The Department of Psychology is represented by faculty at three FAU campuses (Boca Raton, Davie and Jupiter). The Department of Psychology maintains a research-intensive graduate program, offering the Doctor of Philosophy degree in Experimental Psychology and Master of Arts degree in Psychology. We service over 2100 undergraduate majors as well. Our award-winning and internationally renowned faculty conducts research in four core areas of Psychology: Cognitive & Cognitive Neuroscience, Developmental, Neuroscience, and Social/Personality Psychology. Students in our program undergo rigorous academic and research training and have gone on to successful careers in both academia and industry.
Part of the Charles E. Schmidt College of Science, the department maintains close links with the Center for Complex Systems, with many faculty maintaining dual appointments. The department is among the most successful in the college in obtaining external funding, and enjoys a strong national and international profile.
Nate Shanok’s Ph.D. focused on developmental and cognitive neuroscience. Shanok’s dissertation project examined various associations between executive functioning skills, resting-state brain activity, and anxiety in preadolescent children. Read more.
Edward Ester, Ph.D. an assistant professor from the Department of Psychology, has been awarded the National Science Foundation Career Award, which provided a grant of $553,436. Ester is using this award to further his research of the neural mechanisms that allow us to rapidly perceive and make sense of the world around us. Read more.
FAU study finds being fun is no laughing matter. Brett Laursen, Ph.D., a professor in the Department of Psychology, along with Robert Altman, M.A., and Li Wei, M.A., collaborated with Concordia University to conduct a research study to determine if children who are popular were able to gain popularity by being fun to hang around with. Read more.