Psychology faculty and graduate students

Department of Psychology

Understanding thoughts, feelings and behaviors, through theoretical and applied research

In the Department of Psychology we focus on the investigation of behavior and its cognitive, neural and hormonal underpinnings in the full range of environmental situations. Our strengths lie in four broadly defined areas of development, cognition, neuroscience, and social and personality psychology. We develop and conduct theoretical and applied research to advance health and well-being, offer two majors for undergraduate students through the Colleges of Arts & Sciences and Human Ecology, minors for all undergraduate students at Cornell, and graduate studies in the fields of psychology and human development.

I am looking forward to helping our faculty members learn about each other’s work and find synergies that strengthen our research and teaching. I’m excited to see what happens as we work together.

- Felix Thoemmes, department chair

Undergraduate researchers

Preparing undergraduate students for the future of psychological research and practice

Undergraduate students develop critical thinking skills, emphasizing the foundational nature of the science of psychology.

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Learn at the nexus of graduate level scientific inquiry

The Department of Psychology embraces multidisciplinary and translational research and graduate training, viewing psychology as a “hub science” at the nexus of many other areas of scientific inquiry.

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A cross disciplinary approach to research

The Department of Psychology embraces a “big tent” approach to methods, techniques and analysis that can be used to expand the frontiers of psychological science.

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