The Applied Social Psychology (ASP) doctoral program trains students to employ social psychological theories and methods to understand and address major health problems and disparities. Students explore the effects of people’s thoughts and behaviors on health issues, the influence of social issues on health outcomes and the role of diversity on health disparities and inequities. Students collaborate with faculty on research related to HIV/AIDS, obesity, sexual risk and substance abuse, among other topics.
Students round out their academic experience with electives from other areas including public health, public policy, economics and minority and community psychology.
One unique aspect of the ASP program are the opportunities for professional training through practical internship experience. Students have held internships at the National Institutes of Health, Dollar Shave Club, Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) and many more employers.