The department encourages student and faculty research that contributes to psychological knowledge in general and that is sensitive to social, cultural, and political influences and concerns. At the master's level, the department offers a program in general psychology that provides students with in-depth training in all the major fields of psychology. After students complete their master's degree , there are two doctoral programs to which they can apply through a separate application process: the PhD in Cognitive, Social, and Developmental Psychology (CSD) and the PhD in Clinical Psychology . Every attempt is made to promote an interdisciplinary approach to psychological issues and foster interaction between the CSD and Clinical Psychology programs. PhD students are free to work with faculty from either area. While in the program, master's and doctoral-level students also have the option of taking classes offered through the Concentration in Mental Health and Substance Abuse Counseling to gain additional training in working with substance use in clinical settings.
The PhD program's instruction is established on the principle that the study of human behavior should include a comprehensive consideration of body, brain, social, and developmental processes. The curriculum upholds this belief with the help of two training grants. Under the Brain, Body, and Behavior training curriculum, students gain the biomedical knowledge necessary to study behavioral and mental health as members of an interdisciplinary research team. Under the Training in Cognitive Aging in a Social Context curriculum, students focus on adult development and aging by blending cognitive and social perspectives. Both curricula challenge our doctoral students to become excellent psychological science leaders in their field, whether in an academic or applied research setting.
Evolutionary psychology seeks to explain psychological attributes through applying evolutionary theory to behaviour that is held to derive from natural selection and adaptation. In this regard, humans have inherited psychological mechanisms from their ancestors that helped solve enduring problems throughout evolutionary time. Such mechanisms are assumed to constrain the behaviour of modern-day individuals. The study of evolutionary psychology enables you to research into history of man, as well and modern day society. Writing a psychology dissertation in this area may prove enjoyable for the author, as well as the reader.