The PhD Program in Psychology conducts cutting-edge research aimed at understanding the causes and consequences of mental processes and behavior. As a PhD student in the Psychology Department, you will undertake innovative and interdisciplinary research, delve into social, cognitive, and neural levels of analysis, and address phenomena that have a direct impact on society.
The graduate program's coursework has been designed to further students' professional development and research skills, with an emphasis on effective written communication. As a student in this program, you will receive extensive feedback on writing from personalized faculty committees. In addition, students will gain instruction in oral communication, synthesizing psychological research literature, conducting independent scientific research, statistical competence, professional visibility, and teaching competence.
The graduate program in psychology offers a PhD program in experimental psychology and an interdisciplinary PhD in cognitive sciences. Both tracks are designed to prepare scholars for entering scientifically-oriented research and 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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The department's areas of concentration reflect the research strengths of the faculty. These include: