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The Department of Psychology and Neuroscience offers expert training in multiple psychological subfields. Students can choose to specialize in one of these areas or create a specialty focus of their own, with the guidance of their advisory committee. The most relevant subfields include:

  • Developmental psychology
  • Social Psychology
  • Clinical psychology*

*Although students selecting the psychology concentration will not be able to complete training to become clinicians, many of the Psychology and Neuroscience faculty members with expertise in Health Psychology are included in this group. 

The Department also offers training in Cognition and Cognitive Neuroscience, and Systems and Integrative Neuroscience.

All Ph.D. students are required to take at least five courses in their disciplinary concentration. The following courses, all in the Department of Psychology and Neuroscience, constitute the curricular requirements for the concentration. 

Required Methods Courses 

  • PSY 718: Research Design
  • PSY 767: Applied Correlation and Regression Analysis

Three Theory Courses from the Following List:

Course Frequency Taught
PSY 727: Theories of Developmental Psychology each year
PSY 722: Cognitive Development every other year
PSY 721: Social Development every other year
PSY 707: Models of Intervention and Prevention taught each year
PSY 705: Adult Psychopatholoy taught each year
PSY 706S: Health Psychology Intervention every other year