Catholic University’s Department of Psychology is a community of researchers – ­­­professors, lecturers, and students – committed to improving the human condition.  


The Catholic University of America’s Department of Psychology was founded by Fr. Edward Pace in 1891, upon his return from study in Leipzig, Germany with Wilhelm Wundt. Fr. Pace founded the department with a focus on experimental psychology and introduced the earliest psychology laboratory of its kind in any Catholic institution. Influenced by its founding, the department’s curriculum has continued to be very strong in research methods, critical thinking, and statistics. Today, psychology is one of the most popular majors at the University — offering students unlimited career prospects.

At the Department of Psychology, our faculty and students carry out cutting-edge research in many areas of psychological science. The department has 11 labs producing nationally and internationally acclaimed research, including the Adolescents and Families Lab; the Children, Families, and Cultures Lab; the Cognitive Affective Neuroscience Lab; and the Suicide Prevention Lab.  Undergraduate and Graduate students have the opportunity to participate in research apprenticeships in any one of our many research labs, working side by side with faculty members and doctoral students.

Celebrating 125 Years of Psychology at The Catholic University of America!


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Undergraduate Programs

The psychology department offers undergraduates the best of both worlds: the close personal attention found at a small liberal arts college, and the research opportunities and facilities typical of a large research university.

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Graduate Programs

The Department of Psychology offers master's and doctoral degrees.

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Areas of Research

The Department of Psychology is home to several research labs. Both undergraduate and graduate students have opportunities to work in these labs.

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Psychology at Catholic University

One of the most popular majors at the University, our program offers students unlimited career prospects.