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Joel T. Wade

"I investigate mate selection criteria, mate attraction methods, mate expulsion, reactions to infidelity, relationship initiation and love acts from an evolutionary theory perspective. I also investigate beauty related halo effects."

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In 2014-15, 10 faculty members published or had accepted for publication 26 journal articles and book chapters.

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Noelle Watters '16

Psychology and Religious Studies

Spotlight: Sarah Och '17

"The best part about studying ethics and morality within my religious studies major is that it directly relates to psychology. Being able to draw connections between classes is one of the great advantages of my liberal arts education."

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A Brief History of the Department of Psychology

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Fulbright Scholar

Bill Flack

Professor Bill Flack was a Fulbright Scholar in Northern Ireland during the fall 2015 semester. He conducted research on violence in dating relationships among university students and taught about psychological trauma.

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Investigate the causes of autism in children. Study social cues among capuchin monkeys. Or learn about positive psychology alongside inmates at a women’s prison.

By studying psychology at Bucknell, you’ll gain real-world experience in the field and in the lab and challenge you to learn why people and other animals do what they do, and feel what they feel. 

Bucknell's psychology program emphasizes research and collaboration between faculty and students. You'll get a broad education in traditional areas of psychological experimentation and theory, along with opportunities for more advanced studies of topics that appeal to you.

A significant number of psychology majors become psychologists, delivering clinical services or teaching and doing research at other colleges and universities. However, the careers entered by former majors are extremely varied, ranging from human resources specialists to legal consultants.


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Psychology majors learn critical thinking, scientific reasoning, writing and quantitative analysis.

Students grow to understand and conduct studies of the mind and behavior of a variety of species from multiple theoretical and practical perspectives.

Students enrolled in developmental psychology courses gain hands-on experience and can conduct research with children aged six weeks to six years at the on-site Sunflower Child Care Center.

Abnormal psychology courses allow students to interact informally with patients at Danville State Psychiatric Hospital. Some students conduct research at the hospital. This experience increases understanding of psychiatric illness and the sometimes fuzzy boundary between normal and abnormal behaviors.

The animal lab facility supports student research in animal behavior. Students can conduct projects using honeybees, and several species of primates, including Hamadryas baboons, macaques and capuchins. Research also is conducted using golden hamsters and rats.

We also offer a full-time, two-year program in general-experimental psychology that leads to a Master in Science degree. Our program is small and selective; we accept 2-3 students per year.

Faculty Spotlight

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Regina Paxton Gazes

Assistant Professor

Regina Paxton Gazes

"Some of the primate species housed at Bucknell haven’t been studied much when it comes to cognitive abilities. It’s a great chance to determine if these different species approach tasks differently so we can better understand primate cognitive evolution."

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David Evans


David Evans

"Our students are co-authors on papers published in leading scientific journals. They help with all aspects of the psychological and behavioral testing, data collection and analysis. They gain experience that will serve them well long after they leave Bucknell."

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Ruth Tincoff

Assistant Professor

Ruth Tincoff

"One thing language gives us is a way of exchanging information and a way of maintaining our social bonds and those are two things that babies need to do from the moment they are born."

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Hands-on Experience

Study Abroad

Make the World Your Campus

Psychology students often choose to spend a summer, semester or year abroad. Recently, students in the program have studied in: South Africa, Barbados, and Prague.

Undergraduate Research

Earn a Spot at the Kalman Research Symposium

Bucknell students can collaborate with faculty on research within many areas of psychology, including those of animal behavior, development, developmental or adult psychopathology, human cognition, learning, neuroscience, personality, sensation and perception and social psychology.


Real-World Experience

Psychology students can gain career experience through summer internships. Recently, students have been interns at Brown Brothers Harriman, KidTherapy, and The National Ability Center.

In addition, students enrolled in developmental psychology courses gain hands-on experience and can conduct research with children aged six weeks to six years at the on-site Sunflower Child Care Center.


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