The Undergraduate Program in Applied Psychology is an interdisciplinary program designed to develop students who are able to bridge psychological theory, research, and practice in a multicultural world.
Students with an interest in health may also consider the combined Global Public Health/Applied Psychology major.
Advisement & Registration
Applied Psychology students work closely with their advisor to develop a course of study that best reflects their academic, personal, and career aspirations.
These forms were designed to help you prepare for pre-registration advisement and to aid in your understanding of degree requirements.
Applied Psychology students with a record of exceptional achievement are welcome to apply for our Honors Program. Eligible seniors are required to conduct an independent research project on a topic of their choice under the close mentorship of an Applied Psychology faculty member.
Undergraduate Research Conference
Each year the Undergraduate Program in Applied Psychology organizes a conference at which a select number of students with senior status present their independent research proposals and projects on a variety of topics as either poster or oral presentations.
Professional Behavior and Standards
Students of the Department of Applied Psychology and New York University have joined an academic community that presumes certain behaviors and norms. As members of this community, students are expected to conduct their academic work with the highest integrity, and to not engage in any behaviors that threaten or jeopardize the well-being of others or disrupt educational activities.
Behavior which jeopardizes the health or safety of the University community, or disrupts the educational activities and supporting services of the University, is subject to review and possible penalty in accordance with the procedures and practices of the University and the Department of Applied Psychology.
In rare circumstances, an ad hoc committee composed of members of the Undergraduate Committee of the Department of Applied Psychology will convene to address any issues, as indicated above, should they arise. The Undergraduate Committee of the Department of Applied Psychology will determine appropriate disciplinary measures in such circumstances.
Please see the links below for additional information regarding New York University Policies and Guidelines on Student Conduct and Academic Integrity.
Professionalism in Psychology
The Applied Psychology Undergraduate Programs follow the standards of The American Psychological Association's Ethical Principles of Psychologists and Code of Conduct* (APA, 2010). Detailed below are five General Principles. General Principles, as opposed to Ethical Standards, are aspirational in nature. Their intent is to guide and inspire psychologists toward the very highest ethical ideals of the profession. General Principles, in contrast to Ethical Standards, do not represent obligations and should not form the basis for imposing sanctions. Relying upon General Principles for either of these reasons distorts both their meaning and purpose.
Principle A: Beneficence and Non-malfeasance
Psychologists strive to benefit those with whom they work and take care to do no harm. In their professional actions, psychologists seek to safeguard the welfare and rights of those with whom they interact professionally and other affected persons, and the welfare of animal subjects of research. When conflicts occur among psychologists' obligations or concerns, they attempt to resolve these conflicts in a responsible fashion that avoids or minimizes harm. Because psychologists' scientific and professional judgments and actions may affect the lives of others, they are alert to and guard against personal, financial, social, organizational, or political factors that might lead to misuse of their influence. Psychologists strive to be aware of the possible effect of their own physical and mental health on their ability to help those with whom they work.
Principle B: Fidelity and Responsibility
Psychologists establish relationships of trust with those with whom they work. They are aware of their professional and scientific responsibilities to society and to the specific communities in which they work. Psychologists uphold professional standards of conduct, clarify their professional roles and obligations, accept appropriate responsibility for their behavior, and seek to manage conflicts of interest that could lead to exploitation or harm. Psychologists consult with, refer to, or cooperate with other professionals and institutions to the extent needed to serve the best interests of those with whom they work. They are concerned about the ethical compliance of their colleagues' scientific and professional conduct. Psychologists strive to contribute a portion of their professional time for little or no compensation or personal advantage.
Principle C: Integrity
Psychologists seek to promote accuracy, honesty, and truthfulness in the science, teaching, and practice of psychology. In these activities psychologists do not steal, cheat, or engage in fraud, subterfuge, or intentional misrepresentation of fact. Psychologists strive to keep their promises and to avoid unwise or unclear commitments.
In situations in which deception may be ethically justifiable to maximize benefits and minimize harm, psychologists have a serious obligation to consider the need for, the possible consequences of, and their responsibility to correct any resulting mistrust or other harmful effects that arise from the use of such techniques.
Principle D: Justice
Psychologists recognize that fairness and justice entitle all persons to access to and benefit from the contributions of psychology and to equal quality in the processes, procedures, and services being conducted by psychologists. Psychologists exercise reasonable judgment and take precautions to ensure that their potential biases, the boundaries of their competence, and the limitations of their expertise do not lead to or condone unjust practices.
Principle E: Respect for People's Rights and Dignity
Psychologists respect the dignity and worth of all people, and the rights of individuals to privacy, confidentiality, and self-determination. Psychologists are aware that special safeguards may be necessary to protect the rights and welfare of persons or communities whose vulnerabilities impair autonomous decision making. Psychologists are aware of and respect cultural, individual, and role differences, including those based on age, gender, gender identity, race, ethnicity, culture, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, disability, language, and socioeconomic status and consider these factors when working with members of such groups. Psychologists try to eliminate the effect on their work of biases based on those factors, and they do not knowingly participate in or condone activities of others based upon such prejudices.
* The American Psychological Association. (2010). Ethical Principles of Psychologists and Code of Conduct. Retrieved from
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