Message from the Chair

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Welcome to the Virginia Commonwealth University Department of Psychology. VCU prides itself on “Making it real.”  Here in Psychology we are “making it real” every day. We are conducting research that makes a real difference in people’s lives; teaching undergraduate and graduate students, and working with post-doctoral  fellows and scholars from around the globe inside and outside the classroom in real-world applications of our science; and providing service to our local community and beyond in ways that matter. 

We are a hub for health and prevention research on the Monroe Park Campus. Faculty and students in our department continue to conduct cutting-edge research with specific strengths in health psychology and behavioral medicine, prevention science, and work with youth and families.

Psychology is a broad discipline that encompasses diverse aspects of the study of human behavior. Consequently psychology connects with a number of other disciplines including biology, public policy, sociology, criminal justice, nursing, education, social work, epidemiology and public health, pharmacology, psychiatry, and medicine. Basic and applied research conducted by our faculty and students, much of it funded by federal and other external sources, is relevant to mental and physical health, education, cross-cultural understanding, and other issues of our time. Our undergraduate major, with an honors track for highly qualified students, and PhD programs are rigorous; and we invite inquiries from excellent students interested in graduate study.

The Department of Psychology at VCU is a terrific place to study and work not just because of the interdisciplinary scientific and intellectual activity here, but because the university provides a stimulating atmosphere with its wonderfully diversified student body, faculty, and staff, and its rich cultural offerings.

We are located in Richmond, the capital of Virginia, a diverse cultural city, surrounded by historic neighborhoods, parks, and a thriving James River. The city consistently ranks among "Best Places to Live and Work in America" in national publications. In addition, Washington, DC, the Chesapeake Bay and coastal areas, the mountains of Virginia and West Virginia, national wildlife refuges, and areas rich in our country's history are all short drives away.

So look around our website and learn more about us. I welcome your inquiries regarding working or studying in our department or about ways that you might contribute financially to our mission. You can contact me at wkliewer@vcu.edu.

Wendy Kliewer, PhD
Professor and Chair