The objective of the Ph.D. program in Applied Experimental Psychology is to develop individuals with strong applied experimental research skills for positions in business, industry, allied health, government agencies, and in academia. The program is designed to provide advanced training in psychological processes, (e.g. biological, cognitive, behavioral, social, personality) and quantitative-methodological procedures, (e.g. statistics, experimental design, computer applications) and their utilization in an applied setting. The program will provide students with specialized applied training, including a pre-doctoral internship. The program uses a mentor system, matching students with faculty members who have interest in closely related areas. The current areas of training include:
- human factors (ergonomics, psychophysiology, attention and perceptual processes);
- behavioral medicine (with emphasis on developmental disabilities and infant disorders);
- applied cognitive science (with special emphasis on memory, cognitive modeling, decision making, forensic psychology);
- applied social psychology ( social cognition, personality judgments, individual differences, and attitudes);
- applied developmental psychology (with emphasis on adjustment in adolescent and aged individuals)
- applied behavioral neuroscience (with specific emphasis on testing potential pharmacotherapies for neurodegenerative disease, such as Huntington's and Parkinson's diseases); and
- behavior analysis (with special emphasis on applied behavior analysis, behavioral pharmacology, behavioral pediatrics, organizational behavior management, and the experimental analysis of behavior).
Over 14 students have graduated from the program over the past 10 years. Currently, there are 17 students enrolled in the program. Applicants to the program are expected to have a baccalaureate degree, a minimum 3.0 GPA, and at least 15 hours of psychology. The foundation of the program is the M.S. Program in Experimental Psychology. The first two years of the program are identical to those of the M.S. Program in Experimental Psychology. Students accepted into the program must complete all of the requirements of the M.S. Program in Experimental Psychology or its equivalent. The emphasis in third and fourth years is on advanced specialized training, including generating high quality applied research and gaining practical experience through internships.