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Explore psychology as a social and a natural science

Undergraduate Program
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Integrate education, training, and research

Graduate Program
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Consider real-world applications of psychology

Our Research

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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Join our Faculty!

We’re excited to announce a tenure-track assistant professor opening in psychology! The area of expertise is open but candidates researching topics from affective science, diversity science, and/or clinical/developmental/social neuroscience are particularly encouraged to apply.

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Research Spotlight

When do teens lie to their parents (and when do they tell the truth)?

Rochester psychologist Judith Smetana has made it her life’s work to understand how teenagers tick. In her latest study, she finds patterns in the timing of lies and the way secrets are disclosed.

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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.

Clinical research projectClinicalPsychology
Social-personality research projectSocial-PersonalityPsychology
Developmental psychology research projectDevelopmentalPsychology

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