Doctoral Programs

Doctor of Philosophy in Psychology

The Ph.D. program in Psychology emphases academic quality and provides expert training in basic research and its application. Students master a series of core courses designed to facilitate a thorough grounding in theory, methodology, and content. Students are also required to pursue specific areas of interest and to acquire research experience through research apprenticeship with a primary advisor. A minimum of 75 credits of approved graduate work beyond the baccalaureate is required, including a dissertation based upon the student’s original research. A maximum of 36 credits may be transferred from another graduate program with the approval of the area program committee. The following areas of specialization are offered:

The Clinical Science area focuses on the application of scientific evidence to further the design, implementation, and evaluation of assessment, prevention, and treatment procedures for use with children from infancy to adolescence. Faculty interests cover each of the major problem areas of childhood and adolescence, including ADHD, anxiety, conduct problems, depression and suicidal behaviors, and risky problem behaviors.

The Developmental Science area focuses on development from a Developmental Systems perspective, with particular interest in prenatal, infant, and early-childhood perception and cognition, language, and learning; self, social, and identity development; risky behavior in adolescence and young adulthood, and developmental health psychology.

The Cognitive Neuroscience area focuses on the neuroscience of cognition and behavior in the areas of sensorimotor behavior and perception, language, memory, executive function, and substance abuse. Faculty utilize a variety of cognitive neuroscience methodologies including "under-the-skin" electrophysiological and functional imaging methodologies on humans as well as research on birds and non-human primates to expand understanding typical and atypical development.

The Industrial-Organizational area focuses on issues such as the psychology of human resource management, group behavior, cultural diversity in organizations, leadership, and training and development. Faculty are interested in meta-analysis, assessment, personality, and work-family issues.

The Legal Psychology area focuses on the interface of psychology and law. Faculty interests include jury decision making, eyewitness memory and identification, deception detection, and investigative interviewing.