Psychology is a diverse discipline grounded in science, but with nearly boundless applications in everyday life. Scientific research conducted by psychologists, organized by topics here, can inform and guide those seeking help with issues that affect their professional lives, family relationships and emotional wellness.

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What Is a Psychologist?

Psychologists hold a doctoral degree such as a PhD or PsyD. They study both normal and abnormal functioning and treat patients with mental and emotional problems. They also study and encourage behaviors that build wellness and emotional resilience. 

Today, more and more psychologists are teaming with other health care providers to provide whole-person health care for patients.

How to choose a psychologist

How to choose a psychologist

Tips for choosing a psychotherapist and answers to financial questions related to therapy.
Brain Science and Cognitive Psychology

Science of psychology

The science and application of psychology benefits society, and improves lives.
Protecting your privacy: Understanding confidentiality

Psychology and Ethics

Understand confidentiality and how psychologists protect your privacy.

Psychology in Everyday Life

The ability to adapt well to unexpected changes and events can help people manage distress and uncertainty.

Building resilience to terror

Learning how to adapt to unexpected events can help us manage anxiety and fear.
Seasonal Affective Disorder

Seasonal affective disorder

Do you have severe cold weather blues that have gone on for more than two winters?
A new class of robots provides social and cognitive support.

Bots for tots

Check out the use of robots in the treatment of autism.
Ellen Scrivner, PhD

Police and public safety psychologist

Ellen Scrivner, PhD, strives to make a difference in communities.
Prison inmates are gaining parenting tools from APA’s ACT Raising Safe Kids program.

Unlocking parents' skills

Prison inmates are gaining parenting tools from APA’s ACT Raising Safe Kids program.

Psychologists in Action

"I'm a Psychologist"

Whether it's solving complex problems, asking new questions about human behavior or thinking critically about how we've always done things, psychological science gives you the potential to make a difference in any aspect of life.

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