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

Meet Michael King, recipient of the Douglas K Detterman Award for Commitment to Scholarship in the Fields of Intelligence and Cognitive Ability

What is your research focus? My research centers around the cognitive and perceptual factors that influence human performance, such as memory, attention, and learning. My current research is focused on visual search, and how attentional demands affect working memory capacity during search. What are your goals for after grad school? After...

Undergraduates: Apply Now for the Hollander Capstone Research Award

This award honors a graduating senior for an outstanding capstone research project in the psychological sciences (Psychology or Communication Sciences). Dr. Edwin and Patricia Hollander contributed significantly to the field of psychological sciences. Criteria to be used to evaluate applications for the Hollander Capstone Research Award Applicants for this award must...

How Firm Are the Foundations of Mind-Set Theory? Dr. Brooke Macnamara explores the question in her recent publication

Abstract Mind-set refers to people’s beliefs about whether attributes are malleable (growth mind-set) or unchangeable ( fixed mind-set). Proponents of mind-set theory have made bold claims about mind-set’s importance. For example, one’s mind-set is described as having profound effects on one’s motivation and achievements, creating different psychological worlds for people,...

Want to work in early intervention? Apply to our Master’s Degree in Developmental Psychology with an Early Intervention Specialization by February 15, 2020.

If you are interested in working in early intervention and pursuing a masters degree, make sure to apply to our Master’s Degree in Developmental Psychology with an Early Intervention Specialization by February 15, 2020. Our program involves courses and practical training in the field of developmental psychology and is...

Silvia Hernandez and James Overholser publish article “A Systematic Review of Interventions for Hope/Hopelessness in Older Adults”

https://www.tandfonline.com/eprint/KEYI75SEDDXYP78VYWNR/full?target=10.1080%2F07317115.2019.1711281& ABSTRACT Objectives: Hope/hopelessness is an important determinant of health and death, and is a modifiable risk factor for older adults. The present review aimed to evaluate the effectiveness of interventions on hope among older populations. Methods: PsychINFO and PubMed were systematically searched. Publications reporting on interventions delivered to older adults that...

WISER Names Jessica Salley as Recipient of Conference Travel Grant

The Women in Science and Engineering Roundtable (WISER), an initiative of the Flora Stone Mather Center for Women, has named the recipients of its Conference Travel Grant. The grant is an award program for women STEM students (undergraduate, graduate and professional) to attend conferences or professional enrichment opportunities in...

Meet Amanda Merner, DCAS Graduate Student

What is your research focus (as well as any academic or service focus)? My primary research focus is on the interaction between cognitive and emotional processing and the neural/physiological underpinnings of these interactions. Specifically, I am interested in how individual differences in various domains of cognitive functioning impact how people...

Learn about our Master’s Degree in Developmental Psychology with an Early Intervention Specialization!

Interested in working in early intervention and pursuing a masters degree? Our state of the art program involves courses and practical training in the field of developmental psychology. In addition, our training model is state-of-the-art in that it is inter-professional in nature, recognizing the need to train across multiple...