department of psychology

306 Chafee Hall, 142 Flagg Road, Kingston, RI 02881

uripsymajor@gmail.com401.874.2193 (p); 401.874.2157 (f)

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Quick Facts

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  • Undergraduate Students: Approximately 800
  • Graduate Students: Approximately 100
  • Full Time Faculty: 23

Degree Programs

Undergraduate Degrees Offered

  • Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in Psychology
  • Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in Psychology, with focus areas in:
    • Child/School Psychology
    • Cognitive/Neuroscience
    • Health/ Clinical Psychology
    • Social/Multicultural Psychology

Certificate Programs:

    • Alcohol and Other Drug Counseling: Certificate for Counselors of Substance Troubled People
    • Applied Behavioral Psychology Certificate Program

Graduate Degrees Offered

  • Master of Science in School Psychology (NASP-Approved)
  • Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.)
    • Behavioral Science
    • Clinical Psychology (APA Accredited)
    • School Psychology (APA Accredited and NASP-Approved)

Focus Areas for Graduate Programs:

    • Child and Family
    • Health
    • Multicultural
    • Research Methodology
    • Neuropsychology

Certificate Programs:

    • Postbaccalaureate Certificate in Neuroscience – 12 credits of Neuroscience coursework, including NEU 503. More information »

Affiliated Programs

  • Cancer Research and Prevention Center
  • Psychological Consultation Center
  • Behavior Change Research Center

Our Mission

Our mission is. . .

To generate knowledge of basic psychological processes and contextual influences on psychological and physical functioning,

To apply knowledge to promote health and welfare in a pluralistic society by enhancing the functioning of individuals and social systems,

To translate knowledge into science based programs policies and professional practices responsive to societal needs, and

To transmit knowledge through educational programs, which inform individual development, provide understanding of human behavior, and prepare scientist-practitioners to become future leaders and innovators.

In the accomplishment of this mission we…

Value the fundamental rights, dignity, and worth of all people, while achieving our goal to create a climate of understanding and respect among diverse individuals,

Respect cultural, individual, and role differences, due to age, gender, race, ethnicity, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, disability, language, and socioeconomic status,

Commit to fostering and integrating multiculturalism at both a didactic and personal level, and

Promote conflict resolution in a just and responsible fashion that avoids or minimizes harm while respecting the rights of all individuals.

Commitment to Diversity

The University and American Psychological Association have recognized our department for our efforts to improve the diversity of our department programs. The department, faculty, and students have won awards recognizing the promotion of diversity, and several faculty members are recognized scholars in the areas of multicultural psychology and diversity enhancement. Our affiliations with diversity-focused offices on campus benefit the campus community as well as the broader community in psychology. Additionally, our department has an Inclusion and Diversity Committee focused on integrating multiculturalism at the campus, departmental and personal levels. We work to increase knowledge and awareness of multicultural and diversity related issues in addition to promoting inclusiveness among our students, faculty, and staff.

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