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Scholarly Activity

Faculty Scholarly Activity

Scholarly activities at Pepperdine GSEP are based upon a framework proposed by Boyer (1990), which expands the traditional view of academic excellence to focus on four aspects of scholarship: discovery, teaching, application, and integration. This broadened definition is consistent with the primary mission of GSEP, which is to prepare professionals for ethical service and leadership roles in education, psychology, and related areas.

Faculty scholarly activity involves originality, creativity, collaboration, a thorough grounding in previous scholarship, and effective communication of contributions through teaching, practice, presentations, and publications. For more information on faculty scholarly activities, please see Meet the Faculty.

To view the scholarly activity taking place at the Pepperdine community counseling centers, please visit the Clinics Advancement and Research Committee and the Pepperdine Applied Research Center webpages. For more information on protections for human participants in Pepperdine research activities, please see the Graduate and Professional Schools IRB website.

Boyer, E. (1990). Scholarship Reconsidered: Priorities of the Professoriate. Princeton, NJ: The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching.

Student Scholarly Activity

At The Pepperdine University Graduate School of Education and Psychology (GSEP), we believe education is more than what happens in the classroom. The student affiliated scholarly organizations and societies at GSEP provide students with the opportunity to enhance their personal and professional development beyond academic studies. With the support of faculty advisors, the student-led organizations of GSEP encourage members to learn and grow together in an environment supportive of diversity and creativity. To learn more about the student-led organizations at GSEP, please visit the links or contact those listed below:

Psychology Student Organizations

  • LSPA - Latino Student Psychological Association is a student affiliate group of the California Latinx Psychological Association (CLPA). We welcome GSEP master’s and doctoral students of all cultural backgrounds who are interested in expanding their multicultural awareness and cultural humility within Latinx communities. 
  • SLEAT - Spanish Language Enhancement Association for Therapists is a student-led group which aims to enhance students' comprehension of the Spanish language while also improving their competence working with Latino/a clients. Through the utilization of dialogue, films, speakers, text-based lessons and role play students practice speaking Spanish with each other and become better prepared to meet the great demand for Spanish-speaking therapists in Southern California.
  • RAPT - Research and Practice Team - RAPT is a student-led research group which serves to provide a forum for discussion about research and related activities as well as provide students with information about possible research opportunities.
  • Psi Chi, The National Honor Society in Psychology is the International Honor Society in Psychology, founded in 1929 to encourage excellence in scholarship and advance the science of psychology. Membership is open to graduate psychology students who meet the minimum qualifications.
  • CAPS - Christian Association for Psychological Studies meets for fellowship, service, and learning about the integration of faith with the practice of clinical psychology and marriage and family therapy. 
  • Multicultural Research and Training Lab was organized by faculty members from the psychology division to provide PsyD students engaged in multicultural research a space to discuss and receive feedback on their clinical dissertations topics, as well as engage in discourse on the clinical implications of their work.
  • Psy.D. Student Government Association provides a forum for students to express concerns and desires for improvement of the PsyD program, acts on the directives of students by serving as an intermediary council between Pepperdine University administration and students, initiates and promotes activities for the cohesion and the general good of the student body, and encourages service and community outreach.