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.

When was the last time you changed your mind? Are you sure?

Psychology professors Michael Wolfe and Todd Williams are featured in this episode of You Are Not So Smart.

How can you use research methods and statistics to help a nonprofit?

We all know how providing healthy food can help children who are living in poverty, but how does decorating a paper bag help? GVSU Psychology students in Professor Eric Jones’ Research Methods class completed a project for Kids' Food Basket, a nonprofit that attacks childhood hunger. In addition to putting course material into practice, another purpose of the project was to show how research methods and statistics can be used to solve problems and make a difference. Watch this video to learn more about the project.

Here is a link to the Kids' Food Basket website:


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Study Abroad

Study Abroad in Ireland

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


Professor Christopher Kurby

Psychology Professor Christopher Kurby co-authored a paper on "The effects of

Professor Katie Corker

Psychology Professor Katie Corker was quoted in The New York Times

Psychology graduate Katie Leahy

Recent Psychology graduate Katie Leahy presenting her poster

I Am Grand Valley

I am Grand Valley Reception, January 24, 2018

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The START Project is housed in the GVSU Autism Education Center and funded by the Michigan Department of Education, Office of Special Education to provide evidence-based training, technical assistance, and resources to school-based teams in Michigan that support students with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). 

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 Winter 2018 – Psychology Research Colloquium Schedule

In the Psychology Department, we have many high quality students working in various research labs. On student presentation day, we will hear from four students, each of which will give a short presentation on their research. Wednesday, April 18, 2018, 3:30-4:30pm, 4402 Kindschi Hall

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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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