Department of Psychology

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 conduct 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. 


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Researchers Review Birth and the Postpartum Experiences During COVID-19

Professor of Psychology and Behavioral Neuroscience, Nancy Aaron Jones, Ph.D., and colleagues, discuss babies in the time of Covid. Learn about what moms and maternity services professionals note as the important lessons. Read more.

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Sleep Research Earns FAU Scientist "Alzheimer's Association" Award

FAU Department of Psychology Assistant Professor, Carmen Varela, Ph.D., recently received the Alzheimer’s Association’s “Research Fellowship to Promote Diversity” award to investigate the relationship between sleep patterns and one’s overall brain health. Read more on the FAU News Desk. Watch the spotlight with Dr. Varela on WPLG Local 10 News.

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Robin Vallacher Interviewed on WPTV's "To the Point"

Interim Chair and Professor of the Department of Psychology, Robin Vallacher, Ph.D., (pictured left) was interviewed alongside FAU Professor and Chair of the Department of Political Science, Kevin Wagner, Ph.D., on West Palm Beach's WPTV 5 show "To the Point." Vallacher and Wagner discussed how social media has changed our political discourse. Watch here.

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Monica Rosselli Recognized with HNS Lifetime Achievement Award

Professor and Associate Chair of the Department of Psychology, Monica Rosselli, Ph.D., was awarded the Lifetime Achievement in Cultural Neuropsychology Award by the Hispanic Neuropsychological Society (HNS). This award honors outstanding leaders and scholars who have made a significant contribution to the neuropsychology field over their lifetime. Read more.


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