Department of Psychology

The Department of Psychology is located in Audubon Hall, a modernized three-story plus basement building on campus. The departmental office and faculty offices are located on the second floor. Classrooms and seminar rooms are located on the first and second floors. Graduate offices are located on the third and first floors as well as the basement. The building also houses a Graduate Student computer lab, the Psi Chi office, and the Laurence Siegel Room, where graduate student proposals and defenses take place. Laboratory research space for testing both individuals and groups is available in Audubon Hall as well as other facilities described below.

Psychological Services Center

The Psychological Services Center (PSC), an on-campus unit of the LSU Department of Psychology, offers diagnostic and outpatient therapeutic psychological services for adults, adolescents, and children in surrounding communities while providing hands-on graduate student training and conducting research in clinical and school Psychology. The center is open to anyone in the area, and fees for services are based on a sliding scale considering patients' income and ability to pay.

The PSC is equipped to treat a wide variety of psychological and emotional disorders, such as depression, anxiety, eating disorders and substance abuse. Our services include psychological testing and cognitive-behavioral individual and group therapy for adults, adolescents and children. Clients are seen by Clinical Psychology doctoral students who are directly supervised by LSU Psychology Department faculty, who are licensed clinical and school psychologists. State-of-the-art training equipment is available at the PSC including audio/visual observation and recording in each of the therapy and testing rooms.

Child Services

The Child Services division of the PSC offers a variety of testing and treatment services for children between the ages of 2 and 17. We offer comprehensive psychoeducational testing for children, including intelligence testing, achievement testing, testing for learning disorders, and gifted testing. We also offer evaluations for Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) and autistic disorder, among several others.

Our treatment services include cognitive-behavioral and behavioral therapy for many childhood disorders like ADHD, anxiety, depression and autism. We also offer services for children needing social skills training, and services for parents including parent-child interaction therapy, parent-adolescent communication training, and parent skills training. These services are supervised by faculty specializing in child clinical and school Psychology.

Adult Services

Clients are scheduled for an intake evaluation session when they call the PSC. We offer the appropriate treatment services based on this initial information and the symptoms clients are presently experiencing. We offer assessment and treatment services for a range of psychological and emotional disorders, such as depression, anxiety, eating disorders and substance abuse. Treatment/therapy is offered in individual and group format.

Therapy Groups:

Smoking Cessation
Parenting Skills
Study Skills Training
Stress Management, Time Management, & Problem-solving
Substance Abuse Education & Intervention
Students in Recovery/Relapse Prevention

Adult Psychoeducational & Neuropsychological Services

Psychoeducational Services are available for the purpose of determining the presence of an attention, learning or psychological disorder. Neuropsychological evaluations are composed of comprehensive evaluations that address the following areas: intelligence, academic performance, memory, attention and concentration and psychological functioning. Additional tests are administered if deemed necessary. Reports include recommendations to improve overall functioning as well as academic accommodations if appropriate. Testing is available to adults and children.

Developmental Disability Services

Another source of clinical populations is the local schools and at Pinecrest Developmental Center. Clinical doctoral students work with autistic and mentally retarded children and adults for both practicum and research purposes. In a given year, approximately 100 such children and adults are likely to be seen under the supervision of Johnny L. Matson, Ph.D.

Cases are also seen through the LSU Psychological Services Center and the Office for Citizens with developmental disablities.


Baton Rouge Clinic

Dr. Mary Lou Kelley conducts her clinical practicum at the Baton Rouge Clinic, the largest outpatient clinic in Baton Rouge, LA. The BR Clinic has 15 pediatricians and a variety of pediatric specialists including endocrinologists and neurologists.

Under Dr. Kelley’s supervision, graduate students work collaboratively with physicians and other health care providers in the assessment and treatment of children’s physical, academic, behavioral, and emotional problems. Students conduct individual and group treatment, as well as parent training and consultation with local schools. Commonly treated problems include: ADHD, Major Depression, Social Phobia and other anxiety disorders, Asperger’s Syndrome, Oppositional Defiant Disorder, Learning Disabilities and physical problems with a behavioral component. We are integrally involved with various health care providers in the collaborative assessment and treatment of children with diabetes and other endocrine disorders and obesity. Paid interns administer a multi-disciplinary pediatric obesity treatment program called Kids on the Geaux.

Our Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center

The information will be soon updated.

Baton Rouge Mental Health Clinic & Substance Abuse Services 

Baton Rouge Mental Health Clinic & Substance Abuse Services offer mental health services in the Baton Rouge community through public service. Dr. Amy Copeland supervises students at this location in conjunction with an on-site Psychology supervisor, Bryan Gros, Ph.D. Students assess and treat a culturally and ethnically diverse adult population within a multidisciplinary setting. Major affective, anxiety, and psychotic disorders, as well as Axis II disorders are represented in this population. Students working in Substance Abuse Services conduct intake interviews and co-lead therapy groups involving dual diagnosis and relapse prevention topics.


Helpful Links

LSU Department of Psychology
Graduate Coordinator email: narnol1@lsu.edu

Graduate School
Telephone: 225-578-2311

Registrar’s Office
Telephone: 225-578-1686

School of Education
Telephone: 225-578-2043

Social Work
Telephone: 225-578-5875

Student Aid and Scholarships
Telephone: 225-578-3103

The Department of Psychology is currently revising the application materials for the fall application cycle. Please check back after August 15th for updated information.

Applications will be accepted for Fall 2017 admissions until the deadline of December 1st, 2016.