A Luben and S Gardner at conference 2017

Psychology Research

We provide consistent personalized support while challenging students to tackle ambitious academic challenges. The result? Our students’ research success has been exceptional, as noted recently by external reviewers.


Our majors help to design and carry out a research project under faculty supervision and students present and publish papers with their faculty advisers. Not just in the senior year but every year!

Studies focus on such subjects as self expansion, relationship enhancement, the effects of mothers’ careers on their children, the origins of memory, neuropsychological and cognitive consequences of concussion, adolescent health challenges, preventing depression, and strengths of those on the autistic spectrum. Presentations are made at the following conferences and meetings:

  • American Psychological Association Annual Meeting
  • Eastern Psychological Association Annual Meeting
  • Association for Psychological Sciences Meeting
  • Society for Research in Child Development
  • Regional psychology conferences

Many research opportunities exist for students in the Psychology Department. Students can choose to perform research off-campus or in the laboratories of the Psychology Department faculty. Members of the faculty in the Psychology department maintain active research laboratories and are committed to involving undergraduates in their work. Research can be carried out for 1 credit (3 hours/week) or 4 credits (12 hours/week). The department also offers Honors Research opportunities.

There are opportunities to perform research during the summer as a Summer Fellow, HHMI Fellow, or NIH Fellow (all are paid fellowships with on-campus housing). There are also opportunities to present your work at regional, national, and local conferences.

Students interested in research should contact the relevant professor. 

Research Spotlight
Dr. Catherine Chambliss Explains her notable research on depression and its interpersonal correlates.