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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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Research

Our department’s research coalesces in four signature areas.

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Diversity

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

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Research Spotlight

No, stress isn’t always bad. Here’s how to harness it.

Rochester psychologists find that college students who reinterpret their stress response as performance-enhancing are less anxious and generally healthier.

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8clusters in psychology

Our psychology clusters satisfy the divisional requirement in social sciences.

Collaborations

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.