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Psychology & Counseling

The Department of Psychology and Counseling  at Southeast Missouri State University emphasizes the understanding of how people think, feel, and act. Students in the department acquire a strong knowledge base and critical thinking skills through a comprehensive and flexible curriculum to achieve their professional goals and also become leaders in their communities by working with faculty members from diverse backgrounds in research, internship, and student organization opportunities. Ultimately, students are prepared to apply their knowledge and skills to empower individuals, couples, families, communities, businesses, and other organizations to reach their full potential.

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The Department provides experiences that develop students' skills and knowledge across several major categories. These categories incorporate the American Psychological Association's (APA) Guidelines for the Undergraduate Major and the American Counseling Association's (ACA) values. These categories include:

  • Scientific knowledge and critical thinking
  • Empowerment of social diversity and justice
  • Ethical practice characterizing integrity
  • Communication
  • Professional development through community relationships

Psychology and Counseling News


Dr. Eu Gene Chin co-authored a research manuscript on the development of a romantic relationship inventory. The paper's citation is: Faber, A. J., Chin, E., Wilburn, V. R., & Shafaie, S. M. (2019). Measuring romantic competence in young adults: The inventory of romantic relationship competence. Interpersona: An International Journal on Personal Relationships, 13(1). doi: 10.5964/ijpr.v13i1.341
Dr. George Yancey co-authored a reseach manuscript on organizational culture and attitudes during mergers. The paper's citation is: Febriani, D. M., & Yancey, G. B. (2019). The effect of integration approaches and human resources initiatives on changes in organizational culture and employee attitudes during a merger. The Psychologist-Manager Journal, 22(2), 108-131. doi: 10.1037/mgr0000084
Dr. Odegard-Koester authored an edited book chapter on mindful counseling advocacy. The chapter's citation is: Odegard-Koester, M. A. (2019). Mindful counseling advocacy through active camaigning activity. In M. Pope, M. Gonzalez, E. R. N. Cameron, & J. S. Pangelinan (Eds.), Social justice and advocacy in counseling. New York, NY: Routledge.
Copies of the publications will be available soon in the faculty publication display between Scully 404 and 405.


Drs. Stephen Nettelhorst, Eu Gene Chin, Lesly Krome, and D'Arcy Reynolds presented research at the American Psychological Association's 2019 annual convention in Chicago, IL. This research investigated how individuals use information within therapists' social media profiles to judge future mental health outcomes. A copy of the poster (using the newest poster design) is displayed on the 4th floor of Scully.

Their reseach has also been accepted for publication with the Journal of Consumer Health on the Internet. The paper's citation is: Nettelhorst, S. C., Chin, E., Krome, L. R., & Reynolds, D. J., Jr. (2019). Change my mind: The impact of online client ratings and reviews on perceptions of therapists. The Journal of Consumer Health on the Internet. doi: 10.1080/15398285.2019.1646009. A copy of the paper will be available soon in the faculty publication display between Scully 404 and 405.
    Southeast Welcomes New Department Chairs

    Four academic departments at Southeast Missouri State have new chairs this fall. The new leadership and the departments they chair are: Dr. Connie Drury, Department of Nursing Dr. R.D. Nordgren, Department of Leadership, Middle and Secondary Education Dr. Shonta Smith, Department of Elementary, Early and Special Education Dr. Jason Wagganer, Department of Kinesiology, Nutrition and [...]


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