Overview of Psychology

According to the American Psychology Associations, psychologists study the intersection of two critical relationships: the brain function/behavior relationship and the behavior/environment relationship. In the APA's own words, "Psychology is a tremendously varied field." If you're having trouble pinpointing just what you want to do or learn within psychology, this might be why!

In the 2011 pamphlet Psychology: Scientific Problem Solvers, the APA describes 18 sub-fields of psychology for your consideration:

  • clinical
  • cognitive and perceptual
  • counseling
  • developmental
  • educational
  • engineering
  • evolutionary
  • experimental
  • forensic
  • health
  • industrial/organizational
  • neuropsychology
  • behavioral neuropsychology
  • quantitative and measurement
  • rehabilitation
  • school
  • social
  • sports

Of course, as a psychologist you can chose to practice or do research in any of these areas. Or you may chose to do both as a scientist-practitioner!