Welcome! 1917-2017: 100 Years of Discovery

Dear Friends of the Psychology Department

The Psychology Department is celebrating its 100th birthday this year! Since our founding in 1917, the Psychology Department has had a pioneering tradition of excellence in teaching and research. Twenty five thousand undergraduate students earned their degrees in our department. They are pursuing amazing careers in all sectors of society including education, research, law, medicine, engineering, as well as public and clinical service. About 600 graduate students have earned PhDs to become exceptional and impactful leaders in society, science, and education. Our faculty received upwards of 2 billion dollars in grant support for research that has come to define our understanding of why we behave the way that we do, and how we can improve behaviors and mental health. We are so proud of our many student and faculty accomplishments.

On Wednesday, February 15, current, former, and emeritus faculty, staff and former staff, current students and alumni, donors, and friends gathered to celebrate the UW Psychology’s 100th Anniversary. We shared stories, history, and had a chance to reconnect with past colleagues and friends. President Cauce, Dean Stacey, current chair Sheri Mizumori and others shared their reflections with us on the department. We were also proud to recognize Irwin Sarason’s 60th anniversary as a UW Psychology faculty member. He shared his experience of being the youngest to now the oldest member of the faculty. It was a memorable evening and we look forward to continuing the celebration throughout the year!

It is now up to us to continue our predecessors’ legacy of excellence to address society’s biggest challenges. Please partner with us in achieving our goals by  contributing to our campaign to solve these critical societal challenges. We would also like to hear your story about how your connection to our department has impacted your life! Let us know!

Warm wishes

Sheri Mizumori, Chair