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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News and Events

Melissa Libertus featured in Pittwire

Congrats to Melissa Libertus, a featured researcher in Pittwire. Melissa is a faculty member in the Cognitive and Developmental Programs, with an internationally recognized program of research examining the development of math abilities and strategies for boosting math achievement. See article.

Dr. Peter Gianaros' research relates brain activity to blood pressure during stress

Dr. Gianaros' research examines the neurobiology of psychological stress, socioeconomic status, and cardiovascular disease risk. In this study, he and his colleagues sought "A Brain Phenotype for Stressor‐Evoked Blood Pressure Reactivity" Read more here (Reuters) and here (Journal of the American Heart Association article).

Clinical Psychology Graduate Studies Ranked #11!

The U.S. News and World Report rankings of Clinical Psychology Programs has been announced and Pitt is ranked #11! See article

Pittwire News

Kudos to Jess Edelstein, a Psychology alum (A&S ’11). Jess is an inventor and entrepreneur who has built a multimillion dollar company that markets PiperWai, an aluminum-free, stain-free deodorant. She credits her Psychology degree with giving her the tools and knowledge needed to run a successful business, such as understanding research methods, motivating employees, and recognizing reactions to stress. It also helps that when she puts her mind to something, she makes it happen out of pure enthusiasm, passion, and stubbornness! See Article