Department of Psychology

College of Education and Behavioral Sciences


Department of Psychology
College of Education and Behavioral Sciences
Houston Baptist University
7502 Fondren Road
Houston TX 77074-3298
Phone: (281) 649-3095
Fax: (281) 649-3361

Department of Psychology Faculty:

Renata Nero, PhD
Professor of Psychology
Vicki Alger, MA
Assistant Professor of Psychology
Valerie Bussell, PhD
Associate Professor of Psychology
Darby Hawley, PhD
Assistant Professor of Psychology
Tom Kennedy, EdD
Associate Professor of Psychology
Alex Spatariu, PhD
Associate Professor of Education
Study psychology in a Christian environment. 

Department Overview

Houston Baptist University's Department of Psychology has a long history of excellence and a reputation for producing outstanding alumni. We'd love to welcome you into the ranks of those alumni.

Please read the summaries of our graduate and undergraduate programs below, and click through for course listings. Which one is for you?

Contact us using the information in the blue box on the right or apply today!

Bachelor of Arts in Psychology

As an HBU undergrad, you can major or minor in psychology.

The program sets high and clear expectations. Our psychology majors take introductory, methodology, and advanced courses. And there is a capstone experience that helps you integrate all of them together. Our psychology minors can tailor their learning through electives to complement your chosen major. 

We train you to think scientifically, speak well, write well, and respect and appreciate others. 

Click the link above to see the courses you could take, and apply today

Psychology majors are eligible to participate in Psi Chi, the international honor society of psychology

Master of Arts in Psychology

The MAP program is 30 years old. Graduates of the program have done well professionally and are regarded highly in the community. 

This a 37-hour graduate program that serves three groups:

  • students who wish to acquire knowledge in psychology to advance an already established career path;
  • students who have an interest in future doctoral level training, but who need additional preparation to apply competitively for such a program;
  • students who have a general interest in learning more about psychology and human behavior.

If you find yourself saying, "Yes, that's me," then contact us and let's talk about your future at HBU. Don't worry if you have a full-time job. We have many evening and weekend classes to accommodate your schedule. 

Graduates of the Master of Arts in Psychology program may obtain employment in settings that include but not limited to community college teaching, law enforcement agencies, or private industry. The Master of Arts in Psychology does not provide training that leads to licensure and therefore, does not lead to independent practice.

Master of Arts in Psychology: Licensed Specialist in School Psychology

The Master of Arts in Psychology: Licensed Specialist in School Psychology is a 60 hour degree program that prepares students to deliver the full range of psychological services within a school setting.

This is for you if you want want to work with children in a school setting but do not want to teach. 

The Licensed Specialist in School Psychology (LSSP) is the appropriate credential for the practice of school psychology within the public schools of Texas. Graduates of the Master of Arts in Psychology (LSSP specialization) are eligible to apply to the Texas State Board of Examiners of Psychologists (TSBEP) for the LSSP. 

An added benefit of the Master of Arts in Psychology: LSSP program is that the coursework meets the requirements for Licensure as a Professional Counselor (LPC).

Click through the links for course listings and more information about the licensure process.

You may also be interested in our counseling degrees: 

Master of Arts in Christian Counseling

Master of Arts in Counseling

Master of Education: Counselor Education