Department of Psychology

The Psychology Department engages students in the study of the many aspects of psychological life—individual, bodily, interpersonal, ethical, social and cultural—using reflective and empirical methods.

Welcome to our department

The Department of Psychology's faculty bring a broad range of perspectives and practical experiences to their teaching. Their pedagogy is grounded in the theory and practice of clinical work. While using quantitative and qualitative research, they bring a range of perspectives to their teaching, including humanistic and phenomenological (systematic study of experienced meaning), depth psychology (interpreting the “hidden” aspects of personal life and their origin in childhood), social (how the world impacts our behavior), cognitive (the study of mental behavior), and biological (how our behavior is affected by our biology). The faculty also focus on perspectives and materials from other disciplines such as literature, philosophy, history, and other social sciences in their teaching

Our Degrees

Group of students who are members of honor society

Psi Chi

The international honor society for both undergraduate and graduate students, whose purpose is to encourage, stimulate, and maintain excellence in scholarship of the individual members in all fields, particularly in psychology, and to advance the science of psychology.


Our Commitment to Diversity and Inclusion

Seattle University and the Department of Psychology have a longstanding commitment to diversity and inclusion. Diversity is one of the six core values of Seattle University; respect, just treatment, and compassion are part of the learning goals of the Department of Psychology. We are committed to creating and sustaining an inclusive culture that values diversity and works for equity in opportunity and outcomes. We appreciate all, regardless of race, creed, color, ethnicity, national origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender expression, age, height, weight, physical or mental ability, veteran status, military obligations, or marital status.

Current Students: We ask for your help in fostering a welcoming and open environment, treating others with respect, and collaborating toward equity. Please refer to the Student Code of Conduct and to the Office for Diversity and Inclusion for more information and guidance.  Visit us on Redhawk Hub for resources if you personally experience bias, harassment or discrimination, or witness any of these, please reach out to one of the resources listed below.