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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Excessive Worrying?

Dr. Lauren Hallion and colleagues are among the few psychologists in this Washington Post article offering tips for how to reduce excessive worrying. A mindfulness technique called the "focused attention approach" decreased worrying the most for the participants of their small study. See Worrying. 

Faculty Members Awarded $25,000 for the Pitt Innovation Challenge (PInCh)

Dr. Sophia Choukas-Bradley, Dr. Jamie Hanson, and Dr. Jennifer Silk along with three of their colleagues were awarded $25,000 for their TeenBrainOnline submission to the Pitt Innovation Challenge (PInCh). The PInCh solicited the Pitt community for bold ideas to solve important health problems. TeenBrainOnline is "a novel neuroimaging task to measure teen brain response to social media. This tool will address a need to study the impact of social media on rising teen depression and suicide rates." See Submission Video 

2019 Merle Moskowitz Graduate Student Teaching Award

Congratulations to Christie Musket and Lindsay Taraban for winning the 2019 Merle Moskowitz Graduate Student Teaching Award! 

2019 Pitt Honors Fellowships Awarded to Six Psychology Undergraduates

Six undergraduate students in the psychology department were awarded with prized Honors Fellowships for the Fall 2019 semester. Applications for the Spring 2019 semester open soon!  

UHC Research Fellows 

Caitlin Convery   “The Impact of Parents’ Use of Math Elicitations on Children’s Math Performance”

Adwoa Imbeah    “Influences on Children's Ability to Spontaneously Focus on Number”

Amanda Makara  “Investigating Impulsive Behaviors and Corresponding Brain Regions in Bulimia Nervosa (BN)”

Chancellor's Undergraduate Research Fellows 

Anisha Venkatesh “How Parents’ Attitudes and Activities in Math Affect Children’s Math Performance”

Sarah Pitulski        “Quality Analysis of Parent-Child Interactions and the Relation to Mathematical Achievement”

Chancellor’s Undergraduate Teaching Fellow

Josephine Coyle    “Peer Workshops and Lab Work”