Psychology is the science of mind and behavior. This basic and applied science includes the study of thought, action, and emotion. Psychologists study how people influence and interact with one another, how they develop, and the role that biological mechanisms play in psychological processes.


The Psychology Department is part of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.


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School Psychology Awareness Week

School Psychology Awareness Week

Happy School Psychology Awareness Week! This week honors the dedicated psychologists that work within school systems to assess, prevent and intervene to ensure the academic, social and emotional health of all students. The theme of School Psychology Awareness Week 2017 is Power Up! Be a Positive Charge. We encourage each student to make a small positive change in their lives or another's this week! In addition, students in the program will be attending select undergraduate courses this week to discuss the field of school psychology and answer any questions. For more information, feel free to visit -

Psychology Research Colloquium

The Psychology Research Colloquium Committee hosts a series of weekly presentations of research in psychological science. GVSU psychology faculty as well as faculty outside the university are invited to present their research. We conclude each semester with Student Presentation Day where GVSU students present the research they have been involved with.

Here is the Fall 2017 – Psychology Research Colloquium Schedule

Study Abroad

Click here to find information on the Psychology Department's Study Abroad Program.

Sign up to participate in Research on Aging!

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Registration Help

Registration Help for Psychology Courses - Help for common registration questions and issues (prerequisite override, closed class, PSY 399/499 Independent Studies)

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Click here to learn more about the Psychology 490 Practicum.


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School Psychology

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Midwest/Great Lakes Undergraduate Research Symposium in Neuroscience

Poster presented at Midwest/Great Lakes Undergraduate Research Symposium in Neuroscience (mGluRs) at the Ohio State University and the West Michigan Regional Undergraduate Science Conference (WMRUGS) at Van Andel Institute.

Jessica Wheeler, GVSU Alumna

Jessica Wheeler, a recent graduate (April 2017) who majored in clinical exercise science and minored in psychology has been awarded a Cancer Research Training Award (CRTA) Fellowship from the Behavioral Research Program (BRP) within the Division of cancer

I Am Grand Valley

I am Grand Valley Reception, January 25, 2017

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