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.


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Big congratulations to four of the Diversity Award winners from the Department of Psychology: Kalyn Holmes, Salena Diaz, Heewon Kwon, and Joanne Qinaʻau!

The Department of Psychology wishes a huge congratulations to Marina Matsui, Isak Kim, Joanne Qina'au, and Sydney Brannick, all winners of the Graduate Student Merit Award!

The Department of Psychology is excited to recognize two incoming students who received East-West Center Fellowships! Catherine Glen will be working with Dr. Jack Barile and Macmillan Willyander will be working with Dr. Ashley Maynard. Congratulations and welcome! @EastWestCenter

Diversity Colloquium Series 2022 - Please join us for Dr. Laurie McCubbin's presentation on Examining Pathways of Resilience and Well-being - Thursday, 4/21, 11:30am-12:30pm. Register here: https://forms.gle/Sn9Mqk1nbdgDkmtLA

Diversity Colloquium Series 2021 - Please join us for Dr. Tiffany Brannon's presentation - Stigma, Strengths, and Social Change: Leveraging Socio-cultural Insights to Advance Science and Society - Thursday, December 9 at 11:30 am on Zoom. Full details: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1AC8CKChIP7s4jvd3CThCTFoMsT_HD-a_Bl3gGIvmICA/edit?usp=sharing

Congratulations to Dr. Aki Masuda on his recently edited book, titled "Prejudice, Stigma, Privilege, and Oppression: A Behavioral Health Handbook” - For more information visit: https://link.springer.com/book/10.1007/978-3-030-35517-3

Congratulations to PhD candidate Sam Spencer (@SamSpencer1990) for winning the UH Mānoa 2021 Mirikitani Outstanding Dissertation Award! Sam is being mentored by Dr. Akihiko Masuda in the Clinical Studies Program. Read the full story: http://go.hawaii.edu/VyM

Please join us in offering our congratulations to Heewon Kwon, who was awarded the Frances Davis Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching for Graduate Teaching Assistants! Heewon works with Dr. Joni Sasaki in the Cognition, Neuroscience, and Social Program.

Please join us in offering our congratulations to Samuel Spencer & Dr. Akihiko Masuda in the Clinical Studies Program for their $5,000 Research Development Grant from @myACBS! Learn more about Sam's dissertation research at http://go.hawaii.edu/AT3.

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