The Department of Psychology is committed to ensuring active resources for all community members. Particularly during this challenging moment in our history, we must come together as a community to provide guidance and support for one another.
To that end, please join our new Slack community at  If you encounter difficulties logging in, please email Krista Lester to request an invitation to join.
As you know, Harvard is closely monitoring the ongoing Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak and taking steps to mitigate the effect of the virus on our community. Please see the following essential resources for all members of our departmental community.
We are currently in a remote work stage with some limited plans to resume science lab operations with stringent requirements.
Building access requires advance approval by the Department Chair or the Director of Administration and Operations.  To request access to Department of Psychology space, please complete the Building Access Request Form.
Please watch for updates to our Return Planning page for more info about what to do before returning to campus.
Help us continue to assess the impact of the virus on our community. If you are being tested or if you tested positive for COVID-19, please notify HUHS via email.
Please see this handy guidance on the potential need to self-isolate. You may also wish to refer to the advice from HUHS on Managing Fears and Anxiety around COVID-19.
Students who would like to discuss any confidential matters at all are encouraged to reach out to Counseling and Mental Health Services.
Employees (faculty and staff) who wish to discuss any confidential matters are encouraged to contact the Employee Assistance Program.
A Harvard COVID-19 Emergency Relief Fund has been established for employees. Please visit the Harvard Human Resources website for further details and to apply for relief funds. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis.

Undergraduate Program

All courses will be moved to online formats beginning Monday, March 23, 2020.
The deadline to drop courses and change grading status has been extended to Monday, April 13, 2020.
Each house has a Resident Dean, who is well-positioned and well-informed to help students in challenging times like these.
The Dean's Office FAQ page has info about classes, moving out procedures, financial aid considerations, commencement plans, HUHS hours, etc.
For those looking for a deep dive, this document put together by Harvard's First Generation Student Union contains detailed information about next steps and where to look for assistance with financial questions/concerns related to moving away from campus.
The Undergraduate Office will hold drop-in advising hours on Zoom for the remainder of the semester.  Please email for information about connecting to the advising Zoom Room.  

Graduate Program

We have decided to postpone the first year project written report deadline (formerly May 1) to August 28, 2020. 
We have decided to postpone the second year talks to September, 2020. This provides some breathing room for students whose research is being disrupted by the lab ramp-downs, and will (hopefully) allow us to hold the event in person to give it the celebration it deserves. The written submission deadline will also be postponed until September (more details to come).
If you are concerned that your dissertation timeline will be impacted by department-wide research interruption, please contact DGS, Leah Somerville, and your primary mentor to engage in contingency planning. We are ready to work with you try and minimize the chances of a disruption to your graduate school timeline.
We expect all graduate students to work off campus until further notice. We strongly encourage you to engage with your advisor to develop a remote work plan. This should include a plan for regular online check-ins with your advisor, strategizing about what work might be best to focus on right now, and a plan to maintain communication with research teams.
Transitioning to online instruction is not trivial, and we would like to make sure you are prepared. You should plan to meet with your course instructor over Zoom during spring break to discuss how to prepare for the teaching changes that will start the week of March 23.
As psychologists, we are well aware of our natural desire for human connection. We are eager to implement strategies of retaining a strong community spirit amid these challenging circumstances. I’d like to ask you all to help me brainstorm ways we can keep our graduate community strong during this time. Please provide suggestions here - don’t be afraid to be bold and creative with these suggestions. As Matt said, there will likely be Departmental Innovation funds available to support some of these efforts and we will work quickly to implement them.
Leah will continue to hold DGS office hours per usual, including drop-in office hours, on Zoom (click here to join).

Additional options to consider may include:



ATG has provided how-to guides for using Zoom (note that Zoom tutorial workshops are listed at the bottom of this page, some of which have been scheduled for over Spring Break to assist with transitioning courses).

Canvas course websites contain a built-in Zoom function through which all members of your course will be able to connect (see instructions here); this is strongly recommended for course-related Zoom sessions.

Zoom meetings can also be initiated through the Harvard Zoom portal:

Zoom has capabilities for live captioning during meetings and for adding captioning to recordings.

Sigh up for faculty Zoom pegagogy workshops held over Spring Break:

SIgn up for real time Zoom tech support during your first online class:

HUIT has specified that Zoom class recordings will be available for up to one calendar year.   Recordings will never be overwritten.  

ATG help lines if you run into issues: 617 495 7777;
Many Harvard offices have released guides to assist with online teaching.

Recorded lectures from past versions of courses can be transferred to this year's Canvas course site.  Contact to make this request.

JOVE has good videos of labs, experiment demos, etc. which are accessible through Harvard's license.  

For courses that heavily utilize chalkboard instruction, see this video put together by the Science Division and SEAS.  


All lab research will be conducted remotely beginning Wednesday, March 18, 2020. Check back for resources regarding research participants and federal or non-federal sponsored funding as they become available.
Recent key changes and notes from OSP include:
  • Compensation should continue to be charged to awards whether individuals can or cannot contribute to the project. This may not continue indefinitely but for both NIH and NSF it is applicable for up to 30 days, consistent with the university’s current published policy. For now assume that it is any 30 days, per individual, when work cannot be performed (please read the FAQs).
  • All cancelled travel and related costs may be charged to sponsored awards.
  • Documentation is critical, be sure to identify COVID-19 related incremental costs and salary unrelated to effort, and maintain that documentation.