Clicky

University at Buffalo Psychology Department

University at Buffalo Psychology Department The Department of Psychology at UB reflects a commitment to cutting-edge research and outstanding training of students in psychological science.

Our productive faculty conduct research in four primary areas of psychology: Behavioral Neuroscience, Clinical Psychology, Cognitive Psychology, and Social-Personality Psychology. The undergraduate program combines breadth of exposure to the field with opportunities for specialization. Active engagement in psychological research is at the core of our Masters and Ph.D. programs, and opportunities a

Our productive faculty conduct research in four primary areas of psychology: Behavioral Neuroscience, Clinical Psychology, Cognitive Psychology, and Social-Personality Psychology. The undergraduate program combines breadth of exposure to the field with opportunities for specialization. Active engagement in psychological research is at the core of our Masters and Ph.D. programs, and opportunities a

Operating as usual

Are you interested in attending graduate school in psychology or a related field? Would you like to hear about what grad...
03/03/2022

Are you interested in attending graduate school in psychology or a related field? Would you like to hear about what graduate school is like? What about different programs? And how can you put together a competitive graduate application? Dr. Wendy Quinton will be discussing these topics in this presentation on applying to graduate school. She will provide an overview of the graduate application process, including how to prepare, what’s expected, and how to navigate it all successfully. Event is open to all UB students.

Date: March 9th
Time: 4:00-5:30pm
Location: 280 Park Hall (North Campus)

Congratulations to UB Clinical Psychology graduate student Katie Paige! Katie was one of 28 SUNY students this year to r...
02/17/2022
2-11-22 2nd GREAT Awards Announced - SUNY

Congratulations to UB Clinical Psychology graduate student Katie Paige! Katie was one of 28 SUNY students this year to receive the SUNY Graduate Research Empowering and Accelerating Talent (GREAT) award for her research on the intersection of substance use and psychopathology across the developmental period of adolescence. #Ubuffalo

https://www.suny.edu/suny-news/press-releases/2-22/2-11-22/great2022.html

SUNY Announces Recipients of the 2nd Annual Graduate Research Empowering and Accelerating Talent Awards

Rolling Stone quotes UB psychologist Shira Gabriel in a story about the group behind the hashtag #FreeBritney movement, ...
02/01/2022
They Helped Free Britney. Now They Want Justice

Rolling Stone quotes UB psychologist Shira Gabriel in a story about the group behind the hashtag #FreeBritney movement, which advocated for pop star Britney Spears to be released from the conservatorship long controlled by her father.

https://www.rollingstone.com/music/music-features/freebritney-whats-next-1291469/

“There’s a larger goal ahead of us: To change the system so that this doesn’t happen to anyone else,” #FreeBritney members say

Save the date for the 27th Annual UB Undergraduate Research Conference!This year’s virtual conference will be held July ...
12/15/2021
Undergraduate Research Conference

Save the date for the 27th Annual UB Undergraduate Research Conference!

This year’s virtual conference will be held July 21-22, 2022. We’re working hard to plan an experience that will inspire students interested in demonstrating their knowledge and talents to an audience drawn from all over the nation.

Stay tuned for updates and registration information in the new year!

Thank you for your interest in the University at Buffalo’s Undergraduate Research Conference. Our annual conference is an exciting platform for students interested in graduate school to demonstrate their knowledge and talents to an audience drawn from all over the nation. 

Save the date for the 3rd annual Western New York Undergraduate Psychology Conference taking place on Saturday, April 9t...
12/06/2021

Save the date for the 3rd annual Western New York Undergraduate Psychology Conference taking place on Saturday, April 9th, 2022 on UB's North Campus!

From Psychology Today: An article about how Americans are continuing their charitable giving, despite the pandemic, quot...
12/02/2021
Clear Evidence: Giving Is Good for You

From Psychology Today: An article about how Americans are continuing their charitable giving, despite the pandemic, quotes Michael Poulin, PhD, UB associate professor of psychology. #UBuffalo #psychology

Charitable giving is up, and that's good news for recipients and givers.

11/17/2021

Come join PSI CHI and the UPA at the Psychology Research Fair on Thursday, November 18th from 6-7:30pm in the Student Union Theater.

Learn about research labs on campus looking for new research assistants.

Food will be provided.

11/17/2021

Congratulations to Destiny Brakey, UB Behavioral Neuroscience PhD student, on receiving the Bugelski Dissertation Award from the Department of Psychology! Destiny's dissertation research involves identifying brain regions that control Glucagon-like peptide-1 (GLP-1) receptor agonists that help regulate drinking in Brattleboro rats.

PARADE Magazine quoted Lora Park, PhD, UB associate professor of psychology, in a story on habits that help people stay ...
11/16/2021
From Putting up Holiday Decorations Early to Practicing Gratitude, the Happiest People in the World Swear By These 30 Habits

PARADE Magazine quoted Lora Park, PhD, UB associate professor of psychology, in a story on habits that help people stay happy.

https://parade.com/1291858/lisamulcahy/habits-of-happy-people/

Parade.com has an extensive editorial partnership with Cleveland Clinic, consistently named as one of the nation’s best hospitals in U.S. News & World Report’s annual “America’s Best Hospitals” survey. Click here to learn more about our health reporting policies.Over the course of the COVI...

From Big Think: UB associate professor of psychology, Michael Poulin, PhD, discusses mindfulness and how it should not b...
10/28/2021
Mindfulness meditation can make some Americans more selfish and less generous

From Big Think: UB associate professor of psychology, Michael Poulin, PhD, discusses mindfulness and how it should not be assumed that mindfulness, as practiced in the U.S., will automatically lead to good outcomes. #UBuffalo #psychology

Yes, mindfulness can do good, but it can also reduce generosity and promote selfishness in people who already focus on themselves.

Volunteers needed for a study on Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy - see flyer for more details.
09/20/2021

Volunteers needed for a study on Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy - see flyer for more details.

From ScienceDaily :  UB Psychology Professor, Eduardo Mercado, PhD, proposes a radically different story from what is co...
09/03/2021
Study shows a whale of a difference between songs of birds and humpbacks

From ScienceDaily : UB Psychology Professor, Eduardo Mercado, PhD, proposes a radically different story from what is commonly accepted about whale songs and presents evidence for a departure from treating whale songs as the underwater analog to bird songs. #UBuffalo #psychology

These findings challenge the results of past studies that vocal variations in humpback whale songs provide information about a singer's reproductive fitness. Instead, the morphing appears to reveal the precise locations and movements of singers from long distances and may enhance the effectiveness o...

08/30/2021

Happy first day of classes and welcome back!

A new paper co-authored by UB psychology professor, Dr. Peter Pfordresher, comparing the ability to match pitch and dura...
08/23/2021
What a song reveals about vocal imitation deficits for autistic individuals

A new paper co-authored by UB psychology professor, Dr. Peter Pfordresher, comparing the ability to match pitch and duration in speech and song is providing valuable insight into vocal imitation deficits for children and adults with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). #Ubuffalo #psychology

http://www.buffalo.edu/news/releases/2021/08/006.html

Study's findings have broad implications when thinking about the challenges associated with autism, including difficulties when interacting with others and making social connections.

From U.S. News and World Report: Only about 1 in 10 kids with ADHD are likely to have a full and lasting remission of th...
08/20/2021
Only 1 in 10 Kids With ADHD Will Outgrow It

From U.S. News and World Report: Only about 1 in 10 kids with ADHD are likely to have a full and lasting remission of their symptoms according to new research from UB alum and current associate professor at the University of Washington, Dr. Margaret Sibley. #UBuffalo #psychology

https://www.usnews.com/news/health-news/articles/2021-08-18/only-1-in-10-kids-with-adhd-will-outgrow-it

US News is a recognized leader in college, grad school, hospital, mutual fund, and car rankings. Track elected officials, research health conditions, and find news you can use in politics, business, health, and education.

From The Swaddle: “When we care about someone ― even a celebrity ― they feel like an extension of ourselves, so good thi...
07/26/2021
Why We Feel Close to Celebrities We Have Never Met

From The Swaddle: “When we care about someone ― even a celebrity ― they feel like an extension of ourselves, so good things happening to them feels good and bad things happening to them feels bad,” Shira Gabriel, PhD, UB associate professor of psychology. #UBuffalo #psychology

Called "parasocial" relationships, these one-sided psychological attachments stem from our innate need to bond with other humans.

From HuffPost : UB associate professor of psychology, Shira Gabriel, Ph.D., discusses parasocial relationships (or one-s...
06/03/2021
Wait, What The Heck Is A 'Parasocial Relationship'?

From HuffPost : UB associate professor of psychology, Shira Gabriel, Ph.D., discusses parasocial relationships (or one-sided psychological attachments) that people form with celebrities or fictional characters. #UBuffalo #psychology

There's a deeper reason we're all invested in celebrities like John Mulaney and Bennifer, even when we know it's kind of embarrassing to care.

Volunteers located in the Buffalo area are needed for a paid-study on vocal feedback. Please see the attached flyer for ...
05/25/2021

Volunteers located in the Buffalo area are needed for a paid-study on vocal feedback. Please see the attached flyer for more information:

Congratulations to UB Psychology's Outstanding Senior, Cassondra Lyman, who graduates summa cm laude with a bachelor of...
05/17/2021
UB College of Arts and Sciences honors outstanding 2021 graduates

Congratulations to UB Psychology's Outstanding Senior, Cassondra Lyman, who graduates summa cm laude with a bachelor of science in psychology and a bachelor of arts in statistics!

Graduating students were recognized for their incredible achievements by the College of Arts and Sciences and SUNY.

Please join us in celebrating our 2021 graduates and the many accomplishments of members of the Psychology Department th...
05/14/2021
Class of 2021 Celebration

Please join us in celebrating our 2021 graduates and the many accomplishments of members of the Psychology Department this year!

Please join us in celebrating our 2021 graduates and the many accomplishments of members of the Psychology Department this year! 

“We can go from day to day doing the same thing and life begins to feel boring. And these large group gatherings tend to...
05/13/2021
Large events can be cesspools of germs. Here’s why we ache for them, anyway.

“We can go from day to day doing the same thing and life begins to feel boring. And these large group gatherings tend to make us feel like something special has happened.” - UB Psychology Associate Professor Shira Gabriel, PhD, as quoted in the recent Washington Post article on why we feel compelled to attend large gatherings. #UBuffalo #psychology

Attending a concert, sporting event or festival can promote feelings of connection and strengthen identity.

Volunteers are needed for a study on mindfulness-based cognitive therapy - note that there have been changes to the elig...
05/03/2021

Volunteers are needed for a study on mindfulness-based cognitive therapy - note that there have been changes to the eligibility criteria from our last post regarding this study. Please see the attached flyer for more information:

From Science Times: A new paper from lead author and UB Psychology associate professor, Michael Poulin, PhD, demonstrate...
04/15/2021
Mindfulness Can Make Independent People Selfish, Study Suggests

From Science Times: A new paper from lead author and UB Psychology associate professor, Michael Poulin, PhD, demonstrates some of the surprising downsides of mindfulness while offering ways to minimize those consequences. #UBuffalo #psychology

A study from the University of Buffalo suggests that mindfulness can increase prosocial behaviors among interdependent individuals but can also make people, who view themselves as independent, selfish.

Volunteers are needed for a study on mindfulness-based cognitive therapy. Please see the attached flyer for more informa...
04/14/2021

Volunteers are needed for a study on mindfulness-based cognitive therapy. Please see the attached flyer for more information:

Congratulations to the new UB Psi Chi inductees!
04/14/2021

Congratulations to the new UB Psi Chi inductees!

“These findings floored me. They elevate the value and importance of literacy by showing how reading proficiency reaches...
03/12/2021
Read to succeed ─ in math. Study shows how reading skill shapes more than just reading

“These findings floored me. They elevate the value and importance of literacy by showing how reading proficiency reaches across domains, guiding how we approach other tasks and solve other problems” - quote from UB assistant professor of psychology, Christopher McNorgan, PhD, on his recent research which demonstrates how the cooperative areas of the brain responsible for reading skill are also at work during apparently unrelated activities, such as multiplication.

UB psychologist identifies a connectivity fingerprint suggesting that the brain’s reading network is at work across cognitive domains. “Reading affects everything,” he says.

"Our findings indicate that neither cultural transmission nor social learning contributes significantly to how humpback ...
02/16/2021
Study contradicts belief that whales learn songs from one another

"Our findings indicate that neither cultural transmission nor social learning contributes significantly to how humpback whales change their songs over time" - Eduardo Mercado, PhD, UB psychology professor on his recent study which analyzed songs from groups of humpbacks that were not in acoustic contact with each other yet still produced acoustically comparable songs. #UBuffalo #psychology

From ScienceDaily

A new study is directly contradicting the widely accepted cultural transmission hypothesis suggesting that whales learn their songs from other whales. 'Our findings indicate that neither cultural transmission nor social learning contributes significantly to how humpback whales change their songs ove...

Abstract submissions are now open for UB's 2nd Annual Western New York Undergraduate Psychology Conference. See flyer be...
02/15/2021

Abstract submissions are now open for UB's 2nd Annual Western New York Undergraduate Psychology Conference. See flyer below for more details.

“We might assume maximizers are having a negative experience in the moment, obsessing over the perfect choice. But it ap...
02/11/2021
The science behind why you make so many snap decisions

“We might assume maximizers are having a negative experience in the moment, obsessing over the perfect choice. But it appears to be the satisficers – and that might be why they’re satisficing.” - UB psychology researcher, Thomas Saltsman, PhD, on his new study which provides insight into why maximizers and satisficers engage in such distinct decision making behaviors. #UBuffalo #psychology

A new study has collected tangible, physical evidence suggesting that when you are overwhelmed by tons of options, you will make a snap decision.

Alumni in the news: Jeffrey Wardell, PhD, UB Clinical Psychology graduate and current assistant professor at York Univer...
02/05/2021
Let’s talk about mental health - Excalibur

Alumni in the news: Jeffrey Wardell, PhD, UB Clinical Psychology graduate and current assistant professor at York University, is featured in a recent Excalibur article discussing current issues surrounding mental health.

We may be reducing the stigma of mental health disorders, but with the pandemic still raging, the issues are on the rise.

Address

206 Park Hall
Amherst, NY
14260

Opening Hours

Monday 8:30am - 5pm
Tuesday 8:30am - 5pm
Wednesday 8:30am - 5pm
Thursday 8:30am - 5pm
Friday 8:30am - 5pm

Telephone

(716) 645-3651

Alerts

Be the first to know and let us send you an email when University at Buffalo Psychology Department posts news and promotions. Your email address will not be used for any other purpose, and you can unsubscribe at any time.

Contact The Business

Send a message to University at Buffalo Psychology Department:

Videos

Nearby government services


Other Amherst government services

Show All

Comments

Are you interested in attending graduate school in psychology or a related field? Would you like to hear about what graduate school is like? What about different programs? And how can you put together a competitive graduate application? Dr. Wendy Quinton will be discussing these topics in this presentation on applying to graduate school. She will provide an overview of the graduate application process, including how to prepare, what’s expected, and how to navigate it all successfully. Event is open to all UB students. Date: March 9th Time: 4:00-5:30pm Location: 280 Park Hall (North Campus)
Congratulations to UB Clinical Psychology graduate student Katie Paige! Katie was one of 28 SUNY students this year to receive the SUNY Graduate Research Empowering and Accelerating Talent (GREAT) award for her research on the intersection of substance use and psychopathology across the developmental period of adolescence. #Ubuffalo https://www.suny.edu/suny-news/press-releases/2-22/2-11-22/great2022.html
Rolling Stone quotes UB psychologist Shira Gabriel in a story about the group behind the hashtag #FreeBritney movement, which advocated for pop star Britney Spears to be released from the conservatorship long controlled by her father. https://www.rollingstone.com/music/music-features/freebritney-whats-next-1291469/
Save the date for the 27th Annual UB Undergraduate Research Conference! This year’s virtual conference will be held July 21-22, 2022. We’re working hard to plan an experience that will inspire students interested in demonstrating their knowledge and talents to an audience drawn from all over the nation. Stay tuned for updates and registration information in the new year!
Save the date for the 3rd annual Western New York Undergraduate Psychology Conference taking place on Saturday, April 9th, 2022 on UB's North Campus!
A recent study led by UB Psychology professor, Eduardo Mercado III, PhD, reveals that humpback whale song is about finding, not attracting, whales. #UBuffalo #psychology http://www.buffalo.edu/news/releases/2021/11/026.html
From Psychology Today: An article about how Americans are continuing their charitable giving, despite the pandemic, quotes Michael Poulin, PhD, UB associate professor of psychology. #UBuffalo #psychology
Come join PSI CHI and the UPA at the Psychology Research Fair on Thursday, November 18th from 6-7:30pm in the Student Union Theater. Learn about research labs on campus looking for new research assistants. Food will be provided.
Congratulations to Destiny Brakey, UB Behavioral Neuroscience PhD student, on receiving the Bugelski Dissertation Award from the Department of Psychology! Destiny's dissertation research involves identifying brain regions that control Glucagon-like peptide-1 (GLP-1) receptor agonists that help regulate drinking in Brattleboro rats.
PARADE Magazine quoted Lora Park, PhD, UB associate professor of psychology, in a story on habits that help people stay happy. https://parade.com/1291858/lisamulcahy/habits-of-happy-people/
From Big Think: UB associate professor of psychology, Michael Poulin, PhD, discusses mindfulness and how it should not be assumed that mindfulness, as practiced in the U.S., will automatically lead to good outcomes. #UBuffalo #psychology
Volunteers needed for a study on Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy - see flyer for more details.