Welcome to UAB’s Department of Psychology

Sylvie Mrug, Interim Deptment ChairSylvie Mrug, Ph.D.
Professor and Interim Chair
Welcome to the UAB Department of Psychology! We are one of the largest undergraduate majors on campus, the home of three excellent graduate programs, and a center for cutting-edge research conducted by faculty and students working together. Let me introduce you:

We are Student-Centered

The Psychology Undergraduate Program offers valuable opportunities that are difficult to find elsewhere. Students can work directly with faculty, engage in hands-on research in our faculty laboratories, and participate in service projects in the community. Many of our courses are available online to offer more flexibility, and we also offer a fully online degree in psychology. We have an excellent Honors Program for qualified students who are interested in continuing their education in graduate school. The Undergraduate Neuroscience Program is an interdisciplinary program between the Department of Neurobiology in the School of Medicine and our department.

There are three graduate programs within the department — Medical/Clinical PsychologyLifespan Developmental Psychology, and Behavioral Neuroscience — and there are also joint program opportunities such as the Ph.D. (Clinical Psychology)-Master of Public Health track. Our graduate students work directly with faculty on cutting-edge research and have many opportunities for training in a variety of research, teaching, and clinical assistantships.

We are Research Focused

Our department has a long history of being nationally ranked by the National Science Foundation in federally funded Research & Development expenditures, and is home to several of UAB’s research centers, established research programs, laboratories, teaching and training sites, occupying over 40,000 square feet of facility space across UAB’s campus. You can learn more about the department’s important and exciting research efforts here: Faculty and Student Research.

We are Collaborative

Psychology is a highly interdisciplinary endeavor and this is reflected in the diversity of our faculty laboratories’ collaborations with a large number of departments and entities across campus, including the UAB School of Medicine, School of Public Health, Children’s Hospital, and the Civitan International Research Center. In this environment, students are given a wide diversity of intellectual perspectives, spanning from basic science to social science, which will provide them with a solid and broad foundation from which to build their career.

Ready to Learn More?

The Department of Psychology is positioned at the forefront of institutions that can advance discoveries along the full continuum of translational science — from laboratories to clinics to public health and policy arenas. We invite you to explore this website to learn what we can do for you!

Our active research laboratories include: