About the Department
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 PhD 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. Fifty-three teaching and research faculty, twelve adjunct faculty, seven administrative and professional faculty, nine classified staff members, four post-doctoral fellows, and 126 doctoral students teach courses and conduct research through VCU Psychology.
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.
The core organization consists of the chair, an associate chair, a director of graduate studies, a director of undergraduate studies, and an associate director of academic operations. Faculty include 38 tenured or tenure-track faculty, 12 full-time non-tenure track teaching faculty, twelve adjunct faculty, four administrative and professional faculty (including the assistant director of the academic advising center), 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. 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 126 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