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Department of Psychology

Department of Psychology


Faculty and students in the Department of Psychology are engaged in a wide variety of research that explores development, and basic affective, cognitive, social, and neurological mechanisms of psychological processes.

Learn about our research labs .

Learn about opportunities to participate as an undergraduate student at DU or as a member of the wider community.


  • Professors collaborate to learn the truth about how mom's stress affect baby's brain
    Drs. Elysia Davis and Pilyoung Kim's work on understanding how the prenatal and postnatal environment affects a child's life course has been highlighted.

    Read the story

  • DU professor's work frequently cited in analysis of youths' relationships.
    Such publications as The New York Times have cited Professor Wyndol Furman's award-winning research on adolescent relationships.

    Read about Furman and the research that earned him two awards in 2012.

  • Burning Man fan uses festival as opportunity to research human behavior. 
    After attending the annual Burning Man festival for years, Professor Kateri McRae uncovered through research that those who attend the event control their emotions in healthier ways while there than when they're at home.

    Read more details about McRae's discoveries about Burning Man attendees' emotional habits here and here.

  • Readers' brain activity works to make stories more vivid
    Assistant Professor Jeremy Reynolds helped conduct research that uncovered just how engrossed we become by the stories we read. By looking at the brain activity of research participants while they read, he learned that readers' brains react to fictional characters' experiences as if they're actually living the story themselves.

    Read more about Reynolds' role in human brain activity research.

  • Professor's research helps pinpoint the pinnacle of adolescent depression
    Associate Professor Benjamin Hankin's work toward identifying the most critical emotional downward spirals for adolescents and teens has earned him many awards, including the 2010 Distinguished Scientific Award for early career contribution to psychology.

    Read about Hankin's accolade.

  • Professor Watamura's look into stress in young children:
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  • Professor Keenan's work in understanding reading comprehension disabilities:
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  • Professor DePrince's work in service-based psychology:
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  • Ways to protect against PTSD:
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  • Professor McIntosh's research on how facial expressions may influence emotion was cited in the New York Times.