The objective of the Ph.D. program in Applied Experimental Psychology is to develop individuals with strong applied experimental research skills for positions in academia, business, industry, allied health, or government agencies. The program is designed to provide advanced training in psychological processes (e.g., biological, cognitive, behavioral, social, personality), quantitative methodological procedures (e.g. statistics, experimental design, computer applications), and their utilization in an applied setting. The program provides students with special 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, and attention and perceptual processes)
  • behavioral medicine (with special emphasis on behavioral pediatrics, developmental disabilities, and infant sleep disorders)
  • applied cognitive science (with special emphasis on memory, cognitive modeling, decision making, reading and language, visual cognition)
  • applied social/personality psychology (social cognition, personality judgments, individual     differences, attitudes forensic psychology, and cross-cultural psychology)
  • behavioral neuroscience (with specific emphasis on testing potential pharmacotherapy’s for neurodegenerative diseases, such as Huntington’s and Parkinson’s diseases).

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 the third and fourth years are on advanced specialized training, including generating high quality applied research and gaining practical experience through internships. 

Experimental Psychology Ph.D. Requirements

First and Second Years:

The requirements for the first two years in the Ph.D. program in Applied Experimental Psychology are identical to those required for the M.S. degree in Experimental Psychology.

Third and Fourth Years:

Required Courses I (30 hours)
PSY 789Seminar in Applied Experimental Psychology3-9 credit hours
PSY 800
Research in Applied Experimental Psychology
(with major paper and oral examination)
12 credit hours
PSY 898Doctoral Dissertation: Design*3-12 credit hour
PSY 899Doctoral Dissertation: Implementation (with oral defense)*3-12 credit hours
*A minimum of 15 credit hours from the combination of PSY 898 and PSY 899 is required.

Required Courses II (6 hours)
PSY 990Internship A: Professional Services3-6 credit hours
PSY 991Internship B: Professional Services3-6 credit hours

Electives (18 Credit hours)
Select 18 hours of PSY courses in consultation with advisor.

Total: 54 credit hours (minimum hours for third and fourth years)