The foundation for almost any career in psychology, research plays a central role in both the undergraduate and graduate psychology programs. Several undergraduate courses require students to participate in a research component, and doctoral students master research methods in the focus area of their choice. Faculty often invite students to work side-by-side on their research projects, helping build mentoring relationships and practical experience. And there are many opportunities for students to showcase their work, from academic publication to presentations at professional conferences.

Many of the department’s funded research projects fall under the categories of health psychology or cultural diversity issues. Our faculty publish widely on topics including mental health and obstetrics care, suicide risks for gender and sexual minority groups, stressors and health outcomes among black men and stigmas surrounding HIV-prevention drugs.

Faculty by Research Area

$2 Million+ Awarded Annually in Research Funding




50 Research Articles Published Annually, on Average, by Faculty



Research and Funding Opportunities


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Undergraduate Student Research

When students get involved early with a research project, they are able to yield better results and stronger connections with faculty. Undergraduates are encouraged to pursue independent projects, in addition to required research credit hours.

Undergraduate Research


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Doctoral Student Research

Doctoral students engage in externally funded research projects throughout their studies, primarily focusing on health psychology or cultural diversity. The department also offers dissertation fellowships and access to GW’s many research funding sources.

Graduate Research Funding


"I was able to participate in and develop original research during my time in the clinical psychology program. My mentors helped me develop a grant that was funded as an NIH National Research Service Award."

Diana Shellmer
PhD '05

Diana Shellmer

Research Tools

Psychology Subject Pool

The GW Psychology Subject Pool is a research resource for faculty and students. Undergraduate students use the pool to sign up for required department research participation. Faculty and graduate students may use the pool to conduct research with university participants. All research conducted through the subject pool has been approved by the GW Office of Human Research and all researchers are committed to the ethical and responsible conduct of research.

Subject Pool Participant Sign-Up

Office of the Vice President for Research

The Office of the Vice President for Research provides information and support for undergraduates, postdoctoral scholars and faculty. The site offers proposal development resources, university award and fellowship guidance as well as forms and trainings to help researchers apply for external funding.

Institutional Review Board

The Office of Human Research works with the Institutional Review Board (IRB) to review all research projects involving human subjects and ensure that all investigators have received training in ethics and the responsible conduct of research.



Research in Action

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HIV-Prevention Project Targets Latina Transgender Women

Funded by a $1 million CDC grant, Ana María del Río-González is launching a first-of-its-kind study that uses peer-coaching to support the needs of an understudied community.

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Meet the Columbian Distinguished Fellows

Across disciplines and research fields, these Columbian College PhD fellows are leading scholarly studies and making real-world impacts.

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Three Alumni Create Mental Health Company for Black Community

GW Clinical Psychology alumni Dr. Nicole Cammack, Dr. Danielle Busby, Dr. Jessica Henry and their partner Dr. Dana Cunningham are breaking down the stigma of Black mental health services with their...

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Researchers Follow Social Distancing’s Path

Assistant Professor of Cognitive Neuroscience Gabriela Rosenblau is in the midst of an international survey on decision-making during the COVID crisis. She is focusing on whether optimism bias — our...

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Q & A: Talking to Kids about COVID-19

Professor of Psychology Cynthia Rohrbeck shared some tips on the best approaches to discussing the global pandemic with children