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Department of Psychology

Department of Psychology Research

Applied Behavior Analysis

Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) research centers on the understanding and modification of behavior through systematic assessment and intervention strategies. ABA uses principles of learning and motivation that have come from decades of scientific research to solve problems of behavior that matter to society.



Our faculty and students delve into the intricate relationship between biology and behavior. We explore topics such as neural mechanisms, hormonal influences, and genetic factors that underlie cognition, emotion, and behavior. Employing cutting-edge neuroscience techniques and interdisciplinary approaches, we aim to unravel the biological basis of human and animal behavior, shedding light on how our biology shapes our mental and emotional experiences.


Clinical Psychology

Research in clinical psychology is dedicated to understanding and addressing the complexities of mental health and emotional well-being. We investigate a wide range of topics, from the diagnosis and treatment of psychological disorders to the promotion of mental wellness. Employing evidence-based practices and diverse therapeutic approaches, we strive to improve the lives of individuals and communities through research, assessment, and intervention.


Cognitive Psychology

Cognitive Psychology research attempts to unravel the intricacies of mental processes such as attention, memory, language, decision-making, perception, and problem-solving. Using a diverse range of research methods to explore the workings of the human mind, and drawing from various theoretical viewpoints, including cognitive neuroscience, information processing, and computational modeling, this field investigates the underlying mechanisms of cognition and contributes to our evolving understanding of how the mind operates.


Developmental Psychology

Research in developmental psychology examines the complex processes of human growth and change across the lifespan. We explore the intricate interplay between nature and nurture, examining how genetics, environmental influences, and personal experiences shape cognitive, emotional, and social development. Employing diverse research methodologies, including longitudinal studies, cross-cultural analyses, and intervention research, we seek to answer fundamental questions about how individuals evolve from infancy through adulthood, contributing to our understanding of human development and informing policies and practices that enhance well-being across the lifespan. 


Quantitative Psychology

Quantitative psychology is the science of developing and applying statistical and mathematical models to understand behavior and psychological processes. Our researchers utilize advanced statistical methods and computational techniques to explore various aspects of human behavior, from data analysis to measurement and experimental design. Quantitative psychologists create innovative methodologies that underpin research in psychology and other disciplines, making significant contributions to the advancement of scientific inquiry.


School Psychology

School psychology research focuses on enhancing educational outcomes and promoting the well-being of students in educational settings. Research in this field investigates a wide range of topics, from learning disabilities and academic achievement to social-emotional development and school-based interventions. School Psychologists work collaboratively with educators, parents, and students to support academic success and foster positive learning environments, making a meaningful impact on the educational experience of children and adolescents.


Social and Personality Psychology

This field explores the intricate interplay between individual traits, social dynamics, and behavior. We examine topics such as social influence, personality development, group dynamics, and interpersonal relationships. Employing diverse theoretical frameworks, including social cognition, trait theory, terror management theory, and cultural psychology, we aim to uncover the fundamental factors that shape human interactions and individual differences, contributing to a deeper understanding of the human experience.