In pursuing its mission to acquire, advance and disseminate knowledge within the Psychological and Biobehavioral Sciences, the Department balances several academic endeavors including: undergraduate teaching, graduate training, professional training, basic scientific research, applied research, faculty development, and community service. The Department of Psychology has the largest Ph.D. program at the University of Miami and the second largest number of undergraduate majors in the College of Arts and Sciences. The Department has extensive research and service programs throughout the culturally diverse Miami area affected by its 38 faculty and 120 full-time staff and research personnel. Its research programs have been ranked among the top nationally for National Institute of Health funding in psychology departments. Its graduate program in clinical psychology was recently ranked 25th nationally by U.S. News and World Report and has received continuous accreditation by the American Psychological Association since 1966. The Department has its own community-based training clinic and adult, child, and health intervention programs.
The Departments research and training programs are uniquely tied to the Miami-Dade County Public Schools, the Juvenile Justice System and the State of Florida via a series of contracts to provide services to the children and families of South Florida. The Department's Behavioral Medicine Research Center is a highly successful interdisciplinary entity that facilitates collaborative research in medical settings.