Welcome

Welcome to the Appalachian State University Dr. Wiley F. Smith Department of Psychology. The University is a member institution of the seventeen-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 19,000 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 1150 undergraduate majors, 500 undergraduate minors, and 80 full-time graduate students in the the clinical psychology (Psy.D.) doctoral program and three master's degree programs including Experimental, 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.

Department of Psychology 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.

Department of Psychology Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Statement 

The faculty and staff of the Department of Psychology reject injustice and inequity, and we are committed to creating and nurturing an inclusive community that welcomes, respects, and supports everyone, including those from underrepresented and marginalized groups. Diversity, equity, and inclusion are integral to building and maintaining an environment that fosters academic excellence, professional development, and personal growth. We recognize the inherent value and dignity of each person, and we value the diversity of human behavior and experience and how individual and group differences shape attitudes, perceptions, and behaviors.

Our commitment to inclusion and equity enhances the missions of the Department of Psychology and the University by fostering engaging and enlightened teaching, encouraging rigorous and impactful research and service, and promoting collegial and equitable relationships. To these ends, we commit to:

  • Cultivating an inclusive departmental community that values diverse perspectives and nurtures people with varied identities and experiences
  • Recruiting and retaining faculty and staff with a range of identities and experiences, particularly those from underrepresented racial and ethnic groups
  • Recruiting and retaining, supporting and advocating for students with a range of identities and experiences, particularly those from underrepresented and marginalized groups
  • Promoting teaching, research, scholarship, and practice that recognize and highlight the centrality of diversity in our understanding of human behavior
  • Using psychological research to proactively address issues related to diversity, inclusion, and equity, through partnerships across our campus and the broader community
  • Creating and enacting Departmental policies, structures, and practices to ensure representation, inclusion, and equity    

News

2021 School Psychology Graduate Wins the Special Presidential Award from the North Carolina School Psychological Association

Faith Dearman, a graduate of Appalachian State University, is the NCSPA Professional Learning Committee Chair. This year, she grew the committee from ...

Safety Summit

Safety Summit Returns to ASU

On Tuesday, October 26, and Wednesday, October 27, Appalachian State University's Safety Summit welcomed over 60 in-person guests and over 50 virtual ...

Dr. Kurt Michael Shares Mental Health Tips during COVID in Recent Article

While the number of virtual classes has decreased this fall in comparison to last semester, feelings of stress related to the pandemic have not. Stude...

Smith Wright Hall

Outstanding and Distinguished seniors for 2020-2021

Each year, the Department of Psychology selects one Outstanding Senior and one Distinguished Senior from among 1,100+ majors.For the 2020-2021 academi...

Will Canu publishes ADHD-related research

Dr. Will Canu has had two papers resulting from collaborative research that have been accepted for publication in Spring 2021, and a conference presen...