The PhD in psychology provides knowledge of the basic content areas in psychology and practical experience in applying this knowledge to solve human problems in relationships, work, and education. Core course requirements cover subject matter identified by the profession as essential to doctoral training. This includes biological, social, cognitive, and individual bases of behavior, as well as the history of psychology. The program offers the following concentrations: applied developmental psychology, clinical psychology, cognitive and behavioral neuroscience, human factors/applied cognition, and industrial/organizational psychology.
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Total credits: 72-76
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In addition to satisfying the requirements for all doctoral degrees, students must successfully complete 72–76 credits of required course work chosen in one of five concentrations. Each concentration consists of four educational components: core courses, upper-level specialty courses, supervised practica, and dissertation.
This cognitive and behavioral neuroscience concentration focuses on studying biological substrates of behavior. Core and affiliated faculty study areas as diverse as neural control of behavioral development; animal models of learning and memory and their disorders (such as Alzheimer's); human brain systems involved in cognition, perception, human error, decision making, and movement; the relation of neural activity to human performance; and cognitive aging. A focus of the program is on translational neuroscience-complementary study of neural systems in humans and animals, including application of animal research to human behavior.
The program’s core facilities have well-equipped behavioral testing and histological/histochemical facilities. The program’s strong links to the Krasnow Institute for Advanced Study and the Center for Biomedical Genomics and Informatics allows opportunities for collaborative work as diverse as tissue slice preparations and molecular genetics. The doctoral program prepares students for research-based careers in academics, government, or industry.
Students pursuing this concentration must complete 72 graduate credits comprised of course work and at least 12 credits of dissertation research. The number of credits required may be reduced for a prior master's degree as described above.
|PSYC 531||Mammalian Neurobiology||3|
|PSYC 559||Behavioral Chemistry||3|
|PSYC 558||Neuronal Bases of Learning and Memory||3|
|or PSYC 685||Cognitive Neuroscience|
|Two required Courses|
|PSYC 611||Advanced Statistics||4|
|Select one course from the following:||3|
|Quantitative Methods II: Analysis of Variance|
|Quantitative Methods III: Psychological Applications of Regression Techniques|
|Elective Methods Course|
|Students will choose one elective course in methods in consultation with an advisor and with the approval of program faculty.||3|
|Elective Statistics or Methods Course|
|Students will choose one course in quantitative or research methods in consultation with an advisor and with the approval of the program faculty. This can include the course not chosen to fulfill the requirement above.||3|
|Take two credits in Professional Seminar||2|
|Seminar in Professional Psychology|
The research credit requirement can be met through completion of a master's thesis (recommended) or other research course as approved by the program.
|Select 6 credits in either a master's thesis or other research course 1||6|
Students can complete the 72 credit requirement through credits of additional coursework as approved by the program/advisor. Six of these courses must be outside of the cognitive and behavioral neuroscience program.
|Select electives to complete the 72 credit requirement|
To advance to candidacy, students must complete all core courses required by the program. Students must also successfully complete and pass written and oral comprehensive exams.
The dissertation requirement is designed to demonstrate the student's ability to apply psychological principles to research problems. Once enrolled in PSYC 999 Doctoral Dissertation, students must follow the university's continuous registration policy as specified in AP.6.10.6 Dissertation Research. Students who defend in the summer must be registered for at least 1 credit of PSYC 999 Doctoral Dissertation.
Students apply to this degree a minimum of 3 credits of PSYC 998 Doctoral Dissertation Proposal and 3 credits of PSYC 999 Doctoral Dissertation; they may apply a minimum 12 and a maximum of 24 dissertation credits (PSYC 998 Doctoral Dissertation Proposal and PSYC 999 Doctoral Dissertation combined) to the degree. Because of the continuous registration policy, students may be required to register for additional credits of these courses.
|Select 12-24 credits from the following:||12-24|
|Doctoral Dissertation Proposal|