Department of Psychology

WELCOME TO THE DEPARTMENT OF PSYCHOLOGY

University Hall University of ToledoLocated in the picturesque clock tower building on the main campus, the Department of Psychology at the University of Toledo houses the most popular undergraduate major in the College of Arts and Letters, as well as two nationally-ranked doctoral programs in clinical and experimental psychology. Faculty in the department are nationally- and internationally-renowned researchers, clinicians, and educators invested in advancing the science and practice of psychology, conducting and disseminating cutting-edge basic, applied, and translational research, and providing a high-quality educational experience for both undergraduate and graduate students.

Through our undergraduate psychology program, we offer a wide array of both didactic and experiential learning courses, with specific opportunities for hands-on research and clinical- or teaching-related externship experiences. Our mission at the undergraduate level is to provide students with rigorous training in the science of psychology by presenting historical and contemporary research on human and animal behavior. Students in psychology courses learn to problem-solve and think critically about human behavior, as well as to relate psychological principles to everyday living.

At the graduate level, our department features a nationally-ranked and APA-accredited clinical psychology doctoral program, as well as a nationally-ranked experimental doctoral program that provides training in social psychology, developmental psychology, cognitive psychology, and psychobiology and learning. Students in both programs also have multiple opportunities for advanced integrative training in clinical and experimental psychology through our joint mentoring program and minor specializations in quantitative psychology, health psychology, and experimental psychopathology. Our goal across both programs is to provide superior training in psychological research methods, statistical procedures, and psychological theory, with additional training in the science and empirically-supported practice of clinical psychology provided to clinical students. In addition, an emphasis is placed on the application of research to clinically-relevant problems and behaviors.

We invite you to explore our website and discover all of the exciting opportunities for both undergraduate and graduate students in our department. Please click on the menu on the top right-hand side of this page to learn more about our undergraduate and graduate programs in psychology, the faculty in our department, and the innovative research currently being conducted.

Application deadline for the Clinical Psychology Doctoral Program for 2020-2021: December 1, 2019 (How to apply)
Application deadline for the Experimental Psychology Doctoral Program for 2020-2021 : December 15, 2019 (How to apply)

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Scholarships are available for ongoing majors in the University of Toledo Department of Psychology. Additional information on these opportunities is provided on our undergraduate program webpage

department statement on recent events

To the University of Toledo Psychology Community:

We have been thinking a lot about what to say in a statement about the recent killings of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and Ahmaud Arbery, as well as other recent acts of racial violence, discrimination, and prejudice, and have struggled with the limitations of words in this moment in time. First, no words are adequate to truly express the extent of our grief, anger, sorrow, and frustration around these events. Second, we recognize that even the most carefully crafted words are not sufficient during this time – it is only with thoughtful action that we can begin to address the systemic injustice and inequality present in our society.

With that said, and acknowledging that our words are neither adequate nor sufficient, we offer the following statement: We are heartbroken and outraged over the killings of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, and countless other Black individuals, as well as the systemic racism and injustice underlying these killings and other racial inequities Black individuals and people of color continuously face in our society. These and other recent events have led to great pain and suffering for many individuals. Any of the reactions you are experiencing right now, from anger, outrage, and frustration, to fear, sadness, and sorrow, to numbness, emptiness, and disgust, are human, valid, and understandable. We encourage you to acknowledge, accept, and learn from the full range of emotions you may be experiencing currently, and to know that you are not alone in these experiences. We also encourage you to allow these emotions to motivate effective actions to bring about lasting change.

We also commit to using the privilege afforded to us by virtue of our place in academia to address the racism and injustice underlying these killings and other recent events. To this end, department leadership and faculty members of the Department Diversity Committee commit to working with student members of the diversity committee in the upcoming weeks to identify specific actions we can take in the coming months and years to help address this injustice and inequality. Currently, we have identified three specific actions we can put into place. First, we plan to have dedicated funding available to support faculty and student research that addresses racial disparities in mental and physical health; such research leverages our collective strengths as scientists and provides a foundation for further action to address these disparities. Second, we plan to implement a mentoring program for interested undergraduate students of color to facilitate entry into psychology graduate programs, with the hope that we can gain some ground in reducing racial disparities in graduate programs and academia. Third, we commit to inviting speakers focused on issues of racial disparities and social justice to join our departmental professional development and brown bag series in the upcoming years. As we progress with these plans, we commit to staying aware of and educated on the needs of people of color and other marginalized groups in our student body and local community, as well as the development of additional initiatives to better address those needs.     

To all members of our community, be well, stay safe, and have compassion for yourself and others during this challenging time. We appreciate all you are doing to fight injustice and promote the equality of all individuals during this time. To all of our students, colleagues, and friends of color, we hear you, we see you, and we stand with you.

 Sincerely,

Kim L. Gratz, Chair
Peter Mezo, Associate Chair
Sarah Francis, Director of Clinical Training and Member, Department Diversity Committee
Jason Rose, Experimental Coordinator and Member, Department Diversity Committee
Cin Cin Tan, Interim Chair, Department Diversity Committee
Matthew Tull, Member, Department Diversity Committee

Last Updated: 10/15/20