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.


Opening for an Assistant Professor of Social Psychology. Review begins September 11, 2023. Learn more.

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. Laura E. Knouse
Knouse Published

Laura Knouse, professor of psychology, published “Thriving in College with ADHD: A Cognitive-Behavioral Skills Workbook for Students,” Taylor & Francis and “Thriving in College with ADHD: A Cognitive-Behavioral Skills Manual for Therapists,” Taylor & Francis. The treatment resources are for college students with ADHD and the clinicians (therapist, psychologists, counselors) who work with them. Collaborators are from University of South Carolina, University of Wyoming, and Appalachian State University.

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Dr. Laura E. Knouse
Knouse & Undergraduates Published

Laura Knouse, professor of psychology, along with five undergraduate co-authors (Mamie Ziegler, '22, Ilana Lavine, '23, Junming Zhang, '22, Yixue Cheng, '21, Hoor Ul Ain, '23) published "Avoidant Automatic Thoughts are Associated with Task Avoidance and Inattention in the Moment" in Cognitive Therapy and Research, with support from the Office of the Provost Faculty Fellows Program and Arts & Sciences Summer Research Fellowship.

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Dr. Kristjen B. Lundberg
Lundberg Published

Kristjen Lundberg, associate professor of psychology, co-published the article “When Coupled with Anti-Egalitarianism, Colour Evasion Predicts Protection of the Status Quo during a University-Wide Movement for Racial Justice” in the Journal of Community & Applied Social Psychology.

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Dr. Matthew Lowder
Lowder Published

Matthew Lowder, associate professor of psychology, published "Emotionality Effects in Korean Visual Word Recognition: Evidence from Lab-Based and Web-Based Lexical Decision Tasks" in Acta Psychologica

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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