The doctoral program in Community Psychology emphasizes an ecological perspective focusing on structural inequality and social justice. Students take courses on structural determinants of inequality, critical perspectives on psychological research, program evaluation, prevention and intervention, and quantitative and qualitative methods. Students complete a mandatory community field laboratory in which students work collaboratively on a project with community partners. Students typically develop expertise in at least one other area of psychology, often developmental, social or clinical psychology, or in another discipline such as education. The curriculum and training program emphasizes interdisciplinarity and the application of psychological research to help solve societal problems.
Examples of current faculty and student research topics include experiences of risk and resilience among underrepresented college students; the holistic development of Black girls and women in the context of families, schools, and communities; race, gender, sexuality, and mainstream media; bystander interventions to disrupt online racial discrimination; Black women's intersectional identities and their psychological and sexual health; natural mentoring relationships within Black families; peer influence in adolescent development; and gay and lesbian families.
Drs. Leath and Hurd will both be looking to admit students through the IDF program in Race and Inequality in Higher Education for August 2022.
The application for the PhD programs in the Department of Psychology has eliminated the GRE requirement, beginning with the applications for the 2021 admissions.