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...

school lunch

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...


Academic Advisors

Academic Advising

Psychology Undergraduate Advising, PSYUGRAD, serves to advise all psychology sophomores, juniors, and seniors on a walk-in basis. PSYUGRAD advisors offer students support, resources, and information and assist students with:

Advisors are available for walk-in appointments during regular office hours (see schedule, below); no scheduled appointment is necessary. PSYUGRAD is located at 806 W Franklin Street, room 107.

Students are encouraged to be in touch with the PSYUGRAD advising center early and often to resolve questions about degree requirements, course selection, graduation checks, and other academic matters.

Our mission is to serve as a liaison between undergraduate psychology students and the university’s administration. We strive to empower students to take ownership of their college experience while offering support, resources and information. We also serve to advocate for students as well as the university. Our highest aspiration is to make our students feel valued while positively contributing to their academic success.

Undergraduate Research

Much of the research VCU Psychology faculty conduct includes opportunities for majors to gain research experience and earn research internship credit. Students who register for PSYC 494, Research Internship, are mentored by a faculty member and are often part of a team working on various phases of a research project (design, data collection, data entry, data analysis). Research internships enhance the undergraduate experience and can support career/educational goals such as graduate school or post-baccalaureate employment. During Fall 2013 and Spring 2014, approximately 405 undergraduate students actively participated in research with over 32 faculty members.

Psychology research opportunities are primarily advertised through the semi- annual PSYC 494 Research Recruitment Fair hosted by PSYUGRAD Advising. Please see the PSYUGRAD Blackboard site for upcoming event dates. Additional opportunities not represented at the fair are advertised on the PSYUGRAD Blackboard site. Permission of a faculty research supervisor must be obtained prior to registration. Prerequisites include PSY 214, 317, or permission of instructor.

Office Hours

Summer 2015 Office hours:
Monday 9:00-4:00
Tuesday 10:00-6:00 **OPEN LATE**
Wednesday 9:00-4:30
Thursday 9:00-4:30
Friday 9:00-4:30

Summer 2015 Closed Office Dates:
Monday, June 22nd 12-4
Tuesday, June 23rd 2-6
Thursday, July 2nd 9-12
Friday, July 3rd
Monday, July 20th 12-4
Tuesday, July 21st 2-6

Location and Contact Information

806 West Franklin Street, room 107
Richmond, Virginia 23284-2018
Phone: (804) 828-1239