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.
PhD '12, Applied Social Psychology
"The program [shows] an unwavering commitment to integrate research on identity as central to the field."
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.
A member of Dr. Michelle Stock’s (left) research team, ASP PhD student Charlotte Hagerman (right), has presented at conferences and co-authored articles on topics including UV exposure interventions and social determinants of healthy eating.
The following requirements must be fulfilled:
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.
|PSYC 8253||Social Cognition|
|PSYC 8254||Social Influence|
|PSYC 8255||Attitudes and Attitude Change|
|PSYC 8277||Health Psychology|
|DNSC 6274||Statistical Modeling and Analysis|
|DNSC 6275||Advanced Statistical Modeling and Analysis|
|DNSC 6276||Exploratory and Multivariate Data Analysis|
|PSYC 8202||Psychological Research Methods and Procedures|
|PSYC 8256||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.|
|PSYC 8218||Evidence-Based Interventions|
|PSYC 8231||Development of Psychometric Instruments|
|PSYC 8245||Seminar: Organizational Behavior|
|PSYC 8257||Current Topics in Social Psychology|
|PSYC 8258||Qualitative Research and Analysis|
|PSYC 8259||Psychology of Individual and Group Decision Making|
|PSYC 8279||Special Topics in Health Psychology|
|PSYC 8295||Independent Research|
|12 to 18 credits in dissertation.|
|PSYC 8998||Advanced Reading and Research|
|PSYC 8999||Dissertation 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