Overview

Grad cap reading "I'm Psyched!"

Psychology is the science of the mind and behavior. The undergraduate psychology program provides an understanding of basic processes of sensation, perception, learning, cognition, development and personality, along with principles of social psychology, clinical psychology and behavioral neuroscience.

Why Study Psychology at UB?

UB’s modern, vibrant Department of Psychology has cutting-edge research facilities, highly productive faculty and effective undergraduate classroom and laboratory education that reflects the latest in psychological science.

At the core of the undergraduate programs is a focus on psychological science, which helps prepare students for graduate study in psychology or related fields (e.g., law, business, education, social work), as well as a myriad of exciting careers.

Our students graduate with knowledge of psychological principles and a solid grounding in scientific methods for evaluating theories and research in the social and behavioral sciences, a skill set in high-demand in our rapidly changing society.

Our Students and Alumni

  • 6/18/18
    "As a psychology major, I was deeply involved in many on- and off-campus activities."
  • 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
    "Psychology touches everything, from the sciences, to the law, to politics, to interpersonal relationships."
  • 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
    "I especially loved the numerous research opportunities and collaborative atmosphere in the Department of Psychology."
  • 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
    "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 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
    "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
    “My UB psychology degree prepared me very well to pursue advanced study in a school psychology PhD program."
  • 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
    "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
    "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
    “The UB Psychology program is great for building your own path."
  • 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 best advice I can give is to get involved in the Department of Psychology as much as possible."
  • 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
    “Majoring in psychology at UB opens many doors and opportunities."
  • 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
    “The UB psychology program was a perfect mix of academics and self-development."
  • 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 Department of Psychology staff and my fellow psychology majors created a learning environment that was both enriching and supportive."
  • 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
    “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."
  • 6/21/18
    “Choosing to pursue my psychology degree at UB was one of the best decisions I have ever made."
  • 6/18/18
    “Consider where you want your psychology degree to take you after graduation."
  • 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
    "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."
  • 6/18/18
    "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!”

Our Faculty

The department includes 30 instructional faculty members who hold a PhD in Psychology and have extensive teaching experience. Instructional faculty teach approximately 67% of undergraduate courses. The remainder are taught by fully-qualified adjunct faculty members or upper-level doctoral students. Doctoral student instructors are supervised closely by instructional faculty and have exhibited teaching effectiveness prior to their course assignments.

Prof. Wendy Quinton at the 2018 Life Raft Debate

Prof. Wendy Quinton defending psychology at the 7th annual UB Life Raft Debate

Faculty Specializations

  • Clinical disorders (e.g., depression, addiction, attention deficit disorder)
  • Developmental challenges (e.g., bullying)
  • Infant language acquisition
  • The formation of self and identity
  • The formation and maintenance of close relationships
  • Neural systems for learning and motivation
  • Responses to stressful situations and resilience
  • Auditory perception in humans and animals

Contact Us

Christa M. Greenberg
Christa M. Greenberg

283 Park Hall

Phone: (716) 645-0205

cmgreen@buffalo.edu

Coordinator of Undergraduate Studies
Sr. Academic Advisor
Department of Psychology
College of Arts and Sciences

283 Park Hall

Phone: (716) 645-0205

cmgreen@buffalo.edu

Micheal Dent

B76 Park Hall

Phone: (716) 645-0266

mdent@buffalo.edu

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

B76 Park Hall

Phone: (716) 645-0266

mdent@buffalo.edu

Stephen Tiffany

206B Park Hall

Phone: (716) 645-0244

stiffany@buffalo.edu

Empire Innovation Professor
Chair
Department of Psychology
College of Arts and Sciences

206B Park Hall

Phone: (716) 645-0244

stiffany@buffalo.edu