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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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Feeling Blue? Winter May Be to Blame

Feeling Blue? Winter May Be to Blame

Seasonal affective disorder, or SAD, a recurring type of depression linked to the change of seasons, is believed to affect as many as one in 10 people in Vermont, said Kelly Rohan, a faculty member in the University of Vermont psychology department who studies SAD.

"This tends to make us more lethargic; not have a lot of energy," Rohan said, describing common signs of SAD. "One may crave carbohydrates, eat more of them, sleep a little bit more, socialize less."

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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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Postpartum Depression Occurs in 1 in 8 Women After Childbirth

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Postpartum depression is the most common complication of childbirth and occurs in at least one in eight women, according to UVM Clinical Psychology graduate Dr. Yael Nillni. Her research has focused on the intersection between anxiety, mood, and trauma-related disorders and women's reproductive mental health. Her clinical work has focused on women's mental health.

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Hudziak Youth Hockey Brain Imaging Study Suggests Early Marker for Concussion Damage

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As a pediatric neuropsychiatrist and director of the Vermont Center for Children, Youth and Families at the University of Vermont (UVM) College of Medicine, James Hudziak believes in the benefits of ice hockey and other sports for kids. Athletic activities help a young person build organizational skills, improve motor and emotional control, reduce anxiety and boost confidence. Now, though, Hudziak is looking into the potential dangers of ice hockey for young athletes.


Not All Psychopaths Fit Stereotype Says New Study by Andrew Gill & Tim Stickle

Timothy Stickle

Movie villains from Norman Bates to Hannibal Lecter have popularized the notion of the psychopath as cold, cruel, lacking in empathy and beyond the reach of treatment.

A new study in the Journal of Abnormal Child Psychology by UVM psychological science professor Tim Stickle and Andrew Gill, a graduate student in the department, suggests that this monolithic view, shared by some treatment professionals, is not only wrong but prevents many diagnosed with psychopathy, or precursors of it, from receiving therapies that could help them live happier, more productive lives.


18th Annual Summer Institute on Autism Spectrum Disorders

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The Summer Autism Institute is a three-day series of presentations by experts in the field of Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) held annually in Burlington, Vermont. Sessions may be attended for credit or non-credit.


Psychology Grad Investigates Racial Killings

Samantha Lednicky

Psychology grad Samantha Lednicky who conducted research for professor Tim Stickle while at UVM is helping to expose racial killings in the Jim Crow South.


Next Up...

Program Faculty Meetings

Clinical (room 238)
Experimental (room 100)

April 15, 2015
1:30 - 3:00 pm

Department Colloquium

Bernard Balleine, Ph.D

Dir, Behavioural Neuroscience Lab,
Univ Sydney - Brain & Mind Research Inst

Predictive Learning and the Cognitive Control of Action

April 16, 2015
11:30 a.m.

John Dewey Hall room 314

2nd Year Clinical Project Defense

Jonah Meyerhoff

Treatment Expectations for Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy and Light Therapy for Seasonal Affective Disorder: Change Across Treatment and Relation to Outcome

April 29, 2015
4:00 p.m.

John Dewey Hall room 100

Dissertation Defense

Julianna Hogan

Distress Intolerance and Cannabis Use: An Initial Empirical Investigation

May 29, 2015
10:00 a.m.

John Dewey Hall room 238

Undergraduate Research

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