Department of Psychological Sciences

The Department of Psychological Sciences highly values scholarly productivity and grantsmanship. Current department faculty have federally funded research programs in all areas of the field, including development, assessment, health psychology, traumatic stress, and psychopathology. The faculty is internationally recognized for their research and strives to increase scholarly productivity and reputation, both nationally and within the University. The department is ranked by NSF as one of the “Top 100 Psychology Faculties” in federal research expenditures.

The Department of Psychological Sciences has a number of internal resources designed to facilitate faculty and student research.

Applied Psychology Center

The Applied Psychology Center is a non-profit organization within the Department of Psychology whose mission is to foster applied research addressing important social problems.

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Initiative for Clinical and Translation Research

The Initiative for Clinical and Translation Research is a University-wide health research initiative charged with facilitating interdisciplinary research teams comprising a PI from Kent and a PI from one of our partner institutions (Summa Health System, Cleveland Clinic, Akron Children’s Hospital, etc.)

Coordinating Center for Advanced Quantitative Studies

The Coordinating Center for Advanced Quantitative Studies is an interdisciplinary university-wide organization housed in Kent Hall that coordinates the development and application of advanced statistical techniques. Word processing and statistical analysis software (Mplus, SPSS, SAS, JMP, R, EQS, AMOS, etc.) and the services of a computer technician are also provided by the Department of Psychological Sciences

Science of Learning and Education Center (SOLE)

A major mission of the SOLE Center is to foster evidence-based reform of STEM education, health education, and literacy as well as to improve achievement and retention for KSU students and for K-12 students in the surrounding community. The SOLE Center is aimed at meeting a number of different objectives largely pertaining to developing bench-to-bedside models for education research, which involve supporting cutting-edge research in the laboratory, in the classroom, and in the field.

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Psychological Clinic

The Psychological Clinic, which serves as a training site for the development of clinical skills among graduate students in clinical psychology and supports applied research by providing access to client populations and facilities for research purposes. The newly renovated clinic includes 7 dedicated treatment rooms, a playroom, a conference room, administrative offices and a waiting room/receptionist secretary area. Secure digital video equipment and two-way mirrors are available in therapy rooms.

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Wet Lab

The Department also has Wet Lab space, located within a >1000 sq ft research facility that has dedicated space for aliquoting, isolating and storing urine, blood, and saliva samples prior to transporting for analysis. The lab contains four freezers (including two with ultralow capabilities), in addition to a refrigerated centrifuge, and ice machine.

Animal Research Facility

The Animal Care Facilities include a complete 9,500 square foot climate controlled AALAC approved facility for rats and mice can also be found in the Kent Hall Animal Research Facility. This laboratory is molecular biology wet lab space optimized for performing numerous varieties of mRNA, DNA, protein manipulation and analyses as well as microscopy, and contains all the necessary equipment and accessories required for cell culture, virus production (except ultracentrifuge) and stereotaxic rodent surgery. In addition, there are three (70 square foot each) dedicated behavioral rooms that are separately optimized for different behavioral analysis of rodents, including fear conditioning, passive-avoidance, social defeat stress, elevated-plus maze, open-field activity tests and social interaction tests. The laboratory also has considerable refrigerator and freezer space available to accommodate the requirements of this proposal, including multiple ultralow freezers.