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Ph.D. in Psychology

The University's Ph.D. in psychology offers several areas of specialization, each designed to help students tailor their graduate work to their professional ambitions.

Program at a glance

Admissions cycle: Fall
Application deadline: Varies by track
Assistantship types available: Teaching, Research

Why choose this Ph.D. in psychology?

The Department of Psychology conducts research across a broad range of topics. Students in its psychology Ph.D. program choose between three specializations and one interdisciplinary program.

Behavior Analysis

Accredited by the Association for Behavior Analysis, the University's behavior analysis emphasis is conducted via a junior-colleague model and includes supervised experience and instruction. The behavior analysis program focuses on the philosophies of behaviorism, the theory and methodology of behavior analysis, basic and applied research in human behavior, basic research in animal behavior, application of behavioral principles to organizational administration and consultation, instructional design and technology, parent and teacher training, clinical populations, participatory governance and fiscal management.

Clinical Psychology

The clinical psychology program is fully accredited by the American Psychological Association and is a charter member of the Academy of Clinical Science. It trains doctoral-level clinical scientists who have a thorough grounding in research and scholarly activities, can develop and use scientific knowledge, are skilled in using their critical thinking and analytic tools in problem formulation and solution generation, and have a thoroughly developed repertoire of professional competencies, including applied skills.

Cognitive and Brain Sciences

The graduate program in cognitive and brain sciences gives students a strong foundation in current theory and methods and the opportunity to specialize within a number of substantive areas of research that include: comparative psychology, development across the lifespan, psychophysiology, cognitive neuroscience, memory, sensation and perception, and autism spectrum disorders. All faculty within the cognitive and brain sciences graduate program are also members of the campus-wide interdisciplinary neuroscience program.

Interdisciplinary Social Psychology

The Interdisciplinary Social Psychology Ph.D. Program represents an integration of scholarship in psychological and sociological social psychology. It emphasizes training in the theoretical foundations of social behavior, as well as training in quantitative and qualitative methods applied to basic and applied research contexts. Students have the opportunity to specialize within a number of areas of research, which include, but are not limited to: social psychology and law, personal and social relationships, social psychology and health, and organizational behavior.

These specializations are designed to allow students to align their studies and research with their career aspirations. But no matter which path students choose, the program is designed to give students the skills and resources necessary to conduct high-level research on the human psyche and brain.

How do I apply?

Each specialization within the psychology Ph.D. program maintains its own admissions process. Applicants must meet the requirements of both the University Graduate School and the specific program within the psychology Ph.D. Applications must be submitted through the Graduate School.

For current details on admission requirements and application procedures across the areas of specialization, please see the Graduate Programs at a Glance page.

Is funding available?

Funding opportunities vary by track, but teaching and research assistantships are available. Please see the track-specific pages for more information.

What's next?

If you are ready to apply for the Ph.D. program at the University of Nevada, Reno and are not currently a student, you can apply now. If you would like to learn more about the University's Ph.D. in psychology program, please visit the specialization pages and contact the corresponding graduate director.



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