Social Psychology

Faculty members and graduate students in the Social Psychology area conduct basic and applied research on social processes relevant to human thought, emotion, and behavior. Research strategies range from tightly controlled laboratory experiments to large-scale field studies.

The principal aim of graduate training in social psychology is to develop a strong theoretical and research competence in the field; the ultimate goal is to prepare students for productive careers in research and/or teaching. Graduate students in the social psychology area work in a close mentoring relationship with a social psychology faculty member; all students are also encouraged strongly to gain additional research experience with other faculty both within and outside the department. Current research by faculty members in the social psychology area includes work in self-concept, self-regulation, power, interpersonal expectancy effects, stigma, aggression, social comparison processes, social emotions, social cognition, social development, prejudice and stereotyping, and forensic psychology and the law, and eyewitness testimony. Recent graduates of the social psychology area have obtained positions as assistant professors, post-doctoral fellows, and research scientists in private research foundations.


Information regarding applying and the online application system may be found here.

Please contact Meagan Coomes with questions regarding graduate program applications., (859) 257-9640

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