Psychology Science Fair Projects for High School

Instructor: Dana Dance-Schissel

Dana teaches social sciences at the college level and English and psychology at the high school level. She has master's degrees in applied, clinical and community psychology.

High school students can learn about psychology through independent research for science fair projects. This lesson offers ideas for high school psychology science fair projects with options for quantitative and qualitative research.

Exploring Psychology through Research

Why do people do the things they do? How do they develop and learn? How are they influenced by others? The field of psychology offers many interesting topics that can be explored through introductory level research. From abnormal psychology to social psychology and everything in between, these topics will appeal to high school students looking for ideas for research.

As a teacher, you can support your students' research by discussing project ideas with them, encouraging sound, ethical application of the scientific method, suggesting resources, and providing formative project reviews.

Abnormal Psychology Project Ideas

Abnormal psychology focuses on mental illness. These project ideas allow students to begin an exploration of this fascinating realm.


Rates of depression continue to climb and our methods for treating it vary widely. Students might want to collect data on incidence, symptoms, and treatments options. Alternatively, polling those who suffer from depression may provide more heartfelt data.


Schizophrenia is one of the most misunderstood of the mental illnesses. Studying the behaviors and challenges of life with schizophrenia may prove interesting to students. Another option would be to create case studies for documented cases of schizophrenia.

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