Psychology is the branch of knowledge concerned with the study of behavior and mental processes. Modern psychology is rooted in a variety of traditions including philosophy, medicine, and biology, and therefore covers a wide area of study and involves a great diversity of activities. It is an academic discipline with a long and productive tradition of scholarship and scientific research. It also is a profession that conducts and applies the products of research in the arena of human services. In addition, fields such as education, law, medicine, social services, management, advertising, industrial engineering, environmental design, and public administration draw upon psychological principles.

Psychology examines behavior and mental processes at a variety of levels from the molecular (e.g., the role of particular chemicals in brain function) to the global (e.g., the role of cultural factors in promoting achievement motivation). Students of psychology have the opportunity to learn how people sense and perceive their environment, process and remember information, experience emotions, and cope with the difficulties they encounter. In addition, they learn how all of these processes vary from person to person, from age to age, and from one social context to another. Through an understanding of basic mental processes, a deeper understanding of people's problems and procedures for dealing with these problems can be gained.

Department News and Events

Psychology Course Revisions

Greetings PSY Students,

Fall 2016 courses are now viewable within SIS and many of you have begun planning for registration to begin later this month. Please make note that some Psychology course changes have occurred.

Click here to see a detailed description of the revisions.

Candice Mayer Receives Raphelson Prize

Candice Mayer of UM-Flint Psychology has been awarded the 2015 Raphelson Prize, a faculty-selected award that honors excellent research and writing by a psychology student. Her winning paper was titled, “Ethical Perceptions Regarding Research Participation.”

Psychology Students Research Parkinson's Disease and the Effects of Exercise

Dr. Nathaniel Miller of the College of Arts and Sciences' Psychology Department is working with two undergraduate research assistants to study the effects of exercise on symptoms of Parkinson's Disease. Part of the research takes place within the nationwide Pedaling for Parkinson's program.

Psychology Department at UM-Flint—The Dr. Harriet M. Wall Lecture Series

Dr. Harriet M. Wall established a lecture series at the time of her retirement from the University of Michigan- Flint. Dr. Wall had a long and productive career at UM-Flint – she began as an assistant professor in 1972, and moved through the ranks to become an Associate and Full Professor, department chairperson, director of Research, and Interim Dean of the College and Arts and Sciences before her retirement in 2004.  Dr. Wall taught a broad range of courses, supervised many research projects, was the Psi Chi Advisor, and was the resident expert in sensation and perception and statistics during her tenure on campus.

Now in its 10th year, The Wall Lecture is a forum for sharing cutting edge, sometimes controversial developments in psychology—over the years we’ve had experts present their work in areas ranging from laboratory-based experimental psychology to best practices in clinical/community psychology.       

Stay tuned for Wall Lecture Series events.

Dr. Eric Freedman

The University of Michigan-Flint College of Arts & Sciences would like to extend deepest condolences and best wishes to the family of Dr. Eric Gordon Freedman.Dr. Eric Freedman, a longtime member of our Department, passed away on December 10th, 2014.