The mission of the Psychology doctoral program is to provide students with the knowledge, skills, and intellectual habits required for successful careers in research, teaching, and professional service. Doctoral students may specialize in Behavioral Neuroscience, Lifespan Developmental Psychology, or Medical Clinical Psychology. All students study core substantive areas of psychological science as well as more specific areas in their specialization. All students conduct independent research under the supervision of faculty members. Students also may provide psychological services and teach, under faculty supervision, as appropriate for their specialization and career goals. The Psychology doctoral program has the fundamental mission of providing highly qualified graduate students with excellent preparation for career opportunities in academia, medical schools, research institutions, professional practice, and private industry in order to serve their profession and the community at large.
As the premier behavioral science, the Psychology doctoral program makes a major contribution to the CAS mission of examining human behavior in context. Faculty and graduate students in the doctoral program conduct research, teach, provide professional service, seek and receive extramural grant funding, publish in highly respected journals, participate in national and international professional conferences, and actively participate in the professional activities of national psychological organizations.
The doctoral program is integral to the Department's mission of furthering its status as a premier psychology department. Faculty and graduate students in the doctoral program conduct research, teach, provide professional service, seek and receive extramural grant funding, publish in highly respected journals, participate in national and international professional conferences.