Areas Covered in Our Program

Clinical and Counseling Psychology aim to explore the differences between normal and abnormal behavior and how people can achieve better levels of functioning in their lives. As such, study in this area is devoted to the assessment, diagnosis, and treatment of individuals with difficulties in cognition, emotion, and behavior. Courses in this area (e.g. Abnormal Psychology, Childhood Psychopathology, Methods of Counseling, Exploring Addictions) will help students understand the complex nature of psychopathology.

These courses will also provide a sound theoretical, practical, and research base for those continuing on for an advanced degree in clinical or counseling psychology, social work, or marriage and family therapy, or for students who would like a strong basis in understanding human behavior for work outside of the social services, such as in Human Resources in a corporate setting. Courses taught in this area will encourage thoughtful self-reflection, consideration of diverse cultural contexts, and increased awareness of internal and external factors that impact mental health services and delivery systems.

Developmental psychology is the study of how people change across multiple psychological domains from infancy through the lifespan. Developmental psychologists are involved in aspects of human functioning found in all other topic areas of psychology. Human development is studied from social, cognitive, clinical/counseling, community, and neuroscientific perspectives.

Psychologists with a developmental focus are concerned with both basic research, that which examines fundamental questions to add to our body of scientific knowledge, and applied research, which includes studies that focus directly on solving problems or affecting specific outcomes.

The Society for Research in Child Development (SRCD) is a multidisciplinary, not-for-profit, professional association with a membership of approximately 5,500 researchers, practitioners, and human development professionals from over 50 countries.

The Cognitive Sciences emphasis in psychology explores the role that elementary thought processes play in complex thought and behavior. Biological, chemical, neuroscientific, and computational aspects of human and non-human animal cognition are also considered.

This area lies at the intersection of psychology, neuroscience, biology, and computer science and utilizes the tools and knowledge of these related disciplines to better understand human and non-human-animal minds and behavior. As such, courses emphasize basic cognitive (e.g., sensation, perception, attention) and neural (e.g., neuroanatomy, neurophysiology) as well as more complex processes (e.g., learning, memory, language, emotion, problem solving).

The area is driven by rapidly evolving experimental techniques and research contributions from a variety of fields spanning the biological and psychological sciences. The emphasis provides an important and necessary overview of the neurosciences to students interested in pursuing careers in biologically based areas of psychology, while individual classes provide complementary information for students pursuing other emphases.

Social psychology involves the scientific study of how individuals perceive, influence, and relate to others. The field relies on laboratory as well as field-based research methods in order to generate theories of social behavior.

Social perception

What affects the way we perceive ourselves and others?

Self and identity, attributions, stereotypes, prejudice, and discrimination

Social influence

How do we influence each other?

Attitudes, persuasion, conformity, group processes

Social Relations

What causes us to like, love, help, and hurt others?

Attraction and close relationships, prosocial behavior, aggression

Social psychologists take an interactive approach to human behavior that emphasizes how both an individual’s internal characteristics (biology, personality) and external environment dynamically shape behavior in everyday settings. Because behavior often has multiple causes, social psychologists use biological, neural, cultural, and environmental perspectives to unravel the mysteries and complexities of human social interaction.

Social psychology has applications in many real-world domains, for example, education, business, government, health and well-being, sports, politics, law, and community development.

Professional Organizations in Social Psychology

Division 8 of the American Psychological Association—the Society for Personality and Social Psychologyseeks to advance the progress of theory, basic and applied research, and practice in the field of personality and social psychology. Members are employed in academia and private industry or government, and all are concerned with how individuals affect and are affected by other people and by their social and physical environments.

The Society of Experimental Social Psychology (SESP)

The Society for Social Neuroscience

Psychology Club

All students interested in psychology are invited to participate in the Psychology Club. Psych Club puts on events on different psychology topics and does service projects together.

If you'd like to join, please email Dr. Jonathan Amburgey, Psych Club Advisor, to get connected to the students in the club.

Psi Chi Psychology Society

Psi Chi is the student honor society in psychology. For membership, students must be in the upper 35% of their class.

Psi Chi has monthly meetings, receives a magazine and does service projects, such as the Annual Chili Cookoff and the Spring Psychology Banquet.

For information, contact Dr. Jonathan Amburgey, the Psi Chi Advisor.

National Psi Chi website

Association of Heads of Department of Psychology

AHDP Membership & Conference Registration