Originally founded as the Laboratory of Psychology in 1893, the Department of Psychology at the University of Chicago has been for a century a leading center of scholarship, research and teaching in psychology and related fields. Among its distinguished faculty and students have been James Rowland Angell, John Dewey, George Herbert Mead, John B. Watson, the founder of behaviorism, L. L. Thurstone, a pioneer in psychological measurement, and Roger Sperry, Nobel Prize winner for his work in cerebral lateralization.
The present Department of Psychology is organized into specialized programs that reflect the contemporary state of the discipline as well as the wide-ranging interests of its own faculty. These programs are:
Consistent with the interdisciplinary traditions of the University of Chicago, many faculty members serve on more than one of the department's programs.
The interdisciplinary character of the University is further reflected in the close connections the Department of Psychology maintains with other departments in the University. The department's faculty and students participate in courses, colloquia, workshops and joint research ventures with scholars in related departments including anthropology, biology, computer science, education, linguistics, and philosophy, and in the University's professional schools of business, public policy, law, medicine, and social service administration.