The Department is organized into four areas: clinical science; developmental; social; and cognition, brain, and behavior. These groups consist of faculty members whose combined interests span a coherent program of advanced study and research in some subfield of psychology. Individual faculty and graduate students are encouraged to participate in more than one group.
In addition, there are various "themes" that cut across the areas. Faculty in the Department of Psychology have a wide range of interests, and the themes of their research often span the boundaries of traditional areas in the field.
Active research is being conducted in each of the topics listed below, primarily by the faculty listed after each entry. There are regular research seminars on these topics, and numerous opportunities to become involved in research with the relevant faculty.
Students enrolled in the Ph.D. program in the Psychology Department may follow one of two tracks. The first is the Common Curriculum, which embraces Social Psychology, Cognitive Psychology, Cognitive Neuroscience, Behavioral Neuroscience, and Perception. Students within the Common Curriculum may change advisers as long as they have agreement from the new adviser. The second track is Clinical Science. Students may only be considered for Clinical Science during the graduate school application process, and may not transfer in at a later date.
- Animal Learning and Cognition
- Cognitive Aging
- Cognitive Development
- Cognitive Neuroscience
- Emotional Disorders
- Evolutionary Psychology
- Executive Control
- Genetics and Individual Differences
- Group and Intergroup Relations
- Health Psychology
- Intervention for Behavioral and Emotional Disfunction
- Judgment and Decision Making
- Learning and Memory
- Moral Cognition
- Motor Control
- Neurological Disorders
- Reward and Motivation
- Thought Disorders
- Unconscious Processes
- Visual Cognition