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.

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.


Jim Deni Lifetime Achievement Award

Lifetime Achievement Award Renamed in Dr. Jim Deni’s Honor

The NC School Psychology Association (NCSPA) recently renamed their highest honor—the Lifetime Achievement Award—in honor of Dr. Jim Deni, a long-...

Amy Lowder with award and colleagues

Amy Boger (2003, MA School Psych) received the 2018 Innovative Practice Award at NC School Psychology Association fAll Conference

Amy (Boger) Lowder, Lead School Psychologist in Cabarrus County Schools, received the 2018 Innovative Practice Award at the Fall Conference of the NC ...

Jenny Reilly Practitioner of the year 2018

Jennifer Reilly (2009, MA School Psych) awarded NC School Psychology Association's 2018 Practitioner of the Year Award

The North Carolina School Psychology Association (NCSPA) awarded the 2018 Practitioner of the Year Award to Jennifer Reilly, a 2009 graduate of the MA...

Arina Cotuna Wins at ASU’s 3 Minute Research Competition

Clinical Graduate Student Arina Cotuna Wins at ASU’s 3 Minute Research Competition

Arina Cotuna (2nd year Clinical Master's student) competed and won second place at ASU’s 3 Minute Research Competition (3MT).Arina presented her wor...

Dr. Kurt Michael

Dr. Kurt Michael Headlining 2018 Rural Behavioral Health Webinar

What does a comprehensive approach to mental health services and supports look like in rural communities?Joined by Lynda Gargan (Executive Director, T...

Ysidron presenting

Psychology Alumnus Dominic Ysidron and Dr. Andrew Monroe Present at International Conference on Replication in Science

Dominic Ysidron '18 and Dr. Andrew Monroe presented their recent research on free will and morality  at the 9th Annual International Conference o...