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

Social Psychology Ph.D. student awarded Graduate Dean Fellowship

Kayla Furlano leans against a railing with the Nevada landscape in the backgroundCongratulations to Kayla Furlano for receiving one of five Graduate Dean Fellowships! Learn more about this exciting award.

Social psychology faculty and student featured in media

Faculty member Shawn Marsh and graduate student Sarah Moody were recently highlighted in both YouthToday.org and jjie.org for their research on youth in sex trafficking. Congratulations on the recognition of your research! 

Social Psychology faculty member Dan Jones featured on Psypost.org

A recent publication from our own Dan Jones, "Supporters of religious violence are more likely to claim they're familiar with religious concepts that don't exist" is featured on psypost.org! Congrats, Dan!

New dissertation grants

Social Psychology Ph.D. student  Tyler Livingston received a dissertation grant from the American Academy of Forensic Psychology. Likewise, Social Psychology Ph.D. student Kodai Kusano received a grant-in-aid from the Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues. Congrats, Tyler and Kodai! 

Our impact

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

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Graduates of Public Health Virtual Hooding Ceremony 2020

Spring, summer, and fall graduates of public health were honored in a virtual hooding ceremony on December 4, 2020.

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University honors Fall 2020 Senior Scholar recipients

University of Nevada, Reno and the Nevada Alumni Association recognize 9 graduates with top grade-point average

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#COVIDCrew partners with DoughBoys Donuts

Climate survey results seek to understand COVID-19 impacts; mask sales continue to support relief fund