Graduate Overview

Professor Eduardo Mercado and students

Since its inception in 1919, the Department of Psychology has distinguished itself with outstanding faculty, notable alumni and exceptional graduate students. We have a long tradition of excellence in research and scholarship.

The Learning Environment

The Department of Psychology is a nurturing, collaborative environment with the goal of fostering the next generation of leaders in science and society. Our students are well prepared for careers in academic and applied settings, including universities, colleges, medical centers, hospitals, clinics, research and governmental agencies, and business and industry.  

Graduate training in our department emphasizes both extensive academic training in general psychology and intensive research training in the student's area of concentration. The department expects students to become creative independent scientists and to exhibit an early and sustained commitment to research and scholarship. Our degree programs are mentor-based and students train under the direct guidance of one or more specific faculty members whose scholarly interests parallel their own.

Our Students and Alumni

  • 6/18/18
    "The training I received at UB, both in formal coursework and in applied experience, provided the foundation I needed to be successful at Penn."
  • 6/18/18
    "The training I received fostered my passion for science, encouraging me not only to succeed but to excel in my chosen field, and provided me with a strong foundation for my current research investigating the neural controls of food reward and other motivated behaviors.”
  • 6/18/18
    "I was challenged to think in new ways and to perform at a level that I didn’t know I had in me."
  • 6/18/18
    "The highlights of my experience in the Department of Psychology at UB were the amazing lifetime friends I made, and feeling supported and valued as a research team member and independent researcher."
  • 6/18/18
    "As a result of earning my graduate degree at UB, I was fully prepared to educate, lead and think critically."
  • 6/18/18
    "Most important, the faculty provided outstanding mentorship, which is necessary to succeed in the field."
  • 6/18/18
    "The diversity of opportunities and experiences I received at UB helped to prepare me well for being a faculty member myself in my current position as an Assistant Professor in the Psychology Department at the Rochester Institute of Technology."
  • 6/18/18
    "I had many fulfilling experiences at UB, but the highlight of my graduate career was the regular one-on-one interactions with dedicated and invested faculty members."
  • 6/18/18
    "A highlight of my graduate training was the support I received for my dissertation study."
  • 6/18/18
    “Being a doctoral student in Psychology was definitely the high point of my education. I was finally able to immerse myself in research and theory, grappling with ideas and intellectual puzzles, conducting empirical research, and sharing my findings at prestigious conferences."
  • 6/18/18
    "My time in the UB Master's program was essential in preparing me for my future career path—and also very enjoyable, personally."
  • 6/18/18
    "I always felt at home in the research laboratory and each day left with a sense of fulfillment, knowing our strides were making a difference."
  • 6/18/18
    “The Psychology graduate program at UB provides a great foundation to conduct research independently and collaborate with others in the field."
  • 6/18/18
    "My mentors taught me how to conduct impactful, illuminating and calculated research. They struck the right balance between challenge and encouragement that I needed to succeed."
  • 6/18/18
    "The UB Psychology graduate program allowed me to gain teaching experience while training to be an independent researcher."
  • 6/18/18
    "The world-class training I received at UB while earning my PhD in Cognitive Psychology prepared me well for my position as a research-active faculty member."
  • 6/18/18
    "My training at UB in how to conduct research that can have a real impact and that is both methodologically rigorous and ethically sound was invaluable."
  • 6/18/18
    "I had opportunities for research work, learned about grants, travelled to conferences, and also had many opportunities for leadership and teaching."
  • 6/18/18
    "The faculty emphasized scientific rigor and attention to detail, but also made special efforts to accommodate students' family responsibilities outside of school and to balance academic work with opportunities for social gatherings."
  • 6/18/18
    "The decisions I make every day about the design and interpretation of research are informed by the knowledge I gained at UB.”
  • 6/18/18
    "In the Department of Psychology at UB, I had the experiences that leave me feeling confident when I show up to work every day.”
  • 6/18/18
    "In graduate school you need an advisor and a program that will support you and encourage you to take risks and discover new things about yourself and your discipline. For me, there was no better place than UB.”
  • 6/18/18
    "I found the devotion of the professors to be impressive; they read every assignment students submitted and sent out feedback in a timely fashion, gave career-oriented suggestions, and enthusiastically recommended students to research labs and higher-level school programs."
  • 6/18/18
    "The Master's degree in General Psychology provided me with individualized mentorship and post-graduate planning that allowed me to explore various fields of psychology and evaluate my current awareness, knowledge and skills."

A Solutions-Based Approach

Psychology is a dynamic field that sits at the intersection of biological and social forces that shape human behavior, and the work we are pursuing at UB is relevant to promoting health and welfare. Our faculty and graduate students are creating innovative solutions to important problems that range from addictive behaviors and mental health problems to stereotyping, poor social development, the impact of stress on health, and unhealthy diet choices. Much of this work involves collaboration with other premier institutes and centers at UB, providing students with opportunities to work on interdisciplinary teams using cutting-edge methods to solve important problems.

Contact Us

Mary Wlodarczyk
Mary Wlodarczyk

213 Park Hall

Phone: (716) 645-8617

mw76@buffalo.edu

Secretary and Graduate Admissions
Department of Psychology
College of Arts and Sciences

213 Park Hall

Phone: (716) 645-8617

mw76@buffalo.edu

Mary Schnepf
Mary Schnepf

210 Park Hall

Phone: (716) 645-3660

mschnepf@buffalo.edu

Assistant for Academics and Alumni Development
Department of Psychology
College of Arts and Sciences

210 Park Hall

Phone: (716) 645-3660

mschnepf@buffalo.edu

Craig Colder

227 Park Hall

Phone: (716) 645-0190

ccolder@buffalo.edu

Professor
Director of Graduate Studies
Department of Psychology
College of Arts and Sciences

227 Park Hall

Phone: (716) 645-0190

ccolder@buffalo.edu