Our Mission

The social psychology program enjoys an atmosphere that fosters cooperation, creativity, and discovery.

Social area faculty
Top row: Dr. Cook, Dr. Matsick, Dr. Swim Middle row: Dr. Vescio, Dr. Laurent, Dr. Adams Bottom row: Dr. Gasper, Dr. Cameron, Dr. Mark

Our Program....

Advances basic research in a socially conscious manner

We value and share a commitment to connecting social research to real world concerns and issues.

Promotes cross-disciplinary collaboration

We have links with faculty in other departments and colleges across the university. Our shared interests are evident in our weekly seminar series and collaborative projects. Our students also have the opportunity to participate in the department’s Specialization in Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience (SCAN), or the dual-title degree in Women’s Studies and Psychology.

Emphasizes excellence in both traditional and innovative research methods

We share expertise in advanced quantitative methods ranging from multilevel and structural equation modeling to longitudinal analysis and psychophysiological data. We value and use qualitative research techniques that center on the research participants’ experience and point of view. Our students have the opportunity to complete a minor or dual-title degree in Social Data Analytics (SoDA).

We are proud of our graduate training program and the people who make it so successful.  If you are interested in obtaining a degree in social psychology from The Pennsylvania State University, please contact us.