In 2000 FIU was ranked by the Carnegie Foundation as a Category I Doctoral/Research University-Extensive - the highest, most comprehensive ranking in the classification. As the newest of the State Universities to achieve to this status (and one of only four to do so), FIU now stand in the ranks of the nation's elite research universities. Housed in an urban university in a global city at the cutting edge of the 21st century change, the Psychology Department's goal is to maintain the strong basic science orientation (and methodological rigor) that parallels the core basic science orientation that is the backbone of the discipline while drawing on the strengths and resources that are uniquely available in Southeast Florida to address the issues in an urban and multicultural region of the state.

The Psychology Department's Research Labs and Programs are at the core of our strivings for outstanding teaching and cutting edge research. They provide the means by which faculty can continue to accomplish the research that has contributed to the Department’s growing national and international recognition as a research department of first rank and to the Department’s substantial contribution to the development of innovative programs for knowledge development in both the basic and applied arenas. Additionally, they provide the means by which both undergraduate and graduate students in psychology obtain direct hands-on experience in both the basic and applied arenas of psychology.