Our graduate program in social psychology has existed since the 1960s and has produced more than 100 PhDs (a list of graduates from the last decade or so appears here). Graduate programs achieve high ranks based on largely on the substantive research programs that their faculty members enact. Here are some key collective and individual accomplishments:
- A recent survey of North American social psychology doctoral programs ranked our program 11th of the 97 considered.
- A recent report ranked three members of our faculty (Professors Kalichman, Kenny, and Pratto) among the top 10% in impact among social psychologists. Each of our faculty members has publications with high impact.
- The program has long been a leader in statistics and methodology, with its faculty and students producing numerous articles, chapters, and books on the subject. One, in particular, Baron and Kenny (1986), is among the most cited scholarly works ever published.
- The program resides within the Department of Psychology, which the National Research Council ranked in the top 14% of departments among 212 research universities in terms of research grant success.
- According to the National Science Foundation, in 2008, the psychology department ranked 2nd in terms of federal research funding (4th in terms of total research funding), among 418 departments of psychology. Most social psychology professors have extramural funding for their research programs (see program news), with many of these grants of very large size (between $2.5 and $6 million) and duration (many are 5 years’ in length; one, as of 2013, was in its 15th year). Because of this funding, program faculty members frequently offer graduate research assistantships to students in the program. In turn, many of the graduate students in the program are highly competitive for grant funding themselves (again, see program news). (See related article here.)
- Historically and contempoarily, the social psychology program has blended field and laboratory methods in training its students and in terms of the research programs its faculty members lead. Here are prime examples:
- Professors Fishers, Johnson, Marsh, and Kalichman joined forces to produce the highly successful interdisciplinary Center for Health, Intervention, which provides office and laboratory space for health-related research.
- These same strengths have helped the program compete successfully for a doctoral training grant focused on social processes of HIV/AIDS, led by Prof. Kalichman. The program supports 6 graduate students in social or clinical psychology, each for up to 3 years. Applicants who are interested in this program should express this interest in their personal statements when they apply.