The Psychology Department at Temple University has a threefold mission:
- To answer questions on the cutting edge of psychology research
- To provide training to undergraduate and graduate students in the broad fields of psychology
- To provide individuals and the community with psychological services based on current best practices in psychology.
This mission is accomplished by having top-quality scientists and excellent teachers on our faculty. We also employ specialized psychologists practicing in the Philadelphia region as adjuncts to provide additional educational opportunities for our students.
- Tenured Psychology Faculty Members are award-winning and highly productive. Our senior faculty members are experienced leaders in the field with prestigious credentials and significant accomplishments. Recently hired faculty members and adjunct teaching staff bring excitement and promise for the future.
- Temple’s Psychology Department has been ranked in the top 10 in the nation in faculty research expertise by Academic Analytics. Of the 236 programs rated in the 2005 National Research Council rankings (released in 2010), Temple Psychology was ranked number 43/236– the 82nd percentile. In 2012, the U.S. News and World Report, basing its rankings on reputation, showed Temple Psychology to be ranked number 52 out of 246 schools; and in the area of Clinical Psychology, Temple Psychology was ranked number 25.
- Teaching more than 1400 undergraduate majors and 100 graduate students each year, psychology faculty members inspire tomorrow’s researchers and practitioners to take the next steps to understand how people think, feel, and develop.
- Opportunities abound for undergraduate and graduate students to be part of faculty research projects or to conduct independent study under faculty supervision.
- Psychology faculty research addresses important topics that have significant implications for practice and policy.
Our undergraduate program offers a broad introduction to empirical research and empirically supported theories in contemporary psychology with an emphasis on getting students involved in faculty research and community-based internships. Students can declare a minor in Cognitive Neuroscience. There is a separate major or minor for students interested in Neuroscience. Students can also double major in both Psychology and Neuroscience.
Doctoral training is provided by Ph.D. programs in the Areas of Brain and Cognitive Science, Clinical Psychology, Developmental Psychology, and Social Psychology. The Clinical Psychology Program is accredited by the American Psychological Association (APA). Students are accepted into one of these four specific program Areas. Prospective graduate student’s applications are reviewed by all the faculty members of the program area as well as by their prospective faculty mentors. Graduate students not only get an apprentice style education in a particular faculty member’s laboratory, but they are also trained within an area specialization and take courses in the department at large. Because students are accepted into a program area specialization rather than a faculty laboratory, students are free to move between faculty laboratories within program areas. Interested graduate students are eligible to complete a program certification in Neuroscience.