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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 Geoff Woodman!

    January 27, 2016—Geoff Woodman has won the 2016 Troland Award given annually by the National Academy of Sciences.http://www.nasonline.org/programs/awards/2016-nas-awards.htmlThis is the most prestigious award a young experimental psychologist can receive in our field, and when you scan the list of previous winners of the Troland award you’ll appreciate what an honor this represents. Geoff’s name adds further luster to this roster of stars. Congratulations, Geoff, on receiving this well-deserved recognition for your outstanding research accomplishments!!!
  • Congratulations Wenxi Xiao!

    January 13, 2016—Please join the Department of Psychology in congratulating Wenxi Xiao as one of the Undergraduate Research Fair winners this year. She will receive a $50 check for her presentation. Wenxi Xiao ’16 - Psychology (Honors) Noninvasive Brain Stimulation Improves Visual Hyperacuity in Humans Advisor: Geoffrey Woodman, Psychology
  • Association for Psychological Science 2015 Rising Stars: Vandy Psychology Scores Big!!

    January 4, 2016—Psychological Sciences at Vanderbilt has three current faculty members - Joe Franklin, Sonya Sterba and Jennifer Trueblood - and one former graduate student - Josh Bucholtz - honored as Rising Stars by the Association for Psychological Science. The Rising Star designation recognizes outstanding psychological scientists in the earliest stages of their research career post-PhD whose innovative work has already advanced the field and signals great potential for their continued contributions. 2015 winners were announced this week.
  • Congratulations Doug!

    December 10, 2015—Doug Godwin won this year’s Outstanding Graduate Teaching Assistant Award given annually by the College of Arts and Science for "for exceptionally effective classroom and/or laboratory instruction, as determined by students he has worked with and a panel of seniors in Phi Beta Kappa.” Only one other Psychology graduate student has received this honor in the history of the award, the other being Bjorn Rump in 2004. Congratulations Doug!
  • Congratulations Rob Reinhart!

    November 23, 2015—Rob has been selected to receive an American Psychological Foundation 2015 COGDOP Graduate Research Scholarship. As a recipient of this scholarship, he will receive $1,000. The Foundation will also publish notification of his award in the APA Monitor on Psychology and in its newsletter, Psychology Giving. The Foundation provides financial support for innovative research and programs that enhance the power of psychology to elevate the human condition and advance human potential both now and in generations to come.
  • Congratulations Sun-Joo!

    November 4, 2015—Sun-Joo Cho, will be receiving the 2016 Bradley Hanson Award for Contributions to Educational Measurement from the National Council on Measurement in Education! Below is some information about the award. What a wonderful honor to be recognized in this way! Congratulations, Sun-Joo! The Bradley Hanson Award has been established to honor Bradley Hanson's contributions to the field of educational measurement and to further advance the goals embodied in his work. Applicants must describe a recently completed research project or propose a new research project that promises to make a substantive contribution to the field of educational measurement or the development, instruction or mentoring of new professionals in the field. A typical time frame for the expected completion of a proposed project is one to two years. Please see the list of previous recipients and their projects for more information. The recipient will be awarded $1,250 and a commemorative plaque from NCME, which will be presented to the recipient at the NCME Annual Meeting.
  • Congratulations Sonya Sterba!

    October 21, 2015—Sonya K. Sterba is named the 2015 recipient of the Cattell Early Career Research Award: The Cattell Early Career Research Award is named for Raymond B. Cattell, a founder of SMEP. This award is an early-career award given annually by the Society to a young researcher who has made outstanding contributions to multivariate experimental psychology and who shows promise of continued work of a very high quality. The recipient need not be a member of SMEP. Criteria for the award are as follows: (1) outstanding contribution to multivariate experimental psychology; (2) age 40 or younger, or 10 years or less post-Ph.D.; (3) a minimum of one publication in a refereed journal. Nominations are solicited annually from members of the Society, and members then vote among the nominees to select a winner. The winner of the Cattell Early Career Research Award is invited to the annual SMEP meeting to present an address and is also given an honorarium. https://smep.org/awards/cattell

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