Department of Psychology

The Psychology Department at UWF offers small classes, personal attention from respected faculty, and hands-on experience working with local organizations. Our focus is on your academic success.

We offer both undergraduate and graduate degree programs as well as certificates. The faculty’s applied psychological science specialties are varied and diverse so that multiple opportunities are available for a wide range of learning experiences.

 In psychology there are some legendary experiments or demonstrations that dramatically influenced how the discipline developed. Probably one of the most high impact demos ever was the Stanford Prison Study/Experiment. It is a quite good and fairly disturbing account of a psychology professor in the early 70s who simulated a prison in the basement of the Stanford psychology department using student volunteers and what he very quickly discovered about human behavior.

The man who became famous for this experiment is Phil Zimbardo, he will be available after the screening to talk about the original study and his experience as a consultant to a movie on his own life.

Psychology Research Pool

The Psychology Research Pool (PRP) allows undergraduate students to participate in or read more about research studies. Participating in the PRP enables undergraduates to:

  • Learn more about psychological research
  • Participate in research studies
  • Read exciting new studies in the field of psychology
  • Earn ArgoPoints for extra credit in approved Psychology courses
  • Visit to view current studies and sign up


Department welcomes new Faculty Member, Dr. Kimberly Day

Welcome to our new faculty member, Dr. Kimberly Day! Dr. Day is a developmental psychologist with a Ph.D. from Virginia Tech. Her research focuses on individual and contextual factors that influence young children's socio-emotional development. Before joining us at UWF, Dr. Day was a Lawson Foundation Postdoctoral Fellow at the Offord Centre for Child Studies in Ontario Canada. Her latest publication, "Long-term Psychiatric Impact of Peer Victimization in Adults Born at Extremely Low Birth Weight," can be found in Pediatrics.

UWF SHRM Student Chapter received the Outstanding Student Chapter Award 2015-2016

The SHRM student chapter merit award program gives chapters the opportunity to earn an Honorable Mention, Merit Award, or Superior Merit Award based on the number of activities they complete during the merit award cycle. Chapters who qualify for the Superior Merit Award are also allowed to fill out additional essays for a chance to win Outstanding Student Chapter, the highest honor. Of the 206 schools who applied, UWF is 1 of only 13 that were selected for this particular award. If you would like more information on our SHRM student chapter, please visit their website.

Dr. Lisa VanWormer selected to participate in the Leadership, Enhancement, Activities & Development (LEAD) Faculty program

Dr. Lisa VanWormer was selected to participate in the inaugural 2016-17 LEAD Faculty program, a year-long leadership development program sponsored by the Provost/Executive Vice President of UWF.  The program involves approximately 15 full-time faculty members in a series of interactive workshops, round-table discussions, and strategy-building sessions.  The goals of the program are to help participants further develop their leadership skills, learn more about issues that affect UWF and higher education overall, build relationships with people across campus, and develop strategies to help them flourish as leaders and team members.

Dr. Susan Walch accepted into the Grant Research, Operation Writing (GROW) Institute program

Dr. Susan Walch was accepted into the GROW Institute program sponsored by the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs.  The GROW Institute is a multi-tiered, intensive, year-long experience designed to support accepted faculty members through the process of writing one or more substantial external grant proposals to fund their research.

Dr. Tom Westcott received the Student Government Associationg (SGA) Distinguished Teaching Award

Dr. Tom Westcott received the SGA Distinguished Teaching Award, which is granted yearly to five outstanding instructors at the University of West Florida. Recipients of the award are first nominated by the student body, then chosen based upon classroom observation, a review of their most recent Student Evaluation forms, and an interview conducted by the University Outreach Committee.