Department of Psychology

The phyiscal offices will be CLOSED until further notice.

You may contact faculty and staff via email or, for non-course related matters, contact our Chairperson or Office Manager, whose telecommunitng numbers are as follows:

DEPARTMENT OF PSYCHOLOGY CHAIRPERSON: Dr. Brian C. Sims may be reached at 773-599-3469.

OFFICE MANAGER: Mrs. Annette Jackson-Austin may be reached at 850-583-0544.

Please be safe during this time.


Because protecting FAMU is our top priority, the FAMU College of Social Sciences, Arts and Humanities (CSSAH) encourages our faculty, staff and students to practice the safety measures recommended by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and support preventative measures FAMU has implemented to ensure we all remain healthy.

Let’s #ProtectTheFAMUly by following these safety procedures to make sure we do our part to remain healthy:

  • Wash or sanitize hands

  • Wear a face mask or face covering

  • Maintain a distance of at least six feet

Please continue to practice health and safe social spacing precautions to protect yourself duirng this global pandemic. Visit for FAMU's COVID-19 updates. Stay Safe!

Updated 7/17/2020

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.

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Contact Info

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

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