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Mission Statement

Psychology is the science of human behavior and mental processes; it is an academic discipline, an active area of basic and applied research, and a health profession. The mission of the Idaho State University Department of Psychology is to increase awareness and understanding of psychology as a science and profession that promotes health, education, and human welfare.

The Department provides access to baccalaureate, masters, and doctoral education in psychology, provides education and training in scientific methodology, conducts experimental, behavioral and health-focused research, and provides professional training in clinical psychology at the doctoral level. Active faculty research programs, which advance psychological knowledge, enhance undergraduate and graduate experiences in the application of scientific methods, foster critical thinking among students, and develop effective written and oral communication skills. The Department also promotes an awareness of and appreciation for individual and cultural differences, with cultural competence required in clinical and research activities.

The Department maintains a psychology training clinic, which provides regional psychological services. Ongoing professional and public service fosters and models approaches for applying psychological principles and scientific techniques to real world problems. Recruiting and retaining a well-qualified faculty skilled in teaching and conducting research is critical to the success of this mission.

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: We also adhere to Idaho State University’s Code of Ethics and Conduct Policy:

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.