Department of Psychology

Psychology is the discipline concerned with the study of behavior and mental processes. It is a tremendously broad field spanning subject matter from the biological to social sciences. Psychologists are commonly found working in conjunction with other professionals—for example, physicians, lawyers, school personnel, engineers, and policymakers —to contribute to every area of society. Thus psychologists are found in laboratories, hospitals, courtrooms, schools and universities, community health centers, prisons, and corporate offices.

As scientists, psychologists follow scientific methods, using careful observation, experimentation, and analysis. They develop theories and test them through their research. As this research yields new information, these findings become part of the body of knowledge that practitioners call on in their work with clients and patients. As practitioners and health care workers psychologists assess behavioral and mental function, and participate in the care of individuals with both physiological and psychiatric disorders.