Exterior of Department of Psychology at the University of West Florida

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


UWF Psychology Course Awarded Quality Matters Certification

The Academic Technology Center congratulates Dr. Tonya Nascimento (Instructor - Psychology), whose fully-online course has been recognized by an external team of Quality Matters (QM) faculty peer reviewers as a quality online course. Tonya's course, PSY2012 - General Psychology, underwent a rigorous review process and was awarded QM recognition for aligning to national standards of best practice in online course design. Review teams consist of QM-trained faculty peer reviewers from other institutions across the country. Quality Matters certified courses are listed in the QM national database of quality online courses. For more information contact on the Quality Matters courses at UWF contact Cindy Mersereau at

UWF receives grant to research ways to support women faculty

The National Science Foundation (NSF) awarded a $598,354, five-year grant to a team of faculty researchers at the University of West Florida (UWF) who will investigate ways to support women faculty in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) fields. More information can be found at

UWF Suicide Outreach and Support Program awarded $300,000 Grant

Dr. Susan Walch of the Department of Psychology, along with Dr. Rebecca Kennedy and Dr. April Glenn of the UWF Health and Counseling Services, Student Affairs, are the recipients of a $300,000 grant over a 3 year period, funded by the Department of Health and Human Services, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), Center for Mental Health Services. They proposed an integrated, coordinated multi-level program called Suicide Outreach and Support (SOS), which includes universal prevention strategies aimed at the general campus population, targeting male and female students of all racial and ethnic backgrounds and ages. Special emphasis will be placed on reaching gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, and questioning (GLBTQ) students and military-affiliated students, including active duty service persons, veterans, and military spouses and dependents. SOS is anticipated to provide an effective mechanism for early identification of students in trouble and effective response to their needs.

Unique Opportunity: Certificate in Human Resources

Why pursue the HR Certificate?
The Human Resources Certificate signals employers that you are interested in Human Resources as a potential career. The classes will help you develop your knowledge and ability to work with employees in organizations to enhance their potential and productivity.

What classes are required?

  • Social Psychology (SOP3004) 
  • Industrial Psychology (INP3004) 
  • Organizational Behavior (INP3313)
  • Diversity in the Workplace (INP4224)
  • Pre-approved 3-credit upper division (3000-4000) elective related to HR: e.g., Positive Psychology (PSY3990), Human Factors (EXP4250), Psychology, Culture and Society (SOP3730), or Human Resource Management (MAN3301)

The HR Certificate is designed to go hand-in-hand with an undergraduate degree in Psychology, as well as undergraduate business, communications, and a host of other majors. Social Psychology and Industrial Psychology will serve to fill requirements in the Psychology degree, and the remainder may serve as upper-level electives.

Who do I contact to sign up or ask more questions?
The HR Certificate Coordinator, Dr. Sherry Schneider( or Mrs. Diana Robinson (