Advancing the Science of Psychology from Infancy to Old Age

A Statement from the Department of Psychology re: Chauvin Trial Verdict

April 20, 2021 - Like the rest of the country, we are closely following the trial of police officer Derek Chauvin for the murder of George Floyd. The decision is now up to the jury and the established judicial process of this nation. Like many of you, we anxiously await this verdict and the reactions to that outcome. We believe it is incredibly important to acknowledge the implications of this trial for our community, both broadly and at the University of Arizona. We recognize the impact of this decision as a barometer of broader social justice. Many of us await the outcome of this trial with sadness, anger, and apprehension. However, the issue of structural and interpersonal racism will not end with this verdict. Rather, it should be a catalyst for us all to engage in efforts of social justice reform in our work and in our daily lives. We join you in this moment and beyond to pursue the change that we all want and need so that all members of our community can live life as equals. We encourage anyone who needs support, whether it is yourself or others, to reach out. Here is a list of resources that may be of help

We stand together.  We are ALL Wildcats.


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College of Science Commitment to Building Family-Friendly Workplaces

Supporting employees by finding ways to balance work with personal and family commitments benefits the College of Science in many ways. These efforts increase effectiveness, help retain highly qualified employees, and build a positive workplace environment. The College of Science is committed to providing workplace flexibility for employees while maintaining high standards of performance, as well as, to whatever extent possible, an employee’s income. In addition, we are committed to implementing family-friendly practices and ensuring that information regarding employee resources is shared broadly and regularly.  Information on resources for managing work/life responsibilities, as well as a guide to flexible work arrangements can be found here:

Welcome to UA Psychology!

Everything we do in Psychology is relevant to promoting health – understanding the basic circuitry of the mind and brain, promoting successful development and aging, and exploring the social, cultural and environmental factors that influence behavior.  Our faculty and students are creating innovative solutions to important problems that range from depression, Down syndrome, and Alzheimer’s disease to social problems like stereotyping, cultural bias, and family violence.  By partnering with the community, we’re finding new ways to promote healthy lifestyles among people of all ages.  
It’s an exciting time for the Psychology Department, with new world-class researchers joining our faculty this year, new state-of-the art research facilities being built, and a new Bachelor of Science major in Psychological Science – it’s not a surprise that we’re one of the top-ranked psychology departments in the country.     
It’s my pleasure to welcome you to UA Psychology and introduce you to the people, places, and events that are the life of our department.  For the latest updates and news, check out our department newsletter or our facebook page.

Lee Ryan, Professor and Head


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May 11, 2021

Dr. Ashley Jordan awarded the Gerald G. Swanson Prize for Teaching Excellence

We're delighted to share that Ashley Jordan has been selected to receive the Gerald G. Swanson Prize for Teaching Excellence! This prestigious prize, awarded by the Provost’s office, recognizes outstanding commitment to undergraduate

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April 22, 2021

The Biology of Grief

In 1987, when my 18-year-old son was killed in a train accident, a chaplain and two detectives came to my house to notify me. I didn’t cry then, but a wall came down in my mind and I could do nothing except be polite and make the

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