The psychology department applies the scientific empirical method to study behavior and mental life. There are several opportunities for students to conduct collaborative research with faculty members in the department during both the summer and the academic year.
Faculty members' research interests include psychopathology, evolutionary psychology, infant emotional development, auditory perception, emotion in the workplace, the effects of alcohol on students, and behavioral neuroscience. Many of our faculty members regularly publish scientific papers with students as coauthors.
In addition to research opportunities within the department, students engage in off-campus internships and research opportunities. Recently, students have conducted research at a variety of nationally renowned labs including labs at the University of Louisville, the University of Minnesota, and DePaul University. There are also opportunities for field experience in local public service agencies. Students are also encouraged to arrange at least one Winter Term in a professional setting.