Our Areas of Emphasis

  • Clinical Program

    Trains clinical scientists who will apply basic psychological and biological knowledge to the understanding of major clinical psychological and health problems

  • Cognitive Program

    Domains of strength include: Language, reading, and text processing, High-level cognition, complex learning and instruction, and Cognitive neuroscience

  • Developmental Program

    Trains students in socio-emotional development, cognitive development, language development, and social-cognitive development

  • Social Program

    Prepares students to make significant empirical and theoretical contributions to social psychology

  • Bio-Health Program

    Trains students in understanding biological, psychological, social, and behavioral determinants of physical health and disease

  • Teaching Program

    The Teaching Program is a home for teaching-focused faculty and teaching mentorship

  • Clinical Program

    Trains clinical scientists who will apply basic psychological and biological knowledge to the understanding of major clinical psychological and health problems

  • Cognitive Program

    Domains of strength include: Language, reading, and text processing, High-level cognition, complex learning and instruction, and Cognitive neuroscience

  • Developmental Program

    Trains students in socio-emotional development, cognitive development, language development, and social-cognitive development

  • Social Program

    Prepares students to make significant empirical and theoretical contributions to social psychology

  • Bio-Health Program

    Trains students in understanding biological, psychological, social, and behavioral determinants of physical health and disease

  • Teaching Program

    The Teaching Program is a home for teaching-focused faculty and teaching mentorship

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Hiding Instagram Likes

Sophia Choukas-Bradley, assistant professor of psychology and director of the Teen and Young Adult Lab, states that Instagram's move to hide likes from others "might reduce social comparison, but it probably won't reduce self-objectification." See Instagram Likes. 

Faculty Member Develops App to Help Kids Manage Anxiety

Jennifer Silk worked alongside colleague Bambang Parmanto, professor and chair of the Health Information Management department, to create a mobile app called SmartCAT that shows greater promise in reducing childhood anxiety when combined with CBT therapy, than CBT therapy alone. See SmartCAT. 

Excessive Worrying?

Dr. Lauren Hallion and colleagues are among the few psychologists in this Washington Post article offering tips for how to reduce excessive worrying. A mindfulness technique called the "focused attention approach" decreased worrying the most for the participants of their small study. See Worrying. 

Psychology Undergraduates Excel in Summer Fellowships

Four psychology undergraduates share their experiences working on creative and research heavy summer fellowships facilitated by the Pitt Honors College.

Joseph Mernyk - UHC Research Fellowship; Partisan Politics

Brianna Mims - Breckenridge Fellowship; Racial Identity and Film

Finn Murphy - Creative Arts Fellowship; Music and Mental Health

Mahima Rajan - UHC Research Fellowship; Bilingualism and Math Development