Social Psychology

Social Psychology

The faculty in the Social Psychology Research Group conduct research at the interfaces between social psychology and clinical psychology, developmental psychology, and judgment and decision making. 

Interested students are encouraged to contact labs and potential mentors whose research best fits with their interests. Graduate students with a focus on or related to social psychology have a variety of curriculum options.  Students would formally apply to one of the three program areas (Clinical, Cognitive, or Behavioral and Cognitive Neuroscience), but the curriculum requirements are adapted in light of the student’s social psychological interests and career goals.  Graduate training is flexible and student centered to accommodate unique and cross-cutting interests.

The training in our labs is designed to prepare students for careers in research and teaching in psychology. The bulk of a student's education in this program comes from hands-on experience in designing, conducting, and communicating research.  Required coursework is usually completed by a student’s third year in the program, but an emphasis on research begins on day one and continues throughout the student’s graduate career. The initial research projects of a student will naturally depend on the expertise of his/her faculty advisor, and are likely to be nested in the overall research program of the particular lab. This is particularly true for the first two years of the program, but becomes less relevant as the student's independent lines of research develop.  By the third year, students typically have a suite of projects, including independent ones and collaborations with faculty in several Research Groups and/or other students inside and sometimes outside the Department. All students who are admitted to the program are given five years of financial support in the form of teaching assistantships, research assistantships, or in some cases, fellowships.

Related Faculty (Outside the Psychology Department)

  • Alison Bianchi (Sociology)
  • Terry Boles (Management and Organizations)
  • Kenneth Brown (Management and Organizations)
  • Shelly Campo (College of Public Health)
  • Cathy Cole (Marketing)
  • Steve Duck (Communication Studies)
  • Gary Gaeth (Marketing)
  • Sarah Harkness (Sociology)
  • Steven Hitlin (Sociology)
  • Michael Lovaglia (Sociology)
  • Rachel Mclaren (Communication Studies)
  • Michael Mount (Management and Organizations)
  • Dhananjay Nayakankuppam (Marketing)
  • Aaron Scherer (Internal Medicine)
  • Greg Stewart (Management and Organizations)
  • Jing Wang (Marketing)