Psychology is one of a handful of departments at Stanford that is ranked number one in the nation, and it has been for more than fifty years. This extraordinary achievement was honored by the Smithsonian Institution in Washington D.C. in 2003.

There are many academic programs that are designed to emphasize either research or teaching. At Stanford generally, and in the Psychology Department specifically, we believe that success flows from the seamless connection between teaching and scientific research.

Our commitment to teaching has been recognized by many awards and can also be seen in the way our faculty reaches out through the media to explain how important insights from experimental psychology can be translated into policy and action. Faculty interviews can be regularly seen in media outlets as diverse as the New York Times, The Today Show, CNN, National Public Radio, and John Stewart’s The Daily Show.

In their research, Psychology department faculty members use a fantastic array of tools. They use magnetic resonance imaging to measure the brain; they use the Bing Nursery school to study the behavior of children; they use genetics to gain deeper insight into the causes and cures for depression; they use advanced mathematical modeling to understand thought. Our commitment to research has also been recognized by many rewards. The department has had nine members of the National Academy of Science, two members of the Institute of Medicine, and ten members of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Our department has more members of the National Academies than can be found in most major universities.