VCU Psychology Department

Psychology by the Numbers

Our Department has the largest doctoral program at VCU and the second largest undergraduate major at VCU. We offer 4 PhD programs: Clinical, Counseling, Health, and Experimental (Biopsychology, Developmental, Social). We have over 1500 undergraduate majors, 117 graduate students, and 45 full-time faculty. Last year, our faculty published 235 articles and chapters, and our undergraduates participated in 1,583 credit hours of service learning or research internships.


11 Million in Grant Funding

During fiscal year 2014, our faculty received over $11 million in new funding, including a 5-year $18.1 million Center Grant award from NIH, the third largest grant in VCU’s history, and a 4-year $2.4 million award from the Institute for Education Sciences. Our research portfolio includes substantial support from the National Institutes of Health, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the Department of Education.


Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship Program

The Psychology Department administers the VCU Humphrey Fellowship Program, a non-degree program with a focus on substance abuse prevention and treatment that provides midcareer professionals from developing countries with advanced leadership training that combines academic, practical, and cultural activities. read more...


Scholarship Abroad

Our faculty and students are globe trotters, with scholarly collaborations in the Netherlands, South Africa, Mexico, Russia, Ghana, Lebanon, Norway, Spain, Brazil, China, Syria, and Zambia, studying topics such as waterpipe smoking in the Middle East and the lingering effects of apartheid in South Africa. Two doctoral students are heading off to Brazil and South Africa to study HIV prevention.


Department eNewsmagazine

We are excited to share our latest newsmagazine! We distribute a regular newsletter to alumni, former and current faculty, current students, and friends of the department as a way of letting you know about all of the exciting things happening along the 800 block of West Franklin Street. view newsletter ...


Informing the Regulation of New Tobacco Products

The Center for the Study of Tobacco Products brings together a multi-disciplinary group of investigators who employ an innovative model of modified risk tobacco product evaluation to inform tobacco product regulation. By providing core support services, opportunities for faculty development, training of post-doctoral fellows and graduate students, and a pilot research program, the Center helps to attract and retain faculty and facilitates additional research awards.