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The Psychology Department at Rice University is a unique blend of basic and applied psychology. Our breadth of research interests creates a unique learning and research environment. The primary emphasis in the department is on research, in both laboratory and applied settings.


The Department of Psychology at Rice University invites applications and nominations for Chair of the department to begin July 1, 2014. Please submit applications by December 1, 2013 to receive full consideration.







As a teacher, scholar, department chair and outstanding citizen of Rice University, Bill Howell served as a model and inspiration to countless students, faculty and colleagues. He was extraordinarily generous with his time and talents. Many owe their success to his efforts on their behalf.
      Sarah Burnett
      Professor Emerita of Psychology



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John W. Brelsford, Jr., Professor Emeritus of Psychology and Statistics, died April 8, 2013. John was known as a caring mentor to the many students whose lives he touched and whose careers he influenced.  

Graduate Program

Our graduate program is unique in that our faculty, together with our graduate students, work in Research Interest Groups (RIGs) allowing for tailor-made programs based on shared research interests.
Undergraduate Program

Psychology goes beyond disciplinary boundaries and represents the scientific study of the mind and behavior from multiple levels of analysis. It is among the most popular majors at Rice.
Department News

Latest News: Professor Randi Martin will lead the research team at the new T.L.L. Temple Foundation Neuroplasticity Research Laboratory.

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