Psychology Graduate Program Overview
The department is known for its strong history of high quality research, teaching, and service. When the applied arm of the American Psychology Society (APS), the American Association of Applied and Preventive Psychology, was established in 1994, the UNO psychology department was one of the first departments to receive accreditation in applied psychology. Further evidence for the quality of the department comes from its history of attracting external funding to support faculty research. Over the 2010-2011 academic year, the department had over $8.9 million in grants and contracts in force and another $12.5 million in submitted proposals.
Faculty members are active scholars contributing in various ways to the profession of psychology, such as publishing original research in peer reviewed journals, serving on editorial boards of scientific journals, serving on grant review panels for various public and private funding agencies, and playing leadership roles in various national and regional psychological societies. Faculty members published an average of 5.1 publications in 2010-2011, frequently with graduate and/or undergraduate student co-authors or primary authors. Faculty members are committed to teaching on both the undergraduate and graduate level. In addition to their many scholarly activities within the Department, many faculty members have adjunct appointments in various institutions around the New Orleans area, such as the New Orleans Veteran’s Administration Hospital, the LSU Health Science Center, and the Tulane Medical Center.
The overall training goal of the department’s doctoral program is to produce well-trained applied scientists who, depending on their career goals, are capable of teaching, conducting research, and providing professional service delivery. Prospective students are encouraged to explore the application information page. The department offers two specializations for its doctoral program: Applied Developmental Psychology and Applied Biopsychology. Students have substantial contact with faculty in both programs through classes, graduate committees, and other formal and informal departmental activities. The size and collaborative nature of our faculty ensures that students will have the opportunity to interact with nearly all of the faculty members in the department. Students in both programs take many classes together and often work on joint research projects.
The department houses a number of laboratories focusing on specific areas of applied psychology research. The department also houses and operates the Psychology Clinic, which was awarded a renovation grant in 2009. In addition to these in-house facilities, the department maintains strong alliances with several mental health agencies throughout the New Orleans metropolitan area. These sites enhance the training of graduate students by serving as applied practicum placements, providing access to applied research projects, and allowing students to develop collaborative relationships that enhance their professional identities.
Graduate Program Links
- Application Information for the Applied Psychology Program
- Specific information about the Applied Biopsychology Program
- Specific information about the Applied Developmental Psychology Program
- Graduate Coordinator contact information
** February 1 Deadline