Welcome

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.

News

$2.5 million Department of Education Grant Awarded for Rural Mental Health

Dr. Kurt Michael, the Stanley R. Aeschleman Distinguished Professor of Psychology is part of team winning a $2.5 million Department of Education grant...

Dr. Mark Zrull featured for work with transfer students

Dr. Zrull was featured in Appalachian Today for his work with transfer students. This fall, 1,230 new transfer students joined the Mountaineer po...

Dr. Denise Martz publishes new book: "Fat Talk: A Feminist Perspective"

Fat talk and body snarking -- as our Feminine Enemies -- are veiled adversaries for modern women. Fat talk is critical dialogue about one's physical a...

Seniors Sam Reis and Brittany Foster win Psychology Department Laudits

Seniors Samantha “Sam” Reis and Brittany Foster named the Department of Psychology's Outstanding Senior (Reis) and Distinguished Senior (Foster).S...

Dr. Andrew Smith wins NSF Grant for work on Optimism Bias

Dr. Andrew Smith was awarded a 3-year grant from the National Science Foundation focusing on optimism biases—instances where preferred outcomes are ...