leaders in psychological,
behavioral & brain sciences
Advancing research, education and health promotion


Who We Are


Home to one of the George Washington University's most popular majors, the Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences offers a variety of undergraduate and doctoral degree programs. Our faculty members encourage a collaborative teacher-student learning environment full of opportunities for mentorship, research and advancement beyond the classroom.

Students in the department benefit from our Washington, D.C., location, and its proximity to major research institutions and health centers like the National Institutes of Health, Pew Research Center and Children’s Hospital National Medical Center.


Join the Graduate Programs Virtual Open House: October 17–27

Registration is open for the Columbian College of Arts and Sciences 2023 Open House! The online event includes program-specific information sessions and opportunities to engage with current graduate students, faculty and our admissions team. 

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What We Study

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Undergraduate research and coursework center on mastering the psychological theories and methodologies that explain how humans behave.

two female students on the left engaging in a discussion with two male students and a professor on the right.


Doctoral students specialize in one of three main research areas: applied social psychology, clinical psychology and cognitive neuroscience.

Psychological & Brain Sciences by the Numbers

450+ Students in the Major
350+ Students in the minor
$2 Million+ awarded annually in research funding
50 research articles published annually, on average, by faculty

Alumni Testimonials

“I use the research skills that I learned daily at work to carry out my research and mentor students on their own projects.”  —Farzana Saleem  PhD ’18 Ford Foundation


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