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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 


The Herschel W. and Eileen Wirtshafter Leibowitz Lecture

Monday, September 29, 2014
7:30 p.m.
Ballroom C, Nittany Lion Inn

Aletha C. Huston, Ph.D.
Priscilla Pond Flawn Regents Professor Emerita of Child Development
University of Texas at Austin

Click here for abstract

Upcoming Child Sudy Center Events

Wednesday, October 15, 2014
4:15 p.m., Nittany Lion Inn, Boardroom
2014-2015 Child Study Center's Lois Bloom Lecture

Dr. BJ Casey

Director of Sackler Institute for Developmental Psychobiology
Professor of Developmental Psychobiology
Sackler Institute for Developmental Psychobiology
Weill Medical College of Cornell University


Wednesday, October 22, 2014
4:15 p.m., Nittany Lion Inn, Alumni Lounge

Dr. Philip A. Fisher

Professor of Psychology
University of Oregon


Thursday, October 23, 2014
4:00 p.m., The Bennett Pierce Living Center, 110 Henderson Building

Dr. Philip A. Fisher

Professor of Psychology
University of Oregon



Details on these events can be found here:



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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