Student Handbooks

The Psychological & Brain Sciences department has prepared the following handbook as a reference for current graduate students.

Please be aware that it is updated yearly, and some details may be specific to a given cohort of students.

Graduate Student Handbook January 2021 


The Psychology Graduate Student Association (PGSA) has prepared the following Welcome Packet for incoming students.

We hope that this packet helps you make a smooth transition to St. Louis, and is useful throughout your graduate experience.

Welcome Packet_2021-22

Living in St. Louis

St. Louis County, which encompasses St. Louis and numerous other surrounding cities, is home to nearly one million people. Washington University’s Danforth Campus – home to the Psychological & Brain Sciences Department – is located in St. Louis County on the border of St. Louis City, University City, and Clayton.

Graduate students tend to live in a variety of neighborhoods that allow easy commutes to Danforth Campus, such as the Central West End, The Loop, and Tower Grove. We’ve compiled some testimonies from graduate students about their favorite places to live and explore.


“Last year the Chancellor and Provost charged Washington University’s Commission on Diversity & Inclusion with making recommendations to implement a 12-point action plan designed to make Washington University a more diverse and inclusive community.”

You can view the full summary of the report from the Commission on Diversity and Inclusion.

For Diversity and Inclusion efforts and activities happening in our department please refer to the PGSA Diversity Committee.