ADVERTISE HERE



Types of Psychology



If you have read the what is psychology page, you'll know that there are multiple and often competing levels of explanation when it comes to understanding behavior.


The aim of this page, therefore, is to try and group different types of psychology into meaningful categories. This page will also act as a hub page for anybody looking for quality information on a particular branch of psychology, or topic area within psychology.





A Word About The Categories



All the different types of psychology listed on this page will be placed in one of three categories. These categories are designed to help people understand the context in which a particular psychology topic is likely to be encountered. As such, they should neither be seen as definitive, nor exhaustive.



Academic Psychology



Types of Academic Psychology

(Photo Credit: Lovebuzz)



This category covers the core, often compulsory topics within psychology that students traditionally study when doing a psychology course, degree or program. These are areas within psychology that can draw upon a broad range of related theory and research.



Please note that Psychology Research Methods (another core component of most psychology courses) has its own dedicated area on the website. There is also a page designed to help students studying any of the A Level psychology specifications.



Abnormal Psychology


Biological Psychology


Cognitive Psychology


Developmental Psychology


Personality Psychology


Social Psychology





Professional Psychology



Types of Professional Psychology


This category covers areas of psychology that have a distinct career path. All the specialist areas listed below have specific educational and training structures in place which allow people to become officially sanctioned as psychologists.



Clinical Psychology


Counseling Psychology


Educational Psychology


Forensic Psychology


Health Psychology


Industrial-Organizational Psychology


School Psychology


Sport Psychology





Popular Psychology



Types of Popular Psychology


This category covers areas of psychology that arguably may not have the mainstream gravitas of the topics listed in the academic and professional categories but nevertheless can still be considered significant areas of psychological inquiry.



Behavioral Economics


Child Psychology


Cognitive Archaeology


Evolutionary Psychology


Exercise Science


Paranormal Psychology


Positive Psychology


Prison Psychology


Psychology of Laughter


Psychology of Music


Psychological Testing


Transpersonal Psychology




Recent Articles

  1. A Treatise on Melancholy: Today in the History of Psychology (23rd May 1586)

    May 23, 19 10:00 AM




    Elizabethan physician Timothie Bright, wrote, signed and dated the dedication page to Peter Osborne in his book 'A Treatise on Melancholy.' Subtitled 'containing the causes thereof, and reasons of the…

    Read More

  2. Coleman Roberts Griffith: Today in the History of Psychology (22nd May 1893)

    May 22, 19 10:00 AM




    Coleman Roberts Griffith was born. A pioneer in the field of sports psychology, Griffith's established the first athletics research laboratory in the United States at the University of Illinois in 192…

    Read More

  3. Hans Berger: Today in the History of Psychology (21st May 1873)

    May 21, 19 10:00 AM




    Hans Berger was born. A Professor of Neurology and Psychiatry, Berger began investigating electrical activity of the brain after his original area of research interest - locating the physiological bas…

    Read More


New! Comments

Have your say about what you just read! Leave me a comment in the box below.




Back To The Top Of The Page


Go From Types of Psychology Back To The Home Page