Department of Psychology

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Welcome to Psychology at UNCW

Psychology is a basic and applied science, health profession, and undergraduate liberal arts major. The UNCW Psychology Department supports outstanding undergraduate and graduate programs. Our department is strongly committed to the involvement of undergraduate and graduate students in the research process. Students work closely with our outstanding faculty as junior colleagues to investigate a wide variety of topics including basic brain processes, substance abuse & psychopharmacology, cognitive aging & dementia, traumatic brain injury, forensic psychology & mental illness in correctional facilities, and behavioral analytic approaches to developmental disabilities.

There are many opportunities for students to participate in research and service. We invite you to learn more about all of them!

More information about the UNCW Psychology Department can be found by browsing our website, and by examining our Values, Mission & Vision Statement and Strategic Plan.

Psychology Department Commitment to Anti-Racism  

As faculty members of the UNCW Psychology Department, we are united by our commitment to diversity, inclusion, and social justice. We denounce the systemic and institutional racism that has led to the marginalization and murders of countless Black people. We commit to combatting racism by fostering inclusivity within our community, offering care and support to our students and colleagues, and strengthening our resolve to advocate for change on both individual and systemic levels. We stand in solidarity with marginalized and targeted members in our community, including our campus community. As faculty, we commit to working even harder to root out oppression, bias, and bigotry on our campus, in our communities and within ourselves.  

Lands Acknowledgement 

The Department of Psychology at UNCW acknowledges with gratitude that the land that we are on was originally stewarded by Indigenous peoples, including the Waccamaw-Sioux tribe.   

We honor and respect the Indigenous peoples connected to this land. We continue to consciously reflect on the history and legacy of colonialism, and reflect on ways to strengthen relationships with the many Indigenous people who presently live and work in the region and in the state.   

Today, the state of North Carolina recognizes eight tribes: Coharie (Sampson & Harnett counties); Eastern Band of Cherokee (tribal reservation in the Mountains); Haliwa-Saponi (Halifax & Warren counties); Lumbee (Robeson & surrounding counties); Meherrin (Hertford & surrounding counties); Occaneechi Band of Saponi Nation (Alamance and surrounding counties); Sappony (Person County); Waccamaw-Siouan (Columbus and Bladen counties).  

To learn more about Indigenous peoples and their land, we invite you to explore these resources:  


UNCW Psychology Stands in Grief & Solidarity with AAPI Communities

To our Asian, Asian American, and Pacific Islander students, faculty, staff, and, friends, you are not alone. The Department of Psychology at UNCW stands in unity with all members of our Asian, Asian American, and Pacific Islander community. We are horrified and grieve with you in the wake of the murders in Atlanta, GA. As faculty members, we unequivocally denounce all acts of anti-Asian racism and violence. While anti-Asian racism is not new, the recent murders and attacks reemphasize the urgency to rededicate ourselves to embracing and supporting human diversity, equity, and inclusion. As a Department, we must remain vigilant to acknowledge and condemn ongoing anti-Asian hate. We must identify effective and actionable ways to combat it.  Racism in all of its forms has no home in our Department.  

To learn more about anti-Asian racism and violence, as well as how you can help stop it, please visit these sites:  


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