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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.

CAS Dean's Lecture

Beyond Mean Girls: Understanding the Development of Relational Aggression

Dianna Murray-Close, Associate Professor of Psychological Science
Tuesday, February 9, 2016 at 5:00pm
Waterman Memorial Lounge

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Talk Outshines Light in Preventing Return of Winter Blues, Says New UVM Study

A new study published online Nov. 5 in the American Journal of Psychiatry casts a shadow on light therapy’s status as the gold standard for treating SAD, or seasonal affective disorder. Read the full article -->

Student Profile-Justin Parent

A fifth-year doctoral candidate in UVM’s clinical and developmental psychology dual PhD program.

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Written by Don Harvey

Smithsonian Magazine Publishes Article Titled
Talking Is the Latest Tool for Battling Seasonal Depression

A large-scale study suggests that talk therapy may have longer-lasting benefits than light boxes for treating wintertime blues. Read more at

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