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Doctoral training takes place in the context of research and training clusters that reflect prominent themes, levels of analysis, and methodologies within psychology. Each cluster comprises faculty members whose primary identification is with the cluster and faculty members who have interests relevant to the cluster but whose primary identification is with another cluster.

Behavioral Neuroscience & Psychopharmacology

The Behavioral Neuroscience and Psychopharmacology (BNP) area of concentration is designed to train students broadly in the general theoretical principles and technical approaches used to investigate the neurobehavioral mechanisms of alcohol and drug abuse.

Psychopharmacological approaches to understanding basic principles of learning are also emphasized. Students may receive a concentrated laboratory experience using either animal models (quail, mice or rats) or human subjects. Faculty in the program use different levels of analysis including cell culture models, neurochemical assays, developmental toxicology, classical conditioning of drug effects, operant conditioning, human behavioral pharmacology, and cognitive approaches to behavior...(more)

Clinical Psychology

The clinical program is devoted to training clinical scientists and to the promotion of an integration of science and practice. We understand the scientific method as the appropriate basis for clinical psychology: it provides the strongest basis for developing new knowledge in our field, and clinicians should provide those services that are shown scientifically to be effective. We train our students to be leading researchers, critical consumers of the scientific literature, and clinicians who depend on scientific findings to guide their applied activities. All of our doctoral students are expected to conduct original research, and most of our graduates make ongoing contributions to the scientific literature over the course of their careers...(more)

Cognition, Learning, & Performance

The Cognition, Learning, and Performance (CLP) Area includes faculty  with interests in animal learning and cognition (including dogs, pigeons, and rats), human cognition, and cognitive development. 

Many faculty are also engaged in research that uses basic cognitive and learning principles to enhance human performance in such areas as science education,  law, consumer product design, surgery, television viewing, and use of new media.  Research takes place at field settings as well as at campus labs such as the Comparative Cognition Lab, the Child Development Lab, and the Center for Visualization and Virtual Environments.  Students may choose to further customize their graduate training by pursuing  interdisciplinary graduate certificates, similar to graduate “minors,”  in cognitive science, human-technology interaction, or college teaching...(more)

Developmental Psychology

Faculty members in the Developmental Psychology area study typical and atypical development in human infancy and childhood.

The major aim of graduate training is to develop a strong theoretical and methodological foundation in developmental psychology. Graduate students receive comprehensive training on cognitive and socio-emotional development within multiple contexts (family, school, cultural, and social). Students will be exposed to a variety of behavioral, neural, and statistical techniques employed in the study of development. Students graduating from this program have obtained positions in universities, colleges, industry, and government...(more)

Social Psychology

The principal aim of graduate training in social psychology is to develop a strong theoretical and research competence in the field; the ultimate goal is to prepare students for productive careers in research and/or teaching. Graduate students in the social psychology area work in a close mentoring relationship with a social psychology faculty member; all students are also encouraged strongly to gain additional research experience with other faculty both within and outside the department. Current research by faculty members in the social psychology area includes work in self-concept, self-regulation, power, interpersonal expectancy effects, stigma, aggression, social comparison processes, social emotions, social cognition, social development, prejudice and stereotyping, and forensic psychology and the law, and eyewitness testimony. Recent graduates of the social psychology area have obtained positions as assistant professors, post-doctoral fellows, and research scientists in private research foundations...(more)

Doctoral (PhD) Degree - Application Requirements

Psychology Doctoral (PhD) Degree - Application Requirements
CV Upload Required Yes
Personal Statement Upload Required Yes
Writing Sample Upload Required No
Assistantship App Available* No
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GRE Subject Test N/A
Spring App Deadline Applications not accepted
Summer App Deadline Applications not accepted
Fall App Deadline December 1
Number of Recommendations 3 Letters of Recommendation.

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Program requirements may change at any time. Contact the DGS of your intended program to confirm requirements.

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