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:
- Clinical Science
- Cognition and Cognitive Neuroscience
- Developmental Science,
- Quantitative Methods.
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.
Congratulations Sohee, Geoff and Leslie!
August 26, 2016—A few of our faculty were highlighted at the 2016 Fall Faculty Assembly. Sohee Park and Geoff Woodman received a Chancelor's research award for their groundbreaking work on using tDCS for improving people with schizophrenia in error detection and control and Leslie Smith was congratulated for her 25 years of service in teaching and undergraduate education at Vanderbilt.
Congratulations, David, Jonathan and Harrison!
August 15, 2016—SMPY investigators win three awards for research excellence! Congratulations to the investigators of the Study of Mathematically Precocious Youth (SMPY), who won three 2016 Awards from the Mensa Education and Research Foundation! These awards are given for "outstanding research on intelligence, intellectual giftedness and related fields." Study Co-director David Lubinski won one for his recent Psychological science article; former student Jonathan Wai (MS'05, PhD'09) won one for his recent Intelligence article; and former post-doc Harrison Kell won one for his recent Psychological Science article. More information about these articles and their respective awards can be found here: http://www.mensafoundation.org/what-we-do/awards-and-recognition/awards-for-excellence-in-research/afe-winners1/winners-2015-2016/
August 8, 2016—Congratulations goes to Eva Sawyer for winning the J.B. Johnston Club for Evolutionary Neuroscience, Thomas Karger Thesis Award.
Eva Sawyer was a Ph.D. student in the Neuroscience program, who graduated in 2016, and carried out her research in Jon Kass' lab.
Learn more about the JBJC at this link
August 8, 2016—Colleagues, I am happy to inform you that Jennifer Trueblood has been elected as President of the Society for Mathematical Psychology. This is quite an honor for anyone in this field, let alone someone as young as Jennifer. She has been elected to a two-year term starting summer 2017. Jennifer already serves on the board of the Society.First incorporated in 1977, the Society for Mathematical Psychology promotes the advancement and communication of research in mathematical psychology and related disciplines. See more info at http://www.mathpsych.org/ Congratulations again to Jennifer!
Congratulations Darren Yeo!
July 22, 2016—Incoming Educational Neuroscience PhD student, Darren Yeo, has won a prestigious International PhD scholarship from Nanyang Technological University’s (NTU) College of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences. Jointly funded by the Ministry of Education in Singapore, the HASS predoctoral fellowship provides Singaporean students an opportunity to pursue an academic career by supporting their doctoral studies abroad. Upon completion of the PhD program, he will be appointed as a tenure-track faculty in the Division of Psychology at NTU.
Fyfe earns faculty position!
July 22, 2016—Please join us in congratulating Emily Fyfe who has recently accepted an offer to become a tenure-track faculty member at Indiana University, Bloomington. Emily earned her Ph.D. at Vanderbilt in 2015 where she worked with Bethany Rittle-Johnson. Subsequently, Emily completed an IES Postdoctoral Fellowship at University of Wisconsin, Madison in the Training Program in Mathematical Thinking, Learning, and Instruction. Congratulations, Emily!
Early Development Lab wins Bridging the Word Gap Award!
July 22, 2016—ollen Russo, Israel Flores, Gabriele Strouse and Georgene Troseth of Vanderbilt's Early Development Lab, led by Dr. Troseth, have won a Phase I Award for the Bridging the Word Gap Challenge! This Award was given by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to facilitate their development of a storybook app to model verbal interaction involving dialog and questioning. The app aims to help reduce the gap in early word exposure between low and high income children.