Psychology at USC

Located in the heart of Los Angeles, the University of Southern California Department of Psychology has among its faculty internationally recognized scholars and one of the most diverse student populations in the United States. Our faculty and students are engaged in groundbreaking studies, investigating basic theoretical questions and bringing their work to bear on some of society's most pressing needs. The department offers graduate training in five areas: Brain & Cognitive Science, Clinical Science, Developmental Psychology, Quantitative Methods, and Social Psychology.

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New hires in Clinical Science joined us in January!


April Thames




Christopher Beam 

Department News

Dr. Darby Saxbe

Assistant Professor of Psychology, received the APA Award for Distinguished Scientific Early Career Contributions to Psychology. 

Dr. Steve Lopez

Professor of Psychology, honored by the Council of University Directors of Clinical Psychology as the first recipient of the Martha Bernal Award for the Advancement of Diversity Training and Education in Clinical Psychology

The first graduate class in the Master of Science in Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) began Fall, 2018

Dr. Jonathan Tarbox joined the department as Associate Professor of the Practice of Psychology and is Director of the ABA program.

Kelly Durbin Receives NRSA Award

Kelly Durbin, received a Kirschstein NRSA Individual Predoctoral Fellowship (F31) for her project titled, "Effects of Aging on the Selectivity of Attention and Memory."

Dr. Norbert Schwarz

Professor of Psychology and Marketing, received the 2016 Distinguished Scientist Award of the Society for Experiential Social Psychology and a Dr. honoris causa (honorary degree) from the University of Basel, Switzerland.  

Dr. Rand Wilcox

Professor of Psychology, was elected a member of the International Statistical Institute. 

Dr. Jack McArdle 

Professor of Psychology and Gerontology, awarded the second 2016 Sells Award in recognition of his advancement of longitudinal methodology and statistics throughout his career. This second Sells Award is unprecedented and has the full support of the Society of Multivariate Experimental Psychology Board of Trustees.

Dr. Antonio Damasio

Professor of Psychology and Neurology, listed as one of the top 100 most eminent psychologists of the past century by new APA study.

Dr. Arthur Stone

Professor of Psychology awarded the annual John Ware and Alvin Tarlov Career Achievement Prize for Patient Reported Outcomes Measures in Tokyo Japan Oct 2016

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  • Department of Psychology
  • University of Southern California
  • SGM 501
  • 3620 South McClintock Ave.
  • Los Angeles, CA 90089-1061
  • Phone: (213) 740 - 2203