University of Vermont

The College of Arts and Sciences

Department of Psychological Science

General/Experimental Psychology Ph.D. Program

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Students are accepted into the General/Experimental Ph.D. Program with the expectation that they will work closely with a particular faculty member. This is often, although not always, the faculty member who is in contact with the student during the time the student is deciding whether or not to accept our offer of admission to the program. Since particular attention is focused between a student's interests and plans and the expertise of our Department, that particular faculty member's scholarly interests generally match those of the student. It is critical that students' educational objectives can be met by the Department of Pyschological Science. Students always have the option of changing mentors during their early career should their interests change. In addition to 11 full-time General faculty and 5 faculty in the Vermont Center on Behavior and Health, there are, in any given year, about 10 adjunct, joint, and research faculty associated with the program, mainly on a part-time basis.


The General/Experimental Ph.D. Program receives 50-80 applications each year and admits about 3-10 of those students. Of the students who have enrolled in our program, approximately 90 percent have stayed and completed their Ph.D. here. Please note that we do not offer a terminal Master's degree.

When you apply, you must specify the names of one or two General/Experimental faculty members you wish to do research with, since particular attention is paid to the match between a student's interests and the plans and the expertise of our Department. You must also specify which General/Experimental Psycholgoy sub-program (biobehavioral, developmental, social, human psychopharmacology) you are interested in.

Faculty Accepting General/Experimental Program Students Fall 2018

The following faculty members are potentially accepting general/experimental program graduate students who enter the program in the Fall of 2018:

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