Department of Counseling, Educational Psychology & Research

Welcome to the Department of Counseling, Educational Psychology and Research (CEPR), where our objective is to prepare advanced professionals to be both sophisticated practitioners and researchers. Students from our graduate degree programs are qualified to be the next generation of counselors, psychologists, program evaluators, professors, and researchers. We provide our students with the skills necessary to fill these and other roles in which knowledge of human development, learning and cognition, and research and evaluation methods are essential.

The clinical programs in CEPR participate in the university-wide Interprofessional Community Health Clinic (ICHC), a clinical training and research center that provides a variety of health and wellness services to the UofM, Memphis, and neighboring communities. In addition to our academic programs, CEPR houses a clinical research center: The University of Memphis Institute on Disability (UMID). UMID houses TigerLIFE (Tigers Learning Independence Fostering Education and Employment), the largest and most ethnically diverse program for intellectually/developmentally disabled adults in the state of Tennessee. We hope you take this time to learn more about our department and the opportunities that lie before you.

Pam Cogdal

Pamela A. Cogdal

CEPR Chair and Clinical Professor
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Our Programs:

Educational Psychology and Research

Educational Psychology and Research

Degrees from the undergraduate minor to the Ph.D. level in the field of EDPR.

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Explore our certificates and CACREP-accredited master's and doctoral programs in the world of counseling

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Counseling Psychology

Counseling Psychology

Our selective Ph.D. program in the field of Counseling Psychology

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Academic Program Rankings

Our programs are not only cutting edge and affordable, they are also nationally ranked! 

CollegeChoice.net's #4 Most Affordable Online Master's in Educational Psychology

- "A star of Tennessee higher education..." -

TopEducationDegrees.org's #5 Online Master's in Educational Psychology 

- "A commitment to the value of research..." -

Forbes #7 Online Master's in Educational Psychology

- "Notable Major-Specific Courses" -

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Kola's Journey

Dr. Kola Brown

Follow the path of Dr. Kola Brown, a CEPR doctoral candidate fresh off of successfully defending her dissertation in the department's Counselor Education and Supervision (PhD) program. Brown now transitions into a faculty role within CEPR, instructing in the Clinical Rehabilitation Counseling (MS) program. What challenge(s) will she face during this "new chapter of life," and how will she use what she learned in the PhD program to overcome them?


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Our doctoral program in Counselor Education and Supervision and our MS degrees in Clinical Mental Health, Clinical Rehabilitation, School, and Vocational Rehabilitation Counseling are accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP); our doctoral program in Counseling Psychology is accredited by the American Psychological Association (APA). Our MS programs in Addiction Counseling and Marriage, Couple, and Family Counseling are brand new and have not yet undergone the CACREP accreditation process.  

National Leaders

Our faculty are known across the country for their service to the profession and the community. Below are some of the key roles our people have played on the national scene.

Rosie Phillips-DavisRosie Phillips-Davis

American Psychological Association

Chrisann Schiro-GeistChrisann Schiro Geist
Board of Member and Immediate Past President

National Rehabilitation Counseling Association

Steven WestSteven West
Board Member

National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants Health Foundation
Commission on Rehabilitation Counselor Certification Board of Directors

Stephen ZanskasStephen Zanskas
American Rehabilitation Counseling Association

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