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


Recent Psychology grad Gabriela Cintron wins first place in the Noba Student Video contest

Gabriela entered the 2016-17 Noba + Psi Chi Student Video Award contest and was just announced as the first place award winner! Gabriela's video was created with the help of her friend Vy Nguyen and was shot right here on UWF's main campus. Using a catchy song and a ukulele, Gabriela explains the 5 factors of personality and says she "hopes [her] song gets stuck in students’ heads so that when they're cramming the day before the test, they'll never forget the 5 factors of personality." You can learn more about why she wrote the song and view or listen to her video by checking out this article. Congratulations, Gabriela!

Photo of the display wall where Jr Sr Excellence Awards for Spring 2017

Congratulations to our 2016-2017 Junior/Senior Excellence Award winners!

Each student selected for an Excellence Award has a GPA over 3.5 and was nominated by two or more psychology faculty members based on Outstanding Classroom Performance, Excellence in Research Activities, and Leadership in Service. We are proud to have so many exceptional students! Photos of the award winners can be viewed in the front entrance of the Psychology building.

At Honors Convocation 2017, Dr. Darren Bernal received the SGA Distinguished Teaching Award for the Usha Kundu, MD College of Health.

Congratulations to Dr. Darren Bernal, winner of the SGA Distinguished Teaching Award!

The Student Government Association (SGA) Distinguished Teaching Award is granted yearly to an outstanding faculty member of each college. Awardees are chosen following a rigorous selection process, which begins with nominations from the student body. Nominees are then observed in their classrooms in order to select a group of semi-finalists. Those semi-finalists are interviewed by the University Outreach Committee, which also reviews the faculty members' student evaluations. This year, Dr. Bernal was chosen as the recipient for the award in the Usha Kundu, MD College of Health.

At Honors Convocation 2017, Dr. Melissa Venezia received the Adjunct Faculty Exceelence Award for the Usha Kundu, MD College of Health.

Congratulations to Dr. Melissa Venezia on winning the Adjunct Faculty Excellence Award!

Every year, an outstanding adjunct faculty member is selected from each college to receive the Adjunct Faculty Excellence Award. This award is similar to the SGA Distinguished Teaching Award but is specific to members of our adjunct community at the University. For the Usha Kundu, MD College of Health, Dr. Melissa Venezia of the Psychology department was chosen as the winner.