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Department of Psychological Science

Welcome to the Department of Psychological Science

Faculty and staff in our department share a common mission: to create, evaluate, disseminate, and apply psychological knowledge and skills to understand and improve the lives of individuals, organizations, and communities.

We aspire to contribute nationally and internationally via our excellent teaching, research and clinical offerings, a student-scholar focused mentoring program, and a faculty actively engaged in research and scholarship across the domains of biobehavioral, clinical, developmental, and social psychology, as well as human behavioral psychopharmacology.

Our mission with respect to Graduate Education is to train the researchers, practitioners, and teachers of psychology who will create the future of this field and who will benefit humankind by increasing knowledge about the nature and causes of human behavior, by treating mental and emotional disorders, and by preventing such disorders.

The department expects to be an important player in the university's new Neuroscience, Behavior, and Health Spire of Excellence, which promises to bring new multidisciplinary research and educational opportunities over the next few years that will help deepen our understanding of the causes and treatment of human diseases with significant behavioral causes or components.

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Justin Parent Receives APA Award For Research in Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology

Justin Parent

Justin Parent, a fourth year graduate student in the Clinical Training program at the University of Vermont, has received an APA (American Psychological Association) Division 53 Student Achievement Award for his research in clinical child and adolescent psychology...Read more

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Winter Blues: Lack of Sun Often Leads to Depression

Winter Blues: Lack of Sun Often Leads to Depression

Even on yet another cloudy day in Vermont, walking into Dr. Kelly Rohan's office offers a glimmer of hope. "This is not a coincidence, I take my surroundings very seriously given my line of work," Dr. Rohan said. Two windows, bright yellow walls, and stunning pictures of the Greek Islands act as a substitute to sunshine. Since 2008, she has conducted a winter blues study with nearly 200 locals impacted by SAD.

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Graduate School Discussion Panel

Graduate School Discussion Panel

The Psychology Department hosted a panel discussion regarding applying to graduate programs in psychology. Discussion topics included the following:

  • Is Graduate School for you?
  • What type of program should you apply to?
  • How can you best prepare to be admitted?

Panelists included UVM Psychology Professors Liz Pinel and Matt Price, social psychology graduate student James Hodge, and UVM Social Work Professor Susan Comerford.

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What Can I Do with a BA/BS in Psychology?

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Wondering what you can do with your psychology degree after you graduate? Watch a panel discussion with individuals who discuss what they were able to do with their psychology degrees after undergraduate graduation.

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Experimental Psychology Graduate Student Leigh Ann Holterman Receives NSF Graduate Research Fellowship

Leigh Ann Holterman

This prestigious fellowship is awarded to graduate students who demonstrate outstanding intellectual merit and who have the potential to have a broad and significant impact in their respective fields. Holterman’s work is focused on understanding the social and physiological factors that contribute to different outcomes in the peer relationships of school-age children.


Spotlight on Research

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In Alice Schermerhorn's lab, we are focusing on questions like, Are some children at greater risk of adjustment problems because of their temperament traits? What processes can explain this? We are using electroencephalography (EEG) and functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI), cutting-edge methodologies, to examine the neurophysiology associated with children’s processing of interparental conflict.


Hugh Garavan's Study Identifies Predictors for Teen Binge-Drinking

Hugh Garavan

Senior author Hugh Garavan and colleagues conducted 10 hours of comprehensive assessments – these included neuroimaging to assess brain activity and brain structure, along with other measures such as IQ, cognitive task performance, personality and blood tests – on each of 2,400 14-year-old adolescents at eight different sites across Europe.


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UVM Dean and Autism Expert Weighs in on New CDC Study

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“The CDC report raises the importance of early detection and intervention as the occurrence of Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) is on the rise,” says Patricia Prelock, Ph.D, CCC-SLP, Dean of the College of Nursing and Health Sciences at UVM. “It is more important than ever that we are effective in our diagnosis and ensure children receive the intervention that will support their future success.”


Next Up...

First Day of Classes

August 25, 2014

Dissertation Defense

Tera Fazzino

Assessment Reactivity Within the Context of a Web-Based Brief Intervention for Alcohol Use

September 5, 2014
10:00 a.m.

UHC, Arnold 4411

Departmental Potluck Picnic at Oakledge Park

September 14, 2014
12:00 - 3:00 p.m.

Oakledge Park – Upper Pavilion

Faculty, Emeriti, Research Staff, families, significant others

You may also bring dogs if on a leash

Undergraduate Research

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