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The Department of Psychology at the University of Illinois Chicago is a nationally recognized academic department for excellence in research and teaching. The central goal of the undergraduate and graduate training experience is to provide a contemporary, comprehensive and challenging exploration in understanding the complete human being. To that end, the Department of Psychology offers degrees oriented to understanding the complete human being across different levels of analysis that span:

Brain and Mind - Cognitive and affective processes
Person - Individual emotional and attitudinal patterns
Group and Community - How members relate to each other and how individual group experience is impacted by cultural and community context

UIC Psychology at a glance Heading link

  • 27 Tenure-Track Faculty

  • 6 Clinical Track Faculty

  • 9 Lecturers

  • 1 Researcher

  • 12 new 2023 first-year PhD Students

  • 10 Post-Baccalaureate Fellows

Faculty Overview Heading link

Our faculty are nationally and internationally recognized for their cutting-edge research.

  • Our interdisciplinary approach results in active collaborations with faculty in all other UIC colleges, particularly in the Colleges of Education, Engineering, and Medicine.
  • Psychology faculty are actively involved in or direct Inter-College Programs such as the Center for Clinical and Translational Science, Council on Teacher Education, Institute for Health and Research Policy and Graduate Program in Neuroscience.
  • Psychology faculty are further committed teachers and mentors leading to the largest number of teaching awards of any department in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, including Department Teaching Award of Excellence, as well as several Teaching Recognition Program, Award for Excellence in Teaching, and Silver Circle awardees. In addition, our graduate teaching assistants have received numerous teaching and mentorship awards.

Programs of Study Heading link

  • Our undergraduate Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology provides a broad and comprehensive examination of human behavior that culminates in taking advanced laboratory courses in one of several Psychology subdisciplines (Behavioral Neuroscience, Clinical, Cognitive, Cognitive Neuroscience, Community, Developmental, Learning Conditioning, Mammalian Neuroanatomy, Social Personality).
  • Our undergraduate Bachelor of Arts degree in Applied Psychology offers courses in psychological testing, as well as, applied courses in interviewing and interventions. The focus is on direct skill building for fieldwork in addition to theoretical knowledge. This track culminates is a fieldwork practicum in one out of over 200 intern sites in the Chicagoland area.
  • Psychology also contributes to a Bachelor of Science degree in Neuroscience. The curriculum is made up of principally from Psychology, Biological Sciences, and Philosophy with the degree program administered by the Laboratory of Integrative Neuroscience.
  • Our graduate PhD program in Psychology provides specialized training in one of four areas: Brain and Cognitive Sciences, Clinical, Community and Prevention Research, and Social and Personality. View Student Admissions, Outcomes, and Other Data for our Clinical program.  Our graduate program also offers minors in Diversity Science and Statistical Methods and Measurement. Because faculty research is multidisciplinary, graduate training crosses traditional with exposure to multiple methods and levels of analysis. Psychology faculty also contribute to the interdisciplinary graduate programs in Learning Sciences and Neuroscience.

Campus Heading link

The UIC campus is located just west of the Chicago downtown area. Being located in an international city, UIC prides itself in welcoming students from every ethnic and racial group, religion, gender, sexual orientation, physical condition, and age. UIC and the Department of Psychology supports a wide variety of events, programs and support groups celebrating and furthering diversity for everyone.

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