Psychologists use science in forensic evaluation and contribute expertise needed by social service organizations, public safety teams, the military and courts to foster strong, resilient communities.

Psychology’s Impact

Psychologists use scientific research to better understand perception, learning, language, attention, memory, problem-solving, decision-making and judgment. The information they gather is vital to people’s overall well-being and success.

Using this information and a deep knowledge of mental, emotional and behavioral disorders, psychologists are also taking a look at the interaction between mental processes, behaviors and health. In particular, they conduct and apply research to help people adopt healthy behaviors, promote health and wellness, prevent illness and improve health care systems.

Subfields

Climate and Environmental Psychology

Clinical Psychology

Clinical psychologists integrate the science of psychology with the treatment of complex human problems.
A Career in Counseling Psychology

Counseling Psychology

Counseling psychologists focus on facilitating personal and interpersonal functioning across the lifespan.
Forensic and Public Service Psychology

Forensic and Public Service Psychology

Forensic and public service psychologists use psychological science to support the judicial system and other organizations dedicated to public safety. Their expertise and assessments are important in a range of issues that straddle the psychology and legal fields, from mental competence to youth testimony.
Social Psychology Examines the Influence of Interpersonal and Group Relationships

Social Psychology

Social psychologists use psychological science to understand how we perceive ourselves in relation to the rest of the world and how this perception affects our choices, behaviors and beliefs.