The Department of Psychology conducts cutting-edge research aimed at understanding the causes and consequences of mental processes and behavior. Our work addresses social, cognitive, and neural levels of analysis. We are innovative and interdisciplinary in our approach and emphasize understanding phenomena that have a direct impact on society.

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Medford, MA 02155
(617) 627-3395

Ph.D. in Psychology

The graduate program in psychology offers a Ph.D. program in experimental psychology and an interdisciplinary Ph.D. in Cognitive Sciences, both designed to prepare scholars for entering scientifically-oriented research and/or teaching jobs. All students are admitted to the Ph.D. program, which is comprised of a pre-master's and a post-master's part. The program is not designed to grant a terminal master’s degree. Instead, it is expected that students will proceed to Ph.D. study.

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Lisa Shin
Professor and Chair
Ph.D. , Harvard University
Clinical Neuroscience
Ayanna K. Thomas
Associate Professor, Graduate Program Director
Ph.D. , University of Washington
Memory and Aging
Richard A. Chechile
Ph.D. , University of Pittsburgh
Mathematical Psychology, Memory
Robert Cook
Professor, Dean of Graduate School of Arts and Sciences
Ph.D. , University of California, Berkeley
Animal Cognition and Learning
Jan P. de Ruiter
Ph.D. , Radboud University, Nijmegen
Philosophy of science, artificial intelligence, inferential statistics, social robotics
Ariel M. Goldberg
Assistant Professor
Ph.D. , Johns Hopkins University
Psychology of Language, Linguistics
Robin A. Kanarek
Ph.D. , Rutgers University
Psychopharmacology/ Nutrition
Gina Kuperberg
Ph.D. , Kings College, University of London
Cognitive Neuroscience, Language (semantics), Clinical cognitive neuroscience (neuropsychiatry)
Keith B. Maddox
Associate Professor
Ph.D. , University of California, Santa Barbara
Social Cognition
Klaus A. Miczek
Ph.D. , University of Chicago
Paul Muentener
Assistant Professor
Ph.D. , Harvard University
Cognitive Development
Elizabeth Race
Assistant Professor
Ph.D. , Stanford University
Cognitive Neuroscience, Memory, Cognitive Control
Samuel R. Sommers
Associate Professor
Ph.D. , University of Michigan
Social Perception and Judgment
Holly Taylor -  Professor
Holly A. Taylor
Ph.D. , Stanford University
Spatial Cognition, Language, Memory
Heather L. Urry
Associate Professor
Ph.D. , University of Arizona
Affective Neuroscience

Application Deadline

Fall: December 15

Application Requirements:

> Application Fee
> Resume/CV
> Personal Statement
> Official GRE scores

- GRE subject test scores are optional Official TOEFL or IELTS, if applicable

> Transcripts
> Three Letters of Recommendation
> Optional Writing Sample

- Please include a writing sample that provides additional indication of your writing and research experience. This could include a scientific publication, experimental write-up, honors thesis, or other scientific writing

For questions about this program, including scholarships and assistantships, please contact the graduate program director, Professor Ayanna Thomas.

Department of Psychology
Tufts University
490 Boston Ave.
Medford, MA 02155

Office: 617.627.3523
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