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Ph.D. in Psychology

An understanding of the human mind

The Department of Psychology offers doctoral programs in general psychology, with concentrations in behavior analysis; clinical psychology; and cognitive and brain sciences.

The Department of Psychology builds upon the foundational undergraduate knowledge—and helps prepare students for careers in government and the public and private sectors. The psychology program provides education and research training in three areas of specialization:

  • Behavior Analysis
  • Clinical Psychology
  • Cognitive Brain Sciences


Each Psychology program maintains its own admissions process.

Areas of Specialization

Behavior Analysis

Accredited by the Association for Behavior Analysis, training in behavior analysis at the University of Nevada, Reno is conducted via a junior-colleague model and includes supervised experience and instruction leading to the master's degree and/or Ph.D. 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, and 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 seeks to train 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 (formerly known as experimental psychology) offers programs of study leading to the master and doctoral degrees. Students are given a strong foundation in current theory and methods and have the opportunity to specialize within a number of substantive areas of research that include: comparative psychology, development across the life span, psychophysiology, cognitive neuroscience, memory, and sensation and perception.

Interdisciplinary Social Psychology

The interdisciplinary doctoral program in social psychology is founded on a vision of social psychology as the core discipline of human affairs. It represents an integration of psychological and sociological scholarship in the understanding of human, personal and social life.

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Address University of Nevada, Reno
Reno, NV 89557

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