PhD in Applied Social Psychology
The Applied Social Psychology Program at the George Washington University applies social psychological theories (e.g., attitudes, social cognition, social influence and decision making) and methods (i.e., experimental, quantitative, qualitative and mixed methods research) to understand and address several areas. These areas include the effects of people’s thoughts and behaviors on health issues such as substance use, obesity, sexual risk behaviors, physical activity and sun exposure; the influence of social issues like prejudice and discrimination on substance use, HIV risk and mental health; and the role of diversity — race, ethnicity, gender, LGBT identity, socioeconomic status, physical ability and the intersection of these social categories/identities — on health disparities and inequities.
"The program [shows] an unwavering commitment to integrate research on identity as central to the field."
PhD '12, Applied Social Psychology
Location and Opportunities
In addition to the academic curriculum, students supplement their portfolio of skills through unique internships that address major social and organizational issues. Our location in the nation's capital offers students the opportunity to conduct research in consulting firms, government agencies, health care organizations, nonprofits and major corporations.
Faculty and Mentorship
Students work with faculty on everything from laboratory studies to theory-driven studies in local communities, giving students the opportunity to master multiple perspectives on human behavior. Students work with specific mentors who fit their research interests and help students gain key research skills and competencies.
New NIMH T32 Training Program for Select Students
- NIMH T32 Training Program in Approaches to Address Social-Structural Factors Related to HIV Intersectionally (TASHI)
The George Washington University is offering full doctoral scholarships* to prepare the next generation of community-engaged researchers to develop and lead social-structural and intersectional approaches to promote equity and improve HIV and related health outcomes. The training program is supported by 18 multi-disciplinary faculty conducting both global and domestic research on HIV, mental health, substance use, and violence.
Trainees will receive instruction and mentorship in the following:
- Social and structural, critical, and intersectional theory
- Community-engaged research design and methods
- Multi-level intervention development and evaluation
- Grant writing, publication and presentation skills
Trainees must apply and be accepted to the PhD program. Individuals from underrepresented populations are strongly encouraged to apply. To learn more about TASHI, visit the TASHI website or email [email protected].
*Full Scholarships include tuition, living expenses, and health insurance.Drs. Lisa Bowleg and Deanna Kerrigan, TASHI Co-Program Directors
The general requirements stated under Columbian College of Arts and Sciences, Graduate Programs.
The requirements for the Doctor of Philosophy Program.
72 credits, including 33 credits in core requirements, 21 to 27 credits in elective courses, and 12 to 18 credits in dissertation, and successful completion of a comprehensive examination.
|Attitudes and Attitude Change
|Statistical Modeling and Analysis
|Advanced Statistical Modeling and Analysis
|Exploratory and Multivariate Data Analysis
|Psychological Research Methods and Procedures
|Introduction to Survey Research
|6 credits in psychology (PSYC) courses out of the applied social program.
|21 to 27 credits in elective courses. Recommended electives are listed below; other courses may be selected in consultation with the advisor.
|Development of Psychometric Instruments
|Seminar: Organizational Behavior
|Current Topics in Social Psychology
|Qualitative Research and Analysis
|Psychology of Individual and Group Decision Making
|Special Topics in Health Psychology
|12 to 18 credits in dissertation.
|Advanced Reading and Research
|Students must successfully complete a comprehensive examination.
"The Applied Social Psychology program provided me with the skills and knowledge necessary to design and implement interventions for vulnerable populations in my current work: addressing tobacco-related health disparities among low-income populations."
PhD ’17, Applied Social Psychology