Our Areas of Emphasis

  • Clinical Program

    Trains clinical scientists who will apply basic psychological and biological knowledge to the understanding of major clinical psychological and health problems

  • Cognitive Program

    Domains of strength include: Language, reading, and text processing, High-level cognition, complex learning and instruction, and Cognitive neuroscience

  • Developmental Program

    Trains students in socio-emotional development, cognitive development, language development, and social-cognitive development

  • Social Program

    Prepares students to make significant empirical and theoretical contributions to social psychology

  • Bio-Health Program

    Trains students in understanding biological, psychological, social, and behavioral determinants of physical health and disease

  • Teaching Program

    The Teaching Program is a home for teaching-focused faculty and teaching mentorship

  • Clinical Program

    Trains clinical scientists who will apply basic psychological and biological knowledge to the understanding of major clinical psychological and health problems

  • Cognitive Program

    Domains of strength include: Language, reading, and text processing, High-level cognition, complex learning and instruction, and Cognitive neuroscience

  • Developmental Program

    Trains students in socio-emotional development, cognitive development, language development, and social-cognitive development

  • Social Program

    Prepares students to make significant empirical and theoretical contributions to social psychology

  • Bio-Health Program

    Trains students in understanding biological, psychological, social, and behavioral determinants of physical health and disease

  • Teaching Program

    The Teaching Program is a home for teaching-focused faculty and teaching mentorship

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Psychology Graduate Student Experiences at Pitt

Listen to graduate students Lindsay Taraban (Cognitive Developmental Prgram) and Susie Chen (Social Psychology) describe what it's like to be a graduate student in psychology at Pitt.

In these videos Lindsay and Susie discuss the unique opportunity pitt psychology graduate students have to study in joint programs, create community connections, and collaborate with different departments and universities across Pittsburgh.

Dr. Danny Shaw and Dr. Anna Marsland also make an appearance to highlight the importance of mentoring relationships in the psychology department's graduate programs. 

Cognitive Developmental Program  

Social Program 

 

Graduate Student Awarded a 2019 Ford Foundation Fellowship

Congratulations are in order for Esther Palacios-Barrios, a graduate student in the Clinical-Developmental program. Esther has won a 2019 Ford Foundation Fellowship, an award meant to increase diversity among university faculty. See More. 

Professor Heads Major Study on Exercise and Mental Function

Kirk Erickson, Professor in the Department of Psychology, is leading a five year study funded by the National Institue on Aging to identify how exercise can reduce declining mental function in old age. Such discoveries can help researchers develop effective drugs against Alzheimers. See Article. 

Apologizing Too Much?

In the New York Times Article titled, "No, You Don't Have to Stop Apologizing," Assistant Professor Karina Schumann describes why studies generally find women to be more apologetic than men. See Article.