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Doctor of Philosophy in Experimental Psychology

The UNLV Experimental Psychology Doctoral Program trains students to become psychological scientists capable of carrying out independent research that lives up to international standards of scientific excellence. Upon completing the degree, students will be qualified to seek careers conducting research in academia and in other institutional and applied settings. Areas of research in which faculty supervise students are: Cognitive Psychology, Neuroscience, Developmental Psychology, Social Psychology, and Research Methods. The program operates on a mentor model in which students work under the supervision of an identified faculty mentor. We welcome students from diverse backgrounds and encourage research in topics related to multiculturalism and diversity.

Learning Objectives

  • Students should possess a broad knowledge of psychological science.
  • Student should have an advanced understanding of research methods and data analysis.
  • Student should be able to present their knowledge to relevant parties through clear written and verbal communication.
  • Students should have the knowledge and skills necessary to advance the science of psychology through scholarly publication.
  • Students should have teaching skills and pedagogical expertise.
  • Students should possess the skills and knowledge necessary to enter applied and academic research positions.

Career Possibilities

Experimental psychologists are employed in both academic and nonacademic settings. In academic settings, experimental psychologists most often pursue a professorial career that emphasizes research and teaching. In nonacademic settings, experimental psychologists are employed by a wide variety of business, government and nonprofit organizations. For example, business organizations hire experimental psychologists as computer/web interface designers, marketing researchers, jury consultants, political strategists, social media consultants, and pharmaceutical researchers. Government and nonprofit organizations hire experimental psychologists as program evaluators, educational consultants, and homeland security specialists. The exact positions held in these organizations depend upon the student’s emphasi s area (cognitive, developmental, neuroscience, or general). However, most of these positions stress the experimental psychologist’s ability to apply research skills to specific behavioral and cognitive issues.

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