Psychology, PhD
Concurrent Program

The Department of Psychology offers PhD programs designed to provide outstanding training in innovative research, methodology and the application of psychological principles to a wide variety of human conditions. The department is organized into six major areas of interest:

  • behavioral neuroscience
  • clinical psychology
  • cognitive science
  • developmental psychology
  • quantitative (must apply to the Quantitative Research Methods PhD)
  • social psychology

Students pursue their graduate studies within one of these six areas, and each area determines the basic curriculum for their graduate program. There is, however, substantial opportunity to integrate courses of study across areas in the department.

Further specialized emphases are available that integrate across programs in the university (e.g., integrating psychology and law).

At the core of doctoral training in psychology is an emphasis on the development of skill in research and quantitative methods. Faculty in all six areas are actively engaged in major research programs. These theoretically grounded research programs address the breadth of psychological processes:

  • cognitive processes (e.g., attention, language, memory) as they occur within the context of perception and action, personality and issues of stigma and prejudice
  • cultural influences on psychological processes
  • evolution and behavior
  • individual resilience
  • lifespan developmental aspects of emotion and cognition
  • neurobiological and psychosocial processes that underlie behavior and health (e.g., drug abuse, stress, heart disease)
  • prevention of child mental health problems

A unique strength of the Department of Psychology is the wealth of outstanding faculty members whose specialization is quantitative methods. A breadth of courses and experiences in quantitative methods are available that are well-integrated into the areas of research that characterize the department and offer students the distinctive opportunity to develop expertise in this critical domain.

Degree Offered

Psychology, PhD
Liberal Arts & Sciences, College of


Plan of Study

The Plan of Study is the required curriculum to complete the program.

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