Research from our department has been honored at the White House and internationally recognized with awards like the Benjamin Franklin Medal in Computer and Cognitive Science. Our talented faculty and graduate students conduct cutting-edge research across five broad areas in psychology, representing multiple individual labs and collaborative institutes.


Our Research Areas



Our Research Labs

Center on Brain Injury Research and Training

The Department of Psychology is affiliated with the Center on Brain Injury Research and Training (CBIRT), which conducts research and training to improve the lives of children and adults with traumatic brain injury (TBI). The center's research focuses on developing interventions to improve outcomes related to education, employability, and quality of life, while its training activities promote the use of best practices among educators and other professionals who serve individuals with TBI.



Psychology major Kaitlyn Henner

Endless Research Possibilities

“As an incoming undergraduate student, I had no idea the amount of possibilities I would have to be involved in research, act as a leader, or create close connections with professors. Now, three years later, I have served as a PSY303 peer tutor, worked in a developmental psychology lab, and created many connections with professors, graduate students, and faculty, some of whom are guiding me on the path to conduct my own research later this year! I couldn't be more thankful for the diverse set of experiences offered to me as an undergraduate student in the psychology department.”

–Kaitlyn Henner, psychology major, '24

Mental health

Research Across Disciplines

The Department of Psychology collaborates with experts across a variety of fields through several collaborative interdisciplinary research institutes. Students also have the opportunity to engage in research as volunteer participants through the Human Subjects Pool.

Paul Slovic sitting at desk

Recent Publications

Recent research by Psychology faculty includes a variety of topics relating to racism and prejudice, sleep patterns, conspiracy theories, and neurocognitive development.

Recent Publications 


September 26, 2023
COMPUTER SCIENCE, PSYCHOLOGY - The University of Oregon jumped to a tie for 98th in the annual U.S. News & World Report rankings for best national universities. The College of Arts and Sciences landed at 71st in computer science, 88th in economics and 51st in psychology.
August 18, 2023
NEUROSCIENCE, PSYCHOLOGY - David McCormick is now at the heart of a booming happiness enterprise at the UO, aiming to restore those connections and inspire students to examine how their minds mold reality. His science-based course, Happiness: A Neuroscience and Psychology Perspective, is one of the most popular electives on campus.
June 28, 2023
PSYCHOLOGY - Having a sleep disorder is linked to an increased risk of suicidal ideation in kids, teens and young adults, University of Oregon research finds. The study, co-led by Melynda Casement, associate professor of psychology at the University of Oregon, was published June 16 in the journal Sleep Health.