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Welcome Statement from the Chair

Doug Matthews

Welcome to the Department of Psychology at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire! It is my sincere hope you gain insight that leads to interest about the truly amazing Psychology program at UWEC.I could tell stories about the almost 600 majors, 200 minors and 30 graduate students that make up our department, or I could reflect on the nationally accredited School Psychology program, our one of a kind Behavior Analysis program, our nation leading Suicide Prevention Center, or I could list research accomplishments by faculty-student research teams that are published in scientific journals and presented at national conferences. But, I will do none of these things. Instead, I simply welcome you to our department and invite you to stop by and experience it for yourself. We are striving to be the destination department in the Upper Midwest for students to study the field of Psychology. We hope you will walk this adventure with us! 


Psychology Department Mission Statement


The mission of the UW- Eau Claire psychology department is to promote and advance psychology as a scientific discipline through the discovery, application, and communication of knowledge about biological, psychological, and social factors that interact to influence behavior and mental processes.

The foundation of our undergraduate and graduate programs is a commitment to excellent teaching that:

  • respects diversity and individual differences

  • empowers students to be ethical and evidence-based decision-makers

  • emphasizes connections within and across disciplines

  • offers opportunities to work alongside faculty


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