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About the Department of Psychology at ISU

Welcome to the Department of Psychology at Idaho State University! We are committed to the scientific study of the mind and behavior, covering a broad range of topics from brain function and perception to personality and social behavior. Our department offers a variety of psychology programs and degrees that provide students with a comprehensive education in psychological research, mental health studies, and understanding human behavior.

At the undergraduate level, our psychology programs emphasize the importance of liberal arts education and personal development. Through a combination of classroom instruction and hands-on experience, students develop critical thinking and problem-solving skills, gain competence in scientific research methods, psychometric principles, and data analysis. They explore various domains of psychology, developing a well-rounded view of the field and its significance in understanding behavior. Our program also fosters an appreciation for individual and cultural differences and ethical principles in decision-making.

Our psychology courses delve into fascinating topics such as cognitive psychology, developmental psychology, clinical psychology, social psychology, and neuroscience. Through engaging coursework, students have the opportunity to explore human behavior and mental processes, gaining valuable insights into the complexities of the mind. Our faculty members, who are experts in their respective areas, provide guidance and mentorship to students, ensuring a high-quality education.

The Department of Psychology at Idaho State University offers numerous research opportunities. Under the guidance of our faculty, students can engage in cutting-edge research, contributing to the advancement of psychological knowledge. These research experiences enhance students' understanding of research methodology, experimental design, and critical thinking skills. Our faculty members have expertise in various areas of psychology, including clinical psychology, social psychology, and neuroscience. Their dedication to both research and teaching ensures that students receive a well-rounded education and have access to the latest advancements in the field.

For graduate students, our doctoral program in Clinical Psychology focuses on producing competent practitioners who integrate research and theory from diverse areas of psychology into evidence-based practice. We strive to provide excellence in clinical training, psychological science, ethical practice, and cultural awareness and humility. Our program is accredited by the APA Commission on Accreditation, ensuring that our training meets national professional standards.

In addition to clinical psychology, our doctoral training in Experimental Psychology provides students with education and research training in core areas of psychological science. Students have the opportunity to work with faculty mentors in their areas of interest, allowing for individualized courses of study and research. Our program prepares students for both academic and non-academic careers, providing them with a solid foundation in psychology and expertise in their research areas.

We are proud of our students and alumni who have made significant contributions to the field of psychology. Whether you are a prospective student, current student, or an alum, we invite you to explore our website to learn more about our psychology programs, faculty, research opportunities, and the vibrant community we have built at Idaho State University's Department of Psychology. Together, we strive to advance our understanding of the human mind, promote mental health, and make a positive impact in the field of psychology.

Mission Statement

The mission of the Psychology Department is to conduct research and provide education and services within the area of psychology. Our research programs advance psychological knowledge and apply this knowledge to address real-world issues. We provide education at the baccalaureate, masters, and doctoral levels, with the goals of teaching psychological concepts, scientific methods, professional skills, an awareness of and appreciation for diversity, critical thinking, and effective written and oral communication. We serve the profession and community by applying our expertise to improve individual and collective well-being.

ISU Department of Psychology’s Commitment to Ethical Practices and Collegiality

As members of the ISU Psychology Department, we are united in our commitment to the discipline of psychology. We follow the American Psychological Association’s (APA) Ethical Principles of Psychologists and Code of Conduct as guidelines to ethical practices in teaching, research, and clinical work: https://www.apa.org/ethics/code/. We also adhere to Idaho State University’s Code of Ethics and Conduct Policy: https://www.isu.edu/media/libraries/general-counsel/Compliance-Code-of-Ethics-and-Conduct.pdf

We recognize that a well-functioning academic community includes relationships built upon collegiality, trust, and honesty, including but not limited to relationships among students and faculty, researchers and participants, clients and therapists, and scientists and the public. To maintain trust, we strive to present ourselves, our research, our practice, and our discipline with integrity. 

Consistent with APA, we respect the dignity, worth, and rights of all people. We recognize and respect cultural, individual, and role differences, such as on age, gender identity, race, ethnicity, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, disability, etc. We also aim to appreciate cross-discipline perspectives in psychology by considering differing theoretical perspectives. We further endeavor to limit the effects of bias in our immediate environment by attempting to reduce potential bias when we see it.

Diversity Statement

The Department of Psychology at ISU is committed to creating an equitable, diverse, and inclusive environment for all students, staff, and faculty. We strive to treat everyone with respect and dignity. Diversity in all its forms (including but not limited to race, ethnicity, gender identity, sexual orientation, religion, age, disability status, national origin, socioeconomic status, neurodiversity, political orientation, and body diversity) is essential to achieve our mission, namely conducting research and providing education and services within the area of psychology. We aim to recruit and retain qualified students, staff, and faculty, including members of marginalized groups. We are committed to incorporating the principles of equity, diversity, and inclusion in our work.

We are committed to eliminating all forms of discrimination, harassment, and oppression. We stand in solidarity against hate-related incidents. Our commitments are reflected in our education, research, advocacy, and services.