Ph.D. in Psychology

The Doctor of Philosophy in Psychology prepares students for basic or applied research in two specialty areas: Developmental psychology and social psychology.

Doctoral students are educated first as psychologists and then helped to develop competence in a more specialized area relevant to their scholarly and professional objectives. Our two concentrations train students for work in either college or university academic departments or applied settings.


Developmental Psychology

This concentration trains students to work in a variety of settings and programs — including violence prevention, community intervention, schools, family service agencies, nonprofit agencies, health care settings and disability agencies — with a variety of human populations.

Social Psychology

This concentration trains students to become proficient in key areas within social psychology, including attitudes and attitude change, social cognition, self and identity, relationships, and stereotyping and prejudice.