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The size of the educational psychology program is generally about 10 to 15 graduate students. The smaller size of the program provides students with the opportunity to get some teaching experience and to work closely with faculty on research projects.


Motivation Research Presentation Dr Brett Jones with doctoral students Chloe Ruff, Lauren Bryant, Parastoo Mokri and Lee Rakes presenting their motivation research at the annual meeting of the Society for the Study of Motivation in Washington, D.C.


Current positions of recent graduates

Gina Mariano, Ph.D.
Post-Doctoral Research Associate
Behavioral Research and Teaching
University of Oregon, Eugene, OR

Danielle Lusk, Ph.D.
Coordinator of the Learning and Writing Center/Assistant Professor
Jefferson College of Health Sciences, Roanoke, VA

Kathryne Drezek, Ph.D.
University Academic Assessment Coordinator Office of Academic Assessment
Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, VA



Comments from recent graduates:


Doctoral student Lee Rakes conducting his field study in Malawi Doctoral student Lee Rakes conducting his field study in Malawi.

“The Educational Psychology program at Virginia Tech helped me grow both personally and professionally. I learned a great deal about myself as a learner, researcher, and scholar. I worked with people who were not just my professors, but they were my advisors and mentors as well.” Danielle Lusk

“The Educational Psychology program at Virginia Tech strikes a fabulous balance between the theoretical and the pragmatic, between the art and philosophy versus the science of learning. The program prepared me to both ask and answer intellectually interesting questions, to employ rigorous and appropriate quantitative and qualitative methodologies in research and evaluation, and to respect the unique nature of individual learners and the contexts in which they develop.” Kathryne Drezek