Department of Psychology

FSU faculty available to comment on aftermath of Hurricane Ian

Hurricane Ian left a path of destruction in its wake, and communities in Florida and elsewhere are working to rebuild in the aftermath. Florida State University faculty are available to speak to media covering post-storm recovery efforts. COMMUNITY RESILIENCE Brad Schmidt, professor, Department of Psychology schmidt@psy.fsu.edu Schmidt researches the nature, causes, treatment and prevention of […]

FSU psychologist elected as a fellow in prestigious American Psychological Association

A Florida State University professor is being honored  by the most prestigious psychological institution in the country on the heels of receiving a major National Institutes of Health grant to expand his research on the treatment of pediatric ADHD. Associate Professor of Psychology Michael Kofler has been named a fellow of the American Psychological Association. […]

Picking up the pieces: FSU psychology professor weighs in on mental toll of hurricanes

As many Floridians rebuild their lives in the aftermath of Hurricane Ian, the psychological toll of the storm may leave scars for years to come. Florida State University Professor of Psychology Brad Schmidt studies the nature, causes, treatment and prevention of anxiety and associated issues such as post-traumatic stress disorder, substance abuse and suicide. He […]

FSU psychologist awarded $9M to expand ‘gamified’ treatments for pediatric ADHD

Millions of children are diagnosed each year with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder, or ADHD. When untreated, or undertreated, children with ADHD face challenges focusing, managing time, and practicing self-control, and these difficulties can persist into adulthood. A Florida State University researcher who previously developed “gamified” treatments targeting central deficits of ADHD in children 8-13 has received two […]

RESEARCH SPOTLIGHT: FSU psychologist works to combat loneliness in older adults

An estimated 30 percent of American adults aged 70 and older report experiencing heightened loneliness, according to research published in the Clinical Psychology Review, and increasing evidence suggests that perceived social isolation is a major risk factor for physical and mental illness in later life. Now, a Florida State University psychologist is working to find […]

FSU researchers explore how tech can support older adults through $14.7-million consortium grant

Florida State University researchers are part of a consortium that has been awarded a $14.7 million grant from the National Institute on Aging to work with emerging and existing technologies to promote the well-being, quality of life and independence of older adults and provide support for older adults with cognitive impairments. Initially funded in 1999, […]

FSU researcher receives NSF grant to investigate shooter bias

A Florida State University researcher has received a grant from the National Science Foundation to study the role of threat in what is termed shooter bias. Assistant Professor David March from the Department of Psychology — part of the College of Arts and Sciences — is focused on how processes often operating outside of our […]

Learning Systems Institute awarded $1.5M grant to develop math anxiety intervention for children

Math can make students anxious, but it doesn’t have to be that way. Using strategies from cognitive behavioral therapy, faculty members with the Learning Systems Institute (LSI) at Florida State University will develop a school-based intervention for second- and third-graders with math anxiety. A three-year $1.5 million grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) will […]

FSU researchers discover brand-new brain pathway to fear

Florida State University researchers have identified a new pathway in the brain that plays an important role in our response to fear. Scientists have long considered the amygdala, an almond-shaped structure in the center of the brain, to be the “center of fear” and believed it to be largely responsible for how an individual responds […]

FSU psychologist receives 1.8M NIH grant to study eating disorders, obesity

When it comes to treating eating disorders and tackling obesity, scientists know the brain holds the keys to unlocking answers to the most intriguing questions. Now, with help from a new National Institutes of Health grant, a Florida State University researcher is studying occurrences in specific regions of the brain that motivate us to reach […]

Florida State researchers identify link that plays a role in regulating neuropsychiatric brain disorders

Florida State University researchers have identified a link between two key parts of the brain that play significant roles in conditions such as Alzheimer’s disease, post-traumatic stress disorder, schizophrenia and depression. Associate Professor of Psychology and Neuroscience Wen Li and psychology doctoral candidate Kevin Clancy found that stimulating the system in the brain that deals […]

Ditching cigarettes in the new year? FSU psychologist weighs in on popular resolution

With a new year comes New Year’s resolutions. New Year’s resolutions provide a way to begin the year with a fresh start and individual goals to improve life in a variety of ways — from health and wellness to finances to education. One popular resolution is the goal of quitting smoking. A Florida State University psychology […]