Psychology Graduate Program

The mission of the psychology graduate program is to provide students with the knowledge, skills, and intellectual habits required for successful careers in research, teaching, and professional service. We offer a doctoral program (a terminal master's degree is not offered) leading to the Ph.D. in Psychology with concentrations in:

  • Behavioral Neuroscience: prepares students for independent research and teaching in the neurobiology of behavior.
  • Developmental Psychology: trains scientists to conduct research to discover and apply basic principles of human developmental psychology in an interdisciplinary context and to apply those principles to a variety of problems in areas such as child and adolescent development and aging.
  • Medical/Clinical Psychology (jointly sponsored by the UAB Heersink School of Medicine): prepares students to become leaders in research and clinical care in the areas of behavioral, mental, and physical health promotion, disease prevention, risk reduction, and symptom assessment and amelioration in interdisciplinary and medical settings.

Admission to the Psychology graduate program is highly selective. All of our graduate students study core substantive areas of psychological science as well as more specific areas in their specialization. Under the supervision of qualified faculty, and as appropriate for their specialization and career goals, our graduate students also:

  • conduct research,
  • publish in highly respected journals,
  • seek and receive extramural grant funding,
  • participate in national and international conferences,
  • actively participate in scientific and professional organizations,
  • teach, and
  • provide professional service
We invite you to learn more about our department, our concentrations, our research, and our faculty. Questions? Contact the individual program directors or the This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Behavioral Neuroscience


Developmental Psychology


Medical/Clinical Psychology


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