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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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Undergraduate Research Profiles

Jeremy Trott and Micaela Carswell

Undergraduate psychological science majors Jeremy Trott (left) and Micaela Carswell are involved in cutting-edge research investigating the reinstatement of drug-seeking behavior in rats and ways to maintain behavior even when the behavior is put under extinction and no longer rewarded. Both intend to attend graduate school to pursue a Ph.D. in either behavioral neuroscience or experimental psychology.

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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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Could Playing Tchaikovsky and Other Music Improve Kids’ Brains?

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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.”


Psychological Science Welcomes Sylvia Perry to the Faculty

Sylvia Perry

Sylvia Perry, Ph.D, has joined the general/experimental faculty in the Department of Psychological Science. Her research investigates how individual difference factors interact with situational factors to affect intergroup contexts, educational and healthcare settings, and people's sense of belonging and psychological well-being.


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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.


Spotlight on Research:
Matthew Price

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In Matt Price's lab he has developed and evaluated a wide range of technologies including mobile applications, websites, and sensing devices to understand trauma events, how to identify who is at greatest risk for future problems, and how to best help them.


Next Up...

Masters Thesis Defense

Nicole Lafko

Susceptibility to Peer Influence for Engagement in Relational Aggression and Prosocial Behavior: The Roles of Popular Peers, Stress Physiology, and Gender

March 9, 2015
11:00 a.m.

John Dewey Hall room 238

Full Faculty Meeting

March 11, 2015
1:30 - 3:00 pm

John Dewey Hall room 100

Dissertation Defense

Brendan Hare

Glycogen Synthase Kinase 3-Beta: an Investigation of the Novel Serine 389 Phosphorylation Site

March 17, 2015
9:00 a.m.

John Dewey Hall room 342

Dissertation Defense

Laura L. Chivers

Understanding Everyday Decisions: an Examination of Biases in Decision-Making That May Increase Risk for Nicotine and Tobacco Use Among Women of Reproductive Age

March 26, 2015
9:00 a.m.

UHC Psychiatry

2nd Year Clinical Project

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

Undergraduate Research

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