VCU Psychology Department

Does forgiving others affect your meaning in life?

Relationships are a vital source of meaning in life. But conflicts are inevitable in every relationship. Might forgiving an offense by your partner increase or restore how meaningful you feel your life is? read more...


How can we track the psychosocial functioning of patients?

Understanding a patient’s psychological profile over time can aid in diagnosis, assessment, and treatment planning. What method can we use to track the psychosocial functioning of patients? read more...


How important are routines for our well-being?

William Blake suggested that we "Think in the morning, act in the noon, read in the evening, and sleep at night." How critical is the timing and regularly of our daily activities for our well-being? read more...

social faculty and students

Social Psychology Faculty and Graduate Students

Social Psychology

The field of social psychology, as defined by American psychologist Gordon W. Allport, is “an attempt to understand and explain how the thought, feeling and behavior of individuals are influenced by the actual, imagined, or implied presences of others” (1985, p. 3). The Social Psychology Division provides students with the theoretical background along with basic and applied research skills needed to study the social bases of behavior. As part of the VCU Department of Psychology, students must study and appreciate all areas of theory and research in the field, but their specialized focus is on social processes. Graduates of this program are awarded the PhD in Psychology, as approved by the State Council of Higher Education of Virginia in 1971. Students earn a Master of Science degree as part of their training, but not as a terminal master’s degree.

Mission Statement: The Social Psychology Division of the Experimental Program of Virginia Commonwealth University is dedicated to three fundamental goals: the discovery of new information about social behavior, the application of that information to the solution of social problems, and the dissemination of the field`s knowledge to others. The division`s primary goals, then, are research, application, and education (in a variety of settings, including traditional classroom based learning, the training of new social psychologists, distance learning, life-long learning, etc.).

Contact Information

For additional questions please contact Dr. Jeff Green, Director of the Social Program.

Virginia Commonwealth University
Department of Psychology
Social Division
806 West Franklin Street
PO Box 842018
Richmond, Virginia 23284-2018