Psychology themed stained Glass window from the Geography building

Psychology at Clark

The Frances L. Hiatt School of Psychology at Clark University offers graduate and undergraduate students a unique opportunity to explore a variety of theoretical approaches and to participate in ongoing research projects in the intimate atmosphere of a small research university.

At a time when psychology often seems to be splitting into isolated fragments, we are committed to the idea of the unity of psychology. Although various sub-specialties and methodological approaches are represented in the department, we strive to find ways to integrate them—theoretically and through empirical research. Development, broadly defined, translational research, intellectual creativity and innovation are core themes that serve as continuous points of synergy between the three departmental programs: Developmental, Social, and Clinical.

A focus on development and well-being, both across the life-span and as a manner of conceptualizing all psychological phenomena, is in keeping with a distinguished history at Clark. This history includes developmentalists such as G. Stanley Hall, the first president of the University and founder of the American Psychological Association at Clark in 1892, and Heinz Werner, who reestablished Clark in the 1950s as a center of wide-ranging conceptions and innovative research in development. The  Psychology Department is the largest on campus, and our strong undergraduate and graduate programs involve students in inquiry and scholarship as early as possible.

Faculty Scholarship

All faculty in the Psychology Department are actively involved in research which includes publishing, writing grants, presenting at national and international conferences, and mentoring graduate and undergraduate students. We consider our own success in research as critical to our development as a department, to Clark's distinctiveness as a small research university, and to teaching Psychology in the 21st century. Scholarship within the Psychology Department is diverse both in theory and in method; this diversity is a mark of distinction and strength both within and across our three programs.

Student Training

Although student training is specifically tailored to deal with real world problems and make a difference in the lives of people we study, our main emphasis is on training within an inquiry-based academic psychology that orients knowledge and inquiry to how it can be put to use. Our special focus is to prepare undergraduate students to work collectively, often on hands-on projects, and also to work closely with graduate students as members of research teams that are faculty-led. Numerous visiting--often internationally renowned--scholars are present in the department every year, actively participating in research teams and in intellectual gatherings in which the scholarly integration in the department takes place. We prepare Ph.D.s with special skills in their selected areas and wide integrative theoretical orientations. Prospective employers often turn to us to find young scholars who can think beyond their specialty areas. Clark has a reputation for producing distinguished Ph.D. alumni who become valuable members of their professions.