Undergraduate Psychology

Students who complete a degree in psychology are immersed in learning about the origins, processes, and consequences of human and animal behavior. The study of behavior and its determinants lies at the heart of our understanding of numerous systems ranging from the biological to the economic and social.

The Undergraduate Program in Psychology offers Bachelor of Arts (AB), Bachelor of Science (BS), Interdepartmental (IDM), and minor degrees.

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Undergraduate Neuroscience

Students studying neuroscience are provided rich opportunities to study the brain with faculty from diverse disciplines and perspectives. Our curriculum is taught by faculty from many departments and programs across Duke, including Trinity College, the School of Medicine, and Pratt School of Engineering.

The Undergraduate Program in Neuroscience offers Bachelor of Arts (AB), Bachelor of Science (BS), Interdepartmental (IDM), and minor degrees.

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Graduate Program

Our Ph.D. program merges social sciences and natural sciences in the study of brain, behavior, and cognition in humans and animals.

We embrace an interdisciplinary approach, using a broad range of methods and interacting with researchers in many different fields. Depending on one's field, training may include neuroimaging, optigenetics, laboratory experiments, clinical approaches, and/or field interviews. Our students interact with faculty and students in Neurobiology, Psychiatry, Economics, Statistics, Philosophy, and the Duke Institute for Brain Sciences, and have the opportunity to take courses in other departments as well as at UNC Chapel Hill. Overall, our graduate training environment is a rich one, and students are encouraged to take advantage of the diversity of perspectives and methods. 

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Diversity, Equity & Inclusion


The Psychology & Neuroscience department is committed to advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion. Our values align with Duke University's core values for excellence. The Psychology & Neuroscience community is dedicated to creating an academic and social environment where each person can flourish. We have ongoing Diversity, Equity & Inclusion efforts, led by the Psychology & Neuroscience Task Force, to develop strategic priorities for diversity and inclusion with measurable outcomes. It is our priority that all students, staff, faculty, mentors, and trainees – every member of our community – is represented and supported.

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Alumni Spotlights

Tara-Marie Desruisseaux, 2017
Educator, Uncommon Schools, New York, New York
Rebecca Thurston, 2003
Professor of Psychiatry and Director of the Women’s Biobehavioral Health Laboratory, University of Pittsburgh
Pawan Mathew, 2015
Student, University of Massachusetts Medical School, Worcester, MA
Tsu-Yin Chang, 2004
Founder / Psychotherapist, Founder of the Mindful Living Center, Boston, MA
Paul Diaz-Granados, 2006
Emergency Medicine physician, Jacksonville Florida
Sharda Umanath, 2014
Assistant Professor of Psychology, Claremont MCKenna College
Emily Steemers, 2015
Kaiser Permanente, Oakland, California
Dennis Chen, 2008
Physician, University of Michigan Health System
Ryan Knowles, 2010
Global Product Lead, Google/YouTube, San Francisco, CA
Charles Jonassaint, 2009
Assistant Professor of Medicine, Social Work, and Clinical and Translational Science, University of Pittsburgh