VCU Psychology Department

Do physicians’ racial biases affect clinical decision making?

Research has demonstrated that automatic, and sometimes unconscious, racial bias can affect how we make decisions about others. But can it influence something as important as a medical decision? read more...


What affects parenting in high-risk communities?

We know that living in high-risk communities is stressful for parents and youth. How does stress, including exposure to violence, affect parents’ management of their adolescents? read more...


How can we predict future rates of tobacco use?

Longitudinal population-based surveys of tobacco use can depict current prevalence levels as well as transitions over time, but how can they be used to forecast those in the future? read more...


Can coping skills help the bereaved bend but not break?

How do college students cope when a loved one dies? Bereavement is difficult at any time in life, but is coping with bereavement different for college undergraduates? read more...

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Why are VCU researchers dumpster diving?

If school cafeterias force children to take fruits and vegetables on their lunch trays, will students eat them? Will they like them more over time when fruits and vegetables are served regularly? 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 2015-16 as it is being merged with the Health PhD program . However, Dr. Joseph Porter and Dr. Thomas Eissenberg 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
PO Box 842018
Richmond, Virginia 23284-2018