Welcome to UAB’s Department of Psychology

We are one of the largest majors on campus, the home of three excellent graduate programs, and a center for cutting-edge research conducted by faculty and students working together.


UAB Department of Psychology Assistant Professor Dr. Robert Sorge and lab staffOur undergraduate program offers valuable opportunities that are difficult to find elsewhere. Students can work directly with graduate-level faculty, engage in hands-on research in our grant-funded faculty labs, and participate in service projects so they can see what it is like to work daily with people in the community. We have an excellent honors program for qualified students planning to further their education in graduate school. And we collaborate with the Department of Neurobiology in the School of Medicine to offer an undergraduate Neuroscience major.

There are three graduate programs within the department — Medical/Clinical Psychology, Lifespan Developmental Psychology, and Behavioral Neuroscience — and there are also joint program opportunities such as the PhD (Clinical Psychology)-MPH track. Our graduates work directly with faculty on cutting-edge research grants and have many opportunities for training in a variety of research and clinical clerkships. During their first year, graduate students are supported by a graduate school fellowship which provides a stipend plus waiver of tuition and fees.

Research Focused

We are nationally ranked by the National Science Foundation in terms of federal research support. The Department is home to several of UAB’s Centers, established research programs, laboratories, teaching and training sites in 48,000 square feet of facility space.

The Department has a vibrant and engaged faculty that is well-regarded on campus, and we have a long history of obtaining extramural research funding. Psychology is a highly interdisciplinary endeavor and this is reflected in the diversity of our faculty laboratories. This diversity helps us grow and establish new areas of research, giving our students and faculty the opportunity to work in a challenging and exciting environment. Our active research laboratories include:

In addition to our own research laboratories, the Department encourages and supports collaboration with various departments and centers within the university, along with participating in large initiatives and programs. This includes collaborations with Children’s Hospital, the Civitan International Research Center, and others. You can read more about this important and exciting work in this site's Research section.

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.

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Karlene K. Ball, PhD
University Professor and Chairperson