About the Department of Psychology

In USC's Department of Psychology, faculty and students are engaged in groundbreaking studies, both 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. The department has state-of-the-art research facilities, including the Dana & David Dornsife Cognitive Neuroscience Imaging Center located in an adjacent building. A shared, communal social behavior laboratory of testing rooms and equipment is available in the Seeley G. Mudd Bldg. for use by all faculty and students who are doing behavioral research. The clinical science program offers clinical services to the community through the on-campus Psychology Services Center. The overall goal of this department is to provide students with the experience of one of the top ranked and best psychology programs in the country.

The Department of Psychology has approximately 80 doctoral students in residence and about 1000 undergraduate majors. Students on the pre-health and pre-law tracks, along with those majoring in other programs, such as neuroscience and cognitive science, also take psychology courses and participate in research opportunities with faculty in the department. Undergraduates are encouraged to enroll in double majors or minors. The department offers a general Psychology minor and a minor in Psychology and Law.

USC was one of twenty-one original charter members of Psi Chi, the International Honor Society of Psychology, founded in 1929. The clinical psychology program has been accredited by the American Psychological Association since 1948, one year after the Boulder Conference. In 2010, USC became one of the first ten clinical science programs receiving accreditation from the Psychological Clinical Science Accreditation System (PCSAS).

Among noted faculty to have been part of USC’s psychology department are J.P. Guilford, Richard F. Thompson, Sarnoff Mednick, John L. Horn and Norman Miller. Among USC’s Ph.D. graduates are Edwin S. Shneidman, Robert Arkin, Tracey Shors, Jonathan Kellerman, Terrie Moffitt, Nancy Collins, Tyrone Cannon and Moshe Bar.

The department is grateful to the Jonathan and Faye Kellerman Graduate Fellowship in Clinical Psychology, the Mary Tenopyr Industrial Psychology Fund that helps to support the Social Behavior Laboratory, the Ben Heilbrun Endowed Scholarship for providing summer support for doctoral students, the Heather Anne Barnes Scholarship for supporting students interested in autism, and the many donors who contribute to the programs of the department.

  • Department of Psychology
  • University of Southern California
  • SGM 501
  • 3620 South McClintock Ave.
  • Los Angeles, CA 90089-1061