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.

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The UB College of Arts and Sciences is committed to recruiting the very best PhD students and preparing doctoral students for career success. 

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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.

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