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.

Rice psychologist recognized for distinguished scientific contributions

Eduardo Salas, the Allyn R. & Gladys M. Cline Chair & Professor of Psychology, is the recipient of the 2016 Distinguished Scientific Contributions Award presented annually by the Society of Industrial and Organizational Psychology (SIOP). Salas received the award at a ceremony during the organization’s annual meeting.

Hebl wins national teaching award

Rice psychology professor Michelle “Mikki” Hebl is the winner of Baylor University’s 2016 Robert Foster Cherry Award for Great Teaching, one of the country’s top collegiate teaching honors. The award program is designed to honor great teachers, stimulate discussion in the academy about the value of teaching and encourage departments and institutions to value their own great teachers.

Inflammation can fan the flames of depression

Chronic inflammation in the bloodstream can “fan the flames” of depression, much like throwing gasoline on a fire, according to a new paper from psychologist Chris Fagundes. In addition to being linked to numerous physical health issues, systemic inflammation is linked to mental health issues such as depression.

Oswald voted president of Society of Industrial and Organizational Psychology

Fred Oswald, a professor in the Department of Psychology, has been elected president of the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology (SIOP) for 2017. He will assume the role in April 2017.