Skip to Main Content
Sign In

Social Psychology Overview

Image Picker for Section 0


Qualified candidates are attracted to Social Psychology's excellence in social and personality psychology research, its rigorous yet supportive training, and a good track record placing graduates into academia and other research careers.​


​The Social Psychology area focuses on interpersonal, intergroup and organizational processes. Our research explores a variety of topics including psychoneuroendocrinology, social attachment and health, cross-cultural differences, prejudice reduction and racism, social value orientation, and personality. We also employ a wide variety of methodologies, including social neuroscience (using EEG and fMRI), psychophysiological (e.g., EKG), experimental, and observational techniques. To learn more about the research interests of individual faculty, visit the Research Projects webpage and review​ individual faculty profiles​.​


We have faculty with international reputations who have authored books and journal articles and obtained research funding from the National Institutes for Mental Health, the National Science Foundation, and the Office of Naval Research, and who have sat on the editorial boards of the leading journals in our field. Faculty members have won prestigious awards including the Lewin Award (a career award for outstanding contributions to the development and integration of psychological research and social action); the Gordon Allport Intergroup Relations Prize, the Distinguished Psychologist Award; and  the "Rising Star" award by the Association for Psychological Science.


The Social Psychology Program is a research-based training program that attracts both graduate and undergraduate students to join us in the excitement of research on social phenomena. Students work closely with faculty mentors to develop research skills, analyze data, and write scholarly papers. The training students receive prepares them for careers principally in academic institutions and other settings where strong skills in research methodology and statistical analysis  are desirable. Our laboratories are spacious and well-equipped to record a variety of physiological and behavioral measures, and our fMRI Imaging Center is conveniently located adjacent to our laboratories. Our students receive cutting edge training in advanced statistical methodologies, interdisciplinary methodologies that merge mind with body, and have ready access to researchers across disciplines who conduct complimentary research. A weekly "Brown-Bag Series" provides a platform to discuss current research activities with faculty and fellow students in a supportive environment that builds confidence and provides constructive feedback. We have a good track record of placing our graduate students into academic institutions.

Faculty accepting graduate students for 2019-2020:
Further questions

Please use the navigation to the left to find out more about the Social Psychology program.

For questions about the program not covered on the web site, please contact the Director:

Chad Forbes 

(302) 831-7037

111 Wolf Hall​

Page Settings and MetaData:
(Not Shown on the Page)
Page Settings
Social Psychology
MetaData for Search Engine Optimization
Social Psychology Overview