Housed within the top-quartile nationally ranked Department of Psychology, the Social Psychology PhD program 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 6 core research and teaching faculty in the Social Psychology program. There are also faculty in other Psychology programs (e.g., Clinical, Health, Developmental) and other schools/departments (e.g., Management, Leadership, Gerontology) affiliated with the program and/or conducting social psychology-related research.
Mission Statement: The Social Psychology graduate program 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.
Note: Drs. Kirk Brown, David Chester, Jeffrey Green, and Jennifer Joy-Gaba plan to accept new graduate students for Fall 2020 entry into the program.
For additional questions, please contact David Chester, Ph.D., director of Social Psychology.
Virginia Commonwealth University
Department of Psychology
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Richmond, Virginia 23284-2018