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The Department of Psychology is a vibrant and diverse environment, with 23 full-time faculty, over 800 undergraduate majors, and approximately 50 graduate students. Our department is known for its warm atmosphere and its emphasis on collaborative, cutting-edge science.

We offer doctoral training in clinical, cognitive, developmental, and social psychology, and an experimental Master’s degree program. For undergraduates, we offer a Bachelor of Arts degree, a psychology minor, and a concentration in teacher education. Our emphasis on rigorous teaching and research complement each other in offering students the option to extend their learning beyond the classroom by conducting research in the laboratories of faculty members, as well as in the surrounding community.

The department also provides valuable clinical services to the community at the Psychology Clinic, which is a non-profit organization offering a full range of short-term therapy services and assessments for children, adolescents, and adults.

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News & Announcements

Sperry wins APA Junior Scientist Fellowship

Sarah Sperry has been awarded an American Psychological Association (Graduate Student/Psi Chi Division) Junior Scientist Fellowship. Sarah is a graduate […]

Mendez featured on WFMY News

Dr. Julie Mendez-Smith contributed her expertise to a WFMY News story on parent-teacher conferences (November, 2015). In the news segment, […]

Kane’s research featured on UNC-TV

Dr. Michael Kane’s research on mind-wandering was featured on UNC-TV (September 9, 2015). Kane discussed the contexts under which mind-wandering […]

Touron’s work noted on BBC News

Dr. Dayna Touron’s cognitive aging research was noted on the BBC recently (August 28, 2015). Touron has found that older […]


Kendon Smith Lectures to be held October 1 and 2

The Department of Psychology is proud to announce the Kendon Smith Lecture Series: Gene-Environment Interactions in Psychopathology and Beyond Featuring: […]

Experimental Program announces Hard Data Cafe line-up

The Experimental Psychology Program presents the Fall, 2015 Hard Data Cafe. This is a lively, informal, and interdisciplinary lecture series […]

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Department Spotlight


Pathman elected to APA Executive Committee

Dr. Jeni Pathman has been elected to serve on the Executive Committee of Division 7 (Developmental Psychology) of the American […]

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Student Stories

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First year graduate student publishes paper

Casey L. May, a first year graduate student in the clinical psychology program, has published a paper in Psychological Trauma: […]

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Alumni Portraits

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Meier is Assistant Professor of Psychology at WCU

Dr. Matt Meier is now an Assistant Professor and Director of the Cognitive Psychology Lab at Western Carolina University. Matt […]

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