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PSYCHOLOGICAL SCIENCES PH.D.


Psychological Sciences aims to understand human behavior — from neurons to societies — and translate that knowledge to improve the human condition. Our Psychological Sciences Graduate Group offers doctoral training geared towards research careers in a range of settings, including universities, research institutes, private companies, government agencies, and nonprofit organizations.

Students typically complete their Ph.D. in 5-6 years during which time they work closely with faculty mentors to conduct original research focused on one or more of the following psychological disciplines: developmental psychology, health psychology, and quantitative psychology. UC Merced does not offer training in clinical psychology or related fields.

research areas


DEVELOPMENTAL PSYCHOLOGY

  • Cognitive development
  • Culture & Context in development
  • Social development
  • Language development
  • Emotional development
  • Atypical development
  • Neuroscience
  • Genetics

HEALTH PSYCHOLOGY

  • Quality of life
  • Self-regulation, coping and health
  • Behavioral interventions to improve health
  • Biopsychosocial process in stress
  • Health risk behaviors
  • Health communications and decision making
  • Health of children and families
  • Health disparities

QUANTITATIVE PSYCHOLOGY

  • Bayesian statistics
  • Experimental and quasi-experimental design
  • Meta-analysis
  • Missing Data
  • Computer adaptive testing
  • Structural equation modeling
  • Item Response Theory
  • Longitudinal statistical modeling
  • Sample size planning

PSYCHOLOGICAL SCIENCES at uc merced

Developmental Psychology is the study of how and why psychological processes and behavior change across the lifespan. Health psychology seeks to understand the role behavior plays in the etiology, treatment and prevention of disease and maintenance of health. Quantitative psychology creates the methods used to gather data and the statistics used to analyze them.

Before applying, each applicant is encouraged to contact the Psychological Sciences faculty member whose research is of interest, and include a copy of his or her curriculum vitae. Each applicant is required to complete the General Test of the Graduate Record Examinations (GRE).

The application deadline for Fall 2021 admission is December 1, 2020.

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Class of 2015

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alumni name

Class of 2015

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FUNDING SUPPORT


Each doctoral student receives a stipend of about $24,000 (includes tuition, fees and health insurance) over 12 months. Students in good standing are eligible for year-round financial support, including payment of fees and tuition. Students are typically supported by teaching and research assistantships, which can be supplemented by fellowships, awards and other forms of financial assistance.

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