About the Department

Basic Facts

The Department of Psychology is part of the College of Humanities and Sciences on the Monroe Park Campus of Virginia Commonwealth University. The department has one of the largest undergraduate programs in the university, with more than 1,600 student majors. The department has four Ph.D.-granting graduate programs: Clinical Psychology, Counseling Psychology, Health Psychology and a General Psychology program with two sub-specialty concentrations (Developmental Psychology and Social Psychology). The Clinical and Counseling Psychology Programs are accredited by the American Psychological Association. 

Training Programs and Research Specialties

Our department can be conceptualized in two ways. The traditional model is through the training programs. VCU offers training programs in Clinical Psychology, Counseling Psychology, Health Psychology, Developmental Psychology and Social Psychology. A more practical approach is to conceptualize the department by research specialty. Research specialties typically span across programs, and faculty from different programs often collaborate on projects. By organizing the department according to research specialty, the VCU Department of Psychology can be considered one of the strongest departments in the nation in the areas of health psychology and behavioral medicine, and in prevention science, including community-, school- and family-focused interventions.

The department's research also focuses on issues of diversity across all of these research specialty areas.

Structure

The core organization consists of the chair, an associate chair, a director of graduate studies, a director of undergraduate studies and a director of academic operations. Faculty include 38 tenured or tenure-track faculty, 12 full-time non-tenure track teaching faculty, varying numbers of adjunct faculty, five administrative and professional faculty (including the associate director of advising and undergraduate academic operations and the associate director of graduate academic operations), a director of the Center for Psychological Services and Development, our training clinic, approximately 80 affiliate faculty, nine classified staff members, and several hourly employees. Fiscal operations in the department are supported by six full-time support staff, one of whom is the service center director of operations. Research programs in the department fund an additional four full-time faculty members, several administrative and professional faculty, three post-doctoral fellows, and numerous hourly and student workers. In addition, the department consists of 127 doctoral students who assist in research, teaching and administration. Altogether the department has attained prominent status within the university as a whole and also among the psychology community.

Location and Facilities

Physically, the faculty, staff, and graduate student offices are housed in five historic buildings along West Franklin Street (820 Bird House, 810 Hunton House, 808 Thurston House, 806 White House, 800 Williams House; maps and directions to our buildings) in the downtown "Fan District" of Richmond, VA. These facilities include faculty and administrative offices, the Psychology Career Information and Advising Center, research laboratories, a graduate computer lab, classroom and seminar spaces, and conference rooms.

Center for Psychological Services and Development (CPSD)

In addition, the department runs the Center for Psychological Services and Development (CPSD), located at 612 North Lombardy Street (the corner of Broad and Lombardy Streets). The CPSD provides a wide range of therapy and assessment services to the community. Advanced graduate students in clinical and counseling psychology, as well as graduate students in social work, psychiatric nursing and rehabilitation counseling work closely with their licensed faculty supervisors to provide interventions based on the most current research in their discipline. A variety of specialty clinics are housed within the CPSD, including the Anxiety Disorders and Assessment Clinics. The CPSD also provides space for a variety of research activities, as well as numerous clinically-based graduate courses for the department of psychology. The CPSD also administers the Miller Analogies Test (MAT) to the general public.

Programs, Centers, and Institutes

The department also houses a number of research and service centers and institutes, including