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Can people have a "relationship" with the natural world?

Human behavior is at the root of the rapid pace of climate change. What leads people to perceive greater interdependence with the environment? How does their commitment to the environment predict pro-environmental behavior? read more...


What increases emergency visits in children with asthma?

How are family/culturally-based beliefs about asthma, caregiver quality of life, and emergency department use associated in pediatric asthma? read more...


Can we train students' brains to work more effectively?

Direct cognitive training in a school setting represents an important innovation for developing the underlying thinking skills needed for educational success. Can we make computers better "trainers"? read more...


Can you strengthen your character in six hours?

Religious and secular self-help experts have long helped people build character strengths. But can people achieve as much—or even more!—benefit by working through six-hour workbooks at home? read more...

Biopsychology Program

The Biopsychology program is designed to give graduate students a broad experience with techniques and issues in several areas of the discipline. As a student in our program, you will receive some of your training through traditional classroom instruction and small seminars, but the major focus of the program is active learning through close collaboration with faculty. You will be expected to choose a faculty member whose research interests are compatible with your own — developing a mentoring relationship with that faculty member to guide and train you during your graduate career.

How to Apply

The Biopsychology program will not be admitting students for 2013-14. However, some of our faculty may be admitting students into the Health PhD program. So please check with individual faculty and check out the Health PhD program information.

Contact Information

For additional questions, please contact Dr. Joseph Porter, director of the Biopsychology Division.

Biopsychology Division
Department of Psychology
Virginia Commonwealth University
806 West Franklin Street
P.O. Box 842018
Richmond, Virginia 23284-2018