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Message from Department Chair, Robert Simons

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Welcome to the University of Delaware’s Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences.  Although ‘Psychology’ has been taught here in Newark since 1888-1889 and in a Department of Psychology since 1916, we officially became Psychological and Brain Sciences in 2014.  The change in name reflects our grouping within the college’s natural science departments, the breadth of our discipline, our commitment to scientific psychology and to science-based applied work, and our position as a hub science – one whose scientific contributions advance many other scientific disciplines as well as our own.

Our department is home to roughly 1000 undergraduate majors and 300 minors.  We have two major tracks within the department – a Psychology BA and a Neuroscience BS. Students can minor in psychology or neuroscience. All majors are supported by a flourishing undergraduate research program, numerous study abroad opportunities, and individualized field placement and internship possibilities. 

Our department is organized around four graduate training programs and is highly collaborative and interdisciplinary.  Our 60 graduate students and 38​ full time faculty conduct basic and applied research in behavioral neuroscience, clinical science, cognitive psychology and social psychology.  Reflecting the centrality of the brain to the Psychological Sciences, all four areas have significant neuroscience representation among their faculty and the entire department is excited and enthusiastic about our new, state-of-the-art, next door, multimodal imaging center which brought human fMRI capability to our Department’s research portfolio in 2016 and will add a small-animal fMRI capability by the end of 2018.

The University of Delaware is ideally situated on a beautiful campus, in the wonderful college town of Newark, DE.  We are 50 minutes out of Philadelphia, 60 out of Baltimore and about half way between New York and Washington. 

Feel free to contact me at

Robert F. Simons

Professor and Chair

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