The University of Missouri-Columbia (MU) was founded in 1839 as the first land grant state university west of the Mississippi River. One of four campuses of the University of Missouri system, MU is a member of the American Association of Universities and is classified as a Research One institution by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. Students at MU have the use of Ellis Library and its nine branches, which make up the largest research library in the state. Taken together, they give access to 2.6 million bound volumes, 4.9 million microform titles, and over 17,000 current periodicals.
The Educational and Counseling Psychology Department, which is housed in the University’s College of Education, offers graduate degree programs in the applied behavioral sciences. The department currently has 24 full-time tenure track faculty members, 13 non tenure track faculty, and 21 full time staff on grants. Faculty are actively involved in professional associations, are on editorial boards, and have achieved recognition for their research, scholarly writings, and advancement of psychology. The department is very active in seeking external grant support, and averages 7 million dollars annually. The department has 215 graduate students (124 are in a PhD program) and houses three graduate programs. Graduates of these programs find employment in colleges and universities, public schools, community human services agencies, clinics, hospitals, business and industry, and in rehabilitation and government services. The department received the 2000 American Psychological Association of Graduate Students Award as “APAGS Department of the Year” for its outstanding education of graduate students in psychology.
The department has access to a wide variety of facilities. It interacts with a nationally recognized Counseling Center that provides space and equipment for supervised training in individual and group counseling and psychological assessment. In addition, several of our faculty have joint appointments in the nationally recognized Career Center, which is an innovative, national model of diverse career planning programs and services. The Career Center provides numerous training and research opportunities for students and faculty in the department. The department houses the Center for Multicultural Research, Training, and Consultation, which serves as a focal point in the department as well as the College of Education for scholarly work and training on multicultural issues. The department developed and administers the Assessment and Consultation Clinic that serves a wide-variety of children and adults. In addition, the department also runs the Center for Learning, Evaluation, and Assessment Research (CLEAR), which works closely with the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education to enhance educational assessment across the state of Missouri. The department houses the Polmantier Library, which has a very large collection of psychological literature. Additionally, the department has an expansive test library, which allows students to access various educational and psychological tests. Recently, the department developed the Center for the Advancement of Mental Health Practices in Schools, with the goals of promoting the development of best practices in mental health promotion, prevention, early identification, and intervention in the school environment. The Center strives to ground teachers and school administrators in effective approaches to mental health promotion, as well as prepare school-based mental health practitioners to offer mental health services to families, children, and youth.
P. Paul Heppner, Department Chair
Glenn E. Good
Norman C. Gysbers
Mary J. Heppner
Joseph A. Johnston
James R. Koller
Richard T. Lapan
Richard T. McGuire, Jr.
Karen D. Multon
Steven J. Osterlind
C. David Roberts
Rick J. Short
P. PAUL HEPPNER, chair
Educational and Counseling Psychology Department
University of Missouri-Columbia
Columbia, MO 65211
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