Social Psychology

Celebrating more than 50 years of interdisciplinary research

In 2017, the Social Psychology Program celebrated its 50th anniversary at the University of Nevada, Reno. Read about the program's history on campus.

About our program

The Interdisciplinary Social Psychology Ph.D. program

The Interdisciplinary Social Psychology Ph.D. program applies rigorous psychological and sociological scholarship to better understand the processes, structures and contexts that impact social interactions. Learn more about the Ph.D. program, the admissions process and resources for student support.

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About us

Learn more about our interdisciplinary partners and our mission to create an exceptional academic environment. 

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Ph.D in Social Psychology

Admission requirements, deadlines, program timelines, funding information and more outlining the doctoral program.

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Student resources

Program handbook, career information, and a list of student organizations and campus resources. 

Learn about the work we do and people behind it

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Research areas

Our faculty contribute to four thematic areas. As a student in our program, you may choose research projects that utilize one or more of these themes, or engage in social psychological scholarship in other aspects of the discipline.

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People of Social Psychology

From faculty to doctoral student and alumni, learn more about the people at the forefront of our impactful research.

Awards and Achievements

Congratulations to the graduating class of 2020!

Congratulations to the graduating students from Interdisciplinary Graduate Programs. We are so proud of your achievement. Please check out our Interdisciplinary Graduate Program celebration page.

Congratulations to the winners of the Founders' Best Research Proposal Award

The Founders’ Best Research Proposal Award seeks to support student research by funding the best research proposal submitted by a student in the Interdisciplinary Social Psychology Ph.D. Program. 

  • Best Research Proposal ($750): “Effects of Criminal Stereotypicality on Interrogators’ Guilt Presumption” by Jean J. Cabell
  • Runner up ($250): “Capturing Populism: Concept, Measurement and Application” by Waleed Jami

Congratulations to the winners of the Founders' Best Paper Award!

The Founders’ Best Paper Award recognizes the best research paper by a student in the Interdisciplinary Social Psychology Ph.D. Program that was submitted for publication, or published during the 12 months prior to the submission deadline (April 1).

  • Best Paper ($750): “Empowering, Humbling, and of course Arousing”: Experiences with Power in Sexual Relationships” by Tyler N. Livingston 
  • Runner up 1 ($250): “Evaluating Effects on Guilty and Innocent Suspects: An Effect Taxonomy of Interrogation Techniques” by Jean J. Cabell & Sarah A. Moody
  • Runner up 2 ($250): “Multi-level Modelling of Time-Series Cross-Sectional Data Reveals the Dynamic Interaction between Ecological Threats and Democratic Development” by Kodai Kusano

Congratulations to fellowship winner Kayla Furlano!

Congratulations to Kayla Furlano, recipient of Graduate Dean's Fellowship. Learn more about the Graduate Dean's Fellowship and Scholarship awards

Travel award winners

Congratulations to Tyler Livingston and Peter Rerick who were chosen as a  Graduate Travel Award Winner by the Society of Personality and Social Psychology (SPSP). They will receive a stipend of $500 to attend the 2020 Convention of SPSP in New Orleans.

NSF’s Graduate Research Fellowship Program honorable mentions

Congratulations to Ph.D. students Sarah Moody and Jean Cabell (Yueran Yang, advisor to both) who each received an honorable mention for their application to the NSF’s Graduate Research Fellowship Program.

Our impact

News stories from social psychology and the departments that contribute to the program.

US Surgeon General Jerome M. Adams

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Congratulations to 2020 public health graduates: a message from the U.S. Surgeon General

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In classroom or on Zoom, Tibbitts winners impacting students' lives

Amy Fitch and Elena Pravosudova are 2020 Tibbitts Teaching Excellence award winners

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National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship (NSF GRFP) awarded to five College of Science students and one recent graduate

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