department Faculty & Staff

Apply to Emporia State University


If you are ready to join the Hornet Nation as an undergraduate, head to the Undergraduate Admissions page.


If you are ready to advance your degree as a graduate student, head to the Graduate Admissions page.

Contact the Department of Psychology

Physical Address

Department of Psychology
(on the ESU main campus)
1701 Morse Road
Visser Hall, 3rd Floor
Main Office, Rm 327


Dr. Jim Persinger,

Administrative Specialist

Regina Murphy,
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Mailing Address

Department of Psychology
Emporia State University
1 Kellogg Circle
Campus Box 4031
Emporia, KS 66801