Department of Psychology


Psychology is concerned with the scientific study of human behavior and consciousness, and the applications of these findings to the areas of home, school work, and social relations. It covers topics such as learning, cognition, motivation, personality, psychophysiology, sexuality, group processes, cultural factors, and abnormal behavior. Psychology is an area for students interested in learning about the behavior of humans and other organisms.

Latest News

View the video created by our General/Experimental graduate students Rachel Radics and Amber Costantino!  This describes Phil Zimbardo's Heroic Imagination Project.

Congratulations to our alumnus Adam Blake, currently a doctoral student at UCLA. Check out his latest publication!

Welcome to our new tenure-track faculty members!  Joining us in the Fall will be Carlos Calderon, with specialty in School Psychology, and Steven Payne and Sharlet Rafacz, with specialty in Applied Behavior Analysis.    

Also welcome to our new graduate students!  After an extensive file review and interview process, we have admitted 10 new EdS school psychology graduate students, 6 new MA Applied Behavior Analysis graduate students, and 12 new MA General/Experimental graduate students.  That makes 28 total new graduate students, with 102 graduate students overall. 

Swinging our tassel!  The Department of Psychology was awarded the “Silver Tassel” Award, along with the Department of Computer Science, for most enthusiastic attendance at the first annual College of Science and Mathematics Convocation Ceremony.

Dr Marianne JacksonCongratulations to Dr. Marianne Jackson, who received the prestigious Provost’s Promising New Faculty Award Spring 2014.




WPA Picture

Western Psychological Association in Portland, Oregon saw numerous presentations from faculty and students.  The second annual Fresno State Party at the WPA was a rousing success.


Art hopArt Scientifique, sponsored by the Department of Psychology and College of Science and Mathematics, was held at Chris Sorensen’s art studio, with entries displayed for the entire month of March 2014. The show was a great success! 




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