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.
Undergraduate Student Research Profiles
Says undergraduate psychology researcher Bora Golijanin "it took until the last semester of my junior year to realize just how involved I could become in UVM’s hands-on research. It was then that I discovered the many opportunities offered to enhance and influence my knowledge of the science of psychology."
Winter Blues: Lack of Sun Often Leads to Depression
Even on yet another cloudy day in Vermont, walking into Dr. Kelly Rohan's office offers a glimmer of hope. "This is not a coincidence, I take my surroundings very seriously given my line of work," Dr. Rohan said. Two windows, bright yellow walls, and stunning pictures of the Greek Islands act as a substitute to sunshine. Since 2008, she has conducted a winter blues study with nearly 200 locals impacted by SAD.
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.
The 10th Annual Race, Gender and Sexuality Student Conference
March 14, 2014
Keynote speaker Emi Koyama is a multi-issue social justice activist and writer synthesizing feminist, Asian, survivor, dyke, queer, sex worker, intersex, enderqueer, and crip politics, as these factors, while not a complete descriptor of who she is, all impacted her life.
This event is free and open to the public, registration is not required.
Spotlight on Research
In Alice Schermerhorn's lab, we are focusing on questions like, Are some children at greater risk of adjustment problems because of their temperament traits? What processes can explain this? We are using electroencephalography (EEG) and functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI), cutting-edge methodologies, to examine the neurophysiology associated with children’s processing of interparental conflict.
Vermont native Melissa Perry, Ph. D. (B.A. UVM '88) has devoted the past twenty years to researching the health risks of pesticides. At the Medical College of Wisconsin, where she worked after leaving UVM, she launched a large-scale study of dairy farmers' pesticide exposure and resulting levels of the compounds in the body.
Recruiting Healthy Volunteers
The UVM MindBody Medicine Clinic is recruiting healthy volunteers as controls for our research study on chronic pain, depression and DNA.
Eligible participants must meet the following requirements:
- Are between the ages of 18-76
- Have no chronic or acute pain
- Have no symptoms of depression or high anxiety
- Are generally healthy
Time commitment will take approximately an hour and includes completion of a paper questionnaire and two visits for urine and/or saliva samples.
Professor Probes Psychedelic Drugs for a Cure to Nicotine Addiction
The smoking study—for now, a pilot feasibility study—is the brainchild of UVM Psychology graduate Matthew Johnson (Ph.D. 2005) now at Johns Hopkins’s Behavioral Pharmacology Research Unit.
Surviving Torture, Rocking the Story
It’s been six years since Professor Karen Fondacaro founded Connecting Cultures, a program designed to provide mental health services to Vermont’s refugee community. The Behavior Therapy and Psychotherapy Center has since served more than 300 refugees from 29 different countries. Sixty-seven percent are torture survivors.
Dept of Psychiatry Grand Rounds
Ogi Ogas, Ph.D.
A Billion Wicked Thoughts: What the Internet Reveals About Paraphilias
March 7, 2014
10:30 - 11:45 a.m.
Fletcher Allen/UVM Medical Education Center
Full Faculty Meeting
March 12, 2014
1:30 - 3:00 pm
John Dewey Hall room 100
The Role of Estrogen in Hippocampus- and Striatum-Dependent Memory Systems: The Putative Involvement of the Serotonin 6 Receptor
March 27, 2014
F. Andrew Knapp
Factors in the Regulation of Cycles of Binge Eating Behavior
March 28, 2014
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