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.

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


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.