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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.


Interested in learning more about UH Mānoa College of Social Sciences graduate programs? Join us Thursday, July 9 at 10 a.m. (HST) for a virtual information session.
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Congratulations to Joy Agner, PhD candidate in the Department of Psychology's Community, Cultural, and Developmental Program, who was recently awarded the @UHManoaOVCS Student Award for Excellence in Research! Joy is a fifth-year student working with Dr. Jack Barile.

Diversity Colloquium Series 2020 - Please join us for Dr. Sarah Gaither's presentation - Multiple Identities = Multiple Sources of Threat & Belonging - Friday, March 13 at 12:30pm in Sakamaki C204B! See you there!

CNS Colloquium Series 2020 - Please join us for Dr. David Smith's presentation - Neurocognitive Mechanisms of Social Decision Making in Older Adults - Friday, March 6 at noon in Sakamaki C204B! See you there!

Mahalo nui @CSS_UHManoa Native Hawaiian Initiative for your collaboration in hosting @foxykealoha for the Department of Psychology’s Diversity Colloquium Series 2020 and MAHALO NUI to Dr. Kealoha Fox for your rich and engaging presentation about Native Hawaiian women’s health!

Diversity Colloquium Series 2020 - Please join us for Dr. Kealoha Fox's presentation - Equity for Native Hawaiian Women and Girls: A Mental Health Case Study - TODAY Wednesday, February 26 at 5:30pm in Sakamaki C204B! See you there!

Congratulations to Jo Qina'au, PhD Candidate in the Department of Psychology's Clinical Studies Program, who was recently appointed as a Health Equity Ambassador for the @APA! Jo is a first-year student working with Dr. Akihiko Masuda.

Diversity Colloquium Series 2020 - Please join us for Derek Issacowitz's presentation - Socioemotional Aging: Expecting Differences, Finding (Some) Similarities. - Thursday, February 6 at noon in Sakamaki C204B! See you there!

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