Psychology Department

Due to COVID-19 distancing protocols, our main office hours are limited. The main office is open Monday & Thursday from 8:00am to 12:00pm or by appointment. If you have a matter that requires assistance outside of these hours, please email or leave a voice message at 315-312-4013 and a staff member will return your call.

Psychology examines the relationships between brain function and behavior, and the environment and behavior. Applying what we learn from our research enhances our lives and improves the world around us.

- American Psychological Association

Our Psychology Department focuses on the scientific study of human and nonhuman animal behavior. Students have the opportunity to gain a solid foundation in psychological theory and scientific methodology while conducting research with faculty who conduct state-of-the-art research in our on campus labs in various sub-disciplines including bio-physiological psychology, clinical psychology, cognitive psychology, developmental psychology and social psychology.

Our program

Students are immersed into program where they will learn about the history, theories, and concepts underlying psychological science. Early coursework in biopsychology, cognition, social psychology, development, and abnormal psychology leads to both advanced seminars in specialized subfields of psychology and to a senior capstone thesis. Over the course of their studies, students are consistently encouraged by faculty to develop their critical thinking skills, to communicate scientifically, and to sharpen their methodological and statistical skills.

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Our faculty

The SUNY Oswego Psychology Department is staffed by over one-dozen faculty members who have diverse training and interests in psychological science. Students have the opportunity to work one-on-one with faculty members both inside and outside of the classroom.

Psychology student, Peter Mancarella standing outside by tree


Peter Mancarella '18


The Psychology department has an incredibly welcoming atmosphere. In just my second semester, I'm able to work with a faculty member on research that's applicable to my career path, an opportunity that is only possible in a department that is fully committed to the growth of its students.


402 Mahar Hall, SUNY Oswego, Oswego, NY 13126

Phone: 315.312.4013

Fax: 315.312.5444