Psychology at UB

Professor Lora Park and students

The Department of Psychology at the University at Buffalo reflects a commitment to cutting-edge research and outstanding training of students in psychological science. We offer a vibrant and collegial atmosphere in which to investigate questions about the mind and behavior.

Our Mission

The mission of the Department of Psychology is to conduct research that contributes to the scientific understanding of mind and behavior of individuals, groups and social systems, and to provide high-quality graduate education and training in the profession of psychology. The department aspires to excellence in research; graduate and professional education and training; education of undergraduate students; and public and community service. In doing so, we recognize the diverse cultures and traditions that have shaped our faculty, staff and students, and provide for the professional development and advancement of all members of our department.

The Learning Environment

Psychology is a core scientific discipline with robust connections to numerous other disciplines. Our productive faculty conduct research in four primary areas of psychology: Behavioral Neuroscience, Clinical Psychology, Cognitive Psychology and Social-Personality Psychology. Scientific contributions within our department not only directly advance the discipline, but also have marked influences across many other fields.

The department’s research activities are the foundation for effective classroom and laboratory education. The Bachelor's (BA and BS) programs combine breadth of exposure to the field with opportunities for specialization, while active engagement in psychological research forms the foundation of our Master's and PhD programs. We expect that the Department of Psychology will continue to be recognized as a premier psychology department and as a national and international leader in psychological science.

Degree Options

Student Testimonials

  • 6/18/18
    “Not every psychology major goes on to be a psychologist or researcher—there is such a broad range of paths graduates can take.”
  • 6/18/18
    “The professors in the Department of Psychology at UB always believed in me during the time that I was an undergraduate and post college."
  • 6/18/18
    “The UB Psychology program is great for building your own path."
  • 6/18/18
    “I had a wonderful time as a Psychology major at UB! I was so well prepared for graduate school, thanks to writing research proposals for my UB psychology classes, working in research labs, and especially having taken part in the Psychology Honors Program."
  • 6/18/18
    "My participation in the Psychology Honors Program, my coursework, and my involvement in research labs provided a foundation for understanding—and thinking critically about—research."
  • 6/18/18
    "The breadth of courses the program offers allowed me to explore—which is crucial at a time when you’re deciding on a career—and the level of enthusiasm the courses are taught with made me excited to come to lectures."
  • 6/18/18
    "I entered UB as a business major without any real sense of what I wanted to do with my life. After struggling for a year, I found a home in the Department of Psychology."
  • 6/18/18
    "Reflecting on my experience at UB makes me appreciate the amount of opportunities that were available to help me discover my passion and prepare me for post-graduation challenges."
  • 6/18/18
    "Working as a research assistant in two different research labs allowed me to get much closer to the process of conducting psychological research and also helped me connect with great people."
  • 6/21/18
    “Choosing to pursue my psychology degree at UB was one of the best decisions I have ever made."
  • 6/18/18
    “Majoring in psychology at UB opens many doors and opportunities."
  • 6/18/18
    "Having such great mentors during undergrad not only helped me get into grad school—they guided me in choosing the best graduate program for me."
  • 6/18/18
    "As a psychology major, I was deeply involved in many on- and off-campus activities."
  • 6/18/18
    "My advice to students considering a psychology major at UB is to realize that a major in psychology is versatile and can truly start you on any career path."
  • 6/18/18
    “The UB psychology program was a perfect mix of academics and self-development."
  • 6/18/18
    "I owe my mentors at UB a great deal for giving me the experience and knowledge to complete my PhD."
  • 6/18/18
    "Students who are considering majoring in Psychology should know that this an extremely versatile degree that can allow you to work in many different fields."
  • 6/18/18
    “Consider where you want your psychology degree to take you after graduation."
  • 6/18/18
    "I especially loved the numerous research opportunities and collaborative atmosphere in the Department of Psychology."
  • 6/18/18
    "The research experience I obtained at UB was, without a doubt, the reason I was accepted into multiple PhD programs straight out of undergrad."
  • 6/18/18
    "I would encourage anyone considering majoring in psychology to be open-minded, talk to others about their interests and career goals, and get involved in something you’re passionate about."
  • 6/18/18
    "The huge variety of psychology classes UB offered made it easy for me to keep up with pre-med classes, while still allowing time for courses in other areas."
  • 6/18/18
    "Growing up, I didn’t really know what science was or what a scientist did—UB’s Department of Psychology and program changed that, and I haven’t looked back since."
  • 6/18/18
    “My UB psychology degree prepared me very well to pursue advanced study in a school psychology PhD program."
  • 6/18/18
    "Psychology provided me with a more holistic and comprehensive understanding of the human mind and human behavior, and taught me different ways to solve problems.”
  • 6/18/18
    "Psychology touches everything, from the sciences, to the law, to politics, to interpersonal relationships."
  • 6/18/18
    “The best advice I can give is to get involved in the Department of Psychology as much as possible."
  • 6/18/18
    "There is so much to learn inside of the classroom, but there are also ways to get involved outside of the classroom that are sure to enhance your knowledge and experience!”
  • 6/18/18
    "The Department of Psychology staff and my fellow psychology majors created a learning environment that was both enriching and supportive."