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Advancing the Science of Behavior

Join us in transforming the way humans interact with each other, technology, organizations and the world. 

Our teams of scientist-practitioners address major behavioral and social issues and challenges in today’s world. Their expertise is contributing to advancing knowledge about how individuals are affected by physical, emotional, educational, organizational and community contexts and experiences. The department has an active and dedicated group of scholars, staff, graduate and undergraduate students who are fostering the growth of innovative research, teaching and learning. We have three overarching goals: (1) to advance the science and practice of psychology, (2) to continue integrating psychology in the university’s mission and (3) to prepare the next generation to identify and address the concerns that challenge and inspire them.

Cross-cutting Research

Linking Diversity to Excellence

Psychology faculty advance knowledge about how people learn, what motivates our choices, and why and how we can be effective in challenging social barriers to achievement. Research labs focus on families, communities and institutions (senior citizen centers, schools, and universities) to develop and evaluate innovative interventions that promote equity and social justice. 

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Building Meaningful Lives

Psychology faculty lead teams of researchers who explore the factors that are associated with health and well-being and that influence how people of all ages understand and experience their lives. This includes our emotional, interpersonal, and physical worlds. Current projects focus on topics such as healthy development across the lifespan, emotional and physical health and well-being, and humanitarian work.

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Staying Safe and Secure

Psychology faculty enhance safety and security within organizations, communities, and at the individual level. Researchers collaborate with industry partners, government organizations, health care agencies, and the non-profit sector. Current projects focus on topics such as national security, law enforcement, mental illness and violence, safety and risk communications, and human-computer interactions.

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