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Department of Psychology



NIU's Psychology Department provides a vibrant and exciting atmosphere in which to develop and train as a psychologist. Our undergraduates can pursue a B.A. or a B.S. degree, and graduate study (primarily Ph.D.) is available in several specializations, including:


 • The application deadline to apply for departmental scholarships is fast approaching--February 14th--so see here for the department's annual undergraduate scholarships, awards, and application materials!

 • Undergraduate students can make advising appointments by signing up at the bulletin board outside of the department office in PM400, although limited online advising is also available via email

Brown Bags and Research Meetings

Faculty and students meet regularly in brown bag seminars and research meetings to discuss current theory and research.  

For schedules of upcoming events and additional information, please see the links below: 


 • Congratulations to the department's own Maria Senf for winning the Career Services Internship/Co-op Student of the Year Gold Award!

 • New Articles on The Wide Wide World of Psychology Blog: Visit The Wide Wide World of Psychology for exciting new articles on the science of BDSM, the effects of stimulant treatment on ADHD, and five signs that sibling fighting may be bullying!

 • Our 6th Annual Departmental Research Conference was a resounding success, with 33 student posters co-authored by faculty in our department and dozens of student presenters all told. Congratulations to our students and faculty alike for yet another strong showing! See here for details.

 • Congratulations to Maria Senf and Barbara Ohata for their award-winning presentations at this year's Research and Artistry Day!  Ms. Senf took home the first place award in the 'Arts, Education, Health, Humanities, and Social Sciences' area, while Ms. Ohata received the third place award.  See here for more details about the event.

 • Congratulations to Dr. Christine Malecki for being named a Presidential Engagement Professor!  This honorary title is meant to acknowledge NIU faculty with outstanding records of community outreach and engagement.  See here for details. 

 • Congratulations to Ross Knoll for being one of the recipients of the 2014 Outstanding Graduate Teaching Assistant Award, which acknowledges teaching assistants who have made significant contributions to teaching at NIU.

 • Our 5th Annual Departmental Research Conference was enormously successful, with 22 student posters co-authored by faculty in our department and dozens of student presenters in total.  Congratulations to everyone for another strong showing! See here for details. 

 • Congratulations to Jenny Koppen, graduate student in the Neuroscience and Behavior area, who has won the MPA Student Paper Award and been named an MPA Fellow for 2014!  Her paper, entitled Hippocampal Cholinergic Deafferentation Causes Retrograde Amnesia in the String-pulling Task, was recognzied for its exemplary quality and contribution to the field of psychology.

 • Congratulations to Christopher Budnick, graduate student in the Social/Industrial-Organizational area, for receiving a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship! This is a highly competitive and prestigious award recognizing top young scientists from across the nation. See here for further details.

 • Congratulations to undergraduate psychology student Elliot Ihm for being named as a 2013 University Honors Summer Scholar! This award is intended to support exemplary undergraduate students in their research efforts. See here for details.

 • Congratulations to Dr. Angela Grippo for winning the 2012 American Psychological Association Distinguished Early Career Scientific Contribution award! This is among the highest honors for scientific achievement by psychologists, and it identifies Dr. Grippo as an emerging international leader in the field of health psychology. See here for the complete award citation. 

 • Research conducted by Dr. Holly Orcutt and her collaborator, Dr. Kerry Ressler at Emory University, made national headlines for their work examining genetic influences on the development of posttraumatic stress disorder symptoms. See here for details.

 • Congratulations to Dr. Joe Magliano for being named as a Presidential Research Professor. This is the highest honor for research and scholarship that NIU offers and is reserved for those individuals who have achieved national and international reputations in their field.  See here for details.

 • Congratulations to Dr. Anne Britt as recipient of one of the 2012 Presidential Teaching Professorships.  This is the highest honor for teaching at NIU and recognizes the profound impact Dr. Britt has had on her students, colleagues, and profession. See here for details.