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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PhD in Psychology

The graduate program in psychology offers a PhD program in experimental psychology and an interdisciplinary PhD in Cognitive Sciences, both designed to prepare scholars for entering scientifically-oriented research and/or teaching jobs. All students are admitted to the PhD 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 PhD study.

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PhD in Psychology Learning Objectives

The graduate program's course-work and milestone requirements have been constructed to consider the student's professional development and to foster a successful research career. Effective written communication is an essential research skill. As such, one of the main objectives of the graduate program focuses on effective written communication of scientific research. To achieve this objective, students receive extensive feedback on writing from personalized faculty committees

  • Written communication—students will gain facility in written scientific communication.
  • Oral communication—students will gain facility in oral scientific communication.
  • Synthesizing psychological research literature—students will gain facility in understanding scientific research from theoretical and methodological perspectives.
  • Independent scientific research—students will move toward conducting independent and peer-collaborative scientific research.
  • Statistical competence—students will learn fundamentals of promoting and responding to the broader research community about their work
  • Teaching competence—students will learn fundamentals involved with teaching courses in psychology.


Samuel R. Sommers
Professor and Department Chair
Ph.D. , University of Michigan
Social Perception and Judgment
Ayanna Kim Thomas
Ayanna Kim Thomas
Professor and Director of Graduate Studies
Ph.D. , University of Washington
Memory and Aging
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
Gina Kuperberg, Stibel Dennett Professor of Cognitive Science
Gina Kuperberg
Dennett Stibel Professor of Cognitive Science
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
Lisa Shin
Lisa Shin
Ph.D. , Harvard University
Clinical Neuroscience
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
> In light of the COVID-19 pandemic and its effects on the availability of standardized testing, GRE scores are currently waived for students applying to this program. 
> Official TOEFL, IELTS, or Duolingo English Test 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

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