University of Minnesota
Department of Psychology

Department of Psychology

Message from the Chair

Monica Luciana,
Department Chair

Welcome to the Department of Psychology at the University of Minnesota! The 2014-15 academic year will be an exciting one as we welcome 26 new graduate students, many new undergraduate majors, and a new faculty member, Assistant Professor Nathaniel (Nate) Helwig to our department. Nate is jointly appointed to our Quantitative/Psychometric Methods Area and to the School of Statistics.

Since 1919, when the Department was first chartered, Psychology has had a long and illustrious history at Minnesota. A synopsis of that history, which begins with the saga of the missing Chairperson, is given at another location on this website. See History of the Department.

Currently, the Department continues to rank as one of the top ten psychology departments in the nation and throughout the world. We are proud to be counted among the most elite programs! We are a diverse department with strong programs in both basic and applied fields, including:

  • Clinical Science and Psychopathology Research
  • Cognitive and Brain Sciences
  • Counseling Psychology
  • Industrial/Organizational Psychology
  • Personality, Individual Differences, and Behavioral Genetics
  • Quantitative/Psychometric Methods
  • Social Psychology

Our faculty members are renowned for their leadership in conducting cutting edge basic and applied research, much of which cuts across traditional disciplinary boundaries in the field. We are pleased to announce many recent awards attained by our faculty at local and national levels. These are described within the "News and Events" section of this website. Collaborative relationships with faculty in other departments ranging from Radiology to Child Development to Economics are common. Such collaboration, both across specialties within the Department and between Psychology and other disciplines, is a major hallmark of psychology in the 21st century. Much of our research portfolio is funded by federal and other external sources. Our field is in the midst of an increasingly dynamic period which will undoubtedly take us in many new directions as we explore the behavioral and neuroscientific implications of the mapping of the human genome; the educational, occupational, and societal consequences of moving toward a truly multi-cultural nation; the neuroscientific, developmental, and environmental determinants of intellectual skills, personality characteristics, and mental disorders; and as we achieve a better understanding of associations among behavior, brain function, and physical health. We were pleased within the past year to announce the opening of a new collaborative Multisensory Perception Laboratory, located in Elliott Hall.

Our fundamental goals are to offer a strong undergraduate program that provides students with a variety of research, internship, and study abroad opportunities; to maintain world-leading graduate programs across a broad range of areas; and to support research programs that advance the field and contribute to the well-being of society. At present, the Department has nearly 1500 undergraduate majors enrolled in our B.A. and B.S. programs, 134 graduate students, 45 core faculty, and a number of adjunct faculty from many other departments (e.g., Neuroscience, Psychiatry, Educational Psychology, Child Development, Human Resources and Industrial Relations). We are also aligned with several research centers, including the Center for the Study of the Individual and Society, the Center for the Study of Political Psychology, the Minnesota Center for Twin and Family Research, and the Center for Cognitive Sciences. Our undergraduate programs include an honors track as well as options for all majors to pursue either Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science degrees. Many of our undergraduate students are able to pursue individualized research instruction. Our Ph.D. programs are rigorous, and we guarantee five years of funding to incoming Ph.D. students. I welcome you to explore our website to learn more about our department. I would be pleased to answer your questions regarding working or studying in our department, about our faculty or research, or about ways that you might otherwise be able to support our mission. I can be reached by email at

Monica Luciana

Department Chair and University Professor

Office Hours

Monday - Friday
8:00 am to 4:30 pm

General Information

N218 Elliott Hall
75 E River Road
Minneapolis, MN 55455

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