Welcome to the Appalachian State University Dr. Wiley F. Smith Department of Psychology. The University is a member institution of the sixteen-campus University of North Carolina. Boone is located in the beautiful western mountains of North Carolina. With mild summers and winter skiing, the area is quite attractive to visitors with interest in outdoor activities.

The University has over 18,000 students and has been ranked by US News and World Report as one of the top 15 universities among southern public and private institutions since 1986. The Department has 36 full-time doctoral-level faculty members, approximately 900 undergraduate majors and 80 full-time graduate students in four master's degree programs including Experimental, Clinical, Industrial Organizational/Human Resource Management, and School Psychology, the latter also provides a specialist degree in addition to the MA. The Department provides a clinic for training, research, and service to the community. The faculty are dedicated to the mentoring of students and to offering opportunities for experiential learning.


Dr. Amy Galloway Wins 2018 Excellence in Community Engagement Award

Congratulations to Dr. Amy Galloway for winning the  2018 Excellence in Community Engagement Award from the College of General Education at Appal...

Rosemary Messick ’17

Psychology Alumnus Fighting Pollution and Poverty in India

Rosemary Messick ’17 works with Three Wheels United in Bangalore, India to decrease poverty and pollution by creating a sustainable transport system...

Dr. Rose Mary Webb Selected as Chair of the Dr. Wiley F. Smith Department of Psychology

Congratulations to Dr. Rose Mary Webb for being selected Chair of the Dr. Wiley F. Smith Department of Psychology beginning in Fall 2018.  D...

Appalachian Establishes PsyD Program in Clinical Psychology

Appalachian State University has received approval from the University of North Carolina Board of Governors to establish a Doctor of Psychology (Psy.D...

Denniston portrait

Dr. Jim Denniston Selected as 2018-2019 ACE Fellow

Congratulations to Jim Denniston on his selection as an American Council on Education Fellow for the 2018-2019 academic year.  The ACE Fello...

Mission Statement

The mission of the Dr. Wiley F. Smith Department of Psychology is to engage in teaching, scholarship, and service, in order to promote and advance understanding of the science of psychology, its application, and its utility to our students, fellow scholars, the University, and the public.