Chair of Psychological Sciences Selected as Dean at Mississippi

Lee Cohen leaves after 15-year career at Texas Tech.


Lee Cohen

Lee Cohen, a professor of psychology and chairman of the Texas Tech University Department of Psychological Sciences, has accepted a position as the Dean of the College of Liberal Arts at the University of Mississippi.

He plans to start his new job in August.

“Texas Tech has been my professional home for my entire career and moving away is bittersweet,” Cohen said. “My family and I will greatly miss our many friends and colleagues who have made living in Lubbock so special. I cannot think of a better place to have risen through the ranks and very much appreciate the strong support that my family and I have received from Texas Tech and the Lubbock community since our arrival. This said, we are also very much looking forward to this exciting new opportunity at the University of Mississippi.”

Since coming to Texas Tech in August of 2000, Cohen has served as the director of the nationally accredited doctoral program in clinical psychology for six years and as department chairman for four years.  He received several university-wide honors, including the Chancellor’s Council Distinguished Teaching Award, the President’s Academic Achievement Award and the President’s Excellence in Teaching Award. He also was named an Integrated Scholar and was elected into the Teaching Academy. As a researcher, he received more than $1.5 million from funding agencies, including the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the National Science Foundation and National Institutes of Health/National Institute on Drug Abuse.

“Lee Cohen has been a wonderful asset to the Department of Psychological Sciences and to Texas Tech,” said W. Brent Lindquist, dean of the College of Arts and Sciences. “The department has benefitted greatly from his strategic vision and I will be looking for a chairperson who contributes to that vision. I wish Lee all the best in his new position. He will prove an asset to ‘Ole Miss.’”

A new chairperson for the department of psychological sciences has not yet been announced.

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College of
Arts & Sciences

The Texas Tech University College of Arts & Sciences was founded in 1925 as one of the university’s four original colleges.

Comprised of 15 departments, the College offers a wide variety of courses and programs in the humanities, social and behavioral sciences, mathematics and natural sciences. Students can choose from 41 bachelor’s degree programs, 34 master’s degrees and 14 doctoral programs.

With just under 11,000 students enrolled, the College of Arts & Sciences is the largest college on the Texas Tech University campus.

In fall 2016, the college embarked upon its first capital campaign, Unmasking Innovation: The Campaign for Arts & Sciences. It focuses on five critical areas of need: attracting and retaining top faculty, enhancing infrastructure, recruiting high-potential students, undergraduate research and growing the Dean’s Fund for Excellence.


Department of Psychology

The Department of Psychology is part of the College of Arts and Sciences at Texas Tech.

The department includes an undergraduate opportunity in psychology, doctoral programs in clinical and counseling psychology, and masters and doctoral programs in social psychology, cognitive/applied cognitive psychology and human factors.