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.
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."
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.
What Can I Do with a BA/BS in Psychology?
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.
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 here...
Could Playing Tchaikovsky and Other Music Improve Kids’ Brains?
Children who play the violin or study piano could be learning more than just Mozart. A University of Vermont College of Medicine child psychiatry team has found that musical training might also help kids focus their attention, control their emotions and diminish their anxiety.
James Hudziak, M.D., professor of psychiatry and director of the Vermont Center for Children, Youth and Families, and colleagues including Matthew Albaugh, Ph.D., and graduate student research assistant Eileen Crehan, call their study “the largest investigation of the association between playing a musical instrument and brain development.”
Psychology Grad Investigates Racial Killings
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.
Hudziak Youth Hockey Brain Imaging Study Suggests Early Marker for Concussion Damage
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.
Laura L. Chivers
Understanding Everyday Decisions: An Examination of Biases in Decision-Making, Educational Attainment, and Use of Tobacco and Nicotine Delivery Products among Women of Reproductive Age
March 26, 2015
Standing Committees and Task Forces
April 1, 2015
1:30 - 3:00 pm
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
John Dewey Hall room 314
Jenessa Shapiro, Ph.D
From Stereotype Threat to Stereotype Threats: Implications for Theory and Intervention
April 17, 2015
John Dewey Hall room 314
2nd Year Clinical Project Defense
Treatment Expectations for Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy and Light Therapy for Seasonal Affective Disorder: Change Across Treatment and Relation to Outcome
April 29, 2015
John Dewey Hall room 100