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College of Humanities & Sciences

Psychology Department

Message from the Chair

Dr. Mike Southam-Gerow [View Image]

Welcome to a new semester at Virginia Commonwealth University’s Department of Psychology. If you are new to our department, welcome! If you are returning, welcome back. And, if you are considering applying for a degree program or a position in our department, we look forward to meeting you.

Fall 2021 finds us in a transition out of an almost entirely Zoom-based life and into a hybrid world, where some of our classes will be in-person and some remote. Our departmental team is excited to welcome you back! Please don’t hesitate to reach out if you have any questions.

Situated on the historic Monroe Park campus of VCU and part of the vibrant College of Humanities and Sciences, our department strives to make real the mission of the university through engaging and transforming the lives of our undergraduate and graduate students, through impactful and nationally recognized research that achieves meaningful changes in the community, and through our efforts to achieve excellence via our commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion.

We are a community of more than 1700 undergraduate majors, 120 doctoral students, more than 50 full-time faculty, and more than a dozen amazing staff. We are a research-active department, with more than $10M in federal grant dollars awarded to our unit annually. We pride ourselves in conducting community-engaged science that makes our region and the world a better place. We are also an engaged team in the classroom, teaching thousands of students each semester about the amazing discoveries and ideas found in the discipline of psychology. We have service learning offerings, active undergraduate research opportunities, a Bachelor of Science degree with the opportunity for individualization, and four competitive and nationally recognized Doctor of Psychology degrees, including two highly-ranked and APA-accredited programs in clinical and counseling psychology. Our clinical program is top-50 per USNWR. And we have a strong commitment to equity, diversity, and inclusion; our EDI committee received an award from CHS this past year.

Our faculty and students study a wide range of topics, with specific strengths in health psychology, behavioral medicine, prevention science, and work with youth and families. Many of our faculty are also involved in the university’s innovative initiative called iCubed; through strategically designed cores, iCubed offers transdisciplinary approaches to solve challenging and persistent problems in urban communities.  On other pages of the website, you will find relevant details about our faculty and their research interests. I encourage you to look around.

We are located in Richmond, the capital of Virginia, a diverse cultural city, surrounded by historic neighborhoods, parks, and a thriving James River. The city consistently ranks among "Best Places to Live and Work in America" in national publications. In addition, Washington, DC, the Chesapeake Bay and coastal areas, the mountains of Virginia and West Virginia, national wildlife refuges, and areas rich in our country's history are all short drives away.

The Department of Psychology at VCU is a terrific place to study and work. If you are not already part of our team, we hope to welcome you soon. 

Michael A. Southam-Gerow, Ph.D.
Professor and Chair
Fall 2021


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