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Department of Psychology

We foster a student-centered learning environment, rooted in psychology’s principles and facilitating effective communication skills and social growth.

Kickstart Your Career

Our rigorous programs bring real-world experience to the classroom, building the knowledge you need to succeed.



I did my psychology internship my sophomore year. I was shadowing a clinical psychologist who did assessments, and that’s when I realized assessments were what I wanted to do.

Daizha Hunter

Psychology is so broad… There are so many career paths you can take and I liked the flexibility of being able to change my path if I want to.

PNW helps me Power Onward with the amount of help available at the university, whether it be clubs, tutoring options, or one-on-one time with professors.

Breona Keys, ’22, Psychology

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My education at PNW has taught me how to work independently.

McKenna Haynes
Psychology, ’21

PNW is unique because of this collective spirit of acceptance, support and appreciation for diversity that is embodied by the campus community.

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PNW Named Among 2024 Best Midwest Universities by U.S. News & World Report

Purdue University Northwest earned recognitions for several undergraduate programs—including PNW’s undergraduate program in psychology—and social mobility in U.S. News & World Report’s 2024 annual Best Colleges rankings.



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Invest in Your Future

Student Resources

Take advantage of resources, including scholarships and student organizations.

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Meet Psychology

Our Faculty

Our faculty are accomplished in teaching, research, publication, and practice.

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Paying for College

Explore Scholarships

Explore PNW scholarships–including specialty ones for our students.

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Our Work

The NWI IMPETUS program seeks to increase and enhance prevention child trauma prevention and intervention efforts throughout Northwest Indiana.

News & Announcements

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PNW psychology professor receives 2024 MLK Dreamer Award

Gisele Casanova, PNW psychology professor, receives 2024 MLK Dreamer Award as one of four individuals within the Purdue system.

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Purdue University Northwest affirmed as doctoral-granting institution by Higher Learning Commission

In tandem with the approval of its new Doctor of Psychology applied doctoral program, the Higher Learning Commission has affirmed Purdue Northwest’s change in educational objectives as a doctoral-granting institution.

Gisele Casanova

Congratulations – 2024 MLK Dreamer Award

Professor Gisele Casanova has been selected as a recipient of the 2024 Purdue University Martin Luther King, Jr. Dreamer Award.

Upcoming Events

Mar 01

Scholarships Deadline

Make sure to apply for PNW’s scholarships before the deadline of March 1, 2024, for the 2024-25 academic year.

Mar 06

Spring 2024 Pedagogy Circle Meeting

Join your colleagues to discuss meeting students where they are and maintaining academic standards.

Mar 11

Spring Break

Spring break runs Monday, March 11 through Saturday, March 16. Classes resume Monday, March 18.

Mar 25

Fall 2024 Priority Registration Begins

Priority Registration for Fall 2024 begins March 25. Register promptly for the best selection of course days and times.