Message From The Department Head

Welcome! The Psychology Department at Utah State University strives to make the world a better place through our research, teaching, and service activities.

We are known for our research.

We have four faculty members who have been recognized with Utah State University's D. Wynne Thorne Career Research Award: Melanie Domenech Rodriguez (2022), Greg Madden (2020), JoAnn Tschanz (2017), and Karl White (1995). We also have been recognized as the Emma Eccles Jones College of Education & Human Services Researcher of the Year seven times and the university-wide Research of the year X terms. And we've been the awardee of thecollege's Doctoral Student Researcher of the year in five of the past six years. In 2021, our community produced 165 journal articles, books, or book chapters (up 20% over last year), submitted more than $14M in proposals so far in this fiscal year, and were awarded $2.6M in funding.

We are known for our teaching.

We've been honored as the Emma Eccles Jones College of Education and Human Services Faculty Undergraduate Research Mentor of the Year four times, twice as the teacher of the year. Our graduate students have been named the EEJCEHS Graduate Student Teacher of the Year three times. Our advising team has won multiple Advisor of the Year awards.Our online bachelor’s degree program has climbed the rankings as high as 8th nationally by World News and Report.We teach around 10,000 undergraduates every year (about 3,000 in General Psychology alone). The psychology department is home to around 800 undergraduate majors and 300 students pursuing an undergraduate minor.Our seven graduate programs and specializations are home to 80 doctoral students and 200 master's students pursuing experts in Behavior Analysis, Combined Clinical/Counseling, School Psychology, Neuroscience, Brain & Cognition, and Professional School Counseling.

We are known for our service.

We have served in leadership roles in our profession: as president of the Society for the Experimental Analysis of Behavior, the American Board of Counseling Psychology, Psi Chi, the International Honor Society in Psychology, the National Latinx Psychological Association, and the International Society for Research on Identity. In the past five years, we have served as editors for the Journal of Contextual Behavioral Science, Family Process, Journal of the Experimental Analysis of Behavior, Assessment for Effective Intervention, and Identity: An International Journal of Theory and Research.A group of our graduate students helped lift off USU's Graduate Students of Color Association and won a Robins' Award for their effort.

We are known for giving back.

The department awards around $35,000 in student scholarships annually.


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