Department Mission

The New Mexico State Department of Counseling and Educational Psychology (CEP) is a rapidly growing field of study, comprised of innovative graduate and undergraduate programs.  The mission of the Department is to promote social justice/advocacy through the cultivation and preparation of professionals in school and mental health counseling, school psychology, counseling psychology, and medical psychology. Our programs emphasize ethical responsibility and the development of multicultural competencies to work effectively with diverse populations and systems. We create collaborative relationships with educational, health/mental health, and community settings to reduce health and educational disparities, conduct relevant high quality research, and nurture active learners and critical thinkers.


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Message from Department Head

If you are looking for a welcoming community that will challenge you to grow, apply to one of the programs in the Department of Counseling and Educational Psychology (CEP) at New Mexico State University. Our caring and accomplished faculty members effectively mentor diverse groups of students through innovative and unique learning opportunities. Many of our training programs include practical opportunities to work in the community, such as at schools or mental health organizations. There are also plenty of opportunities to learn how to conduct thought-provoking research.

This is an exciting place to be, and we invite you to consider joining us. Because of the growing demand for paraprofessionals and professionals in fields related to mental health, graduates of our programs have been able to find meaningful and fulfilling work. Explore the website to see which program fits your interests, and you will notice how our programs and faculty have received both local and national recognition for excellence. Please feel free to contact anyone affiliated with CEP to find out more, we love to talk with students about what we do.

-Dr. Barbara GormleyDr Gormley

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