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Program Areas

The Department of Psychology offers Ph.D. programs in 5 areas:

Clinical (Adult and Child)

Our PCSAS and APA accredited Clinical Science program is designed to train graduate students to produce and disseminate cutting edge knowledge that moves the field of clinical science forward. The program simultaneously provides outstanding applied training in assessment and intervention and prepares students for professional licensure.


The Cognitive Psychology program at Penn State emphasizes research and theory in a variety of subareas of cognitive psychology and human performance, including language, learning, memory, perception, and rhythms of human behavior..


The doctoral program in Developmental Psychology at Penn State offers a flexible program designed to provide students with a broad theoretical and empirical background in Developmental Psychology coupled with expertise in one or more areas of specialization.


The program in Industrial and Organizational Psychology at Penn State combines course work, research, and supervised practical experience to prepare students for positions in a variety of industrial, governmental, consulting, and academic settings.


Our graduate program in Social Psychology prepares students for careers in academic or applied settings, with emphases on affect and emotion, gender, prejudice and stereotyping, and social policies, programs, and practices.

Cross-Cutting Program Initiatives

Graduate students in Psychology have several opportunities to pursue cross-cutting degree programs. These include the Specialization in Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience and Dual-Degree programs in Psychology and Women’s Studies and in Language Science

Master of Professional Studies in the Psychology of Leadership

The Master of Professional Studies in the Psychology of Leadership (offered online through World Campus) is designed for working professionals who seek advanced training in leadership in order to enhance their careers, support organizational goals and objectives, and apply strategies for leading, influencing, and motivating diverse work groups and individual employees.

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