Department of Psychology and Brain Science


On this website, you will find what you need to decide if one of our psychology programs is right for you.

We offer four Ph.D. programs

As well as undergraduate degrees,

  • B.A. in Psychology
  • B.S. in Psychology
  • B.S. in Neuroscience

Beyond course descriptions and requirements, please take time to get to know our people.

Contact faculty members about their innovative research and the many opportunities for interdisciplinary collaboration. Ask our majors about advisor support and the camaraderie of our academic community.

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  • Researchers using eye tracking technology travel abroad to examine how language interfaces with cognition in children.

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  • Faculty advisors are actively engaged in mentoring graduate students, giving thoughtful advice and empowering students to pursue independent research goals.

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  • Research into how young infants think about people, places, and things is both challenging and fascinating, says Professor Paul C. Quinn.

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  • The Department has consistently garnered millions of dollars of grant support, as research productivity among faculty doubles.

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  • Helping At-risk Children Understand the Functions of Emotion gives Graduate Students Unique Opportunity to Translate Research into Practice

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Compelling Research in a Supportive Environment

We are proud of the quality and accomplishments of our faculty and students, the quantity and quality of the Department's physical resources, and the supportive and collegial atmosphere in which faculty and students learn and are productive in a positive and friendly environment.

  • We have 33 faculty members whose research and teaching interests span the fields of behavioral neuroscience, clinical science, cognitive psychology, and social psychology. We are committed to advanced interdisciplinary research and mentoring.
  • In FY 2014, Department faculty generated approximately $4.9 million in external research funding.
  • The Department has approximately 38,000 square feet of dedicated laboratory space. In addition, laboratory space is available at the University's Early Learning Center and the Department's Psychological Services Training Center.
  • In the past few years, Department faculty members have won a Francis Alison Faculty Award, which is UD's highest faculty honor, an Alison Award for the most promising Assistant Professor in the entire University, a University Teaching Award, a College Advisement Award, an Outstanding Doctoral Graduate Student Advising and Mentoring Award, and a College Service Award.
  • At any given time, the Department has approximately 60 graduate students enrolled in its four Ph.D. programs (Behavioral Neuroscience, Clinical Science, Cognitive Psychology, and Social Psychology). Each year, approximately 9 new graduate students join the Department.
  • The Department has approximately 1,000 undergraduate majors and 300 minors. Biological Sciences and Psychological & Brain Sciences are listed among the top 5 most popular undergraduate majors at UD.

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Sample Publications

  • Ayers, L.W., Missig, G., Schulkin, J. and Rosen J.B. (2011). Oxytocin reduces background anxiety in a fear-potentiated startle paradigm: peripheral vs. central administration. Neuropsychopharmacology, advance online publication, July 27, 2011; doi:10.1038/npp.2011.138.

  • Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences - University of Delaware
    108 Wolf Hall  •   Newark, DE 19716  •   USA
    Phone: 302-831-2271