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Department of Behavioral Sciences

The department includes Behavioral Science, Child Development, Criminal Justice, Psychology, and Sociology.
Behavioral Sciences is an intersection of the study of the individual and the study of society. It represents an exploration and understanding of the effects of human actions and relationships between individuals in the family, workplace, and society. The behavioral sciences major may be taken on either the Bachelor of Arts or the Bachelor of Science degree and can lead to a broad range of career options, such as caseworker, behavioral interventionist, market researcher analyst, human relations director, and mental health case manager.                                                                    The mission of the Department  is to provide students with the opportunity to use the major concepts, theoretical perspectives, empirical findings, and historical trends in their major to promote intellectual development and spiritual growth. Students apply basic research methods, including research design, data analysis, and interpretation; respect and use critical and creative thinking, skeptical inquiry, and the scientific approach to solve problems related to behavior and social processes.

Contact Information

Dr. Laurie Smith
Dean, School of Natural and Social Sciences
Chair, Department of Behavioral Sciences
Professor of Sociology
903.923.2090  | 

Dr. Terri Howe
Program Director, Masters of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling
Director of Counseling Clinic
Assistant Professor of Counselor Education
903.923.2091 |

Dr. Allen Appiah-Boateng
Associate Professor of Counseling Education
903.923.2018  |

Dr. Lisa Daniel
Assistant Professor of Psychology
903.923.2096 |

Dr. David Deel
Associate Professor of Psychology
903.923.2252 |

Dr. Natalie Hale
Assistant Professor of Counselor Education
903.923.2088 | 

Dr. Eric Hillman
Associate Professor of Criminal Justice
903.923.2094  | 

Dr. Mark Miller
Professor of Sociology 
903.923.2092  |

Dr. Jennifer Mobley
Associate Professor of Psychology
903.923.2095  |

Dr. Festus Obi
Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice
903.923.2251 |

Julie Warbington
Administrative Secretary, Department of Behavioral Sciences
903.923.2093  |