Department of Psychology

Department of Psychology

Psychology is the scientific study of behavior and mental processes. Psychology majors investigate emotion, cognition, interpersonal relationships and a range of other phenomena that affect who we are and how we interact with the world.

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Kelly Lambert in the lab with a student

Dr. Lambert Finalist for Cherry Award


Monday, October 30, 3:30 p.m. (Central Daylight Time)

Kelly Lambert, MacEldin Trawick Professor in Psychology, has been named one of three finalists for Baylor University’s 2024 Robert Foster Cherry Award for Great Teaching. This national award for exceptional teaching is the single largest monetary reward presented by a college or university. 

As a Cherry Award finalist, Lambert will receive $15,000 as well as $10,000 for the University of Richmond Department of Psychology to foster the development of teaching skills. Each finalist also presents a series of lectures at Baylor during fall 2023 and a Cherry Award lecture on their home campuses. On Monday, October 30, Lambert will deliver a lecture titled "Brain Sculpting: Stranger than fiction tales of neuroplasticity at Baylor.

Lowder Lab Eye Tracking

Student Research & Teaching Opportunities

We encourage psychology majors to participate in conducting research after completing (or waiving) Psych 100. The best way to find a research experience that fits you is to check out what kinds of projects are going on. If you are interested in learning more about conducting research, contact a faculty whose projects or area appeals to you. Many faculty members are actively seeking students, and will be happy to talk to you about how you might fit in.

Psychology Professor Gives TEDxYouth@RVA Talk

Why are we — as individuals and as a society — so bad at slowing down to rest? Psychologist Janelle Peifer, assistant professor of psychology, shares ways to find relief from the pressures of everyday life and today’s hustle culture. In this talk, Peifer offers three simple steps to make restorative rest a form of healing.

Faculty Highlights

Dr. Camilla Nonterah
Nonterah Published

Camilla W. Nonterah, associate professor of psychology, published “Systems Connected to Inequities in Access to Kidney Transplantation and the Value of Intersectionality” in Transplant International, Special Issue: Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion.

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Dr. Matthew Lowder
Lowder Published

Matthew Lowder, associate professor of psychology, along with student Adrian Zhou '21, published "The Lab Discovered: Place-for-Institution Metonyms Appearing in Subject Position Are Processed as Agents" in the Journal of Experimental Psychology: Learning, Memory, and Cognition

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Dr. Kitty Hartvigsen
Hartvigsen Receives Grant

Sarah Catherine “Kitty” Hartvigsen, Trawick Postdoctoral Fellow in the Lambert Lab in the Department of Psychology, received a grant from the International Brain Research Organization for Brain Health from Research to Running. Funds will be used to help offset the costs of community engagement neuroscience outreach opportunities on and off campus.

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Dr. Kevin Webster
Webster Published

Kevin Webster, visiting lecturer in the department of psychology, published “Examination of the Mechanisms Underlying the Discriminative Stimulus Properties of the Atypical Antipsychotic Amisulpride” in the Journal of Behavioral Pharmacology.

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Psychology Events

Contact Us

Mailing address:
Department of Psychology
Richmond Hall
114 UR Drive
University of Richmond, Virginia 23173
Phone: (804) 289-8123
Fax: (804) 287-1905

Chair: Dr. Jane Berry

Academic Administrative Coordinator: Karyn Kuhn