Welcome to the Psychology Department at Tennessee State University, where student success matters!

Kiesa Kelly, Ph.D.

The mission of the Psychology Department is to provide a strong foundation in the broad discipline of psychology for undergraduates who have a wide variety of personal and career goals, and to prepare graduate students for careers in scientifically-based professional practice as mental health counselors, school counselors, and psychologists.  At the heart of our mission is a dedication to developing a love of life-long learning, a commitment of service to others, and a respect for diversity.

The Department of Psychology aims to meet students where they are today and take them to where they want to be by providing all students with the best possible mentorship, training, and education in the field of psychology. From undergraduate research experiences examining the auditory systems of primate brains, to school-based preparation for a career as a school counselor—we have much to offer in a variety of subfields of psychology.

Why Choose TSU's Psychology Program?

We hope you will choose TSU’s Psychology Department because:

  • 40% of our undergraduate Psychology majors go on to earn Masters degrees
  • 100% of our M.S. Professional School Counseling students pass the PRAXIS exam
  • Our Ph.D. program is one of two HBCUs in the nation that offers a Counseling Psychology concentration that is accredited by the American Psychological Association (APA) 

Programs & Concentrations

For more information, please view Degree Programs and contact the appropriate coordinator from the following list:

For More Information

Please contact coordinators directly with any questions you may have regarding specific Department of Psychology Programs. We are here to serve you.


Kiesa Kelly, Ph.D.
Chair & Associate Professor
Department of Psychology
Tennessee State University
(615) 963-5157

Department News!

15th Annual Psychology Department Research Symposium 
Thursday, April 5th, 2018 3:30-7:30, Rm. 118 Ferrell Westbrook Complex (“The Barn”)
Guest Speaker: Regina Sims Wright, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Nursing, University of Delaware


Department Overview

The TSU Psychology Department is housed on the 450-acre Main Campus of Tennessee State University on the third (3rd) floor of Clay Hall. The Department, located within the College of Education, shares additional research and computer laboratory space with other departments in a number of other buildings on campus. Library facilities are close to Clay Hall, as are the bookstore and other resources. The Psychology Department at TSU offers undergraduate, masters, and doctoral degrees in psychology.

The Department's organizations include:                      


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