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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.