Department of Psychology

About The Department of Psychology

The Department of Psychology offers major and minor programs in psychology in a setting which allows students to excel academically, professionally, socially and personally. The Department of Psychology offers course work leading to the baccalaureate, master's, and educational specialist degrees in psychology with a Black psychology and multicultural emphasis.


Mission Statement

The department of Psychology exposes students to the science of behavior, provides a foundation for the pursuit of advanced degrees in the field and in related disciplines, and offers students multicultural perspectives for understanding human nature and functioning at undergraduate and graduate levels.  A unique multicultural programmatic framework distinguishes our programs.  The emphasis of this thrust is primarily, although not exclusively, on the reconceptualization and application of psychology to the experiences of people of African descent.


The psychology department’s programs grew out of the University’s recognition of the need for more psychologically trained Black para-professionals, professionals and scientists to address the critical shortage in the areas of human services education and research. Additionally, in the wake of the 1960s there was a growing sensitivity in American society regarding the importance of culture in mental health and human behavior, especially where racial and cultural minorities were concerned. Given that FAMU has a predominantly African-American student body, increased awareness of the significance of culture led to the incorporation of an emphasis on African-American cultural and minority issues into the curriculum and overall programmatic thrust of the Department.

Learn about our Goals and Guiding Principles

Learn about our Vision for the Department

In Response to the Coronavirus (COVID19)

The Department of Psychology will be implementing safe social spacing and remote services, when possible.

Advisors and Faculty may be contacted directly by way of email.


For Advisement/ Course Scheduling Concerns, please email one of or two academic advisors, Ms. Howard (Students with Last Names A-Jh), at: and/or Ms. Raphael (Students with Last Names Ji-Z), at:

For Undergraduate Concerns, please email our Undergraduate Program Coordinator, Dr. Johnson, at:

For Graduate Concerns, please email our Graduate Program Coordinator, Dr. Tani, at:

For Administrative Concerns please reach out to our Office Manager, Mrs. Annette Jackson-Austin, may be reached at 850-599-3014.

Please be safe during this time.


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Please be advised, the online application portal for citizens to begin applying for CARES funds officially began on August 17th. As an update, $6.7 million is still available to assist Leon County residents with rent, mortgage, and utility bills. If you receive calls from customers inquiring about this program and how they may apply, please refer them to either or they may call the Leon CARES Call Center at (855) 203-6584.


Required Documentation to Receive Assistance:

· Proof of Income and Identity

· The applicant household's 2019 Federal tax return and proof of identity for the applicant, or

· Documentation of income and proof of identity for each member of the household

· Documented Loss of Income due to COVID-19

  • Proof of Past-Due Rent, Mortgage, and Utility Payments from March 1st to date of submission of the citizen’s application


Yesterday evening, the Leon County Board of County Commissioners approved slight tweaks to the program related to individual assistance. They are as follows:

  • The household income limit has been increased from 80% to 120% of the “Area’s Median Income” or AMI. Simply put, more Leon County residents will now be eligible for the program.
  • The individual award amounts per household has been increased from $3,000 to $5,000.
  • Individuals will now receive awarded funds DIRECTLY from the County.
  • Mortgage companies, landlords, and utilities will no longer receive money from the County on behalf of applicants.  



Distribution of Funding:

Upon application approval, funding awards will be processed and distributed by the Leon County Clerk & Comptroller directly to the applicant.

Contact Info

501 Orr Dr.
203 B Gore Education Complex (GEC)
Tallahassee, Florida 32307

P: (850)599-3014/3468
F: (850)412-7667