Mission Statement of the Department of Psychology
The discipline of psychology is dedicated to increasing the scientific understanding of mind and the behavior of individuals, groups, and social systems and to the application of that understanding to enhance the functioning of individuals, groups, and society.
The Department of Psychology has as its defining characteristic and distinguishing mission the conduct and communication of research and scholarship that contributes to the scientific understanding of psychology and the provision of high-quality graduate education and training in the profession of psychology. In order to maintain the highest standards in research and graduate training, the department's resources are focused on selected sub-fields within the broad discipline of psychology.
The Department of Psychology provides a quality, university-level education in the broad discipline of psychology for undergraduate students who have multiple personal and career objectives and contributes to the University's program of general education for undergraduate students by providing introductory courses in psychology. The department's research activities are the foundation for up-to-date and effective classroom and laboratory undergraduate education.
The Department of Psychology recognizes its responsibility as a public institution to support development in Buffalo, Western New York, the State of New York through public and community service arising from its research mission and its graduate education and training programs.
The Department of Psychology maintains a collegial and supportive environment by encouraging open discussion and exchange of information in its internal governance, by providing for the professional development and advancement of all members of the department, and by recognizing the diverse cultures and traditions that have shaped our faculty, staff, and students.
The Department of Psychology supports the mission of the University at Buffalo through the department's programs of research, undergraduate and professional education and training, its public and community service, its contributions to interdisciplinary programs, centers, and institutes, and through participation in university governance.
The Department of Psychology aspires to excellence in research, graduate and professional education and training, education of undergraduate students, and public and community service. Our Department of Psychology will be recognized as a premier psychology department and as a national and international leader in research in psychology.