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Spotlight: Working Mothers in S. Korea, Israel and the US

The competing demands of job and family can both inhibit and enrich the lives of working mothers. Dr. Karen O'Brien and her colleagues have received a grant to study the lives of working mothers in South Korea, Israel and the United States Learn more . . .

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Spotlight: Improving Our Cognitive Abilities

Recent research has shown that the structure and function of neural tissue in the brain changes as the result of experience in both children and adults. Dr. Michael Dougherty has received a grant from the Office of Naval Research to explore how these changes can serve as the basis for improvement in cognitive abilities such as reasoning and language comprehension. Learn more . . .

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Spotlight: Choosing Means that Contribute to Several Goals

How do means that contribute to achieving several goals affect our decisions about the means we choose to achieve a single goal? Dr. Arie Kruglanski has received a grant from the National Science Foundation to study this question. Learn more . . .

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Spotlight: Negative Symptoms of Schizophrenia

An NIMH-sponsored conference identified the development of an assessment tool designed for the diagnosis and treatment of the negative symptoms of schizophrenia as the number one research priority in this field. Dr. Jack Blanchard has received a grant from NIMH to develop this needed diagnostic tool. Learn more . . .

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Spotlight: Prenatal Drug Exposure and Brain Development

Prenatal drug exposure may have important long-term consequences for the future lives of unborn children. Tracy Riggins has received a grant to use fMRI studies to examine whether prenatal exposure to addictive drugs affects the development of the neural pathways in the brain that are associated with engaging in risky behavior. Learn more . . .

Welcome to the Department of Psychology


Psychology is a remarkably broad field that studies mind and behavior at all levels of analysis ranging from the micro to the macro; from single cells to complex systems; from individuals to groups and cultures; and from invertebrates to humans. Our department is committed to research, teaching/mentorship, and service. We have over 1,000 undergraduate majors and enroll approximately 100 graduate students in our Ph.D. programs. Graduate students have an unusually high success rate in securing external funding, and we have an excellent track record for placing them following their Ph.D.s. Much of the research within the department is funded by extramural sources and is published in highly visible outlets. Over 60% of the faculty members are fellows in their scientific societies, almost half have received an external career award, and a third have held Editor or Associate Editor positions.

Our department is organized into five Ph.D. program areas:

  • Clinical
  • Cognitive and Neural Systems (CNS)
  • Counseling
  • Developmental
  • Social, Decision, and Organizational Science (SDOS)

Cutting across these areas and knitting them together are three research themes:

  • Brain, Mind, and Behavior
  • Mental Health
  • Social, Group, and Cultural Processes

Please browse through our site to learn more about our department.

Department News

Alex Schackman Publishes Paper

April 16, 2014

Evolutionarily-conserved prefrontal-amygdalar dysfunction in early-life anxiety A new fMRI paper ...

Jasmine Wheeler wins NSF Fellowship

April 3, 2014

Please join us in congratulating Jasmine who has received a 2014 National Science Foundation (NSF)...

Andrew Ninnemann receives NSF Fellowship

April 3, 2014

Please join us in congratulating Andrew who has received a 2014 National Science Foundation (NSF)...

Victoria Smith wins Graduate Dissertation Fellowship

March 31, 2014

Congratulations to Victoria Smith for being awarded a Graduate Dean’s Dissertation Fellowship for...

Julie McCarthy wins NRSA

March 31, 2014

Congratulations to Julie McCarthy for having her National Research Service Award (NRSA) funded by N...

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Event Calendar

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CogSci Colloquium

Dr. ELizabeth Kensinger, Department of Psychology, Boston College

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CogSci Colloquium

Dr. Aniruddh Patel, Department of Psychology, Tufts University

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New Findings


Behavioral activation therapy helps mildly depressed people quit smoking. Learn More . . . .

Dr. Gelso studies the complex relationships between therapists and clients. Learn More . . . .

A massive study carried out by Dr. Michele Gelfand and colleagues examines nations around the world in terms of whether they are tight or loose. Learn More . . . .

Dr. Jens Herberholz discovers that crayfish integrate information from different sources in the environment in previously unexpected ways. Learn more . . .

A study carried out by Dr. Andrea Chronis-Tuscano provides new evidence of an association between childhood diagnoses of ADHD and depression and suicide among teenagers. Learn more . . .

Research carried out by Dr, Michele Gelfand and her colleague Dr. Hannah Riley Bowles indicates that bias in workplace evaluations can be affected by both the perceived status of the employee and the person making the evaluation. Learn more . . .

A theory of judgment that unifies the processes underlying deliberative and intuitive judgements is presented by Dr. Arie Kruglanski and his colleague Dr. Gerd Gigerenzer. Learn more . . .

Department of Psychology
University of Maryland

1147 Biology/Psychology Building
College Park, MD 20742