Our Areas of Emphasis

  • Clinical Program

    Trains clinical scientists who will apply basic psychological and biological knowledge to the understanding of major clinical psychological and health problems

  • Cognitive Program

    Domains of strength include: Language, reading, and text processing, High-level cognition, complex learning and instruction, and Cognitive neuroscience

  • Developmental Program

    Trains students in socio-emotional development, cognitive development, language development, and social-cognitive development

  • Social Program

    Prepares students to make significant empirical and theoretical contributions to social psychology

  • Bio-Health Program

    Trains students in understanding biological, psychological, social, and behavioral determinants of physical health and disease

  • Teaching Program

    The Teaching Program is a home for teaching-focused faculty and teaching mentorship

  • Clinical Program

    Trains clinical scientists who will apply basic psychological and biological knowledge to the understanding of major clinical psychological and health problems

  • Cognitive Program

    Domains of strength include: Language, reading, and text processing, High-level cognition, complex learning and instruction, and Cognitive neuroscience

  • Developmental Program

    Trains students in socio-emotional development, cognitive development, language development, and social-cognitive development

  • Social Program

    Prepares students to make significant empirical and theoretical contributions to social psychology

  • Bio-Health Program

    Trains students in understanding biological, psychological, social, and behavioral determinants of physical health and disease

  • Teaching Program

    The Teaching Program is a home for teaching-focused faculty and teaching mentorship

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News and Events

NSF awards a grant of $966,253 to University of Pittsburgh

This project is under the direction of Melissa Libertus, Julie Fiez, and Marc Coutanche, and the overarching goal is to understand individual differences in math abilities and to use this knowledge for future intervention programs to improve math learning in students who struggle with math.

Dr. Peter Gianaros' research relates brain activity to blood pressure during stress

Dr. Gianaros' research examines the neurobiology of psychological stress, socioeconomic status, and cardiovascular disease risk. In this study, he and his colleagues sought "A Brain Phenotype for Stressor‐Evoked Blood Pressure Reactivity" Read more here (Reuters) and here (Journal of the American Heart Association article).

Clinical Psychology Graduate Studies Ranked #11!

The U.S. News and World Report rankings of Clinical Psychology Programs has been announced and Pitt is ranked #11! See article

Pittsburgh ranked 3rd best city to live in

Wallet Hub ranked Pittsburgh America's 3rd best city to live in! We scored well on economy and quality of life. See article