The Department of Psychology values a safe, inclusive environment. We welcome faculty, staff, students, and visitors of every ethnicity, race, religion, country of origin, ability status, gender and sexual identity.
What is Psychology?
Psychology is the science of behavior. Although there are many specialty areas in psychology, all psychologists have one thing in common - an interest in behavior. They want to understand how people and other organisms develop, learn, think, feel, act, and relate to each other. Psychology may be defined as the scientific study of behavior and mental processes and how an organism's physical state, mental state, and external environment affect them.
A psychology background may be applicable in almost any career that involves the needs of and interactions with people. Further, psychologists tend to be involved in one or more of the following areas: finding new knowledge through research activities; applying knowledge to the solution of problems of individuals and/or groups; and/or teaching this knowledge.
As a psychology student you will have the opportunity to participate in cutting edge research under the supervision of field leaders, have fun in psych club and boost your vita by competing in our spring poster competition.
The graduate program consists of three doctoral areas: cognitive psychology, counseling psychology, and social psychology. The department is dynamic and continually growing with committed faculty. In addition, we offer facilities that enhance learning and research within an environment that supports both work and play.
Our current faculty is active in research and/or professional training. With over $30 million in external grant support, faculty conduct research ranging from critical societal issues (such as drug and alcohol use/abuse, health-related behaviors, violence, eyewitness testimony, and satisfaction with work) to more basic research questions that add to psychology's foundation of knowledge.
Our faculty have won awards for excellence in teaching and in research. In addition, they are active in enhancing psychology as a discipline by serving numerous editorial roles on APA journals and leadership positions on national committees.
Most important, our faculty share a commitment to excellence in graduate education and this department’s continued growth. We are dedicated to helping you to become your best in your graduate studies in psychology at Iowa State University.