Kristina Smiley 3 minute graduate talk competition


The Graduate Fields in the Department of Psychology include faculty members from domains across the university including Psychology, Human Development, and Neurobiology and Behavior. The goal of both Fields is to educate students to become researchers, scholars, and teachers who will contribute to the future of psychology as a scientific discipline in academic or other research-oriented settings

“Currently we are a department with four areas, two graduate fields, and three Ph.D. programs, with concentrations that map onto structures of Psychology and Human Development”


•Psychology Ph.D (Ithaca)

Current Psychology concentrations by Subject:

•Behavioral Evolutionary Neuroscience
•Perception Cognition and Development
•Social and Personality 

Human Development

Developmental Psychology

•Developmental Psychology M.A. (Ithaca)
•Developmental Psychology Ph.D (Ithaca)

Current Developmental Psychology Concentrations:

•aging and health
•cognitive development
•developmental psychopathology
•ecology of human development
•law, psychology and human development
•social and personality development

Human Development and Family Studies

•Human Development and Family Studies M.A. (Ithaca)
•Human Development and Family Studies Ph.D. (Ithaca)

Current Human Development Family Studies Concentrations:

•aging and health
•ecology of human development
•family studies and the life course

Future plans for Human Development and Psychology

The dominant strengths of the Field lie in four broadly defined areas: Cognition, Development, Neuroscience, and Social/Personality. (The future areas will only strengthen our current program).

Graduate students working with children on science-related crafts

Graduate Course Spotlight: Psychology at the Sciencenter!

When the 11 graduate students in PSYCH 4500, Psychology at the Sciencenter!, first walked into their classroom, instead of chairs they found a “maker” space: walls lined with shelves of crafts supplies like glue, string, foam board, nails, marbles, and the ever-versatile duct tape. Their first assignment: create a science demo based on a simple description.

Click here to read more about our students' experiences with hands-on science communicataion.