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Psychological Sciences




  Psychological Sciences at Vanderbilt represents a diverse group of scholars in the Department of Psychology in the College Arts and Science, the Department of Psychology and Human Development in Peabody College, and faculty in allied disciplines across the university. Psychological Sciences combines breadth across the traditional domains of academic psychology with depth in specific programs of inquiry likely to contribute to solutions of major scientific, social, and psychological problems.

The graduate program in Psychological Sciences focuses on psychological theory and the development of original empirical research. Students are admitted to work toward the Ph.D. degree in the following areas:

Many of our faculty also participate in an Interdisciplinary Neuroscience Graduate Program at Vanderbilt.

The Department of Psychology and Human Development in Peabody College offer undergraduate majors in Child Development, Cognitive Studies, and Child Studies, as well as a Master of Education program in Child Studies. The Department of Psychology in the Colleges of Art and Science offers an undergraduate major in Psychology.


Recent News

  • Congratulations Laura Hieber!

    April 13, 2015—Laura has been awarded the 2015-2016 Curb Center Public Scholars Grant. She gets a research grant of $2000, a shared office at the Curb Center and affiliation with the Curb Center for Arts, Enterprise, and Public Policy. Also they will support her stage her presentation logistically and financially. The grant is designed to support and mentor students as they work on projects that feature innovative approaches to real-world problems.
  • Daniel Miller wins a 2015 Summer Research Award

    April 2, 2015—Congratulations to Daniel Miller for winning a 2015 Summer Research Award from the College of Arts and Science. These competitive awards are designed to help graduate students with outstanding potential to accelerate progress on their research; Summer Research Awards support endeavors that require funds in addition to the stipend, including research for the doctoral thesis, research for other advanced projects, or scholarly activities that significantly advance professional development. Congrats Daniel!
  • Congratulations Alex!

    April 2, 2015—Dr. Alex Maier has been awarded a Knights Templar Eye Foundation Career Starter Grant. Congratulations to Alex for this richly deserved award!
  • Congratulations to NSF Graduate Fellowship Recipients and Honorable Mentions

    March 31, 2015—Congratulations to the graduate students in Psychological Science who received NSF Graduate Fellowships or were recognized by NSF with Honorable Mention! NSF Fellowships recipients: Israel Flores, Mason Garrison, Sofia Jimenez; NSF Honorable Mention: Megan Ichinose, Dakota Lindsey, Mackenzie Sunday.
  • Congratulations Bunmi!

    March 31, 2015—Bunmi Olatunji was one of fifteen VU faculty to be selected as a Chancellor Faculty Fellow, in recognition of his distinguished accomplishments in research/scholarship
  • David Lubinski's research makes The Boston Globe's Top Ten articles of 2014!

    January 19, 2015—Coverage of David Lubinski, Camilla Benbow, and Harrison Kell's research on the Study of Mathematically Precocious Youth has gone viral! Study results from 2013 were featured in The Boston Globe and this article received so many online hits it landed in third place on the The Boston Globe's Top 10 List of "Idea Pieces" for 2014! The Top 10 list can be viewed here. Subsequently, Lubinski, Benbow, and Kell's 2014 Psychological Science article was featured in The Huffington Post. Congratulations!
  • Congratulations Bunmi!

    January 8, 2015—Bunmi Olatunji has been selected as one of the recipients of the 2015 American Psychological Association (APA) Distinguished Scientific Award for Early Career Contribution to Psychology in the area of applied research. This is a highly competitive award that highlights the important contributions that Bunmi has already made to the field.