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Ph.D. in Experimental Psychology

The TCU Department of Psychology offers a Ph.D. degree in Experimental Psychology. Formal academic preparation for admittance into the program should cover a broad spectrum of experimental psychology content areas and quantitative methods.

Because the Ph.D. is a research degree, the primary goal of the graduate program is to provide students with competence in psychological research. The department offers excellent research facilities and support; graduate students are expected to develop expertise in a major research area during their tenure in the graduate program, to work in close partnership with graduate faculty in empirical research, and to contribute to publications and paper presentations.

A second goal of the graduate program is to provide students with the tools and experience necessary for teaching in an academic setting; therefore, the department provides graduate students with ample opportunities to lecture and/or lead discussion in undergraduate classes. Additionally, some advanced graduate students may be given sole responsibility for teaching undergraduate courses.

The 1995 National Research Council survey of doctoral departments in psychology reported that the research productivity of the TCU Department of Psychology was at the 80th percentile of doctoral departments in psychology nationally, and that the TCU Department of Psychology published more research per faculty member than any other university in Texas, Oklahoma, New Mexico, Louisiana, and Mississippi.

 


 

PRIMARY AREAS:

Cognition/Developmental:                              Learning:

Timothy Barth                                                           Kenneth Leising
David R. Cross                                                           Mauricio R. Papini
Naomi Ekas                                                                Anna I. Petursdottir
Uma Tauber

Social:                                                                   Neuroscience:

Cathy Cox                                                                    Gary W. Boehm
Patrick M. Flynn                                                        Brenton G. Cooper
Charles G. Lord
Sarah E. Hill

CROSS-DISCIPLINARY AREAS:

Applied Quantitative:                                         Behavioral Neuroscience:

Cathy Cox                                                                    Gary W. Boehm
David R. Cross                                                           Brenton G. Cooper
Naomi Ekas                                                                Kenneth Leising
Patrick M. Flynn                                                        Mauricio R. Papini
Charles G. Lord                                                          Anna I. Petursdottir

 


APPLY

All students who wish to apply for full-time graduate studies in psychology at TCU need to complete the following forms:

Additionally, students who wish to apply for full-time graduate studies at TCU but are not citizens of the United States of America need to complete the following form:

Program History

The first students to receive the Ph.D. degree in psychology from TCU graduated in 1963 and by 2015 a total of 315 students had received the Ph.D. in psychology.

In surveys conducted in 1997, 1983, and 2015, graduates of the doctoral program in psychology at TCU were employed as follows:

  • 1998-2015
    • 49% in academic positions (including post-docs)
    • 39% in research or statistical analysis
    • 7% in government positions
    • 5% self-employed consultants
  • 1997-1983
    • 70% in academic positions
    • 12% in government positions
    • 12% in private industry or business
    • 6% self-employed consultants
  • 1963-1982
    • 60% in academic positions
    • 20% in government positions
    • 5% in private industry or business
    • 15% self-employed consultants

Graduates of the doctoral program in psychology at TCU have received numerous awards and honors, for example:

Don Walker (Ph.D., 1968), Professor, University of Florida, 1983 VA Research Career Scientist Award.

Otto Zinser (Ph.D., 1970), Professor, East Tennessee State University, 1991 Psi Chi/Florence Denmark National Faculty Advisor Award.

Ludy Benjamin (Ph.D., 1971), Professor, Texas A&M University, 1986 American Psychological Foundation Distinguished Teaching Award.

Stephen F. Davis (Ph.D., 1972), Professor, Emporia State University, First Psi Chi/Florence Denmark National Faculty Advisor Award, 1986 American Psychological Foundation Distinguished Teaching Award.

J. Arthur Woodward (Ph.D., 1973), Professor, UCLA, 1976 American Psychological Association Early Careers Award.