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Explore psychology as a social and a natural science

Undergraduate Program

Integrate education, training, and research

Graduate Program

Consider real-world applications of psychology

Our Research

Department of Psychology Statement on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

Our Department strives to cultivate a climate where everyone feels respected, valued, and included. Different perspectives, backgrounds, and ideas are critically important for advancing knowledge and making our department and psychological science ever better.

Major & Minor

Pursue a degree or take courses in psychology as a social science or natural science.

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Graduate Studies

We offer three graduate training programs that lead to a PhD.

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Our department’s research coalesces in four signature areas.

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Our department is committed to improving diversity, equity, and inclusion in psychology.

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Academic Spotlight

Summer Courses

Summer classes at Rochester are open to both Rochester students as well as students from other universities. For more information about summer studies at Rochester check out our summer 2021 course offerings page or visit the summer sessions website.

fMRI scan of the brain.

Research Spotlight

An experimental neurofeedback imaging treatment has emerged for psychiatric patients. Does it work?

A study by University of Rochester psychologists finds some positive results for the new approach.

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8clusters in psychology

Our psychology clusters satisfy the divisional requirement in social sciences.


We maintain strong ties with biological and social disciplines across the University, including ones in the Medical Center, Mt. Hope Family Center, Warner School of Education, and Arts, Sciences and Engineering.

Why PSY?

Our students study psychology as both a natural science and social science. Because of our program’s breadth and depth, they are able to tailor their education for postgraduate studies and careers in psychology, medicine, social work, law, education, and more.

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The Department of Brain and Cognitive Sciences also offers PhD training in cognition, perception, neuroscience, and cognitive development.