Welcome to the Department of Psychology at SMU 

We offer an undergraduate degree in psychology and a doctoral degree in clinical psychology. Our faculty members’ research spans a diverse range of topics, including psychophysiology and stress response, health behaviors, couple and family relationships, and mental illnesses such as schizophrenia, mood disorders, and anxiety disorders. Undergraduate and graduate students are heavily involved in conducting research.  

We invite you to explore our website further to learn more about the people, the research, and the opportunities for students. Please feel free to contact us with any questions.

Undergraduate Studies

The Psychology Department has well over 200 undergraduate majors and more than 100 minors. Each year, about 100 students graduate with a Psychology BA. We currently offer 18 different undergraduate courses during a typical academic year, and the upper-level class size has an average of about 30 students. A majority of our undergraduate students spent one or more semesters working as research assistants in faculty laboratories.

Learn more about the BA in Psychology program

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Graduate Studies

The SMU doctoral program in clinical psychology follows a scientist-practitioner model of training. Our mission is to train clinical psychologists whose professional activities, in both research and practice, are based on scientific knowledge and methods. The program integrates rigorous research training with evidence-based clinical training. Thus, we emphasize the development of conceptual and research skills as well as scientifically-based clinical practice. The overarching goal is to train graduates to use empirical methods to advance psychological knowledge and to approach clinical activities in a manner consistent with scientific evidence.

Learn more about the Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology program

A Brief Note to Prospective Applicants

Thank you for your interest in our doctoral program. We provide exceptional training for students interested in both research and clinical practice. Please read more about some of the features of our program which help distinguish it from many of the other fine programs in clinical psychology across the country.

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Our department has an outstanding, energetic faculty committed to both research and teaching. Many of our faculty members are internationally recognized scholars who regularly publish their research in top academic outlets and receive grant support for their research. Our Faculty serve on review boards for our field's top academic journals, on committees that review federal grant applications, and in administrative roles in prestigious scientific societies. Over half have been honored by a national and/or international scientific organization (e.g. American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy, Anxiety Disorders Association of America, Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies, Society for Psychophysiological Research, Psychiatric Research Society). In addition, over half have received teaching awards.

Presently, we have 14 tenured/tenure-track faculty members, with plans to expand to at least 17. We are also engaging in ongoing recruitment of outstanding scholars to join our faculty.

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Upcoming Workshops and Seminars will be posted in Fall