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.


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.

5/3 @ Noon, Sakamaki C204B - Addressing Cultural Complexities in Practice with Dr. Pamela Hays. Dynamic discussion about the ADDRESSING framework, which offers a new way of understanding and approaching the complexities of identity.

Welcome to our new psychology graduate students for the 2019 - 2020 Academic year: Marina Matsui, Joanne Qina' au, Kaitlin Rozzell, Si Woo Chae, Da Eun Suh, Kathryn Roderick, Sarah Combs, Sydney Brannick and Kayla Soma Tsutsuse!

Great talk by Dr. Jiyoung Park from the University of Texas at Dallas in our department as a part of the Diversity Colloquium Speaker Series. Thank you Dr. Park and to everyone who attended!

Please join us for Dr. Park’s talk on how socio-cultural conditions contribute to individual differences in emotional processing on Wednesday, April 17 from 12-1:30pm in Sakamaki C204B. Light refreshments will be served.

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