In 1910, the State Normal and Industrial School for Women at Radford opened to students. Later renamed Radford State Teachers College, the first courses in psychology (General Psychology and Educational Psychology) were offered after Dr. Minor Wine Thomas joined the department of Education and Psychology in 1927. Ten years later the Department of Psychology was formed, which offered new courses in Clinical, Abnormal, and Social Psychology. In a little over 70 years the department has grown substantially. We have grown from a department with one faculty member and a handful of majors, to a department of about 26 full-time and adjunct faculty members, and over 300 majors and 90 minors. During this time we have developed graduate degrees in School Psychology (Ed.S.) and General Psychology (M.A. and M.S.), which has three areas of concentration: Clinical Psychology, Experimental Psychology, and Industrial/Organizational Psychology. In 2008, we opened a new doctoral program in Counseling Psychology. Annually, we have approximately 90 - 100 graduate students enrolled in these programs. Russell Hall has been the home of the psychology department since 1976. Currently our department occupies offices and research space mainly on the 2nd, 3rd, and 4th floors.
Message from the Department Chair
Welcome to the Department of Psychology
Psychology is a vibrant, multifaceted discipline that includes both science and practice. Our field is a broad one that spans interests ranging from the functioning of neurons and synapses to the causes of intergroup conflict, from questions about consciousness to the dynamics of social influence. Psychologists direct their energies toward trying to understand behavior and experience and also toward applying such understanding to helping people with problems as diverse as mental illness, stereotyping and prejudice, low employee morale, and relationship difficulties.
The Psychology Department at Radford University represents the many faces of psychology. Our undergraduate courses encompass both social and natural science approaches, providing a solid grounding and broad overview of the discipline. Our graduate programs include concentrations in experimental, clinical, and industrial-organizational psychology and separate programs in school psychology and counseling psychology. Our department is home to about 400 undergraduate majors and 90 graduate students with a variety of different interests, aspirations and career goals; we try to provide opportunities to explore these many possibilities. Psychology faculty members often invite students to partner with them in research projects. Students may also have the chance for a supervised internship. Please explore the links on this site to learn about what we do.