Dr. Sam Broughton

Professor Broughton on a boat

Dr. Sam Broughton

Professor Emeritus, Part-time Lecturer in Psychology

Office: CEMC 109K
Phone: 843-661-1624


Sam F. Broughton is a Licensed Psychologist, Nationally Certified School Psychologist, and South Carolina Level III School Psychologist.  He received his Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Presbyterian College, his Master of Science in General-Experimental Psychology from the University of Georgia, and his Doctor of Philosophy in Psychology with specializations in Applied Behavior Analysis and School Psychology from the University of Georgia.  Prior to his retirement, he taught Child Behavior: Growth and Development, Adolescent Behavior: Growth and Development, and Applied Behavior Analysis and Advanced Applied Behavior Analysis for the undergraduate major in Psychology.  For the graduate program in School Psychology, he taught Behavioral Assessment and Intervention, Academic Assessment and Intervention, intervention practica associated with the School Psychology graduate courses, and the introductory professional practicum in School Psychology.  He also team taught a course and practicum in Learning Disabilities: Formal and Informal Assessment in support of the master’s degree programs in the FMU School of Education. Dr. Broughton served as Coordinator of the Graduate Program in School Psychology from 1997 until 2014. From 2009 until 2015 he served as the Robert W. Williams Professor of School Psychology for the Richardson Center for the Child.  He currently teaches Academic Assessment and Intervention, and Psychological Consultation in Schools and Agencies plus their associated practica within the School Psychology graduate program as an adjunct professor. He consults with staff and researchers at the FMU Richardson Center for the Child and also serves on the South Carolina Commission for Disabilities and Special Needs, representing the Seventh Congressional District.

Research Interests: 

  • Learning and Behavior Disorders in Children
  • Applied Behavior Analysis
  • Functional Behavioral Assessment
  • Curriculum Based Assessment
  • Teachers’ Knowledge of Behavioral and Academic Interventions

Selected Publications: 

  • Broughton, S.F. & Hill-Chapman. (2016). A simplified scan sampling procedure for evaluating behavioral effects of a group intervention. In Spink, A.J., et al, Proceedings of Measuring Behavior 2016 (25-26 May 2016), Dublin, Ireland: Measuringbehavior.org.
  • Schwanz, K. A., Palm, L., Hill-Chapman, C. R., & Broughton, S. F. (2014). College students’ perceptions of relations with parents and academic performance. American Journal of Educational Research, 2, 13-17.
  • Broughton, S. F. (2011).  Review of Practical Handbook of School Psychology: Effective Practices for the 21st Century by G. G. Peacock, R. A. Ervin, E. J. Daly III, & K. W. Merrell (Eds.). In Communiqué, 39 (5), 35.
  • Broughton, S. F. (June 2009).  Review of Modular Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy for Childhood Anxiety Disorders by Bruce F. Chorpita. In Communiqué, 37 (8), 34.


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