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 (Developmental and Social). We have over 1600 undergraduate majors, 114 graduate students, and 45 full-time faculty. Last year, our faculty published 233 articles and chapters, and our undergraduates participated in 1,322 credit hours of service learning or research internships.


14.3 Million in Grant Funding

During fiscal year 2015, our faculty received more than $14.3 million in funding. The departmental funding portfolio is diverse with funding from the National Institutes of Health, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the National Institute of Justice, the Department of Education’s Institute of Educational Sciences, the Templeton Foundation, and other sources.


Graduate Student Research Funding

Some of our outstanding graduate students have outside research funding from sources such as F31 predoctoral training grants, R01 diversity training grants, and the Mind and Life Institute. A health psychology student, Michael Trujillo, was awarded a 3-year predoctoral training grant from the National Science Foundation to examine if anti-gay discrimination leads to greater risk taking. read more...


Studying Mental Health Through Service in Zambia

During Study Abroad in Summer 2015 with Dr. Zewe Serpell, students explored child and adolescent mental health in poor, urban communities in Zambia. They used multiple perspectives to review mental health research, policy, and practice, and participated in service activities that met a community-identified need. They learned about social, contextual, and cultural influences on youth mental health through program site visits and lectures from community stakeholders and faculty at the University of Zambia.


Department eNewsmagazine

We are excited to share our latest news! 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 Zeitgeist News Blog ...


Olweus Bullying Prevention Program Grant

A grant from the National Institute of Justice was recently funded to evaluate the effectiveness and sustainability of the Olweus Bullying Prevention Program, a comprehensive school-wide effort to prevent youth violence by improving school climate. This four-year project, led by Dr. Terri Sullivan, builds on an evaluation of this prevention program completed as part of the VCU Center of Excellence in Youth Violence Prevention.