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Mission Statement

The mission of the Department of Psychology is to conduct research that contributes to the scientific understanding of mind and behavior of individuals, groups, and social systems, and to provide high-quality graduate education and training in the profession of psychology.  The Department aspires to excellence in research, graduate and professional education and training, education of undergraduate students, and public and community service. In doing so, we recognize the diverse cultures and traditions that have shaped our faculty, staff, and students, and provide for the professional development and advancement of all members of our department. The Department’s research activities are the foundation for effective classroom and laboratory undergraduate education. We expect that the Department of Psychology will continue to be recognized as a premier psychology department and as a national and international leader in psychological science. Psychology is a core discipline within science with robust interdisciplinary connections with numerous other disciplines. Scientific contributions within our department not only directly advance the discipline but also have marked influences across many other fields.