About Psychological Sciences

The Department of Psychological Sciences is known throughout the world, consistently ranked among the top psychology programs, and has hundreds of award-winning alumni making use of their training in psychology. Our mission is to advance the science of psychology and bridge psychology with other sciences. The department includes six training areas and several signature topics of study.

 We are the largest department in Health and Human Sciences with 48 faculty (46 tenure-track, and an additional 27 affiliated faculty), 67 graduate students, and consistently among the most popular undergraduate majors at Purdue (517 majors, 487 minors).

 Outstanding research:

  • Vibrant research culture in which faculty publish extensively, have secured nearly $4M/year in grants each of the last three years, and disseminate their work broadly through a variety of media outlets.
  • Distinguished faculty: Eight faculty members with distinguished (n = 6) or named professorships (n = 2).
  • Worldwide recognition: Majority of Full Professors are Fellows at internationally-recognized professional organizations, with over 40% Fellow status at multiple organizations; more than half recognized with additional prestigious honors.
  • Featured Symposia bringing together leading scholars from around the world, and typically 4-6 colloquia in any given week.

Excellence in Education:

  • Six faculty recipients of the prestigious Charles B. Murphy Award for Undergraduate Teaching (including a $10,000 prize) and many others recognized at Purdue and beyond for excellence in teaching and mentoring students.
  • Graduate students with external funding (including NRSA and NSF graduate fellowships).
  • In-house and external clinical training for doctoral students in clinical psychology.
  • Undergraduate majors in (1) Psychological Sciences or (2) Brain and Behavioral Sciences. Signature Research-Focused Undergraduate Honors program on which Purdue-wide honors program was based. New Co-Operative education program for undergraduate majors combining paid work experience in psychology-related field with on-campus study.

Leadership and Partnership:

Excellence in Service

  • More than half of Full Professors and 40% of all tenure-track faculty have held Editor or Associate Editor positions in the last three years alone, and the vast majority of all faculty currently serve on editorial boards of leading journals.
  • Our faculty have held elected office at major professional organizations (over one fourth of faculty) and occupy global leadership positions.
  • 15% currently hold Administrative Appointments or Directorships at Purdue.

Local, National, and Global Engagement with leadership or significant involvement:

Commitment to Success Through Diversity and Inclusion

  • Several faculty have led efforts to enhance diversity and create inclusive academic spaces, including appointments within the Provost’s Division for Diversity and Inclusion, the Black Caucus of Faculty and Staff, the Diversity Catalyst Program, the ADVANCE Steering Committee, and the United Nations.
  • The Purdue Acceptance and Inclusion Consortium is an interdisciplinary hub for advancing the science of inclusion and evaluating the research case for diversity.
  • Two faculty members were awarded Diversity Transformation Awards from the Provost’s Office (nine projects were selected from 67 proposals across campus)m, such as the Boiler Inclusion Project featured during student orientation (Boiler Gold Rush).

Faculty Publications

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