Giving to the Department of Psychology

Give Now: the Campaign for UAB Department of Psychology General Fund.The Department of Psychology and UAB's College of Arts and Sciences could not do what we do without your support. Traditional revenues such as tuition, fees, federal grants, and state funds provide for daily work, but they often vary with the level of state revenues and enrollments. Gifts from you create a secure, concrete foundation for our future success. They benefit not only students and faculty but also the community as a whole.

There are several ways you can give to the Department:

The Department/General Funds

  • The Department of Psychology General Fund: Your gift to the Department of Psychology General Fund provides the department with flexibility to support key priorities of the department. Your support allows us to continue to provide outstanding academic programs and world-class research. 
  • The Neuroscience Program Gift Account: Funds will be used to support the Undergraduate Neuroscience Program, an innovative, interdisciplinary program that offers a broad perspective of the field of Neuroscience in coursework as well as research in cellular and molecular systems and cognitive and behavioral neuroscience.
  • The UAB Psychology Alumni Chapter: A gift to the Psychology Alumni Chapter supports the alumni efforts of the department. Our chapter hosts networking receptions and activities for engagement throughout the year. With your support, we can continue to develop and execute a variety of innovative initiatives to support the department, its faculty, and students.

Student Scholarships & Awards

  • The Dr. Jesse B. Milby Endowed Support Fund in Psychology: The Dr. Jesse B. Milby Endowed Support Fund in Psychology honors longtime faculty member and Professor Emeritus Dr. Jesse B. Milby. This fund is used to provide support to Medical Psychology Doctoral students who have declared an interest in working with minority and other underserved populations. The ongoing contributions of this endowment will enhance and support the mission and the goals of UAB’s Department of Psychology and students pursuing careers in the specialty of psychology, carrying on Dr. Milby’s tradition of excellence.
  • The Passey Psychology Prize Endowment: The Passey Psychology Prize is in honor of former UAB School of Social and Behavioral Sciences Dean and Distinguished Service Professor, Dr. George Edward Passey. The prize is awarded annually to the top students that have shown the highest level of accomplishment in terms of grades and participation in opportunities offered by the department, especially research.
  • The John Ost Undergraduate Research Fund: The John Ost Undergraduate Research Fund is named in honor of Dr. John Ost, former Chair of the UAB Psychology Department. This fund recognizes our talented psychology undergraduate students by providing a financial award to the John Ost Undergraduate Research Competition.

Faculty Research

  • The Advancement of Brain Fitness Gift Account: The focus of the Advancement of Brain Fitness Program is to maximize cognitive abilities in all ages and to minimize the impact of age-related cognitive decline through proven interventions including exercise, brain training, and lifestyle changes.
  • The Autism Brain Research Fund: The Autism Brain Research Fund supports the Cognition, Brain, and Autism Laboratory, which is dedicated to investigating the brain mechanisms underlying social, cognitive, and affective processes in typical and atypical development. We are currently working on finding better ways to coordinate the diagnosis, research and treatment of autism. The laboratory is directed by Rajesh Kana, Ph.D.
  • The Constraint-Induced Therapy Laboratory: Gifts contributed to the Constraint-Induced Therapy Laboratory are used to support research by the UAB Constraint-Induced Therapy Research Group (CITRG) on therapies that harness the nervous system’s capacity to heal itself and restore movement and speech in adults and children with disabling conditions. The CITRG is directed by Edward Taub, Ph.D., and Gitendra Uswatte, Ph.D. who are dedicated to researching constraint-induced therapy and to finding innovative approaches to treat individuals who have experienced an injury or illness.
  • The Neuroinflammation, Pain, & Fatigue Laboratory: Donated funds support the laboratory of Dr. Jarred Younger, who uses neuroimaging, pharmaceutical, and immunological techniques to better understand how inflammation affects our bodies with the goal of ending chronic pain and fatigue for millions of people across the world.
  • Posttraumatic Stress Research Fund: Donated funds will support neuroimaging research, directed by Dr. David C. Knight, focused on better understanding healthy, as well as dysfunctional, emotion processes. Disruption of these processes plays an important role in the emotional dysfunction associated with mood and anxiety disorders. These studies will offer unique insight into the development of emotion-related disorders (e.g., PTSD).
  • Psychology Pain Collective Gift Fund: Your gift will be used to support new and innovative pain research studies and treatments. Your gift will allow us to continue to collaborate in developing state-of-the art research techniques and exploring new treatments for pain.
  • The Rodriguez Following First Families (Triple-F) Study: Donated funds support a longitudinal study examining parenting in first-time families to better understand what results in optimal versus at-risk parenting across time, with the ultimate goal of preventing physical abuse of children.
  • The UAB TRIP Driving Simulator Laboratory: Your gift to the UAB Translational Research for Injury Prevention (TRIP) Driving Simulator Laboratory will be used to help the nation achieve a significant reduction in the rate of transportation-related deaths, injuries, and resulting disabilities. The lab includes a high-fidelity, fully immersive simulator that is built around a 2016 Honda Pilot featuring a fully functional steering wheel, throttle, brake, gear selector, turn signals, and dashboard. The TRIP Lab is directed by Dr. Despina Stavrinos.
  • The UAB Youth Safety Laboratory: The UAB Youth Safety Lab, directed by David Schwebel, Ph.D., is dedicated to youth safety and injury prevention, conducting research and outreach both locally and globally to understand and prevent “accidental” injuries to children, adolescents, and young adults.

The Department is excited to participate in the largest and most comprehensive campaign in UAB's history. The Campaign for UAB: Give Something, Change Everything will have a scope and impact that will extend well beyond our campus and has the potential to create long-lasting, positive change. When you make a donation to UAB, you can choose to give to the Department of Psychology, the College, or the University as a whole.

We thank you for your support.