Welcome to the Psychology Department at the University of Colorado Denver!


The University of Colorado Denver’s  mission statement  describes our institution as a “diverse teaching and learning community that creates, discovers and applies knowledge to improve the health and well-being of Colorado and the world.”

CU Denver embraces:  

·        Excellence in learning and scholarship  

·        Discovery and innovation  

·        Health and care of mind, body, and community  

·        Diversity and an atmosphere of respect and inclusiveness  

·        Responsible citizenship and leadership  

 The Department of Psychology’s mission parallels that of the university. We respect academic freedom and the freedom of expression. We are dedicated to excellence and innovation in the education, scholarship, mentorship, and service of psychological science so we may inspire our students, improve our academic discipline, and uplift our community. In our endeavors, we wish to promote knowledge and skills, critical thinking, and evidence-based scientific methods. Further, we are committed to equity and inclusion; we are an academic community in which all individuals are esteemed, valued, and respected. Our culture of inclusion promotes diverse perspectives and collaborative learning, making our department and students stronger.  


The Department of Psychology at the University of Colorado Denver is a mid-sized department with over 700 majors. We have two undergraduate degree programs (BA and BS) and a PhD program in Clinical Health Psychology.

In addition, we offer minors in both Psychology and Behavioral/Cognitive Neuroscience.

Our faculty and staff provide educational and research experiences and clinical training to students seeking advancement through higher education and eventual employment in psychology and related fields.

The department also builds bridges with the Anschutz Medical Campus to broaden our students' research and educational opportunities. Much of our mission focuses on two vital areas of research and scholarship carried out by our nationally and internationally recognized faculty: clinical health psychology and behavioral neuroscience.