Welcome to Psychology at UCI, a joint website of the
Departments of Psychology and
Social Behavior (School of Social Ecology) and Cognitive
Sciences (School of Social Sciences) at the University of California, Irvine. Our Departments
offer Ph.D. programs
in Psychology with concentrations in Cognition and Information
Processing, Cognitive Neuroscience, Developmental Psychology, Health
Psychology, Mathematical Behavioral Science, Perception and Action,
Psychology and Law, Psychopathology, and Social/Personality Psychology.
Over 70 psychology faculty and affiliates of our departments hold key positions in scientific organizations, have received numerous awards for distinguished research, and serve as editors of leading journals in the field. Faculty positions include members of the National Academy of Sciences, several Fellows (including William James Fellows) of the American Psychological Society, fellows of the American Psychological Association and a past president of two divisions, several past presidents of the Society for Mathematical Psychology, Fellows of the Society for Experimental Psychology, past Fellows of the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences, and a Fellow of the International Organization of Psychophysiology. Research awards to our faculty include American Psychological Association Distinguished Research Awards, the Society for Experimental Psychology Warren Medal, the Max Planck Research Award, and the Troland Award of the National Academy of Sciences. We also take pride in the quality of our teaching and many of our faculty have received awards for distinguished teaching and research mentoring.
The faculty are members of the editorial boards of top journals, including current or past Editors or Associate Editors of Psychological Review, Journal of Experimental Psychology, Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, Child Development, Developmental Psychology, Journal of Youth and Adolescence, Psychology and Aging, Cognition, Learning, Journal of Mathematical Psychology, Perception & Psychophysics, Journal of Motor Behavior, Vision Research, Health Psychology, International Journal of Psychophysiology, Journal of Abnormal Psychology, Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry, Journal of Abnormal Child Psychology, Cognitive Therapy and Research, Journal of Attention Disorders, and Social Psychology Quarterly.
With millions of dollars in current extramural funding, psychology faculty, postdoctoral scholars, graduate and undergraduate students conduct research in specialized laboratories and in natural settings such as schools, homes, and health care facilities. Specialized laboratories are available for research in vision, audition, motor performance, electrical brain potentials, and behavioral observation. Statistical and modeling computation is supported through extensive participation in the Institute for Mathematical Behavioral Sciences. Members of the newly-founded Center for Cognitive Neuroscience make use of 1.5T and 4T magnets for fMRI research; a new 3T magnet will go online in mid-2006. Psychophysiological assessments are also supported by the laboratories of the Consortium for Integrative Health Studies. Several laboratories are equipped with observation stations, one-way mirrors, and audio-visual equipment for behavioral observation of children, couples, families, and larger groups.
The research of many faculty members and graduate students combines laboratory methods with more naturalistic approaches in order to achieve an optimal blend of experimental control and generalizability. The natural settings in which faculty members conduct their studies include schools, worksites, homes, community centers, hospitals and medical clinics, psychiatric facilities, and women's shelters. As a site of the largest long-term study of child care in the United States, the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD) Study of Early Child Care and Youth Development, we maintain close ties with families and schools in the community. Research is conducted, not only locally, but also in other countries through the Laboratory for Within-Culture and Cross-Cultural Studies of Human Development. Thus students have the opportunity to gain experience investigating human behavior in clinical and nonclinical populations, in diverse regions of the country as well as in diverse cultures, and in field as well as laboratory settings.
The Departments of Cognitive Sciences and Psychology and Social Behavior have close affiliations with several institutes, including: