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.

Psychology Major & MinorCognitive Science MajorNeuroscience ConcentrationCourses

Learn more about Department of Psychology openings.

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. Brandon Ng
Ng Published

Brandon Ng, visiting assistant professor of psychology, published "Power to Detect What? Considerations for Planning and Evaluating Sample Size" in Personality and Social Psychology Review.

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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. Brandon Ng
Ng Published

Brandon Ng, visiting assistant professor of psychology, co-authored the paper, "Experiencing Pain Invalidation is Associated with Under-Reporting of Pain: A Social Psychological Perspective on Acute Pain Communication" in The Journal of Pain.

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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