Department of Psychological Sciences


Who We Are

The UMSL Department of Psychological Sciences is a large, diverse program ideal for students interested in understanding and solving problems in many different areas of behavior. With the largest program in the College of Arts and Sciences, our award-winning faculty inspires students in the classroom and involves them in laboratory and community-based research. The department houses three different research and service centers. We are affiliated with the Missouri Institute for Mental Health.

Our Mission

The Department of Psychological Sciences educates diverse, talented, traditional and nontraditional students who will supply knowledge, skills, and intellectual leadership in both the private and public sectors. Active engagement in research and scholarship enable the psychology faculty to advance knowledge and to impart research methods and results directly in their classroom teaching. The psychology faculty is committed to generating knowledge through research that can be applied to problems at the regional, state, national, and international level. In addition to laboratory research, many psychology faculty members are engaged in field research that has practical implications in the areas of mental health, medicine, and business. The psychology department also operates three mental health clinics which provide needed services to local residents at affordable rates. Many psychology faculty members provide technical assistance to public and private agencies in the St. Louis region.