The Psychology Department is primarily housed in Smith-Wright Hall; this building is dedicated to the Department of Psychology. This building is on the main campus of Appalachian State University, and has a level entrance into the facility and an elevator. It has 54 offices, which are used for faculty and graduate students who teach classes or labs. The building has 3 classrooms that seat 50 students, 2 classrooms that seat 35 students, 3 conference rooms, and a computer lab with 18 stations. Smith-Wright also houses a graduate student lounge (with three computers and a printer, and mailboxes), a number of research labs (space is often shared), and an assessment library. Classrooms are technology-enhanced and accommodate the courses in the program. Additional classrooms for program-related courses and activities, including research, are available as needed in other campus buildings.
The Psychology Clinic serves as a primary required site for students to obtain closely supervised assessment and therapy experience. The Clinic is housed in University Hall, a university-owned building close to the main campus that is accessible via a free bus service and has ample free parking for students and community members. The building has a level entrance into the facility and an elevator. The BCBSNC IHHS is also partially housed in University Hall. The Clinic has 6 rooms for providing clinical services, including 2 assessment rooms (one with both adult and child-sized furniture), 2 therapy rooms (one that is large and arranged to accommodate a group), and 2 multipurpose rooms equipped for either therapy or assessment. These rooms are equipped with cameras and/or one way mirrors to enable live supervision. The Psychology Clinic also has 3 waiting room spaces available for patients/clients that are shared with other clinics in the building (i.e., Communication Disorders Clinic, Music Therapy, and Counseling for Faculty and Staff). This includes a check-in desk staffed by IHHS employees as well as a child-friendly waiting area that has 2 cabinets with toys and games for youth clients and a child-sized table and chairs. See video tour.
The upstairs Clinic space includes an office for the Clinic Director, an office for other senior staff members (e.g., supervising psychologists), a staff office with 6 workstations for student clinicians, a library of manuals and training videos, as well as a room for test kits and client records that is equipped with an additional 2 workstations. There is an industrial shredder container for disposing of confidential client information.
The University Hall building also houses ancillary Psychology Department space that includes 2 conference rooms, a multipurpose room with a conference room table as well as 4 workstations with desktop computers for graduate student use, a lounge area, and a classroom available to the clinic, faculty, and students. The conference rooms and multipurpose room are available to graduate students as office space. Multiple clinical program classes are held in the classroom (e.g., Cognitive Assessment and Psychometrics, Practicum). This department space also includes lockers available for graduate student use.
The building that houses the Psychology Clinic also houses the Aging, Growth, and Experience Labs (AGE Labs) where several Psychology faculty collaborate and share space and resources. The AGE labs space includes 2 testing rooms, each of which feature a "child" and "adult" side with appropriate sized furniture. The AGE Labs also have shared office space with computers, cameras, and tripods. There is also another space that is used for storage of research and recruitment supplies for the AGE Labs.
East Hall: Room 334
A shared workspace for Psy.D. students.
The Psychology faculty also collaborate closely with the College of Health Sciences, which encompasses 203,000 gross square feet on a 9.2 acre parcel of land, adjacent to Watauga Medical Center. This new building provides centralized space for multiple disciplines to engage in experiential training together in shared spaces, including simulation laboratories, assessment rooms, and treatment rooms.
Finally, physical space is secured for clinical training placements at a variety of sites, which all have a level entrance and access to an elevator. The Assessment, Support, and Counseling (ASC) Centers have dedicated space and equipment for assessment and psychotherapy services in each of the 3 K-12 public school districts that they serve, including conference rooms, therapy rooms, computers, copiers, printers, and dedicated phone lines. The doctoral students will also have the opportunity to train at the ASU Counseling and Psychological Services Center (CAPS), which has an APA-accredited pre-doctoral internship program. CAPS houses multiple psychotherapy rooms with audio-visual taping abilities. In collaboration with the Psychology Department, CAPS is also involved in a recently established Behavioral Health Consultant (BHC) service at Appalachian State's Student Health Services Center (SHSs). The BHC service has a designated private office at SHSs.