Department of Psychological Science
We are internationally recognized scholars, award winning teachers, conducting cutting edge, grand-funded research, mentoring students in their labs and in community-based internships.
--the faculty of the Department of Psychological Science
FACT: The Department of Psychological Science is home to one of the largest and most successful Ph.D. programs at UVM and generates about half of all research grant dollars in the College of Arts and Sciences.
Psychological Science majors:
- take foundational and advanced courses in clinical, developmental, and social psychology as well as behavioral neuroscience.
- gain valuable research experience working alongside faculty and doctoral students, unlike students at small colleges where faculty are not as research active.
- are taught by research-active faculty
- engage in experience-based learning through faculty mentored research, faculty mentored community internships and faculty mentored teaching.
- graduate ready for a career. Our graduates pursue careers in business, law, public health, medicine, neuroscience, and human services.
- often combine study in Psychological Science with minors in Social Work, Human Development, Neuroscience and Pharmacology.
FACT: Psychological Science is a STEM discipline and a "hub science". Research in Psychological Science connects to, and informs research in nearly all other disciplines.
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Psychological Science in the News
It’s a weekday morning, and senior Reuben Brough is running around a gym at King Street Youth Center waving his hands in the air and screeching like a cheetah. A stream of children is in hot pursuit of him and four other UVM students who implore the preschoolers to “catch the cheetah.”
College students whose parents lay on the guilt or try to manipulate them may translate feelings of stress into similar mean behavior with their own friends, a new study by a University of Vermont psychologist has found.
Dianna Murray-Close, Associate Professor of Psychological Science
Our featured graduate student in this issue of IMPACT is Justin Parent, a fifth-year doctoral candidate in UVM’s clinical and developmental psychology dual PhD program.