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Welcome to the Department of Psychology

The Department of Psychology at Penn State's University Park campus is part of the College of the Liberal Arts. The Department includes more than 60 full-time faculty members and more than 150 graduate students. Facilities include the Psychological Clinic, the Child Study Center, and numerous research laboratories. We conduct research and offer courses in many areas of psychology. This web site provides an overview of the University Park Department of Psychology, our people, and our programs. Psychology courses and programs are also offered at other Penn State campuses; here is a list of links to Psychology throughout the Penn State system.

Positions Available in Psychology

The Department of Psychology is searching for several full-time faculty:

Child Maltreatment Cluster Hire, 2 open-rank Psychology positions
(, Job Number 51939)

Psychologist to participate in Psychology-Women's Studies dual-degree grad program (, Job Number 52132)

Psychologist with expertise in advanced quantitative methods (, Job Number 53563)

Psychologist within the broad area of research on social disparities and inequalities
(, Job Number 53609)

Full-time lecturers, various specializations
(, Job Number 53800)

Part-time lecturers, various specializations
(, Job Number 53801)





New Faculty Publication

Dr. David Rosenbaum, a Distinguished Professor of Psychology, award-winning researcher and teacher at the Pennsylvania State University, discusses his teaching of cognitive psychology in the book entitled “It's a Jungle in There: How Competition and Cooperation in the Brain Shape the Mind”

Faculty Research Featured by APA

Dr. Koraly Perez-Edgar's research on the development of social anxiety disorder was recently featured on the APA website.

Faculty Research Featured by APS

Research by Dr. David Rosenbaum and his students Lanyun Gong and Cory Adam Potts on "precrastination" was featured on the APS web site.

Faculty recognized at Liberal Arts Awards Luncheon

Several Psychology faculty were recognized at the 2014 Liberal Arts Awards Luncheon:

- Dr. William Ray, Professor of Psychology, retired after 41 years of service to the University.

- Dr. José Soto, Associate Professor of Psychology,  received the 2014 Dr. James Robinson Equal Opportunity Award

- Dr. Dawn Witherspoon, Assistant Professor of Psychology, received the 2014  Roy C. Buck Award 


Thursday, December 11, 2014
4:15 p.m., 127 Moore Building

Dr. Tracy Dennis

Professor of Psychology
Hunter College and the Graduate Center of The City University of New York
"Mental Health on the Go: Biobehavioral Effects of Computerized and Mobile Attention Bias Modification for Anxiety"


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Department Head

Dr. Melvin Mark

Associate Head

Dr. Richard Carlson

Director of Graduate Training

Dr. Kristin Buss

Director of Clinical Training

Dr. Peter Arnett