Department of Psychology

Welcome!  The Department of Psychology offers a science-based program emphasizing sound theory and methodology along with experience applying these to practical problems of everyday life.  We offer B.A. and B.S. degrees, concentrations in Behavioral Neuroscience, in Cognition and Perception, and in Industrial/Organizational Psychology, and a minor at the undergraduate level.  Also, we offer a Ph.D. in Human Factors and Industrial/Organizational Psychology.

Psychology--Gateways to Careers

Can I get a job with an undergraduate degree in Psychology?

Yes!  According to Google, employers want people who can communicate effectively, think critically, and are life-long learners.  Wright State University offers a unique undergraduate Psychology program that creates effective and successful future employees.  Our science-based approach, along with learning opportunities in and out of the classroom, provides students the ability to gain knowledge and skills that can be put directly on a resume—knowledge and skills that employers want.  Check them out!  Contact us to learn more and start gaining these resume builders today!

Celebrating our Psychology Colleagues

  • Dr. Joseph Houpt, 2016 William K. Estes Early Career Award
  • Hanshu Zhang, 2016 Best Student Paper Award from the Human Performance Modeling Group, Human Factors and Ergonomics Society
  • Andrew Hampton and Dr. Valerie Shalin, 2016 Human Factors Prize, Human Factors and Ergonomics Society
  • Dr. Megan Leasher, 2017 Distinguished Early Career Contributions for Practice by the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology
  • Dr. John Flach, Keynote speaker, Swedish Cognitive Science Society Conference, Uppsala, October 26-27th, 2017

10th BNS and 25th HF/IO Anniversary Events

We’re beginning a series of events to celebrate our anniversaries in the Behavioral Neuroscience concentration and the Human Factors/Industrial-Organizational Psychology Ph.D. program.  Watch for updates!

  • Sean Collins, Distinguished Alumni Research Talk, March 17, 2:00 – 4:00 p.m., NEC 101
  • Human Factors Research Talk, Fall 2017, TBD
  • I/O Research Talk, Fall 2017, TBD
  • HF/IO Panel, Spring 2018, TBD
  • BNS Panel, Spring 2018, TBD

Psychology News

First-year students receive free calendars

Sarah Cicora, an academic adviser in the Department of Psychology, helped secure a donation from ACCO brands of 951 calendars for students taking first-year seminars at Wright State this fall.
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Wright state of mind

Two sisters and their cousin have more than family in common: they all majored in psychology at Wright State.
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Student Resources

Planning Your Degree

i-psychology-studentunion.jpgDeclaring a major is a big decision that can be difficult to make. The academic advisors in the department of psychology appreciate this fact and thus are dedicated to helping new or prospective majors navigate their way through the many degree requirements that must be met before earning a degree. Read More


The minor in psychology offers 22 hours of dynamic instruction examining a diverse array of phenomena governing the behaviors of humans, as well as animals. Among the many course offerings, students may choose from 2000-3000 level courses addressing issues related to gender identity, the application of psychology to crime and justice, prejudice, mental illness, animal behavior, chemical dependency, and others. With the minor in psychology, students will be able to compliment any primary area of study with useful knowledge, practical skills, and sometime surprising insights. Members of the psychology faculty are confident that all students who pursue the minor will add value and substance to their undergraduate education.  Read More

Student Orgs.


Students can participate in the Psi Chi and Psychology Club student organizations while attending Wright State University, adding to their educational experience and allowing them to meet fellow students with similiar interests.  Read More

Graduate Program

Started in 1979 with the Master of Arts degree in Human Factors, offered through the multidisciplinary Applied Behavioral Sciences program, we now offer both Master of Science and Doctor of Philosophy programs in Human Factors and Industrial Organizational psychology. Our unique Graduate Program provides students a solid grounding in both Human Factors and Industrial Organizational psychology.  Read More


Virtual Reality In the VERITAS CAVE

The Wright State University Department of Psychology maintains several general laboratories to support teaching and learning for both undergraduate and graduate students and each faculty member maintains a research laboratory. In addition to the on-campus laboratories, many specialized laboratories around the Dayton Metropolitan area allow us to use their facilities and equipment. Learn more