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A Word From the Department Head

Melvin Mark

Welcome to the website of Penn State’s Department of Psychology. I invite you to explore the site and learn more about the Department’s people and programs, as well as about the exciting research, teaching, and outreach being done here. 

Psychology is one of the largest departments at Penn State’s University Park campus.  We have 50 tenure-track faculty, including one new to Penn State for Fall 2015, three clinical professors who direct our Psychological Clinic, more than 20 lecturers, and more than 150 graduate students. Our more than 1200 undergraduate majors can earn either a BA or a BS degree, the latter with several options. The Department admits Ph.D. students in the areas of Clinical (Adult and Child), Cognitive, Developmental, Industrial/Organizational, and Social Psychology. The Department’s APA award-winning Specialization in Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience (SCAN) is open to graduate students in all areas, as are dual Ph.D. programs with Women’s Studies and with Language Science.

Members of the Department conduct a great deal of exciting research, much of which is described elsewhere on this website. Our graduate students are productive scholars, with impressive accomplishments and awards.  For example, 14 graduate students have received prestigious National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowships over the last three years.  Undergraduate involvement in research is common, with more than 380 undergraduate students registering each semester to work on research projects for credit. Increasingly, Centers and less formal networks serve as the location for research and training. Centers affiliated with the Department include the Child Study Center and the Center for Language Sciences.

As it has been since 1969, the Department of Psychology is located in the Moore Building.  Following a major addition and renovation project, however, since Fall 2013 we are in what to all appearances is a new building.  As I write this message, we have just launched this revised website.  I hope it is as successful as the “new” Moore Building. 

Please feel free to be in touch with questions or comments.  The contact page provides mail and e-mail addresses if you would like to write us.

Thank you for your interest in Penn State’s Department of Psychology.

 Melvin Mark, Ph. D.
Professor and Head Department of Psychology

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140 Moore Building 
The Pennsylvania State University 
University Park, PA 16802

Phone: 814-865-9514
FAX: 814-865-9516

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