Department of Psychology and Behavioral Sciences

The Department of Psychology and Behavioral Sciences at Louisiana Tech University provides students with a background in both theoretical and applied psychology. Most faculty research interests fall within the following categories:

  • Neuroscience
  • Industrial/Organizational
  • Counseling/Clinical Concerns
  • Personality
  • Career Choice and Development
  • Gender and Sexuality

The Department of Psychology and Behavioral Sciences offers degree programs at all levels. In addition to the undergraduate Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, the department offers master’s degrees in counseling and guidance and industrial-organizational psychology, and doctoral degrees in counseling psychology and industrial-organizational psychology.

All full-time faculty members have earned PhDs in their specialty areas and clinical faculty have appropriate training and credentials in the area in which they instruct and supervise students. In addition to teaching, the Department emphasizes research and grant productivity and community service.

Psychology is the study of the mind and behavior. The practice of psychology occurs across settings varied as mental health facilities, businesses and organizations, and scientific research laboratories. Our curricula and faculty research interests reflect the broad application of psychological science to every day life. At all levels of study, the Department of Psychology and Behavioral Sciences promotes critical thinking, informed by science.

We embrace Louisiana Tech University’s position that promoting and supporting diversity among the student body is central to the academic mission of the University. A diverse student body and faculty enrich education by providing a multiplicity of views and perspectives that enhance research, teaching, and the development of ideas. We promote respect for and opportunities to learn from individuals from diverse backgrounds and experiences that constitute an effective learning environment.


Dr. Mitzi Apter-Desselles
Department Head, Professor

Kelli Wade
Administrative Assistant

Mailing Address:
P.O. Box 10048
Ruston, LA 71272

Physical Address:
600 Mayfield Avenue
Woodard Hall 118
Ruston, LA 71270