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Welcome to the University of Minnesota Duluth Psychology Department!

As the Head of the Department I may be biased when I say that I sincerely believe we are a fantastic place to study psychology whether it is as an undergraduate student, graduate student or as a professor! Surely some bias is present but the truth is that I would not be the Head if I did not have a deep love and respect for the vibrant, dynamic and engaged community of students, faculty and alumni from UMD Psychology. My colleagues in our faculty are a diverse set of individuals who bring a variety of perspectives on what psychology is and what it should be in the future. They have won awards in recent years for outstanding teaching, research, advising and service. We –and our students -do work related to industrial and organizational issues, behavior analysis, psychophysiology, neuroscience, behavioral genetics, evolutionary psychology, supporting community organizations, social psychology of entitlement and prejudice, personal development, personality traits, movement and movement coordination, special education in impoverished regions, the scholarship of teaching and learning, mental health of children and families, addictive behavior, health behaviors and self-regulation including healthy eating, language and literacy development, only to name a few. Our varied talents, perspectives and training backgrounds allow us to provide an usually strong combination of applied and research opportunities in psychology to graduate and undergraduate students. We have affiliations with over 30 service providers, institutions and agencies that allow for structured, supervised internships. We also provide an opportunity for students to gain high-quality research training in psychology with a smaller number of students per professor than most research institutions in the region. We accomplish this both through our extensive methods courses and by providing research supervision in our laboratories and community projects. We have “critical masses” of professors in the areas of Industrial-Organizational and Clinical-Counseling Psychology that are two applied areas each with multiple associated career paths. As a result we have many courses related to these areas as well as courses in cognitive, social, personal growth, biological and developmental psychology. In general, our courses are grounded in theory and research with an eye toward fostering critical thinking. Class-size for upper-level undergraduate courses is generally 30 students, so instructors can provide more individual attention than at larger institutions. We also offer a nationally ranked entirely online undergraduate program.  We have an active student community with several clubs and organizations related to psychology. Many students tell us that they feel a sense belonging. When surveyed they also tell us that they feel that the faculty know them, support them and care about how they are doing. I truly believe this reflects our greatest strength. Our faculty are strongly committed to student learning and development. 

Scott Carlson 

Dr. Scott R. Carlson, Department Head and Associate Professor