Department of Psychological Science
The Graduate Program in Psychological Science
Our mission with respect to Graduate Education is to train the researchers, practitioners, and teachers of psychological science who will create the future of this field and who will benefit humankind by increasing knowledge about the nature and causes of human behavior, by treating mental and emotional disorders, and by preventing such disorders.
The major objective of the Graduate Program in Psychological Science is to produce a versatile psychologist able to work in academic, research, or applied positions. To this end, all students are expected to establish a research program and to construct a coherent plan of study.
Within the General/Experimental Program, students concentrate in one of four areas:
- Biobehavioral Psychology (including learning)
- Developmental Psychology
- Human Behavioral Pharmacology
- Social Psychology
The Clinical Training Program
The Clinical Training Program aims to train students as scientist-practitioners (pdf) (as prescribed by the "Boulder Model") and emphasizes use of clinical interventions validated by empirical research.
A fundamental feature of the Department of Psychological Science is the close integration of the four areas of study in terms of course work, research, and faculty. Nevertheless, graduate applicants must specify to which of the programs they seek admission.
The program descriptions provide a guide to the strengths of each or our training programs and thus the research opportunities likely to be available to graduate students. The description of the faculty lists the research interests of the faculty across all programs.
The Department has 25 faculty, 2 faculty with joint-appointments in other departments at UVM, 6 clinical faculty in the Behavior Therapy and Psychotherapy Center, 9 adjunct faculty, and about 55 graduate students at any given time. The Department of Psychological Science is housed in John Dewey Hall, where all faculty and graduate students are generally assigned office space.
The Department of Psychological Science has longstanding collaborative research programs and relationships with other UVM departments and programs, including the Neuroscience Graduate Program, Biology, Psychiatry, Pharmacology, Education, Molecular Physiology & Biophysics, Pediatrics, Surgery, Women's and Gender Studies, Communication Sciences and Disorders, The Vermont Cancer Center and related departments at Fletcher Allen Health Care, the various facilities of which are located close to John Dewey Hall.
Faculty Accepting Clinical Program Students Fall 2015
The following faculty members are potentially accepting clinical program graduate students who enter the program in the Fall of 2015:
- Robert Althoff
- Betsy Hoza
- James Hudziak
- Magdalena Naylor
- Matthew Price
- Kelly Rohan
- Alice Schermerhorn
Faculty will interview prospective clinical program graduate students on February 6, 2015.
Faculty Accepting General/Experimental Program Students Fall 2015
The following faculty members are potentially accepting general/experimental program graduate students who enter the program in the Fall of 2015:
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