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Department of Psychology




Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Psychology

Bryan Porter, Graduate Program Director (757-683-4458)

The Psychology Department offers Ph.D. programs in four content areas:

  • Applied Experimental Psychology prepares students for research or academic careers in areas such as developmental psychology, cognitive psychology, community psychology, and health psychology.
  • Human Factors Psychology prepares students as scientists/ practitioners with expertise in areas of human factors such as military simulation, surface and air transportation, medical simulation and error analysis, and team processes.
  • Industrial/Organizational Psychology prepares students as scientists/practitioners in two basic areas:  1) Personnel and Training Psychology and 2) Organizational and Managerial Psychology.
  • Clinical Psychology prepares students as scientists/practitioners with expertise in areas related to substance use and abuse, behavior disorders, interpersonal relationships, and therapeutic intervention.  More information about our consortium Ph.D. program in Clinical Psychology is available by selecting the link to the left.

Please note the following for non-clinical Ph.D. programs:

  • Students holding degrees from fields other than psychology may be admitted into one of these Ph.D. programs.  However, such students are encouraged to discuss their status with the Ph.D. Programs Director prior to making application.
  • All programs require full-time, on-campus study.  There is no part-time or distance learning option at the Ph.D. level.
  • Students are accepted for fall admission only.  The application deadline for each of these three Ph.D. programs is January 5.