Reception honoring Department graduates and their families. Will begin at end of graduation ceremonies
Welcome from the Chair
This is an exciting time for the field of Psychology as new methods and technologies are applied to understand the complexities of human behavior. Contemporary research integrates multiple levels of analysis (from cells to behavior to society) to fully understand psychological phenomenon. To be able to conduct such research psychology has increasingly become a collaborative enterprise requiring the integration of research across multiple disciplines. The Department of Psychology at the University of Maryland embraces this multidisciplinary collaborative approach as reflected in our research and training.
Our faculty and students conduct cutting-edge basic and applied research (much of it funded by the National Institutes of Health, the National Science Foundation, and the Department of Defense) relevant to mental and physical health, education, business and economics, national security and defense, cross-cultural understanding, and other issues of our time. The Psychology Department benefits from a range of resources and facilities to support such research including the Maryland Neuroimaging Center, the Behavioral and Brain Science Laboratory, Social and Cultural Psychology Labs, Psychology Clinic, and the Center for Addictions, Personality and Emotion Research.
Much of the research in the Department of Psychology involves rewarding collaborations among our own faculty as well as collaborations with other departments on the College Park campus. A consequence of our unique location just outside of Washington DC and within a short drive from Baltimore is that we have also established highly productive collaborations with researchers at local institutions including the National Institutes of Health, Children’s National Medical Center, the University of Maryland School of Medicine, and the VA Capitol Health Care Network Mental Illness Research Education Clinical Center. These collaborations create a dynamic and collegial environment that provides rich and unique research opportunities for both faculty and students.
Our graduate students receive outstanding training for a variety of professional careers in academic, clinical, research, or applied settings. We have approximately 80 students in our Ph.D. programs in Clinical Psychology; Cognitive and Neural Systems; Counseling Psychology; Developmental Psychology; and Social, Decision and Organizational Systems. Additionally, many of our faculty members mentor students in the cross-campus Neuroscience and Cognitive Science Ph.D. Program. Our graduate students are an exceptional group of talented individuals who publish in leading academic journals, present at national and international research conferences, and a significant number are supported by research grants as well as institutional and individual training grant awards from NIH and NSF.
We have a challenging undergraduate major, with an honors track for highly qualified students. We have over 1,100 majors and Psychology is now the largest major within the College of Behavioral and Social Sciences. Despite the size of the major, many of our undergraduates benefit from mentored research experiences with our faculty. In recognition of our achievements in undergraduate education, the Psychology Department was recently awarded the Departmental Award for Excellence and Innovation in Undergraduate Teaching for 2011-2012, by the CTE-Lilly Teaching Fellows, the Center for Teaching Excellence, and the Office of Undergraduate Studies at the University of Maryland.
The Department of Psychology at Maryland is a terrific place to study and work not just because of the interdisciplinary scientific and intellectual activity here, but because the University provides a stimulating atmosphere with its wonderfully diverse student body, faculty, and staff, and its rich cultural offerings. The museums, monuments, restaurants, and cultural and ethnic diversity of Washington D.C. all combine to make this a great place to live. In addition, Baltimore, the Chesapeake Bay and coastal areas, the mountains of Virginia and West Virginia, national wildlife refuges, and areas rich in our country’s history are all short drives away.
Feel free to contact us regarding working or studying in our department or about ways that you might contribute financially to our mission.
Jack J. Blanchard
Professor and Chair