Ph.D. in Cognitive, Developmental, or Social Psychology

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Our Philosophy of Graduate Training

Graduate students trained in Cognitive, Developmental, Social, or Quantitative Psychology follow a single curriculum with a uniform set of requirements, but their research programs and seminar courses focus on their unique areas of interest.

In addition to teaching introductory graduate courses in each of these core areas, we regularly offer specialized seminars in such topics as Cognitive aging; Cognition in the classroom; Creativity; Developmental cognitive neuroscience; Development of impression formation; Meta-analysis; Metacognition; Self and identity; and Variation in executive control. Our students also take advanced statistical courses in the Department of Educational Research Methodology and may register for particular courses of interest at nearby institutions such as Duke University, NC State, and UNC Chapel Hill.

Students have the opportunity to study mind, brain, and behavior at multiple levels of analysis (neural, individual, and social) with diverse techniques. Equipment facilities include a 64 channel ERP system (Brain Products: actiCHamp and actiCap active electrodes system), remote eye tracking system (SensoMotoric Products), and access to a 3T scanner (Siemens Magnetom Trio).

Our philosophy can be summed up as cooperative, and the small size of our program ensures individualized attention for all students. Although students work directly with a faculty advisor, following a mentor-apprentice model, they also have considerable freedom to collaborate with other faculty and students within and beyond the Department. Indeed, we encourage students to publish with several faculty members before they graduate. Greensboro’s central location in NC has resulted in close ties to other top departments, creating opportunities for our students to take courses, collaborate, and network.

Areas of Training and Primary Faculty

Please click on faculty names to visit their individual pages

List of faculty who plan to admit graduate students to the cognitive, developmental, or social programs for 2022-2023:

Boseovski, Delaney, Kane*, Marcovitch, Nancekivell, Silvia*, Touron, Wahlheim 

*Denotes that the faculty member is recruiting students only for the MA/PhD program. All other faculty will consider students for both the terminal MA program and the MA/PhD program. 

Faculty who are not listed above will not be recruiting any students for the 2021-2022 academic year.

NOTE: Submitting GRE scores is REQUIRED for applicants to the MA-PhD program in Cognitive, Developmental, or Social Psychology and to the Terminal MA program in General Experimental Psychology, for entry in Fall 2023.

Cognitive Psychology
Peter Delaney, Michael Kane, Dayna Touron, Chris Wahlheim, Robert Wiley

Developmental Psychology
Janet Boseovski, Jasmine DeJesus, Stuart Marcovitch, Shaylene Nancekivell

Social Psychology
Levi Baker, Brittany Cassidy, Paul Silvia, Ethan Zell

Quantitative Psychology
Douglas Levine

Research Groups and Interest Area Hubs

In addition to their individual research programs, faculty and graduate students from all areas meet and collaborate around topics of special interest. Some of these interest areas are formalized as regularly meeting research groups (click on hyperlinks for more information where applicable), and others are less structured or simply represent “hubs” of overlapping interests. Please check back as more research groups are added!

Biology, Brain, and Behavior
Brittany Cassidy; Paul Silvia; Suzanne Vrshek-Schallhorn

Children’s Critical Thinking, Memory, and Learning in Science Museums
Janet Boseovski; Stuart Marcovitch

Cognition and Aging
Michael Kane; Dayna Touron; Chris WahlheimEthan Zell

Cognition and Psychopathology
Depression: Kari Eddington; Suzanne Vrshek-Schallhorn; Blair Wisco

Schizotypy: Michael Kane; Paul Silvia

Creativity, Problem Solving, and Reasoning
Michael Kane; Paul Silvia

Paul Silvia; Suzanne Vrshek-Schallhorn; Blair Wisco

Ethnicity, Immigrant Families, and Cultural Values
Gabriela Livas Stein;  Laura Gonzalez (CED), Lisa Kiang (Wake Forest University); Andrew Supple (HDFS); Ethan Zell

Executive Functioning
Janet Boseovski; Michael Kane; Stuart Marcovitch; Paul Silvia; Dayna Touron

Experience Sampling Research
Kari Eddington; Michael KanePaul Silvia 

Experimental Child Psychology
Janet BoseovskiJasmine DeJesus; Stuart Marcovitch; Shaylene Nancekivell

Imagination, Mind Wandering, and Rumination
Michael Kane; Paul Silvia; Dayna Touron

Life Stress and Race/Ethnicity
Gabriela Livas SteinSuzanne Vrshek-Schallhorn

Memory: Systems and Processes
Michael Kane; Dayna Touron; Chris Wahlheim

Personality, Motivation, and Emotion
Kari Eddington; Rosemery Nelson-Gray; Paul Silvia

Levi Baker; Gabriela Livas Stein

Social Cognition
Janet Boseovski; Brittany CassidyJasmine DeJesus; Stuart Marcovitch; Shaylene NancekivellEthan Zell

Hard Data Cafe (Talk Series)

The experimental psychology programs host a “brown-bag” lecture series that is open to the public, but attended primarily by Psychology faculty and graduate students. Faculty, post-doctoral, and graduate-student speakers come from not just our department, but also from nearby programs such as Duke, Wake Forest, UNC Chapel Hill, NC State, UNC Charlotte, Salem College, and Davidson College. All talks are scheduled for Fridays at 3:30 pm, unless otherwise noted. Access the schedule here.