Department of Psychology

Psychology is concerned with the scientific study of human behavior and consciousness
, and the applications of these findings to the areas of home, school work, and social relations. It covers topics such as learning, cognition, motivation, personality, psychophysiology, sexuality, group processes, cultural factors, and abnormal behavior. Psychology is an area for students interested in learning about the behavior of humans and other organisms.

Latest News

castro bacon pic Congratulations to Armen   Bacon, Fresno State's 2015 Top Dog!

Armen Bacon is receiving  the    Distinguished Alumni Top Dog Award for her service to the community, professional accomp-lishments as an educational and non-profit leader & her success as the published author of two books. Bacon, a native of Fresno, graduated from Fresno State in 1973 with a degree in Psychology.  Go Psychology!  We are proud of our alumni!  

Swinging our tassel!  Once again, the Department of Psychology was awarded the “Silver Tassel” Award for most enthusiastic attendance at the first annual College of Science and Mathematics Convocation Ceremony. The Department of Psychology loves to celebrate the accomplishments of our students!

Phil Kimble
Congratulations to Phil Kimble
, on his retirement, after 43 years of service to the Psychology department!  We have all benefited from Phil’s generous and warm presence on campus.  Best of luck in Arizona!


Dr. Jerry Burger
Congratulations to Dr. Jerry Burger
, Psychology department’s Alumnus of the Year 2015.  Learn more about him here:

View the video created by our General/Experimental graduate students Rachel Radics and Amber Costantino!  This describes Phil Zimbardo's Heroic Imagination Project.

Congratulations to our alumnus Adam Blake, currently a doctoral student at UCLA. Check out his latest publication! 

WPA Picture

Western Psychological Association in Las Vegas, Nevada saw numerous presentations from faculty and students.  The third annual Fresno State Party at the WPA was a rousing success.

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