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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.

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?

View the full discussion video

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. View the video

Postpartum Depression Occurs in 1 in 8 Women After Childbirth

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. Read the interview

Not All Psychopaths Fit the Stereotype, Says New Study by 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. Read the full story

Also read an article in the New England Psychologogist by Susan Gonsalves.

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