Psychology’s faculty members are significant contributors to the science of psychology and consistently receive major grants from national agencies and foundations, such as NIH, NIMH, NIE, and NSF. Not only is the department overall ranked highly in citation impact, but a recent review found that the social psychology faculty were among the most productive in the world.
The current psychology department’s faculty carries on the historical tradition of garnering prestigious national honors and awards for their contributions to the science of psychology. Currently, despite the relatively small size of the department, there are nine faculty who are members of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, four faculty who have been elected to the National Academy of Sciences, three recipients of APA’s Distinguished Scientific Contribution Award, three recipients of APS’s William James Award for Distinguished Achievements in Psychological Science, as well as seven elected members of the Society for Experimental Psychology.
In addition to receiving individual awards for their scientific achievements, Columbia’s faculty and graduate students historically have been leaders in the field of psychology, including having eight past Presidents of the APA. The current faculty have held numerous positions of leadership in their own societies, chairing key committees in APA and APS and editing leading journals such as Psychological Review.