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Psychology Contact

Department Chair:

David P. Hurford, Ph.D.

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Contact Person:
Carol S. Oehme

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Phone: (620) 235-4523
Fax: (620) 235-6102

1701 S. Broadway Pittsburg, KS 66762-7551


The  Department of Psychology and Counseling has placed its graduates in schools, businesses, agencies and hospitals throughout the region, as well as provided teachers for two and four year colleges. The department enjoys a strong relationship with area mental health agencies, with many private and governmental establishments acting as training sites for students, and using department faculty and advanced graduate students as consultants. PSU is the only school within a 100 mile radius that provides graduate training in counseling, psychology and school psychology. Additionally, no other university in Kansas has an integrated psychology and counseling department, allowing the department to offer comprehensive, in-depth programs in each area and providing students with the opportunity to experience the best in both disciplines.

The purpose of the department is to provide quality learning experiences for individuals at the graduate and undergraduate levels who are interested in studying human behavior. Learning opportunities are provided in research, counseling, and diagnostic laboratories. Independent study, field experience, workshops and microcomputers are available to students. Students develop basic knowledge and may specialize in the area of research or applied psychological service delivery. While the department has a strong applied service emphasis, research activities are encouraged and supported. Faculty and students alike are involved in research and grant activity, as well as direct service provision. Student organizations include Psi Chi and Chi Sigma Iota honoraries and the Student Psychological Association (S.P.A.).

Center for Human Services

The Center for Human Services is part of the Department of Psychology and Counseling in the College of Education. The mission of the Center for Human Services is to assist individuals, families, professionals, and organizations in the region to improve the human condition. This assistance can be in the form of providing direct services, disseminating relevant information, developing programs through research endeavors, educating constituents and community organizations, and promoting the welfare of individuals by educating the general public with regard to issues that impact the welfare of individuals.


Scholarship Opportunities

Scholarship applications are due by February 1 of each year for the following academic year.  To be considered for a scholarship in the Department of Psychology and Counseling, you must submit both an online application ( and a personal statement of career goals to the Department of Psychology and Counseling that provides a synopsis of your academic career thus far as well as your aspirations with regard to Psychology and/or Counseling.  APPLICATIONS WILL NOT BE CONSIDERED IF STUDENTS DO NOT SUBMIT THE PERSONAL STATEMENT OF CAREER GOALS.

To learn more about tuition costs and financial aid, view our Affordability page.

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The Department of Psychology and Counseling is accredited by:

To learn more about the accreditations and recognitions earned by the College of Education, visit our Accreditations & Recognitions page.