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Research in Psychology

Faculty Research

All faculty in the Department of Psychology are actively involved in research and want to encourage all undergraduate and graduate students to become involved as well. Descriptions of faculty research interests can be found on faculty members’ pages. If you find a faculty member doing research that interests you, feel free to contact her or him and consider doing a directed study with them.

Colloquium Series

If you wish to learn more about research in psychology but are not ready to get involved directly, please attend the Department of Psychology Colloquium series. This will be an opportunity to learn more about the current trends and methods in psychology. These meetings will occur about once a month during the academic year and will include presentations by faculty, graduate students, and guest speakers.


Western Carolina University has an Institutional Review Board (IRB) that must review your research before any work begins. For those actively involved in research, you must follow certain guidelines and complete certain forms before actually conducting research.”

You should review Dr. Leonardo Bobadilla’s website outlining the psychology department’s IRB procedures before submitting your IRB proposal. He will determine whether it is necessary for the proposal to be examined by the full IRB Committee.


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