About Us

The Psychology of Peace and Violence Program at the University of Massachusetts Amherst is designed to facilitate research and intervention regarding group relations and conflict.  We are especially interested in understanding why group relations become hostile and how to promote cooperation and peaceful resolution.

The Program trains doctoral students in basic social psychological theory and research with an emphasis on translating this work for policy and application.  Students also complete field internships and participate in interdisciplinary seminars to broaden their experiences and integrate multiple perspectives toward improving group relations.


The Psychology of Peace and Violence Program was launched in 2004 by a private endowment and matching support through the University of Massachusetts. The only program of its kind in the United States, the Psychology of Peace and Violence Program uses scientific knowledge to resolve conflict between groups, promote reconciliation, and build peace through cooperation. Our faculty and students join a wide range of academic and community partners to decrease violence and promote peace  through the application of research findings to real-world situations.