Psychology Department

How do people perceive the world? What motivates them? How do children learn? What makes us angry, or sad, or happy or depressed? How does the brain work?

These are just some of the questions you'll be able to explore in SUNY Cortland’s Psychology Department. And as you explore, you’ll benefit from far-ranging faculty expertise, innovative teaching and leading-edge technological resources.

Choose areas of study that interest you. Learn from a multitalented faculty who are experts in educational psychology, personality/social, abnormal psychology, learning, cognition, emotion, neuroscience, psychopharmacology and psychology of the exceptional child.

Practice the methods of psychology in such real-world settings as schools, counseling centers, or social service agencies. Add depth to your learning by conducting research in Cortland's first-rate laboratories.

A Cortland psychology degree can lay the groundwork for graduate school in psychology, education or social work; for law school or medical school; and for careers in research, applied psychology, counseling and a variety of other fields.


Twelve students conducting sponsored research this summer

June 4, 2024
This cohort's studies range from biology and chemistry to political science and fine art.

Student research showcased at Transformations

April 16, 2024
The annual spring conference is a chance to highlight academic excellence on campus.

Psychology class considers pseudoscience 

Dec. 7, 2022
Craig Foster promotes skeptical thinking by busting Bigfoot.

Non-traditional student leverages people skills 

Nov. 16, 2022
Psychology major Rosemarie Groesbeck helped people with special needs find job success. 

Moffett Center transformation highlighted

March 9, 2022
SUNY Cortland formally celebrates the $25 million renovation of Moffett Center into an academic hub