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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.

 

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PRIMARY AREAS OF FACULTY RESEARCH:

 

Cognition:

 

Learning:

 

Timothy Barth 

David Cross

Mary Hargis

Kevin Knight

Uma Tauber

 

Kenneth Leising

Mauricio Papini

Anna Petursdottir

 

Developmental:

 

Social:

 

David Cross

Naomi Ekas

Danica Knight

 

Cathy Cox

Charles Lord

Sarah Hill

 

Neuroscience:

 

Gary Boehm

Tracy Centanni

Brenton Cooper

 

 

 

CROSS-DISCIPLINARY AREAS:

Applied Quantitative:

 

Behavioral Neuroscience:

 

Cathy Cox

David Cross

Naomi Ekas

Danica Knight

Kevin Knight

Charles G. Lord

Anna Petursdottir

Gary Boehm

Tracy Centanni

Brenton Cooper

Kenneth Leising

Mauricio Papini

 

 

Program History

The first students to receive the Ph.D. degree in psychology from TCU graduated in 1963 and by 2019 a total of 333 students have received the Ph.D. in psychology.

In surveys conducted in 1983, 1997, 2015, and 2019 graduates of the doctoral program in psychology at TCU were employed as follows:

  • 2016-2019
    • 56% in academic positions (including post-docs)
    • 39% in research or statistical analysis
    • 5% in private industry or business
  •  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