Western University PsychologyFaculty of Social Science

Four Clusters of Research Excellence

The Psychology Department at Western has over 50 faculty members representing four Clusters of Research Excellence. They work with talented graduate and post-graduate students on cutting-edge questions about human and animal behavior. Undergraduate students in Psychology often participate in these exciting research programs. Click on the menu item to find out more about ongoing research in each cluster.

Clinical Science and Psychopathology (CSP)

The CSP cluster encompasses the Clinical Psychology area of research excellence and focuses on the study of the causes and treatments for abnormal behavior and health-related behavior. To learn more about this research cluster please follow this link: http://www.psychology.uwo.ca/research/clinical/index.html

Cognitive, Developmental, and Brain Sciences (CDB)

The CDB cluster encompasses the Behavioral and Cognitive Neuroscience, Cognition, and Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience ares of research excellence. The CDB cluster focuses on the study of:

- genetic, neurological, and hormonal causes of behavior
- how information is perceived, stored, and processed and how language is used and understood
- processes that explain changes in children’s thinking and behavior from infancy through adolescence

Industrial/Organizational Psychology (I/O)

The I/O cluster encompasses the Industrial/Organizational Psychology area of research excellence and focuses on the study of worker and organizational characteristics that contribute to adjustment in the workplace. To learn more about this research cluster please follow this link: http://www.psychology.uwo.ca/research/io/index.html

Social and Personality Psychology (SPP)

The SPP cluster encompasses the Social Psychology and Personality Psychology and Social Development areas of research excellence. The SPP cluster focuses on the study of:

- how people think about, influence, and relate to one another
- individual differences in personality and intelligence and analysis of psychological data with the help of mathematical concepts and statistics