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    Psychology is one of the most popular majors at UGA, and offers students a broad, scientifically-based education applicable to a wide variety of careers.

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Welcome to the Department of Psychology

The UGA Department of Psychology, within the Franklin College of Arts and Sciences, is a nationally recognized department with award-winning professors who are dedicated to providing the highest quality education possible to our students. The UGA Psychology Department is committed to fostering a safe, welcoming, supportive, and inclusive environment for all students, faculty and staff

Racial Trauma Guide


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Racism and hate do not belong in our Society, our University, and not in our Department of Psychology. In these times of example after example of intolerable treatment of persons of color, the Faculty, Staff, and Students of the Department of Psychology publicly and vehemently denounce the hate and violence that has been, and continues to be, perpetrated on our students, colleagues, and community because of race, gender, sexuality, and other marginalized identities. We promise to do all things within our scope and power to reduce and eliminate these injustices and to take direct actions to further the inclusive development of our local and broader University community to make sure that all are safe, supported, and protected from such objectionable treatment. This is not a political statement. This is a moral and human statement.


Over the past year of the COVID-19 pandemic, and especially in recent days and weeks, we have been horrified to see a rise in racially motivated hate crimes involving physical violence and harassment, targeting people of Asian descent in the U.S. The UGA Psychology Department stands in solidarity with the Asian American community against these attacks that damage our entire society, but also have a particularly detrimental impact on the Asian American community.      

Advancing racial equity and economic inclusion for people of all races and ethnicities is critical to guaranteeing the safety and security of everyone. We encourage every member of our community to take a stand against the structures that perpetuate and fuel discrimination and assaults on Asian American and Pacific Islander persons and we will work towards those ends as a Department. 

Well-being, reporting, and allyship resources available here

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Shout out to UGA Psychology BBS graduate student Jeffrey Nightingale for his recent feature in a peer-reviewed video protocol titled "Measuring the Behavioral Effects of Intraocular Scatter." In this video, Nightingale and UGA professor Dr. Billy R. Hammond Jr.
Congratulations to Dr. Lillian Eby, who was recently named a Fellow of the Academy of Management (AOM)! The Fellows Group recognizes and honors AOM members who have made significant contributions to the science and practice of management. For 2021, Dr.
The UGA Psychology Department would like to congratulate this year's graduates from the Professional Industrial-Organizational Psychology Master's Program. This program is designed for working professionals with weekend classes delivered at our Gwinnett Campus. Great work, everyone! 

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Clinical Psychology Doctoral Candidate

My research examines the mental health and well-being of sexual and gender minority (SGM) populations. I'm especially interested in social and community factors (e.g., community connectedness) that influence internalizing symptoms, substance use, and interpersonal functioning among SGM…

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