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.

Undergraduate Research Opportunities


Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK) Exchange Program

Founded in 1963, CUHK is a public research university organized into nine colleges and eight academic faculties. This exchange program between USC Dornsife and CUHK’s Faculty of Social Sciences is only open to students in psychology and cognitive science.

CUHK’s Department of Psychology offers a wide selection of courses to enrich students’ understanding of psychology with a broader cross-cultural perspective in the context of Hong Kong and Asia.

Rhiana Caterisano is our first USC exchange student that is taking part in the CUHK program. Her favorite class in Hong Kong is Consciousness. She is actively exploring all that Hong Kong has to offer – using public transportation, hiking remote trails, and visiting surrounding islands. 

Tsz Chun Michael Lai is enjoying being in Los Angeles for the semester – he especially is loving the weather. His favorite classes are Abnormal Psychology and Human Judgment and Decision Making. He has assimilated into the USC culture quite easily – he recently bought his own skateboard. He looks forward to exploring more of what the city has to offer. 

Simeon Pang is very pleased with the learning experience here at USC where he says the environment allows him to gain a deeper understanding of the material. He is studying Sensation and Perception as well as Behavioral Neuroscience, but his current favorite class is chess. He loves how welcoming and diverse the Trojan family is. 

Department News


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

Dr. Hanna Damasio

Professor of Psychology and Neurology, receivied an honorary doctorate from Sorbonne in Paris, home to pioneers of psychology such as Binet and Piaget.

Dr. Wendy Wood

Professor of Psychology and Business, has been awarded the Sorbonne-INSEAD Distinguished Visiting Chair in Behavioral Science  for 2017-18 AY

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