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Department of Psychological Sciences

Niche ranks the Loyola Psychology program 2nd in the state of Louisiana (1st as a smaller liberal arts university) and Psyc Colleges ranks our program in the top 20% in the United States!

At Loyola University, you can receive your Bachelor of Science in either Psychology, Psychology Pre-health, or Psychology with a concentration in Neuroscience. Whatever your goals in psychology, our program can prepare you for them. We provide numerous opportunities for students to gain research and career experience.

Our faculty expertise spans the field of psychology: neuroscience, clinical and counseling, comparative, developmental, social, cognition and learning, and statistics/research design. Students are able to participate in faculty-led research as well as pursue their own research interests or independent studies. Practicum experiences exist in applied areas of psychology, including clinical/counseling. See a list of some of our current psychology courses for more information.



The Psychological Sciences program exposes students to the scientific study of behavior and encourages an increased understanding of the behavior of humans and animals. Students who complete the Psychology major requirements receive a Bachelor of Science degree. Learn more about our programs of study »



Our faculty conduct research on an expanse of areas including PTSD, virtual reality, autism spectrum disorder, primate behavior, sex differences and the brain, bilingualism, happiness, environmental decision making, and other fascinating areas of psychology. The Psychology program at Loyola University New Orleans is truly exceptional. We are one of the only universities in Louisiana with an EEG machine (and faculty who can train undergraduate students to use it) and with a state-of-the-art rodent neuroscience facility. Undergraduates become involved in research by joining a faculty research team, conducting independent studies, and/or by taking our Senior Research/Senior Thesis class.


Faculty Success

Dr. Silverstein Wins Award for SCOPE

The Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues awarded Dr. Madison Silverstein $2,000 for the Training and Mentoring Program for Future Psychologists of Color. The program was developed to address the exclusion and marginalization of racially/ethnically minoritized (REM) students in the field of psychology. This grant award will aid in the evaluation of the program for effectiveness for wider dissemination. 


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Student Success

David Zelaya PSYC'12 received the 2022 Young Alumnus of the Year award

David Zelaya PSYC'12 has been selected as the 2022 Young Alumnus of the Year. This award honors one young alumnus who has given most generously of their time, talent, and philanthropy to their alma mater and community.

After graduating from Loyola with a Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in Psychology, David pursued his Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology at Georgia State University.

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Please join the Department of Psychological Sciences Colloquium on Friday, December 1st in Miller Hall 114 at 3:30 for Paula Fite, Ph.D presentation on "Associations between Proactive and Reactive Aggression and Negative Adjustment Outcomes."

SCOPE 2023

Join the 2023 workshop! Applications due April 23rd, see flier for more information.