Program Overview

Concentration Areas

The concentration in Cognitive Neuroscience & Biopsychology trains research-oriented experimental psychologists using the mentorship model. This concentration is designed to provide graduate students with (a) a broad theoretical and empirical understanding of the main areas of experimental psychology, (b) expertise in specific areas of the students' research interests, and (c) strong training in diverse philosophical, design, and quantitative aspects of research. We offer training from the perspectives of behavioral neuroscience, psychophysiology, and neuropsychology. The plan of study is tailored to the interests of the individual student. Students also gain expertise as teachers in the university classroom. The primary mission of the concentration is to develop strong experimental researchers who will pursue careers in a variety of academic and non-academic settings.

The concentration in Clinical Science trains future psychologists to advance clinical science. We seek to produce graduates who are competent, productive, and successful at conducting research relevant to the assessment, treatment, prevention, and understanding of health and mental health disorders; and using science methods and evidence to design, develop, select, implement, deliver, evaluate, teach, supervise, and disseminate evidence-based assessments, interventions, and prevention strategies. We are accredited by the American Psychological Association and the Psychological Clinical Science Accreditation System, and a member of the Academy of Psychological Clinical Science and the Clinical Child and Pediatric Psychology Training Council.

The concentration in Developmental Science trains future scholars through mentored research training that is coupled with formal coursework in a variety of relevant content areas. Graduate students are exposed to a broad range of principles and enduring questions in developmental psychological science covering the human lifespan. Students receive practical hands-on experience in research laboratories, and develop expertise in their own chosen areas of specialization through individualized plans of study. Our students also gain experience as instructors and mentors of undergraduate students. Graduates pursue careers in university, college, and non-academic research and teaching settings.

The concentration in Industrial/Organizational Psychology trains industrial/organizational psychologists within a scientist-practitioner model. Training in this area emphasizes a theoretical and quantitative approach to solving problems in business and industry. The concentration emphasizes a strong background in psychological theories and principles, the development of sound research, problem-solving and quantitative skills, and the opportunity to apply these skills and knowledge to solving problems in the "real world." Thus, it prepares students for teaching, research, and consultation in either the private or public sector.