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About the Department of Psychology

Scott Bates

I am excited to welcome you to the Department of Psychology at Utah State University. Our seven graduate specializations and undergraduate degrees offer exciting opportunities to advance your education, build lasting relationships, and grow your leadership skills. Through the USU Psychology Department website, you will find valuable resources, information regarding our students past and present, and stay connected through our news and social media platforms. If you have any questions, please feel free to send an email to us at

I welcome you to our department and hope you will take the next steps to join us and become an Aggie!


Scott Bates, PhD
Department Head

Mission and Values

The Psychology Department at Utah State University is committed to a) the development of new knowledge regarding the bases of behavior and psychological processes; b) the dissemination and application of that knowledge; c) advancing programs of excellence in teaching, research, and service; and d) advancing the goals of the Emma Eccles Jones College of Education and Human Services.

The department is based around a few core values:

  • Making scientifically-based contributions to the general, liberal and professional education of students throughout the University;
  • Providing a high-quality, functional undergraduate major in psychology including helping students meet the prerequisite requirements of graduate specializations;
  • Preparing graduate students to be experts and leaders throughout their specialty fields;
  • Provide leadership in the development of knowledge in the academic and practice of psychology; and
  • Contributing to the university’s educational extension programs and general service goals.

Get more information about the department’s expanded mission, values, learning objectives, assessment plan, outcomes data, and data-based decisions here.

Our psychology PhD program has a culture of hard work and success. Many of our students have been recognized and awarded national scholarships and fellowships. Students often find connections across specializations and labs and maintain working relationships after their studies with peers and mentors.