Psychology at the University of Hawaiʻi

Thank you for your interest in the Department of Psychology at UH Mānoa. Established in 1920, our department continues to be a leader in training exceptional graduate and undergraduate students. Our department is also home to outstanding faculty whose breadth provide students with many opportunities to explore their scholarly interests.

The Department of Psychology has over 20 faculty who provide exceptional training to graduate students across three broad program areas: 1) Clinical Studies; 2) Cognition, Neuroscience, and Social; and 3) Community, Cultural, and Developmental. In addition, undergraduate students have the option of pursuing a BA or BS degree. Students can also take advantage of a hybrid online option for the BA degree, where the majority of psychology courses are completed online. The culturally diverse context of Hawaiʻi provides the backdrop for innovation, which has led to important contributions across the many disciplines of psychology. As we approach 100 years of service to the university and community, we look forward to continuing this tradition of excellence.


The Department of Psychology invites applications for an Associate or Full Professor position to assume the role of Director of Clinical Training in the Department’s Clinical Studies Program.
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Congratulations to Arlene Chan, an undergraduate member of Dr. Baker's psychology research lab, for being awarded the #Killam Fellowship by @FulbrightCanada! Students are encouraged to apply for this year's fellowship by December 6, 2019. For more info:

Thank you Dr. Brito @sextherapyhawai and everyone who helped make another successful Diversity Series talk! #DiversityColloquiumSeries2019

Diversity Colloquium Series 2019 - Please join us for Janet Brito's presentation - One Size Doesn't Fit All: Sex Therapy with LGBTQIA Individuals Using Affirmative Best Practices - Friday, November 8 at noon in Sakamaki C204B! See you there! (

Congratulations to recent UH Mānoa graduate, Max Nakamoto, who was named 2019 #PortzScholar by
@nchchonors for his thesis work with Drs. Patricia Couvillon and Lorey Takahashi examining relative size learning in honeybees!

We're so lucky to have had @UBCpsych's Dr. Alan Kingstone present his work on "Breaking the Fourth Wall of Cognitive Science: Attention in the Lab and in the Wild" this month! Thanks for the fascinating talk Dr. Kingstone! #BARlab

Please join us for Dr. Colleen Ward's presentation: The Balancing Act: Negotiating Cultural Identities for Psychological Well-being on Tuesday, September 17 at noon in Sakamaki C204B! Light refreshments will be served.

There's a great article in the NY Times featuring UH Mānoa Psychology Professor Kristin Pauker's work. Check it out when you get a chance!

We asked people on Oahu to give their ethnicity. Many had long answers.

Opinion | Want to Be Less Racist? Move to Hawaii

The “aloha spirit” may hold a deep lesson for all of us.

UH Mānoa Psychology Professor Kristin Pauker in Psychology Today - The Biracial Advantage, People of mixed race occupy a unique position in the U.S. Their experiences of both advantage and challenge may reshape how all Americans perceive race.

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