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Department of Psychology
O'Boyle Hall Room 314
The Catholic University of America
Washington DC 20064

phone: 202-319-5750
fax: 202-319-6263


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Welcome to the CUA Department of Psychology

The Catholic University Department of Psychology, one of the first established in the United States, was founded by Edward Pace upon his return in 1891 from study with Wilhelm Wundt in Leipzig. Today our faculty and students carry out leading research in many areas of psychological science.  We offer programs ranging from an undergraduate minor to the Ph.D. in clinical, developmental and cognitive psychology.  We hope you enjoy your visit to our site. 


In Memoriam

We mourn the loss of Brian Nowlin, who helped the faculty and numerous students as Assistant to the Chair for some 13 years. Brian will be remembered at a memorial service on Sunday, Aug. 30, at 12:30 p.m., at Foundry United Methodist Church, 1500 16th St., NW. 


Undergraduate Programs

Students enjoy the personal contact of a small liberal arts college with the first-rate opportunities of a research university.

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Graduate Programs

Whether your interests are in learning the latest methods for clinical practice or in preparing for a career in teaching or research, we have a graduate program to meet your needs.

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Students at CUA participate actively in the leading-edge research carried out by our faculty.

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Research News

> Catalina Pérez, a fourth year doctoral student in the clinical psychology program, was awarded the Elizabeth Munsterberg Koppitz Child Psychology Graduate Student Fellowship from the American Psychological Foundation. It is awarded to 3-6 students nationally to support graduate student research in the area of child psychology. The award will be used to support Catalina's dissertation. The project's title is The role of home visitor and maternal depression on parenting practices: The case of an early childhood stimulation program in rural Colombia. Catalina will appear in an upcoming issue of the Monitor on Psychology.

> Ben Hinnant, assistant professor, was quoted in an article in the October issue of Smithsonian magazine about research that indicates that conflict between parents may affect how children respond to stress.

> CUA students and faculty had a major presence at the recent American Association of Suicidology meeting in Baltimore. Congratulations to Senior Psychology Major, Ryan Horgan, who won the student poster competition at the conference. More on the conference.

> Dr. Brendan Rich received the CUA Young Faculty Award for Achievement in Research at the Provost's reception on April 25.  Congratulations Brendan!

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Department News

> Blaire Schembari, M.A. was recently elected to the APAGS' position of Member at Large, Education. Her two year term will focus on representing psychology graduate students' internship and training needs to APA boards and committees, as well as advocate for psychology graduate students' quality of education and training experiences.

> Building on her CUA doctoral dissertation in clinical psychology, Dr. Brieanne Kohrt founded PASEO, a Spanish psychology immersion program.  Her program is featured in a recent article.

> The doctoral program in Clinical Psychology is pleased to report continued success in internship placements. 100% of the program's doctoral students matched to internships, while the national average was 82% for 2015. Moreover, CUA's doctoral students will be attending among the top internships in the nation:
Yale University-Psychiatry/ CT Mental Health Center, Young Adult Services
Salt Lake City VA Health Care System
VA Boston Healthcare System, Dual Diagnosis (PTSD-SUD) at Brockton
University of Connecticut Counseling and Mental Health Services
Packard Children's Hospital at Stanford University and the Children's Health Council Consortium
VA Maryland School Mental Health Program/Center for School Mental Health
Children's National Medical Center
VA Medical Center-Washington DC

> Applied-Experimental alumna Nancy Dennis (Ph.D. '04) has been recommended for promotion to Associate Professor with continuous tenure at Penn State University. Congratulations, Nancy!

> On Friday October 17, from 5 to 6:30 pm CUA psychology alumni, students and faculty will gather on the 3rd floor of O'Boyle Hall for the 4th annual Psychology Alumni Reception. Dr. Robert K. Heinssen, Ph.D., will be honored with the Department's Distinguished Alumni Award for his outstanding contributions to the field. All psychology alumni and graduate students are welcome.

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