The Department of Psychological Sciences represents the combined strengths of the fields of psychology and communication sciences. We offer two undergraduate majors: Psychology and Communication Sciences, as well as two minors: Psychology and Communication for Health Professionals. Students can tailor their experience to meet their own career and educational goals. This can be accomplished in many ways, including through independent studies and experiential learning opportunities with faculty, honors Capstone projects, and Pathways. Pathways provides student with guidance to structure coursework based on their specific career interests. Pathways include Clinical, Lifespan Development, Pre-Health, Neuroscience, and Research. Students may choose several Pathways that meet their needs.

We also provide graduate programs, including a masters in Communication Sciences, and three Ph.D. programs: Communication Sciences, Clinical Psychology, and Developmental, Cognitive, and Affective Sciences (DCAS). Our Ph.D. students conduct cutting edge research, learn effective and engaging pedagogical skills, and those in Clinical Psychology and Communication Sciences programs learn to provide empirically supported treatments in a variety of settings.

Department News and Highlights

Kelsey Magee wins scholarship – Congratulations!

Clinical Psychology Ph.D. student Kelsey Magee received the Developing and Researching Advanced Models of Integrated Primary Care 2019 Conference Scholarship sponsored by the University of Nebraska Medical Center. Congratulations on your accomplishment!

Debate Arises over Teaching “Growth Mindsets” to Motivate Students

Debate Arises over Teaching “Growth Mindsets” to Motivate Students Research shows conflicting data on the impact of the intervention, but a major new study confirms it can work - Psychological Sciences faculty member Brooke Macnamara weighs in. https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/debate-arises-over-teaching-growth-mindsets-to-motivate-students/

Sweat could provide clue into who develops PTSD

Within four hours of a traumatic experience, certain physiological markers—namely, sweating—are higher in people who go on to develop posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD), according to a new study by Alex Rothbaum, a pre-doctoral researcher in the Department of Psychological Sciences, and researchers at other institutions. Around 90% of people...

The Association of Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies (ABCT) recently featured our PTSD Research and Treatment Lab, directed by Dr. Norah Feeny!

L to R: Kathy Benhamou, Allison Baier, Norah Feeny, Alex Rothbaum, Alexandra Klein, and Alexandra Bowling Please visit ABCT’s Featured Lab page here to read more about Dr. Feeny and our graduate students. To learn more about the lab, please visit the PTSD Research and Treatment Lab’s webpage here. Congratulations!  

Psychologist James Overholser and his colleagues combat an upsurge of hopelessness

Psychologist James Overholser and his colleagues combat an upsurge of hopelessness By Alexander Gelfand Spring | Summer 2019

Meet the new Director of the Developmental, Cognitive, and Affective Sciences PhD Program

Congratulations Brooke Macnamara on becoming the new Director of the Developmental, Cognitive, and Affective  Sciences Ph.D. Program!

New Article Explores Physiological Feelings

Amanda Merner, Kelsey Magee, and Professor Heath Demaree recently published a paper exploring the connections between emotional experiences and changes in bodily sensations.