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Counseling & Psychology in Education
Delzell Education Center Office 210
414 E. Clark St.
Vermillion, SD 57069
Office Hours
Monday - Friday
8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.


College Dean

Welcome to the Division of Counseling & Psychology in Education

Our schools and communities need ethical, reflective professionals who are dedicated to improving the lives of children, adolescents and adults. Through careers in mental health, school counseling and human development and educational psychology, individuals can promote the well-being of their communities and make a difference.

The USD Division of Counseling & Psychology in Education fosters a community of learners, scholars, educators and advocates. Our graduate programs in counseling, human developmental and educational psychology, and school psychology emphasize competent and ethical practices grounded in rigorous scholarship that is informed by theory and evidence. Our expert faculty are actively contributing research to their fields and serving in leadership positions as they train our students – enabling a rich learning environment in which our students witness and engage in real-world application of course material. And through every experience we prioritize social responsibility, self-awareness and responsiveness to the needs of individuals of all backgrounds and lived experiences. Our students graduate as thoughtful leaders ready to work at the forefront of education, mental health, ethics and research.

Join our community of scholars, professionals and leaders in the Division of Counseling & Psychology in Education.



Meet the Department

Get to know faculty and staff in the Division of Counseling & Psychology in Education. Our faculty are experts in their fields, contributing research and scholarship in children's learning from media, traumatic stress and crisis counseling, socio-emotional development, child growth and development, school psychology and crisis intervention, among other areas.
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Gabrielle Strouse

Associate Professor
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Daniel DeCino

Associate Professor
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Harry Freeman

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Adam Hardy

Assistant Professor
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Kate Helbig

Assistant Professor
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Emma Johnson

Assistant Professor
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Amber Kilburn

Disaster Relief Coordinator
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Kari Oyen

Assistant Professor
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Holly Paulsen

Senior Secretary
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Tracie Ritz

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Miranda Zahn

Assistant Professor


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Counseling & School Psychological Services Center

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High Quality and Accredited

All of our degree programs are accredited by Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP), formerly NCATE since 1956. In addition, the clinical programs are nationally accredited by professional organizations. The school psychology specialist and doctoral degrees are fully accredited by the National Association of School Psychologists (NASP) and the counseling program is fully accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP).

hear from a usd student

Success story Grace Bootsma smiling.
I chose USD because they have a strong program. It is my hope that USD will enable me to encourage others to see the possibilities within themselves, reinforcing that idea that small and slow progress is still progress. I am incredibly excited about what I have experienced so far at USD and look forward to the growth and development that I anticipate happening in my own life.

Grace Bootsma

Sanborn, Iowa

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