College of Liberal Arts Research

Temple University is a community of diverse, curious thinkers who are eager to discover more and create real impact. As a public research institution, Temple equips its students with the tools and opportunities they need to identify their passions, pursue their ideas and create real, sustainable change in the world.

Students in the College of Liberal Arts work collaboratively with each other, faculty and industry experts to tackle some of the world’s most pressing issues and answer some of its biggest questions. 

Research Facilities

Students in the College of Liberal Arts have access to the following state-of-the-art research centers and institutes.

  • The Center for the Humanities at Temple is an interdisciplinary forum for scholarship and intellectual inquiry in the humanities, intended to bridge the disciplinary divide between departments and colleges. 
  • The Center on Regional Politics provides elected local, state and federal officials, as well as nonprofit and private sector leaders, with a forum to develop policies that improve the quality of life and economic opportunities for residents of Southeastern Pennsylvania. The center develops evidence-based policies that respond to the region’s needs and promote its broad civic and economic interests. 
  • The Institute for Public Affairs conducts and supports interdisciplinary research to inform and improve public policy in Philadelphia. The institute fosters collaboration and connections among citizens, policymakers, scholars and students to reach its goals. 
  • One of only three academic survey research centers in the United States, the Institute for Survey Research implements national computer-assisted in-person surveys across a broad range of fields in underserved communities. 
  • The University Community Collaborative prepares and supports youth and young adults to become confident, effective leaders, and it creates cultures that value and integrate the contributions of youth with the goal of building stronger communities. 

Learn more about College of Liberal Arts research centers and institutes.

Undergraduate Research Opportunities

Graduate programs in psychology hold high regard for students with research experience. At Temple, you'll have the opportunity to volunteer in labs representing a wide range of psychological interests.

View the Department of Psychology Collaborative Research Register of Faculty Sponsors for a list of current labs and research opportunities. The register includes all current openings, requirements, lab and research project descriptions, and it also includes applications. You can also view a list of summer research opportunities at other institutions and research employment options for psychology graduates.

The Psychology Honors Program affords outstanding psychology students the opportunity to complete a focused research project and present it at the end of their senior year at a departmental poster session.

Department Research

In the College of Liberal Arts, psychology research involves leading discoveries that answer some of the field’s biggest questions through Temple’s cutting-edge research laboratories and clinics.

The award-winning Psychology Department faculty—nationally recognized scientists and practicing psychologists—investigate how people think, feel and grow using state-of-the-art methods in behavioral and cognitive neuroscience, as well as clinical, developmental and social psychology.

Research addresses a wide range of human conditions and behaviors. Students have opportunities to collaborate with faculty in research or conduct independent study under faculty supervision.

Learn more about cutting-edge research labs in the Department of Psychology.

Research Funding

In 2016, the National Science Foundation placed Temple University among the top 100 in terms of research expenditures, which amounted to $242 million. Learn more about the university’s research support efforts.


Julia Erlanger is the research administrator in the College of Liberal Arts. 
Phone: 215-204-5895

Kimberly Fahey is the director of research administration in the College of Liberal Arts. 
Phone: 215-204-7743

Sandra L. Suárez is the senior associate dean for research and faculty affairs in the College of Liberal Arts.
Phone: 215-204-1468