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 Careers in Psychology, 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!