We have a thriving department with numerous world-class investigators. In the last 10 years, we have hired 11 new faculty members at the assistant professor level. This tremendous growth has created a truly unparalleled level of excitement among our faculty and graduate students.
Our department conducts research in all of the core areas of Psychology: Cognitive Neuroscience, Behavioral Neuroscience, Developmental Psychology and Social Psychology. We also have a Quantitative (Mathematical Psychology) area that strengthens the other research areas and provides our graduate students with the advanced statistical training that has recently become expected in the field. Across areas, our department has a singular focus on Neuroscience, which is in line with President Obama’s 2013 BRAIN Initiative to revolutionize our understanding of the human brain. Reflecting these strengths, our department offers graduate students Ph.D. concentrations in traditional Psychology, Quantitative Psychology or Neuroscience.
Our faculty and graduate students are highly productive. Last year, our department published over 50 research papers, and graduate students were first author on the large majority of these papers. Our graduate students also regularly present at national conferences. Given this level of research productivity, it is not surprising that our national rankings have dramatically improved over the last decade. Each spring, our graduate students also give departmental talks the graduate program in psychology at our Graduate Student Research Day, which is an excellent forum for students to practice giving presentations, discuss new ideas and get feedback on their recent work.
Many of our graduate students are supported by the National Science Foundation, the National Institutes of Health and other prestigious foundations. More advanced graduate students can also elect to teach their own course, which provides them with invaluable experience that gives them an edge when they go into the job market. Indeed, our graduate students have excellent research and teaching skills and routinely secure coveted postdoctoral and faculty positions.
To appreciate the exciting and productive environment of our department, we encourage you to visit us through our website and in person. We would be happy to arrange individual meetings with our faculty and current graduate students so you can see our thriving department for yourself.