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Explore psychology as a natural and social science

Undergraduate Program

Integrate education, training, and research

Graduate Program

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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Research Spotlight

Strong sibling bond protects against negative effects of fighting parents

Generally, children who experience recurrent conflicts between their parents are at a higher risk of later developing mental health problems. However a new three-year study led by University of Rochester psychologists has found that children with strong sibling relationships experience less of the distress that can predict mental health issues when faced with future fighting between parents.

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Research Spotlight

At-risk families find research-driven services at Mt. Hope Family Center

The Mt. Hope Family Center sits on a two-way street. Its researchers and clinicians have provided evidence-based services to at-risk families, while training the next generation of clinicians and research scientists.

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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.

Want more information about the Department of Clinical and Social Sciences in Psychology? Contact us.