Psychological and Brain Sciences
In 1883, G. Stanley Hall founded the first psychological laboratory in America at Johns Hopkins University. Since then, the Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences has played a key role in the evolution of the field, investigating the most fundamental questions of behavior, mind, and brain.
Dedicated to research, the Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences is one of the top-ranked psychology departments in the world. The program stresses methodology for the investigation of the biological and psychological processes underlying human and animal behavior and cognition.
The intimate size of the department gives students and faculty significant flexibility to design individual training programs, and promotes an atmosphere of exceptional collegiality. At the same time, the department has at its disposal all the resources of a major research university, as well as the advantages of its connection to one of the world's leading medical institutions.
Students have many opportunities for research, both with the Arts & Sciences faculty and in the labs at the world-renowned Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions. Internship opportunities are available at Sheppard Pratt Hospital, Kennedy Krieger Institute, and other local institutions.
What can you do with your degree?
Psychology can be applied to a broad range of fields, including health and human services, management, education, law, and sports. Psychologists might work with business executives, performers, or athletes to reduce stress and improve performance, or they recommend psychologically ideal jurors to lawyers during the jury selection phase of a trial. They team with law enforcement and public health officials following disasters to analyze the cause, or by helping the victims or witnesses recover from trauma. Psychology is applicable in a variety of real-world settings, as well as preparation for graduate work in psychology or related fields such as business, medicine, law, or computer science.
Related Programs and Centers
- David S. Olton Program in Behavioral Biology
- Undergraduate Program in Neuroscience
- The Zanvyl Krieger Mind/Brain Institute
- Science of Learning Institute