Welcome to the Department of Psychology

Robert Ricco

Psychology is one of the largest departments at CSUSB, with 31 full-time and 28 part-time faculty, 140 graduate students, and over 1700 undergraduates. The department offers three undergraduate majors: Psychology, Biological Psychology, and Human Development, and four master's programs: Child Development, Clinical/Counseling, General Experimental, and Industrial/Organizational. In its annual list of America's Best Colleges, USNEWS and World Report recognizes psychology as one of CSUSB's highly respected academic departments.

Psychology faculty have won the coveted Outstanding Professor Award on nine occasions. Four of our current faculty members are recipients. The Department also features five recipients of the Golden Apple Teaching Award. Each of our programs offers first-rate, state-of-the-art classroom instruction, as well as opportunities to apprentice with faculty mentors in a wide variety of research areas and community-based professional activities. Our faculty and students are currently conducting research in such key areas as the impact of inequality on psychological and social processes; the neurobiology of psychiatric disorders, drug addiction, motor movement, and behavioral sensitization; attachment in children and adults; best practices in early childhood education; domestic violence and victimology; plasticity in cognitive control and working memory; post-traumatic stress disorder; organizational leadership; program evaluation; ‘chemistry’ in romantic relationships and close friendships; community-based participatory inquiry; integrating work and family; relational aspects of psychotherapy; health disparities in minority populations; parent education; aging, work, and retirement; and the psychology of marginalized individuals and groups. The Psychology Department contributes to a number of vital institutes and initiatives on campus including the Institute for Child Development and Family Relations, the Learning Research Institute, the Community Counseling Center, the Parenting Intervention Project, and the Infant-Toddler Lab School. The rich experiences our programs make possible for students enable them to gain access to high-quality graduate programs and rewarding professional careers.

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Welcome to Psychology! An award-winning department is at your disposal!


With warm regards,

Robert Ricco
Professor and Chair