Welcome to Psychology at Georgia Tech.


Welcome to the School of Psychology at Georgia Tech. 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 leading science and engineering institutions of higher education in the world.  Unlike many of our peers, our home college is the College of Science, which also houses the likes of Chemistry, Physics, Biology, and Math.   You’ll see we have a structure of 5 programs which include Industrial Organizational, Cognition and Brain Science, Cognitive Aging, Quantitative and Engineering Psychology that help us manage the research efforts and provide focused training to our graduate students, but I can tell you that 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.   

I hope you enjoy visiting us virtually, and hopefully someday in person.  The Faculty, Grad Students, Undergraduates, and Staff are eager to meet you. 



Mark Wheeler

Professor & Chair 

News and Notes

  • Chris Stanzione Receives 2018 Eric R. Immel Memorial Award for Excellence in Teaching

    Named for the late Georgia Tech Professor of Mathematics Eric R. Immel, the award recognizes exemplary teaching in a foundational undergraduate course.

  • Insects aren't scary, they're just disgusting, study suggests

    Insects aren't scary, they're just disgusting, suggests a study by School of Psychology Professor Eric Schumacher and the pest control company Orkin. Schumacher imaged the brain activity of individuals viewing videos of insects in various environments, as well as scary animals such as sharks and crocodiles. With nearly every participant, images of insects triggered the brain region associated with disgust. Seventy percent of participants reported mild to severe anxiety when viewing insects. 

    Toronto Sun, Jul 18, 2018

  • Losing a job in midlife: How to prepare and bounce back when downsized near retirement

    Being laid off when you're close to retirement can be devastating. It is more difficult for older employees to find new jobs. A 2015 study by the Georgia Institute of Technology’s School of Psychology and the University of Minnesota’s Carlson School of Management found that unemployed Americans over 50 are likely to be job hunting for six weeks longer than those in their 30s and 40s and nearly 11 weeks longer than those in their 20s. School of Psychology Professor Ruth Kanfer was a co-author of the original study.

    USA Today, Jul 9, 2018

  • Secret of Old Age is Learning to Forget

    Scientists in the US and Canada have found the first evidence that even the expectation of something bad looming around the corner is enough to trigger a defence mechanism for suppressing negative emotions in people over 60.

  • HFES-ATG Scholarship Winner

    Sean McGlynn winner of HFES-ATG Scholarship


Recent Grants, Awards, and Honors

Recent Grants, Faculty and Student Awards and Honors from the Georgia Tech School of Psychology

Recent Notable Publications

Recent Notable Publications from the Georgia Tech School of Psychology