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Welcome to the Department of Psychology at North Carolina State University

Psychology is the study of the mind and its relation to the brain and behavior. Our objective in the NC State Psychology Department is to produce and disseminate knowledge about psychology. We produce knowledge through the research that we conduct on issues in psychology as diverse as the influence of aging on cognition, people’s interactions with information displays (including warnings and graphics), the psychology of reading, leadership, team science, and dozens of other interesting topics. We disseminate knowledge through (1) research publications and textbooks, (2) teaching in the undergraduate general education program and to our rapidly growing number of undergraduate majors, (3) training of doctoral students in five major areas -- Human Factors and Ergonomics, Industrial/Organizational Psychology, Lifespan Development, Psychology in the Public Interest, and School Psychology, and (4) working in various communities, both locally in North Carolina and in research and professional communities throughout the United States and the world.

The department consists of 32 faculty members, the staff of the advising center, the staff of the Psychoeducational Clinic, and the six members of our office staff, as well as over 750 undergraduate majors and 120 graduate students pursuing their doctoral degrees. The faculty are outstanding scholars, many of whom have won awards for teaching and research and/or are fellows in the major professional societies in Psychology. Faculty have received research grants and training grants from the National Science Foundation, the National Institutes for Health, the National Institute on Aging, the Army Research Laboratory, the Army Research Institute, the Department of Education, and numerous companies.

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Dr. Douglas Gillan

  • Head of Psychology Department
  • Professor
  • Human Factors & Ergonomics
  • Email: doug_gillan@ncsu.edu
  • Phone: 919.515.1715