Department of Psychology

College of Arts & Sciences
USF St. Petersburg Dav 100
140 Seventh Avenue South,
St. Petersburg Florida 33701
Phone: 727-873-4156

Acrobat .pdf documents require
the free reader - obtain it here.

This web page is maintained by Page Editor: Mark Durand, PhD.
The page was last updated
04/10/2014 .


Welcome to the USFSP Psychology Department!


The Psychology Department at USFSP is committed to the pursuit of innovative scientific inquiry that addresses important societal issues. Our program's aim is to help advance the field of psychology through thoughtful intellectual leadership built on the foundation of careful empirical research efforts that have implications for helping to improve the human condition. Core faculty members are active scientists engaged in both basic and applied research; current members of our Department have special interests and expertise in the domains of social, clinical, health, family, community, and pediatric psychology, as well as cognitive neuroscience, research methodology and statistics. Our program affords students a rigorous training experience emphasizing both the theoretical and empirical foundations of our discipline. In keeping with our mission, we also offer students unusually rich opportunities to engage in intensive, outside-the-classroom research apprenticeships to promote their development as outstanding young scientists.

Our core faculty members all teach courses in the undergraduate program, and work closely with students on cutting-edge research topics. Faculty members address key scientific controversies in their research programs and communicate with national and international leaders through their scholarly work; students who collaborate with our faculty on research present the fruits of their own efforts in local, national and international research forums. We strive to graduate incisive, broad thinking scientists possessing the skills and competencies to address questions of societal importance themselves, and to continue their training in top graduate programs around the country. Those interested in majoring in Psychology at USFSP or in applying to one of our outstanding graduate programs are encouraged to peruse our website for further information, or contact any members of our faculty directly to learn more about our program.


Fall of 2012, the Psychology  Department launched the Friends of USFSP Psychology Fundraising Campaign. Please considering donating to support continued excellence in student academics and research.

Click here for more information.


The 3rd Issue of PsychBulletin, the Psychology Department newsletter, is here!

Click here to read more.



The Colloquium Series for the Spring 2014 is here! Click here to access upcoming events.

>> back to top



9/3/2013: Pool Opens for Students

On this date you will have access to the system and be able to sign up for experiments. If you have never used the Sona system you will need to create a new account. You can create a new account my clicking "New Participant?" in the lower left corner of the sign-in page. If you have used the system in the past your account is still active. If you forgot your password, click under "Lost your password?" located in the lower left corner of the sign-in page.

12/6/2013 6pm: Pool Closes for Students

This is the last day to participate in any research studies for course credit this semester. Any participation completed after this date will not count. Make sure that all of the extra credit you earned for the semester is being applied to the correct course(s). There can be no changes made after this time. ANY CREDIT THAT IS NOT ASSIGNED TO THE DESIRED COURSE BY THIS DATE WILL BE LOST!

For more information and to register, click here.

>> back to top



STUDENTS INTERESTED IN APPLYING TO USFSP's M.A. IN PSYCHOLOGY PROGRAM – Although we've had our February 6, 2014 information sessions, you are still free to ask for information regarding the program. For students interested in applying to the Fall 2014 cohort, BEST CONSIDERATION DEADLINE FOR APPLICATIONS HAS BEEN EXTENDED TO MARCH 1, 2014. The M.A. program is designed for students seeking re-specialization in the field of psychology and/or intensive research experience as preparation for pursuit of advanced Doctoral study in Psychology; the required 18 hours of graduate coursework in preparation for teaching psychology in a high school or community college; and/or advanced entry-level positions in health and human service related fields requiring advanced research methods, data collection, analysis, and grant writing skills. Application materials include all transcripts, Graduate Record Examination (GRE) score reports, a 1000-word statement of intent for seeking an M.A. in psychology, three letters of recommendation, and two examples of professional or academic writing. For additional information about the application process, e-mail For further information on the program, complete our interest form.

>> back to top

JOIN OUR 2015 COHORT IN OUR GRADUATE INFANT-FAMILY MENTAL HEALTH CERTIFICATE PROGRAM! The Spring 2014 Cohort of the Infant-Family  Mental Health Certificate has just begun, and we are now looking forward to the next year! The fully online one-year program is designed for both recent graduates from Bachelor’s programs seeking positions, or working in, area agencies that serve families of children birth to age 3 and for in-field professionals seeking to re-specialize. The 2015 Cohort will begin classes in January 2015. Those interested in applying for Spring 2015 must submit their application materials (e.g., three letters of recommendation, writing samples, etc.) and apply online as a non-degree seeking student for Spring 2015. The four courses can transfer into the MA in Psychology program or stand alone as a separate certification. For more information on the program, please click here. Deadline for best consideration for program admission is December 15, 2014. Additional information can also be acquired at 727-873-4963 or by completing the interest form.

>> back to top


CONGRATULATIONS, DR. DURAND! The Department is proud to congratulate our colleague, V. Mark Durand, Ph.D., who was recently honored by being ranked among the top 25 psychology professors in Florida. Dr. Durand was chosen by because of his national and international expertise in autism spectrum disorder. Dr. Durand teaches popular undergraduate courses at USF St. Petersburg in Abnormal Psychology, Motivation, and Autism Spectrum Disorders. To read more about this honor, click here.

>> back to top





Click here for the USF St. Petersburg homepage