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The Department of Psychology offers BA, Minor, BA/MA, MA, and PhD programs. Courses are offered in clinical, social, personality, development, behavioral neuroscience, and experimental psychology. Students may design programs that approach psychology as a social science, a natural science, or a combination of both.

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Professor Wins Award for Excellence in Psychology

Assistant Professor of Psychology Nicole Caporino has received the first-ever Anne Marie Albano Early Career Award for Integration of Science and Practice from the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies (ABCT)

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Dr. Nicole Caporino,  Assistant Professor of Psychology, has been selected as a 2016 “Rising Star” by the Association for Psychological Science (APS). The APS explains that “The Rising Star designation recognizes outstanding psychological scientists in the earliest stages of their research career post-PhD whose innovative work has already advanced the field and signals great potential for their continued contributions.” 

Psychologist-in-Residence and Director of the Psychobiology of Healing Program in AU's Department of Psychology, Deborah Norris, Ph.D. recently published a book entitled In the Flow: Passion, Purpose, and the Power of Mindfulness. The book describes the function and practice of mindfulness meditation for lowering stress and enabling emotional regulation. It also presents corresponding scientific research and theories about the neurobehavioral mechanisms of action of meditation.
In the Flow is intended for those who experience stress and would like to learn the evidence-basis for gaining greater control of emotions, and for creating more ease in life.
In the Flow is available for purchase here (

Upcoming Theses & Dissertation Defenses

Suzanne Parker will defend her Master's thesis on Monday, August 14, 2017 from 2:30-4:30 pm in Asbury 336. The title of her thesis is: "Does Priming Elicit Shifts in Cognitive Style?"

The committee members are Tony Ahrens (chair), Nate Herr, and Wendi Gardner
(Northwestern University).

Dickson Tang will defend his Master's thesis on Tuesday, August 15, 2017 from 10:00 am-12:00 pm in Asbury 336. The title of his thesis is: "Structural Modeling of Social Anxiety and Worry Across Cultures"

Committee members: Michele Carter PhD (Chair), Kathleen Gunthert, PhD, and Tracy Sbrocco, PhD.