Social Psychology Faculty and Graduate Students
Social Psychology Faculty and Graduate Students

Social Psychology Concentration of the Ph.D. in Psychology

The Ph.D. in psychology with a concentration in social psychology is designed as a four to five-year, research-intensive doctoral program to prepare students for scholarly careers in academic and other research settings. A wide variety of courses are offered, with opportunities to customize a set of courses to best suit each student’s training goals. Developing a strong record of peer-reviewed publications is encouraged and careful guidance in developing a high quality program of research is provided. Students earn a Master of Science degree as part of their training, but not as a terminal degree.

There are currently 7 core research and teaching faculty in the social psychology concentration. There are also faculty in other Psychology programs (e.g., Clinical, Health), concentrations (Developmental) and other schools/departments (e.g., Management, Leadership, Gerontology) affiliated with the program and/or conducting social psychology-related research.

Degree Information

Please see the VCU Bulletin for additional degree information.

Mission Statement

The Social Psychology concentration is dedicated to three fundamental goals: the discovery of new knowledge about social behavior, the application of that knowledge to address social problems, and the dissemination of research findings to educate students and the general public. The primary goals, then, are research, application, and education.

Contact Information

For additional questions, please contact Jeffrey Green, Ph.D., director of the Social Psychology Concentration.

Virginia Commonwealth University
Department of Psychology
Social Psychology
806 West Franklin Street
Box 842018
Richmond, Virginia 23284-2018

Note: Drs. Jeff Green and David Chester plan to accept new graduate students for Fall 2023 entry into the program.