Psychology at George Mason University

We at the Department of Psychology strive to develop and apply scientific psychology in ways that enhance human potential through research-based practice and practice-informed research.

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 attack real-world problems, not problems 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 (roughly 1,000) than any other department in the university, as well as a strong cadre of roughly 250 graduate students. 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.


The Department of Psychology, headed by Dr. Keith Renshaw, is administered by Dr. Adam Winsler and Dr. Erin Murdoch. Contact us for questions or concerns.


The Work-Study students (From left to right: Maereg Jinfessa, Najma Mohamud, Ariel Brown, Kayla Clay, and Jackie Wang) are an integral part of the Psychology Department. We are thankful to have the help of these young men and women as they pursue their academic interests here at Mason.