The Interdisciplinary Ph.D. Program
in Social Psychology has existed at the University of Nevada,
Reno for almost forty years. The interdisciplinary committee,
which operates this program, awards a Regents-approved Ph.D. degree
in Social Psychology. Similar to all interdisciplinary graduate
programs at the University of Nevada, the Social Psychology Program
is an autonomous unit, located independent of its participating
departments. The Program is administered by a committee comprised
of representatives from the Department of Psychology,
the Department of Sociology,
the Department of Criminal
Justice, the Department of Managerial
Science, the Department of Human
Development and Family Studies, the School of Public Health, the Sanford
Center on Aging, one emeritus professor from Sociology, one
emeritus professor from Managerial Science, and two emeritus professors
from Psychology. The present Director of the Program is from the
Department of Human Development and Family
Program has 36 students actively pursuing their Ph.D. degrees.
The Program curriculum has a theory core and a methods core as
well as a number of seminars, and it emphasizes early involvement
in research through several mechanisms.
interests of the faculty range widely, and include the study of:
The Social Psychology Program also has links with the two judicial
education centers at Nevada and with the Grant
Sawyer Center for Justice Studies. The Program has special
international ties in Great Britain, The Netherlands, Spain, and
Australia. Program faculty are also on the editorial boards of
a variety of international scholarly journals.
- Health & health policy
- Collective behavior
- Law & juvenile studies
Focus: The Interdisciplinary Ph.D. Program in Social Psychology
at the University of Nevada, Reno is one of the oldest social
psychology programs in the country. The interdisciplinary focus
allows students to experience wide range of perspectives in the
field of social psychology. This holistic approach equips students
with knowledge and understanding that prepares them for engaging
and rewarding work in both academic and applied settings upon
completion of the program.
Commitment to Students: The Program’s goal to find
full-time (20 hours/week) support and tuition assistance for all
of the students in the program. Through research assistantships,
teaching assistantships and participation in research grants,
the program has been successful in funding first year students.
In addition, virtually all students in their second year and beyond
have maintained funding throughout completion of degrees.
Program: By the end of the first year, students develop a
mentoring relationship with a faculty member of the Program. The
faculty mentor can be the student's research supervisor, but need
not be; and mentors can be changed.
of Professional Involvement and Achievement: Students are
encouraged to engage in scholarly research, often in collaboration
with faculty, to present research at professional meetings, and
to publish in reviewed journals and volumes. The Ph.D. Program
and the Graduate Student Association of the University facilitate
professional development through financial support of student
travel and research.
Brown Bags: The Department also holds brown bags throughout each semester, in which students and faculty from the program present informally in front of their peers, often in preparation for conferences or to elicit ideas on how to improve their research. You can find the current brown bag schedule here and an archive of past brown bags here.
more information, consult our on-line Handbook