University of Vermont

Department of Psychology

The Graduate Program in Psychology
Mission
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.
Objective
The major objective of the Graduate Program in Psychology is to produce a versatile psychologist able to work in academic, research, or applied positions. To this end, all students are expected to establish a research program and to construct a coherent plan of study.
General/Experimental Program
Within the General/Experimental Program, students concentrate in one of four areas:
  • Biobehavioral/Neuroscience (including learning)
  • Developmental Psychology
  • Human Behavioral Psychopharmacology
  • Social Psychology
Clinical Training Program
The Clinical Training Program aims to train students as scientist-practitioners (as prescribed by the "Boulder Model") and emphasizes use of clinical interventions validated by empirical research.
Features
A fundamental feature of the Psychology Department is the close integration of the four areas of study in terms of course work, research, and faculty. Nevertheless, graduate applicants must specify to which of the programs they seek admission.
The program descriptions provide a guide to the strengths of each or our training programs and thus the research opportunities likely to be available to graduate students. The description of the faculty lists the research interests of the faculty across all programs.
The Department has 25 full-time faculty, 11 visiting, clinical, and adjunct faculty from other universities and other departments at UVM, and about 55 graduate students at any given time. The Psychology Department is housed in John Dewey Hall, where all faculty and graduate students are generally assigned office space.
The Psychology Department has longstanding collaborative research programs and relationships with other UVM departments and programs, including the Neuroscience Graduate Program, Biology, Psychiatry, Pharmacology, Education, Molecular Physiology & Biophysics, Pediatrics, Surgery, Women's Studies, Communication Sciences, The Vermont Cancer Center and related departments at Fletcher Allen Health Care, the various facilities of which are located close to John Dewey Hall.

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