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 family relationships, health behaviors, and mental illnesses such as mood and anxiety disorders. 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.
Psychology is the study of human behavior and cognition. Psychology students at SMU are equipped with a solid academic foundation, which our graduates find useful as they embark upon a variety of careers.
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.
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.
The Psychology Department faculty and staff produce cutting edge research. Learn more.
SMU Psychology Clinic
The SMU Psychology Clinic is a training site that is part of the SMU doctoral program in clinical psychology. Clinicians are graduate students and post-doctoral trainees who are supervised by licensed clinical psychologists, many of whom are faculty in the SMU Department of Psychology. Our mission is to offer low-cost, high-quality comprehensive psychological services to the DFW community. Learn more.