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We are currently accepting applications for graduate studies
in Social Psychology with a concentration in the Psychology of Peace and Violence.

For information on: 
The Psychology of Peace and Violence Program click here
Our faculty members and their research interests click here
How to apply click here

Application deadline: January 2, 2016

 Feel free to get in touch with the faculty member you would be interested in working with in advance.

We are looking forward to your application!

Psychology of Peace and Violence Program Faculty, Students and Graduates in the News

Are war and violence inevitable? Political psychologists argue for the importance of peace research in Headlines and Global News

Rebel army soldier in Syria (Photo : Reuters)

Political psychologists Bernhard Leidner, Brian Lickel and Linda Tropp at the University of Massachusetts Amherst argue that war and violent conflict is not an inevitable component of human nature, having written a special new piece on "peace psychology" that urges people to overturn the widespread belief.

Ervin Staub gave a talk at a 20th commemoration of the Rwandan genocide in Tokyo

Ervin Staub, Laurie Anne Perlman, former foreign minister and current Rwandan Ambassador to Tokyo Charles Murigande, and his wife Rosette.

Dr. Ervin Staub and his wife Laurie Anne Pearlman, a clinical psychologist and his collaborator on projects to promote reconciliation in Rwanda since 1999, gave talks  at a 20th commemoration of the Rwandan genocide in Tokyo on May 25, 2014, here pictured  with former foreign minister and current Rwandan Ambassador to Tokyo Charles Murigande, and his wife Rosette.

Linda Tropp presented as part of the Congressional Seminar series "Psychological Insights into Legislative Issues."

Linda Tropp at Congressional Seminar Series

On May 14, 2014 Dr. Linda Tropp had the honor of presenting social science research on "the Psychology of Prejudice and Discrimination" as part of the Congressional Seminar series "Psychological Insights into Legislative Issues."  This series was organized by the Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues (SPSSI) and co-sponsored by our very own local Congressman Jim McGovern (D-MA).

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