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The Department of Psychology and Neuroscience is home to more than 1,600 undergraduate student majors, with more than 200 of our students actively involved in research. More than 125 graduate students study and teach across our six program areas – Behavioral and Integrative Neuroscience, Clinical, Cognitive, Developmental, Quantitative, and Social Psychology.

Our faculty are committed to advancing research to solve the world’s greatest challenges. Areas of expertise include alcohol and drug addiction; depression, anxiety, severe psychopathology, and suicide; stress and health; and stereotyping and prejudice. We are also conducting cutting-edge neuroimaging research to better understand the brain and behavior. The recent $12 million renovation of Howell Hall for Psychology and Neuroscience has provided us with much needed state-of-the-art equipment in updated facilities, further enhancing our research capabilities.

So much of what we do depends on the generous support of our alumni and friends. Private giving enables us to:

  • recruit top notch undergraduate and graduate students
  • provide them with engaged learning opportunities in innovative research and internships
  • retain world-class faculty members who are consistently being recruited by peer institutions.

Now – more than ever – private giving is crucial to maintaining our academic excellence. Thank you for your support.

– Donald T. Lysle, Ph.D., Kenan Distinguished Professor and Chair

Giving Opportunities

  • Psychology and Neuroscience Department Strategic Fund |
    • A gift to our general fund allows the Department the flexibility to use your generosity in the way it is most needed at any given time. This is particularly critical to meeting emerging demands and opportunities.
  • Clinical Psychology Excellence Fund |
  • W. Grant Dahlstrom Graduate Student Fellowship |
    • Honoring the 40-year career of Kenan Distinguished Professor, Dr. W. Grant Dahlstrom, this fellowship annually provides financial support for an incoming Clinical Psychology graduate student. The fellowship is intended to support the research and academic accomplishments of promising doctoral students, and has the added benefit of attracting outstanding applicants to our program.
  • Developmental Psychology Excellence Fund |
  • David and Maeda Galinsky Graduate Student Fellowship |
    • This fellowship is offered annually to a highly-qualified incoming graduate student of the Clinical Psychology program and honors the late Dr. David Galinsky, a professor in the Department for more than 40 years who served as Chair from 1983 – 1993 and Director of the Clinical Psychology program. The fellowship also honors the late Dr. Maeda Galinksky, a professor for more than 50 years in UNC’s School of Social Work.
  • Richard A. King Graduate Student Excellence Fund in Behavioral and Integrative Neuroscience |
    • Murray Turner ’76 created the Richard A. King Graduate Student Excellence Fund in 2008 to honor Dr. Richard King, a professor in the Department for nearly 50 years. This fund provides travel and research stipends for graduate students in the Behavioral and Integrative Neuroscience program.
  • Psychometric Lab in Quantitative Psychology |
    • The L.L. Thurstone Psychometric Laboratory was founded by Dr. L.L. Thurstone, a central figure in the Quantitative Psychology field. This fund supports many of the activities in the Quantitative Psychology program by providing support and resources to faculty and graduate students.
  • J. Steven Reznick Diversity and Psychological Research Fund in Psychology & Neuroscience |
    • This fund honors the distinguished teaching and research career of Dr. Steve Reznick, professor of psychology at UNC since 1998, and proud UNC alumnus (B.A. ’73). Dr. Reznick died July 5, 2016, of complications due to ALS. The fund will encourage and honor undergraduate students who conduct exemplary research on topics of concern to diverse populations and groups that have been traditionally underrepresented in psychological research. Student research support, summer research fellowships and travel to conferences are among some of the activities that the fund supports.
  • Harriett L. Rheingold Graduate Student Fellowship |
    • This merit-based fellowship provides support for graduate students in the Developmental Psychology program and honors the legacy of Dr. Harriet L. Rheingold, a professor in the Department for nearly 30 years and a pioneering scholar in the field of developmental psychology.
  • John Thibaut Graduate Student Fund in Social Psychology |
    • This fund is named in honor of influential social psychologist and former professor in the department, Dr. John Thibaut. The fund supports Social Psychology graduate student training in several ways, including an annual Thibaut Award. The Thibaut Award brings an eminent scholar, deemed by the graduate students as having a major influence on their own scholarship, to campus to meet with students and give a presentation of research that is open to the public.
  • Thomas A. Wadden Fund for Behavioral Medicine and Health Psychology |
    • This fund supports Clinical Psychology graduate students through two award opportunities. One award supports Clinical Psychology doctoral students in recognition of outstanding and innovative research achievement in behavioral medicine or health psychology, and the second award provides critical support in students’ graduate training and opportunities through funding research, travel, and/or conferences.

Give Now!

To make an gift, using a credit card, to the Department of Psychology and Neuroscience to one of the above funds and/or fellowships, visit The Arts and Sciences Foundation Online Giving.

You may also make a donation by check. Please make your check payable to “Arts and Science Foundation, Inc.” with “Department of Psychology and Neuroscience – 319100” in the memo line and mail to:

The Arts and Sciences Foundation
Attn: Jennifer Chandler
University of North Carolina Chapel Hill
523 E. Franklin Street
Chapel Hill, NC 27599-6115

For questions about creating scholarships and professorships, making stock or estate gifts, donation to specific programs, or suggestions on how you can help support the Department of Psychology and Neuroscience, please contact:

Jennifer Chandler
Associate Director of Development
UNC Arts and Sciences Foundation
(919) 843-5285

Your gift is greatly appreciated and will help foster the excellent student training, research, and mentorship that we have provided UNC students since 1921!