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 offered online for the Fall 2020 semester.  
The Undergraduate Office will hold drop-in advising hours on Zoom throughout the Fall semester.  Please email for information about connecting to the advising Zoom Room.  


Graduate Program

All graduate students are expected to work off campus until further notice, unless you have recieved specific approval for on-campus work. We encourage you to engage with your advisors to discuss how your remote work will continue during the 2020-21 academic year.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.
Teaching will be remote for the 2020-21 academic year. The Bok Center offers many resources for teaching remotely, including materials from the Fall Teaching Conference.


Academic Technology Group Tips and Help (Canvas, Panopto, Zoom)


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.