The issues and problems within psychology are increasingly explored through diverse theoretical and methodological lenses. Saint Louis University offers a multi-faceted, full-time Ph.D. program in Experimental Psychology. Graduate students select an are of research specialization in one of our concentration areas of Cognitive Neuroscience, Developmental, or Social Psychology, in addition to receiving broad instruction in each of these program areas. Each concentration integrates theory and research through rigorous coursework, research activities, and professional experiences.
Cognitive Neuroscience Concentration. The Cognitive Neuroscience concentration reflects the interests of the faculty in the areas of learning, memory, cognitive aging, sleep, stress, and language processing.
Developmental Concentration. The developmental psychology concentration investigates developmental processes in childhood and adolescence, with an emphasis on the social aspects of development (e.g., parent-child interaction, gender cognitions, stereotyping and prejudice, cultural influences, identity, emotion understanding, and socio-moral reasoning).
Social Concentration. The social psychology concentration examines the behavior of groups and individuals in a social context, with a focus on self-concept structure, self-regulation, close relationships, stereotyping and prejudice, social justice, the social psychology of health, social exclusion, racial and social identification, and attitudes.
Prospective students are encouraged to contact individual faculty members before they apply for admission to the Experimental Program. More details about the admissions process, acceptance criteria, and commonly asked questions about the Experimental Program can be found here.