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Psychology Department

Mission Statement

The mission of the Department of Psychology is to foster critical and creative thinking grounded in the principles, methods, and ethics of psychology as a scientific discipline and as a profession. Our dedication to academic excellence is inseparable from our commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion; as a department, we strive to ensure that each and every member of our community has the opportunity to thrive and to pursue their aspirations. The department values both basic and applied research. We are especially committed to scholarship that is innovative, collaborative, and/or interdisciplinary, and that is relevant to diverse populations and to individual or community well-being. The faculty emphasize high quality instruction, research, and creative activity, as well as service to the community through coursework, supervised research, and partnerships. We strive to enable students to understand human behavior, contribute solutions to human problems, and achieve the capacity to respond to a changing world. In this way the department is actively committed to the University mission to promote transformational education, global engagement and inclusive culture, and innovative research.


The Department of Psychology currently has 23 full time faculty, enabling us to cover a wide variety of specialties in both teaching and research. We offer more than 40 different undergraduate courses, ranging from basic courses such as General Psychology and Child and Adolescent Development, to more specialized courses such as Psychology and Law, Developmental Psychopathology, and Health Psychology. Students also have the opportunity to take advanced undergraduate seminars, with enrollments of 19 or fewer, where they can learn about some of the most current advances in psychology, studying with faculty whose own research is contributing to those advances.

The department provides varied opportunities for students to earn academic credits by assisting faculty members with their research and participating in their community partnerships.

The Department of Psychology offers a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, a Master of Arts in Community Social Psychology, a Master of Science in Autism Studies, and a Doctor of Philosophy in Applied Psychology and Prevention Science.

For additional information, visit the Department of Psychology website.