Mission and Values

Psychology Student presenting a poster at the CHSS Research Symposium
Psychology Student presenting a poster at the CHSS Research Symposium

The Department of Psychology strives to develop and apply scientific psychology in ways that enhance human potential.

We support research-based practice because we want to bring our research findings into the everyday practice of psychology. We support practice-informed research because we want to solve real-world problems, not those of interest only to other academics.

This dual focus has inspired our faculty to conduct research on topics ranging from what makes people happy to what keeps planes from crashing into one another. Members of our faculty have served on task forces, national committees (e.g., National Academy of Sciences, the Federal Aviation Administration), and advisory boards (e.g., the Air Force, the Guggenheim Foundation).

The importance and quality of the work we do have been recognized by government agencies, industries and foundations that have provided more than $24.5 million in support for our research work. We count among our current and emeritus faculty eight presidents of Divisions of the American Psychological Association, and a president of the Human Factors & Ergonomics Society.

We are committed to training students at all levels, from high school students who intern with us through post-doctoral students seeking to gain additional skills after receiving their doctoral degree. The department serves more undergraduate majors than any other department in the university, and has a wide variety of minors available to students studying in other areas. We host a strong cadre of roughly 250 graduate students, all of whom are doing research as part of their degree.

We are also at the forefront of evolving technologies in education, with an undergraduate degree that can be completed entirely online. We have also added a Master of Professional studies Degree that can be completed online and is targeted towards working adults. 

Students at all levels have the opportunity to work side by side with our faculty in their labs; some of these students go on to do their own independent research through our undergraduate honors program.

Keith Renshaw

The Department of Psychology is chaired by Dr. Keith Renshaw.

Adam Winsler

The Graduate Program is administered by Dr. Adam Winsler.

Erin Murdoch

The Undergraduate Program is administered by Dr. Erin Murdoch


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