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Dr. Lori Unruh

Lori Unruh

Associate Professor

College of Education and Allied Professions


Contact Information

Phone: 828.227.2738
Office: G50 McKee Building


Dr. Unruh has a PhD in School Psychology from the University of Kansas. She worked for 15 years as a School Psychologist in Phoenix, AZ and Asheville, NC prior to joining the faculty at Western Carolina University. While at WCU, Dr. Unruh served as director of the School Psychology graduate program from 2007 to 2020 and continues to be actively involved in the educational community at the regional and state level. In addition, Dr. Unruh has served on the Board of Directors for the National Association of School Psychologists for many years.


  • Ph D, University of Kansas, School Psychology
  • MS, Eastern Kentucky University, School Psychology
  • BA, Wichita State University, Elementary Education

Teaching Interests

Dr. Unruh primarily teaches courses for the school psychology graduate program and provides supervision for field-based practicum and internship students. She also teaches some of the undergraduate Child and Adolescent Development courses offered in the Psychology Department.

Research Interests

Dr. Unruh works with school psychology graduate students to conduct applied research projects within school settings or related to school issues.

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