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Department of Psychological

and Social Foundations

4202 East Fowler Avenue

EDU 105 Suite 380

Tampa, FL 33620

(813) 974-3246

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Chair: Sherman Dorn, Ph.D.

Associate chair: Kathy Bradley-Klug, Ph.D.

Message from the chair:

Thank you for visiting our department web pages. The Department of Psychological and Social Foundations educates students and conducts research in student success across the life course, basic scientific and humanities research in education, child and community well-being. Our graduates become working professionals in schools, colleges, behavioral and clinical mental health services, and communities; college and university faculty; and research professionals.

These educational programs and research areas fall into five program areas for faculty:

  • School Psychology educates new professionals in school psychology in the APA-accredited school psychology doctoral program (also see supplemental information about the doctoral program). School psychology faculty organize state support of services and conduct research in areas including system support for elementary and secondary student success, high achievement among adolescents, health-school professional and system collaborations, and the needs of families with children with autism and related disabilities.
  • Educational Psychology faculty teach and conduct research in psychology that contains both basic science and applied ends in education, and in fall 2012 faculty will be accepting the first students into the educational psychology doctoral program. Faculty research areas include early childhood development, adoption and psychological adaptation, language development, memory, adolescent motivation, and international support of educational psychology research.
  • Social Foundations faculty teach and conduct research in humanities and social science perspectives on education. Faculty research interests include the history of national education policy, student and teacher desegregation, the history of higher education, critical race theory and social identity development, the history of special education, and high school graduation and dropping out.

For a sample of the research we conduct, please see a list of recent publications and presentations by department faculty and students.

Please explore individual program web pages and learn more about our faculty and programs!

Yours very truly,

Sherman Dorn, Professor and Chair




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