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Department of Psychology

Faculty and students in the Department of Psychology work side-by-side on cutting-edge research and clinical projects in areas including health, forensics, neuropsychology, cognitive, human experimental, clinical psychology and more.

Drexel University’s Department of Psychology is an active community of internationally known faculty and student scholars. Our department features state-of-the-art research labs, a training clinic, and a wide array of research and clinical opportunities for our graduate and undergraduate students.

Students in Drexel's Bachelor of Science in Psychology program learn how to frame and find answers to important questions regarding human behavior, cognition and emotion, while working alongside faculty who are leaders in the field. For a select number of undergraduates, the department offers an Accelerated BS/MS degree that allows students to earn both a bachelor’s and master’s degree in just five years.

At the graduate level, the Master of Science in Psychology is ideal for students who wish to pursue advanced education in scientific psychology and research methods. Our terminal degrees include the PhD in Clinical Psychology, which trains students in the scientist-practitioner model; the PhD in Applied Cognitive and Brain Sciences, which emphasizes rigorous quantitative and methodological training; and the joint JD/PhD in Law and Psychology, which bridges the gap between the two disciplines.


The Department of Psychology is actively engaged in vibrant research initiatives to advance the science and practice of psychology. Faculty publish widely, are featured in national and international media, and have won major research awards from premier research bodies including the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the National Science Foundation (NSF). The main research areas in the department are:

  • Forensic Psychology
  • Health Psychology
  • Cognitive Neuroscience
  • Neuropsychology
  • Pediatric & Child Psychology


The Drexel Co-Op

Through Drexel’s cooperative education program, undergraduates embark on up to three, six-month periods of employment, exploring their career options, strengthening their résumés and building a professional network in the process. Our students have held co-op positions at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, Magee Rehabilitation Center, the School District of Philadelphia, the Drexel Psychological Services Center, as well as nonprofit organizations focused on health and wellbeing in the community.

Learn More About Drexel Co-op for Psychology Majors

Drexel Psychological Services Center

Drexel University Psychology Services Clinic

The Drexel Psychological Services Center (PSC) is a training facility, run by the Department of Psychology, whose goals are to offer high-quality training to clinical psychology doctoral students at Drexel University, as well as provide cutting edge, scientifically informed treatments to clients in Philadelphia and surrounding areas at affordable rates.

Learn More About The Drexel Psychological Services Center

Student Organizations

The psychology community in our department is lively and fueled by two active student organizations:

  • PSI CHI Honor Society - Provides academic recognition for inductees and encourages the growth of psychology through members' participation in psychology-related activities.
  • Psychology Club - Strives to promote interest in psychology through events, activities, and social interactions between students and faculty. Learn more at
student Meghan Plank
“Five years at Drexel, four years as a Division I athlete, three co-ops, two degrees, and one senior thesis. My experiences at Drexel have been diverse, exhilarating, challenging, and fulfilling in so many ways.”Meghan PlankBS psychology & BS entrepreneurship ’16

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