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Welcome to the Department of Psychology

Our department offers both Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) and Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degrees in psychology at the undergraduate level.  Our graduate program offers the Master of Science (M.S.) in applied psychology and two Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) programs. Our department specializes in human factors psychology and industrial-organizational psychology both at the M.S. and Ph.D. level. In addition, all of our graduate programs offer the advantage of an optional concentration in occupational health psychology.

The psychology department is located in Brackett Hall on the beautiful Clemson University campus, which sits on 1,400 acres in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, along the shores of Hartwell Lake. One of the country’s most selective public research universities, Clemson University serves a uniquely driven and highly accomplished student body.

Ranked as the 24th best national public university by U.S. News & World Report, Clemson is a science- and engineering-oriented college dedicated to teaching, research and service. Founded in 1889, it remains committed both to world-class research and a high quality of life. Ninety-two percent of Clemson seniors say they’d pick the university again if they had it to do over. See the Clemson University home page for more information about the university and the surrounding area.

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Our New Faculty

lesley ross.png Lesley Ross
SmartLIFE Endowed Chair and Associate Professor
University of Alabama-Birmingham
Developmental Psychology

Dr. Ross has a multidisciplinary background with expertise in cognitive aging, interventions to maintain healthy aging, human factors, and applied everyday outcomes such as mobility and driving. Her overall research goal is to understand and improve the health and everyday functioning of older adults, the fastest growing segment of the US population.

dawn sarno.pngDawn Sarno
Assistant Professor
University of Central Florida
Human Factors Psychology

Dr. Sarno’s research interests broadly center around applied visual cognition, aging, working memory, cybersecurity and training.

dustin-souders.pngDustin Souders
Assistant Professor
Florida State University
Human Factors Psychology

Dr. Souder’s research interests include advanced Vehicle Technologies,
Cognitive Aging, Transportation and Cognitive Training.

william-volante.pngWilliam Volante
University of Central Florida
Human Factors Psychology

Dr. Volante's current research interests broadly center around Human-Robot Interaction, Social Influence, Trust, and Automation.

Faculty Spotlight

New Clemson endowed chair to focus on aging, cognition

Robin Kowalski is a professor in the Clemson University department of psychology.A new endowed chair position in Clemson’s College of Behavioral, Social and Health Sciences (CBSHS) has been created to specifically research aging and its effects on a variety of issues related to brain functioning. Dr. Lesley A. Ross will serve as the SmartLIFE Endowed Chair in Aging and Cognition, the first endowed chair in the college. › Read More

Upcoming Events


Emeritus College Online Seminar with Dr. Delphine Dean

10:00 am to 11:30 am

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Emeritus College Seminar with Dr. Lesley Ross

10:00 am to 11:30 am

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Invited Chemistry Seminar Speaker - Mike Roper

4:00 pm to 7:00 pm

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