Our faculty and graduate students conduct both basic and applied research. Research is conducted with college samples, community samples, school samples and samples from health and medical facilities among others. Some illustrative research includes research on how affective states influence judgments of the self, the role of mindfulness in psychological well-being, implicit attitudes, and close relationship processes. For detailed information about each faculty member’s research programs, please visit the faculty page of our website.
The social graduate program stresses research training above all other goals. From entry into the program until exit, students work with faculty and more advanced students on research projects. Moreover, as full members of the research community students are expected to attend department and university research presentations, publish research and make presentations at regional and national conventions.
Faculty Research Spotlights (learn more on individual faculty pages linked on our faculty page):
- Are mindful people better at regulating their emotions?
- Can people have a "relationship" with the natural world?
- How do we react to criticism?
- Is revenge truly sweet?
- Do physicians' racial biases affect clinical decision-making?
- What else do college students do while studying?
Brown Bag Talks
In addition, the social graduate program sponsors a brown bag research series, Social Psychology Under Discussion (SPUD). Speakers include VCU social program faculty and graduate students as well as social psychologists from other institutions. The schedule can be viewed on the Department's Events page.
Research Lab Websites
Some of our faculty maintain separate websites for their research: