Graduate work leading to the PhD degree is offered in neuroscience and behavior, clinical psychology, cognitive/experimental psychology, applied psychology, social psychology, and life-span developmental psychology. Students are admitted directly into one of the six doctoral programs, and they are ordinarily required to obtain the master's degree on the way to the doctoral degree. Foreign language proficiency is not required by the department.
The neuroscience and behavior program permits specialization in behavioral and cognitive neuroscience or animal behavior or a combination of the two. The clinical program is a scientist practitioner model program accredited by the American Psychological Association. It seeks to prepare the student for a variety of professional roles by providing a solid foundation in technique, theory and research in clinical psychology. In the cognitive/experimental program, specialization is offered in sensation and perception, cognitive processes, and cognitive neuroscience. The applied psychology program permits the student to concentrate in human factors psychology, industrial-organizational psychology, psychometrics, and related areas. In the social program, substantive training is provided in the areas of social-cognitive and attitudinal theories, group structure and process, and personality and social development, along with methodological training in group observation, attitude measurement, and survey research. The life-span developmental program provides training in areas of early infancy to late adulthood; in such substantive areas as cognitive development and assessment, health psychology, language development, perceptual development, personality/social development, infant attention and development, adaptation and successful aging, developmental theory, and primate development.
Specialized facilities for graduate training/research in psychology include: the Psychology Clinic, which provides diagnostic and therapeutic services; the University Testing and Evaluation Center; a child development subject pool, and infant and child research laboratories both within the department and at the McPhaul Children's Center; the Institute for Behavioral Research; the Institute of Gerontology; laboratories for human psychophysiological and electroencephalographic studies; the new Bio-Imaging Center; as well as a variety of laboratories within the realm of cognitive/experimental psychology; animal laboratories for behavioral and neuroscience research; and a colony of nonhuman primates for behavioral studies.
Students are expected to begin graduate work in the fall semester following their admission. The department does not require applications for financial aid; any student considered eligible by the department will be notified if additional information is required.