The psychological sciences PhD program at UT Dallas offers superior training for students who want to develop as research scientists and scholars. From the start of their training, students are actively engaged in research laboratories with a faculty mentor. Students select from a diverse array of class offerings to enhance their training and are given opportunities to develop teaching skills. Professional development is facilitated through an intellectual climate that includes school colloquia, weekly lecture series in psychology, and professional development luncheons. All doctoral students receive assistantships, and can receive financial support to conduct their research and present at professional meetings.
STRENGTHS OF THE PROGRAM
- Accomplished faculty with grant-supported research spanning developmental, cognitive and social/personality psychology
- Close mentoring relationships between students and faculty.
- Exceptional research facilities, including access to neuroimaging facilities and laboratories equipped to examine ERPs, eye movements, infant visual and auditory preferences, parent-child interactions, and more.
- Extensive opportunities for interdisciplinary study within the School of Behavioral and Brain Sciences (e.g. neuroscience, communication disorders, audiology) as well as within the university as a whole (e.g. School of Economic, Political & Policy Sciences; Erik Jonsson School of Engineering & Computer Science; School of Arts, Technology, and Emerging Communication).
Strengths in developmental, cognitive and social/personality psychology, with extensive opportunities for interdisciplinary study within the School of Behavioral and Brain Sciences (e.g. neuroscience, communication disorders, audiology) as well as within the university as a whole (e.g. School of Economic, Political & Policy Sciences; Erik Jonsson School of Engineering & Computer Science).
- Students awarded Graduate Teaching Assistantships are supported for 4 years given that they maintain satisfactory progress.
- Financial support is available for student conducted research and travel for national conference presentations.
- Training opportunities are available at prestigious research centers.
- The Center for Children and Families promotes optimal development of children and families through research, practice, and outreach.
- The Callier Center for Communication Disorders conducts research and provides advanced evaluations and treatment for children and adults with a wide variety of speech, language, and hearing disorders.
- The Center for BrainHealth focuses on how to understand, protect, and heal the brain.
- The Center for Vital Longevity uses advanced brain-imaging technologies and research techniques in cognitive neuroscience to understand, maintain, and improve the vitality of the aging mind.