VCU Psychology Department
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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

Graduate Programs

The Department of Psychology offers programs leading to the Doctor of Philosophy degree. These programs provide opportunities for study in Clinical Psychology, Counseling Psychology, Health Psychology, and our Experimental Psychology Program, which has emphases in Biopsychology, Developmental Psychology or Social Psychology.

Although faculty and students work together across programs, each program has unique requirements and emphases. Please refer to each program's link for specific information.

The Programs

The Directors

Biopsychology

Joseph Porter

Clinical Psychology

Rosalie Corona

Counseling Psychology

Everett Worthington

Developmental Psychology

Barbara Myers

Health Psychology

Eric Benotsch

Social Psychology

Jeff Green

Graduate Studies

Michael Southam-Gerow