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nature

Can people have a "relationship" with the natural world?

Human behavior is at the root of the rapid pace of climate change. What leads people to perceive greater interdependence with the environment? How does their commitment to the environment predict pro-environmental behavior? read more...

doctor

What increases emergency visits in children with asthma?

How are family/culturally-based beliefs about asthma, caregiver quality of life, and emergency department use associated in pediatric asthma? read more...

brain

Can we train students' brains to work more effectively?

Direct cognitive training in a school setting represents an important innovation for developing the underlying thinking skills needed for educational success. Can we make computers better "trainers"? read more...

triumph

Can you strengthen your character in six hours?

Religious and secular self-help experts have long helped people build character strengths. But can people achieve as much—or even more!—benefit by working through six-hour workbooks at home? read more...

Graduate Programs

The Department of Psychology offers programs leading to the Doctor of Philosophy degree. These programs provide opportunities for study in Clinical Psychology, Counseling Psychology, Health Psychology, and our Experimental Psychology Program, which has emphases in Biopsychology, Developmental Psychology or Social Psychology.

Although faculty and students work together across programs, each program has unique requirements and emphases. Please refer to each program's link for specific information.

The Programs

The Directors

Biopsychology

Joseph Porter

Clinical Psychology

Bruce Rybarczyk

Counseling Psychology

Everett Worthington

Developmental Psychology

Barbara Myers

Health Psychology

Eric Benotsch

Social Psychology

Jeff Green

Graduate Studies

Michael Southam-Gerow