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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Pitt Students Create a Unique Dating App

Amanda Forest, Pitt Assistant Professor of Psychology who studies close relationships and interpersonal communication says that the new student run dating app, "Inrstellar", "could allow people to establish a connection or give people a chance to engage in self-disclosure and increase their sense of closeness and liking for each other, as well as to identify areas of similarity." See Article. 

When It Comes to College, High School Grades Reveal More Than Just Academics

Researcher and faculty member, Brian Galla, led a study to determine the relationship between high school grades and student preserverence and self-control. See Article.

Four Psychology Graduate Students Awarded 2019 National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowships

The NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program recognizes and supports outstanding graduate students in NSF-supported science, technology, engineering, and mathematics disciplines who are pursuing research-based Master's and doctoral degrees at accredited United States institutions. See More

Awardees:

Esther Esmeralda Palacios-Barrios (Advisor: Jaime Hanson)

Shirley Duong (Advisor: Melissa Libertus)

Honorable Mention:

Sarah L. Aghjayan (Advisor: Kirk Erickson)

Julia Sarah Feldman (Advisor: Danny Shaw)

Aerobic Exercise and Cognition

Professor Kirk Erickson comments on a new study that demonstrates the relationship between exercise and cognitive function throughout the lifespan. See Article