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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.

Giving Funds

You can contribute to the Department of Psychology in a number of ways:

  • 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.

    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.

  • Clancy Blair, Ph.D., Endowed Scholarship in Developmental Psychology

    The Clancy Blair, Ph.D., Endowed Scholarship in Developmental Psychology is established in honor of psychology alumnus Dr. Clancy Blair. This scholarship will be awarded annually to a Development Psychology Ph.D. student who engages in research, service, and advocacy in developmental psychology, to fund their research or professional development. The ongoing contributions of this endowment will honor Dr. Blair’s tradition of excellence in the field of Developmental Psychology.

    Brooke and Joe Maluff Family Endowed Scholarship in Department of Psychology

    The Brooke and Joe Maluff Family Endowed Scholarship in Department of Psychology is established by alumnus, Joe Maluff and his wife, Brooke. This scholarship is a tribute to the Maluff’s commitment to education, hard work, and dedication. Gifts to this scholarship support students studying in the Department of Psychology, who demonstrate strong academic promise.

    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.

    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.

    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.

    The Fred J. Biasini Endowed Award in Developmental Disabilities

    The Fred J. Biasini Endowed Award in Developmental Disabilities was created in memory of Dr. Fred J. Biasini. Dr. Biasini was a long-time faculty member of the Department of Psychology and former Director of the Civitan-Sparks Clinics. He devoted his career to improving the lives of people with developmental disabilities. This fund will assist deserving students in their second year or higher who engage in research, service and advocacy in developmental disabilities in the Department of Psychology.

  • 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.

    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.

    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.

    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.

    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.

    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.

    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.


For additional information regarding gifts to the Department of Psychology, please contact Frances Allison at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call (205) 934-6615.

We thank you for your support.