Learning Goals and Objectives

The Social-Personality Psychology Doctoral Program trains psychologists in the scientific study of how individuals navigate the social world around them and why they do it the way they do. 


The Social-Personality Psychology Doctoral Program’s training model is sequential, cumulative and increasingly complex as students advance because the program is designed to produce independent scholars. The education and training objectives of the program are addressed through an interrelated program of academic course work and research experience. Students are involved in empirical research continuously from the time of their arrival in the program. Program unity is achieved through core experience required of all social-personality students. Diversity is also encouraged and available through specialty training, electives and research activities in the laboratories of faculty outside of the primary advisor. Students also participate in other less structured activities, including colloquia, social brown bag presentations, professional association activities, conference presentations, interdisciplinary campus events, department governance and peer advising. Thus, students not only complete a rigorous academic program but also become members of the psychological community interacting with program faculty, professional social psychologists outside the program, and fellow students on both scholarly and personal levels.

Specific Goals and Objectives for PhD Students in Social-Personality Psychology