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College of Arts & Sciences
Department of Psychology


Experimental Program Training Model

We are always looking for good graduate students who are excited about conducting basic psychological research. Our Ph.D. program starts off with courses examining basics in neuroscience, cognitive psychology, developmental psychology and learning and integrative courses across these fields such as courses in cognitive neuroscience.  There is also at least a  three semester statistics sequence and two credits of ethics courses. After these required courses, the student in consultation with their advising committee then chooses elective courses and laboratory work that will facilitate their own research and career goals. Many of graduate students take elective courses in other related disciplines such as linguistics and biomedical science.  In addition, some student choose to do a secondary area of emphasis in quantitative pscyhology. Some students participate in the Biomedical-Behavioral Interface Program which is an NIH-funded graduate training program. 

Probably the most important aspect of our training is that students are engaged i

n research from their very first semester. We really focus on individual training both in and out of the laboratory and try to facilitate a student's career through publications and participation in scientific  meetings. The kind of research in which we provide training spans cognitive psychology, developmental psychology, behavioral neuroscience, quantitative psychology and cognitive neuroscience. For the specific details about the ongoing research, check out the faculty websites for descriptions of current research and lists of publications.

The training prepares experimental psychologists for research careers in academic, business or applied settings. There is also training to teach a broad range of psychology courses, if desired. About 60% of our Ph.D. students have gone on to academic positions and the remaining students are in positions in research settings like the National Institutes of Health or independent laboratories.