Psychology

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 https://uwfprp.sona-systems.com to view current studies and sign up

Department News

Leading the charge in the study of Alzheimer’s disease – UWF faculty delve into dynamic treatment options

Dr. Arruda is part of the cutting-edge research on Alzheimer’s disease that is uncovering new information on the early detection and treatment of patients with the disorder, taking place at the University of West Florida. Arrudan along with two other Usha Kundu, MD College of Health faculty members are at the forefront of finding new methods to combat Alzheimer’s disease through their careful study of its progression.

Learn more about this amazing research

Congratulations to Dr. Vanessa Rainey, our 2019 Faculty Excellence in Teaching Award winners!

Congratulations to Vanessa Rainey, a UKCOH faculty member in the Department of Psychology, has received the 2019 Faculty Excellence in Teaching Award. This award is presented to outstanding faculty members who have distinguished themselves in teaching and are recognized for their commitment to engaging, inspiring, and educating students. Dr. Rainey teaches developmental psychology, human development across the lifespan, and research methods. Way to go, Dr. Rainey!

Compliments to Dr. Jim Arruda, winner of the 2019 Faculty Research and Scholarly Activities Award!

Congratulations to Jim Arruda, a faculty member in the UKCOH Department of Psychology, has received the 2019 Faculty Research and Scholarly Activities Award. This award is presented to outstanding faculty members who have distinguished themselves in research and scholarly activities and are recognized for their commitment to engaging and inspiring students through research. Dr. Arruda is a research neuropsychologist whose research focuses on brain-behavior relationships, including Alzheimer's dementia, mild cognitive impairment, sustained human performance, and the validity of statistical analyses when applied to quantitative electroencephalogram data. Keep up the great work, Dr. Arruda!

Kudos to Dr. Kim Day, who is also a 2019 Faculty Research and Scholarly Activities Award winner!

Congratulations to Kim Day, a faculty member in the UKCOH Department of Psychology, has received the 2019 Faculty Research and Scholarly Activities Award. This award is presented to outstanding faculty members who have distinguished themselves in research and scholarly activities and are recognized for their commitment to engaging and inspiring students through research. Dr. Kimberly Day's research focuses on individual and contextual factors that influence young children's development. Way to go, Dr. Day! Keep up the great work!