In the Department of Psychology and Neuroscience in the College of Liberal Arts, faculty and students are finding vital answers to big questions through their work in cutting-edge research laboratories and training facilities.
The research conducted in our world-renowned laboratories addresses a wide-range of human conditions and behaviors. The award-winning faculty, many of whom are internationally recognized scientists, investigate how individuals think, feel and grow using a range of methods, from measuring and analyzing behavior through to recording of neural activity.
The (psychology) field recognizes Temple as an elite program with a world-renowned faculty. Upon graduating it became very clear that I had received the training, experience, and relationships that would put me in a very strong position wherever I wanted to go next. I got the job I had wanted and now get to do what I love with the confidence in knowing that I am doing it with thorough understanding and expertise. - Muniya Khanna, Ph.D., CHOP Research Associate, Children and Adult’s Center for OCD and Anxiety Ph.D. 2004
Temple University is one of only 146 universities in the United States that are classified by the Carnegie Foundation as Doctoral institutions with very high research activity. The Department of Psychology and Neuroscience plays an integral role in the research profile of Temple, with many of our faculty research programs being actively funded by the National Institutes of Health, the National Science Foundation, or through private foundations.
Research discoveries in the department are being advanced by teams of faculty, students, postdoctoral researchers, and full time lab staff. One key feature of our research activities is the involvement of both graduate and undergraduate students. Many undergraduate Psychology majors become involved in research by taking course credit for lab experiences or by volunteering time to assist with research studies. There are various avenues to support undergraduate research, including LAURA awards from the College of Liberal Arts, and participation in the Psychology Honors Program.
The Honors program encouraged me to think critically and deeply about psychology. I was able to create my own research project with expert advice from the professor, the graduate students, and the very supportive lab group. With Dr. Hirsh-Pasek’s help, I found employment immediately after graduation. At some point, I may apply to graduate school. - Molly Finkel BA 2015
Department Training Facilities
The Psychological Services Center (PSC), under the direction of Dr. Robert Fauber, is a nonprofit community center providing counseling, psychological services, and comprehensive psychological assessments. It serves individuals from Temple University and the surrounding communities. The PSC is a training clinic for the doctoral students in the Clinical Psychology Program, one of the top clinical psychology doctoral programs in the country. Among the faculty are leading researchers in the fields of depression and anxiety disorders.
The Temple University Brain Research & Imaging Center (TUBRIC), under the direction of Dr. Jason Chein, is an interdisciplinary research hub dedicated to the study of the human brain through the use of neuroimaging methods (MRI, EEG). The center supports research conducted by faculty from multiple colleges at Temple University, and from neighboring institutions. TUBRIC supports the training of graduate and undergraduate students engaged in neuroimaging research at the university.
Opportunities to Participate in Research
Many Psychology laboratories have opportunities for individuals and families to contribute to science by participating in research studies. Temple undergraduate students often also participate in research. For more information on opportunities, see the links in the list of research laboratories (above).