Faculty Research

The Department of Psychology is committed to integrating research into undergraduate and graduate training, consistent with George Washington University's research mission. In addition to research requirements for many undergraduate psychology courses, undergraduate students are encouraged to participate in focused research with faculty members. Doctoral students are engaged in research throughout their graduate study. Many psychology faculty members are active in mentoring student research, and several have been recognized for their productivity and expertise in their fields of study.

Many of the research projects are in the area of health psychology or cultural diversity. The majority of the research funding comes from the National Institutes of Health, in particular the National Institute of Mental Health and the National Institute of Drug Abuse, and the National Science Foundation. Faculty publish a wide array of professional journals and actively participate in editorial activities. In addition, faculty serve as editors and reviewers for federal granting agencies, top professional journals, and textbook publishers. They also represent the department at professional conferences around the world. View the faculty profile page for more information about specific research interests.


The GW Mind-Brain Institute

Creating a community for unique research, the GW Mind-Brain Institute provides hands-on research opportunities for undergraduates students and cutting-edge training for graduate students, the GW Mind-Brain Institute.

Research Finds Adoptive Children of Gay Couples Developing Well

Should the sexual orientation of prospective parents be considered when placing children in adoptive homes? The answer is “no,” according to a recent study by Stephen Forssell, a faculty member in Columbian College’s Department of Psychology, and Charlotte Patterson, a researcher at the University of Virginia.