The school has three main goals: generating knowledge in the field of psychology; distributing this knowledge (on different levels and to various audiences), and implementing it. Beyond these are the ultimate goals of education that encourages thinking, high ethical standards and excellence. These goals are not mutually exclusive and there is a great deal overlap between them; this is expressed, for example, in the integration of students from all programs in the research activities. Of its goals the school puts excellence in research and the training of qualified young researchers as its top priority. Most of the training for research takes place in the advanced degree programs, though the B.A. program directs students towards a research-oriented way of thinking and towards advanced education in psychology or related fields. The school also recognizes that basic knowledge and understanding of psychology offers an important contribution to many behavior-related fields, even without proceeding to advanced degrees. For this reason, we also take part in teaching psychology in other faculties and educational programs in the university.
The main goal of the M.A. degree clinical programs is to train qualified and up tp date clinical therapists, in accordance with the Scientist-Practitioner model. Our objective is to equip the students with the fundamental theoretical backround and the practical guidance in a variety of diagnostic and therapeutic methods, together with training and experience in research. The importance of clinical psychologists staying scientifically and professionally up to date is expressed through the deparment’s further education programs, and seminars for advanced training of professionals in the field.
The school also invests many resources contributing to the community in various ways. For example, the "field-learning", during which all the B.A. students participate in guided activities in either educational or therapeutic fields, outside the university; seminar lectures for the general public; and public appearances of the school's faculty members in the media on matters of public interest, such as coping with stress or violence. Since 2007, students of the B.A. program take part in the "people’s university " program, where they teach (for course credit) an introductory course to psychology, for adults and adolescents from low socio-econmic backgrounds, who lack the resources to acquire higher education and degrees.
The M.A. programs are divided according to six different specialties that cover the major fields of psychology:
- Clinical adult psychology
- Clinical child psychology
- Social psychology
- Cognitive psychology
- Neuroscience, behavior and cognition - a combined program of cognitive psychology and psychobiology.