In the classroom and in the research lab, psychology graduate students gain the skills and mentoring they need to become successful clinicians, professors, health scientists, researchers, counselors and pursue other potential career paths. The department offers three doctoral degree programs: the PhD in Applied Social Psychology, the PhD in Clinical Psychology and the PhD in Cognitive Neuroscience.

While earning their degree, many students conduct a practicum or externship with a hospital or community health clinic such as the department's Meltzer Center. Some students also pursue teaching assistant positions and grant writing opportunities.

Application deadline (all graduate programs): December 1




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PhD in Applied Social Psychology

The applied social psychology program trains students to apply social psychological theories and methods to understand and address major health problems and health disparities.


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PhD in Clinical Psychology

Fully accredited by the American Psychological Association, the clinical psychology program prepares students for professional careers in prevention and treatment services.


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PhD in Cognitive Neuroscience

The PhD in cognitive neuroscience trains students to be independent scientists qualified to work at academic and research institutions.


"On a daily basis, I use the research and critical thinking skills I gained in graduate school to help clients achieve their goals."

Caroline Fitz Johnson
PhD '14

Caroline Fitz Johnson


Potential Career Paths

Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences doctoral program graduates go on to join clinical practices and start businesses, perform research, win Fulbright scholarships, teach, consult and take their skills to companies all over the world. Our graduates have been employed at hundreds of prestigious health care facilities, universities, businesses and nonprofits, including:

  • Bloomberg
  • Booz Allen Hamilton
  • Boston Children’s Hospital
  • Bryn Mawr
  • Children’s National Medical Center
  • Family Compass
  • George Washington University
  • Johns Hopkins University
  • Kennedy Krieger Institute
  • National Cancer Institute
  • Tufts University
  • University of Pennsylvania
  • U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
  • U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs
  • U.S. Navy
  • U.S. Office of Personnel Management