Welcome to the School of Psychology at Georgia Tech

The School of Psychology at Georgia Tech is a multidisciplinary academic unit. The research and educational programs of the School help study what makes us human and mechanistically describe the dynamic human experience. We achieve this by bringing experts from complementary disciplines together to innovate at the intersection of disciplines that study the brain, behavior, technology, and people & society.  

As you roam our webpage, you’ll notice that psychology at GaTech is rather unique in a number of ways. You already know that we are embedded in one of the world's leading science and engineering institutions of higher education. Unlike many of our peers, our home college is the College of Sciences, which also houses the likes of Chemistry, Physics, Biology, and Math. You’ll see we have a structure of 5 programs which include Adult Development and Aging, Cognition and Brain Science,  Engineering, Industrial-Organizational, and Quantitative Psychology help us manage the research efforts and provide focused training to our graduate students, but all of the faculty move easily between areas. Finally, you may notice that we are small, intentionally. It allows us to focus our research and our training in a way that has made us exceptional.

The Faculty, Grad Students, Undergraduates, and Staff are eager to meet you.

Psychology student Lauren Hester at the Ferst Center for the Arts - where she performed in the Black History Month Talent Showcase

Lauren Hester

Psychology Undergraduate named one of Atlanta’s Change-Makers for her excellent contributions to the community

Lauren Hester first became connected to Georgia Tech as a high school student through Project ENGAGES, where she developed her own research project in Susan Thomas’ lab. Since then, the psychology major and French minor has enrolled at Georgia Tech and become involved in numerous efforts to “pay it forward.”





Latest News

2023 Haley Fellows (clockwise from top left) Jessica Deutsch, Quynh Nguyen, Eliza Gazda, Sydney Popsuj, Jose Luis Ramirez-Colon, Sidney Scott-Sharoni.jpg
The College of Sciences graduate students were chosen as 2023-24 Herbert P. Haley Fellowships for their research and academic achievements
A logo for the Georgia Tech Alumni Association's 40 under 40 class of 2023, with headshots of the four College of Sciences alumni in the class.
From making groundbreaking discoveries on Mars to revolutionizing healthcare, meet the four trailblazing College Sciences alumni in the Alumni Association’s 2023 class of 40 under 40.
The new minor is officially launching this fall and is currently accepting enrollment.
Starting this fall and currently accepting enrollment, the minor will work to give students practical tools to build mental wellness while exploring the neuroscience behind different aspects of mental health.
Jean Lynch-Stieglitz
Jean Lynch-Stieglitz has earned a new fellowship with the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine to build STEM expertise in the State Department and the U.S. Agency for International Development.
Jennifer Curtis
Jennifer Curtis, professor in the School of Physics, will serve as ADVANCE Professor for the College of Sciences, effective July 1, 2023. Curtis will continue efforts to support the community and advancement of women and minorities in academia.


09 to 23

Returning March 9–23, 2024, the Atlanta Science Festival is an annual public celebration of local science and technology.

We Are Hiring

The School of Psychology invites nominations and applications for four open-rank tenure-track faculty positions with an anticipated start date of August 2024.

Successful applicants are expected to demonstrate and develop an exceptional research program. We are particularly interested in candidates whose scholarship focuses on Applied Behavioral Sciences, including but not limited to Industrial-Organizational Psychology, Quantitative Psychology, Human Factors/Engineering Psychology, and Adult Development and Aging. Ideal candidates will place a strong emphasis on the use of quantitative and computational methodologies in the development of use-inspired theory and research to address modern workplace and/or societal challenge

Experts in the News

What major challenges will higher education face in 2018? In addition to funding, free speech, and student safety issues, the authors of this story wonder about university presidents "using their bully pulpits, and their voices, to advance their principles and institutions." They include College of Sciences alumnus Angel Cabrera, president of Georgia Mason University, among a new breed of thought leaders. The authors cite this November 2016 Cabrera message to the George Mason community as an example. Cabrera received his M.S. from the School of Psychology in 1993, and a Ph.D. in psychology from Tech in 1995.

Inside Higher Ed

If you're in one of the areas of the U.S. hit by freezing temperatures this week, your daydreams may involve a warm, tropical paradise far from snow tires and black ice. You may want to stick with those reveries; a new Georgia Tech study found that the more intelligent and creative a person is, the more likely he or she will daydream. Eric Schumacher, an associate professor in the School of Psychology, was the lead author on the study.

domestic study

Scroll down a few paragraphs in this Jerusalem Post health news roundup, and you'll find an item on the recent daydreaming study from School of Psychology researchers Eric Schumacher and Christine Godwin. Their findings show that daydreaming could point to a more efficient mind that exhibits more creativity and intelligence.


The professional daydreamers among us might argue that there is indeed a benefit to letting your mind wander; just five minutes of pretending to be on a beach in Tahiti can be a worthwhile escape from the day's worries. But a new study from researchers with the School of Psychology shows that for some, daydreaming could be a sign of greater intellectual ability and creativity. This Guardian story quotes the study's lead author, graduate student Christine Godwin.


Christine Angelini

Don't zone out and start daydreaming as you're reading this Yahoo! story about daydreaming. You might miss the findings of a new Georgia Tech study showing that for some people, a wandering mind could be a sign of higher intelligence and creativity. The study's co-author is Eric Schumacher, associate professor in the School of Psychology.