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We are currently seeking TWO NEW doctoral students for 2018. More information can be found below.

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Dear prospective doctoral students,

I am actively seeking two new students for 2018. 

I am strongly committed to serving as a primary mentor to students pursuing doctoral training in Developmental Psychology and students pursuing doctoral training in Clinical Psychology. More information about the curricula for both programs can be found below.

While I enjoy mentoring students interested in careers and future employment in academia, I am particularly interested in mentoring students who are considering psychology-related careers that are nontraditional.

Across programs, applications are evaluated in terms of the following:

  • Academic excellence

  • Strong undergraduate preparation in psychology or related discipline

  • Experience in conducting research

  • Compatibility with research interests and foci of the identified potential mentor(s)

  • Evidence of strong quantitative skills

  • Characteristics and communication skills conducive to excellence in teaching, research collaboration, and the representation of the discipline to the public.

More information about specific application requirements can be found here

Register to submit your application here

Looking forward to reading your applications.


Developmental Psychology Doctoral Program Curriculum

Graduate students in Developmental Psychology receive coursework training in the areas listed below. The total number of hours required by the Graduate College for the PhD is 84; 42 of coursework and 42 of research/reading & conference.

Other courses offered by developmental faculty, affiliated faculty, visiting professors, or offered in other departments may be substituted by approval of the developmental faculty.

Developmental Theory Courses  (Students are required to take at least one course):

  • CDE 531 Theoretical Issues in Child Development
  • PSY 591 Advanced Developmental Psychology
  • PSY 591 Lifespan Developmental
  • PSY 591 Theories of Development

Developmental Methods Courses  (Students are required to take at least one course):

  • PSY 600 Developmental Research Methods
  • CDE 533 Research Issues in Child Development
  • PSY 555 Experimental and Quasi-Experimental Designs
  • PSY 600 Research Methods
  • PSY 536 Methods in Prevention Research
  • PSY 591 Methods in Developmental Psychobiology

Quantitative Courses (Students are required to take at least four courses):

  • PSY 530 Analysis of Variance
  • PSY 531 Multiple Regression Analysis
  • PSY 532 Analysis of Multivariate Data
  • PSY 533 Structural Equation Modeling
  • PSY 591 Multilevel Modeling
  • PSY 591 Longitudinal Data Analyses
  • PSY 591 Statistical Mediation Analyses
  • PSY 591 Missing Data Analyses
  • PSY 591 Multivariate Analysis of Variance
  • PSY 539/540 Meta-Analysis
  • PSY 591 Advanced Regression and Graphics
  • PSY 591 Item Response Theory
  • PSY 537 Longitudinal Growth Modeling
  • PSY 538  Advanced Structural Equation Modeling

Other quantitative courses that may be offered outside the Department of Psychology, (e.g., longitudinal modeling, categorical data analysis, qualitative data analysis, time series analysis) are subject to approval by the developmental faculty.

Depth Courses: Topical Courses of a Developmental Nature (Students are required to take at least four courses with at least two from developmental faculty):

  • PSY 542 Social Development
  • PSY 591 Social-Cognitive Development—Theory of Mind
  • PSY 591 Language Development
  • PSY 591 Research in Cognitive Development
  • PSY 591 Adolescence and Emerging Adulthood
  • PSY 591 Emotional Development
  • PSY 591 Moral Development
  • PSY 591 Home Impact on Child Development
  • PSY 591 Childcare, Early Education, and Child Development
  • PSY 591/CDE 612 Children’s Peer Relationships
  • PSY 591 Successful Aging
  • PSY 591 Resilience Processes and Development
  • PSY 591 Methods in Developmental Psychobiology
  • PSY 591 Developmental Behavior Genetics
  • PSY 578 Developmental Psychopathology
  • CDE 534 Risk and Resilience
  • CDE 610 Gender and Development
  • CDE 634 Prevention and Child Development

Other courses that may be offered outside the Department of Psychology (e.g., speech and language development) are subject to approval by the developmental faculty.

Breadth Courses: Psychological Foundations. Students are required to take at least two courses from other areas within the department that will provide the student with a broader perspective including the social, cognitive, and/or biological bases of human behavior. These courses are taught by Department of Psychology faculty; coursework from other departments or schools are subject to approval from the developmental faculty.

Professional Development. Students are required to take at least 6 credits:

  • PSY 591 Teaching of Psychology
  • PSY 501 Supervised Teaching
  • PSY 591 Professional Writing and Reviewing
  • PSY 591 Grant Writing/Professional Development
  • PSY 680 Topics in Professional Development (1-3 credit option)

Research: Reading & Conference, Master’s Thesis and Dissertation. Students are required to take 42 research credits and this requirement could be satisfied with some combination of masters, dissertation, RA, and supervised research via the courses listed below. When those 42 credits are completed, there are no more research requirements.

  • PSY 592 Supervised Research or PSY 590 Reading and Conference (at least 9 credits)
  • PSY 599 Master’s Thesis (at least 6 credits)
  • PSY 792 Post-Master’s Research or PSY 790 Reading and Conference (at least 15 credits)
  • PSY 799 Dissertation Research (at least 12 credits)

Transfer studentswith the approval of the degree program and ASU's Graduate College, students may include a maximum of 12 graduate-level credit hours with grades of “B” or better that were not used towards a previous degree. Preadmission credits must have been taken within three years of admission to the ASU degree program to be accepted. The PhD program can also accept an admitted students Master’s degree and this would count as 30 credits towards the 84 requiredfor the program.

ASU Clinical Psychology Doctoral Program Curriculum

Coursework for the doctoral clinical program is to some extent, determined by APA requirements. For more detailed information about the program's curriculum and milestones or to see a sample schedule, students should view the current Clinical Student Handbook. Once admitted, we require students to be continuously enrolled full-time, excluding summer sessions, until all degree requirements have been met.

Required Core Courses-Courses covering the scientific and technical foundations of clinical psychology, as well as clinical practica include:

  • PSY 530 Analysis of Variance (Intermediate Statistics)
  • PSY 531 Multiple Regression
  • PSY 573 Psychopathology
  • PSY 578 Developmental Psychopathology (required for child emphasis only)
  • PSY 600 Clinical Research Methods
  • PSY 574/591Psychotherapy or Child and Family Therapy
  • PSY 572/780Psychological Assessment or Assessment Advanced Treatment Methods (ATM)
  • PSY 591 Clinical Interviewing and Ethics
  • PSY 680 Clinical Practicum I and II
  • Electives: Various courses, seminars, and practica of the students’ choosing are included in this category and are used to satisfy additional program requirements.

Other Course Requirements-Two Advanced Treatment Methods (ATM) courses are required which involve integrated science-professional training and are taught by departmental faculty in timely and specific clinical and community modalities.

  • PSY 780All topics listed as ATMs in Psychology.  The Assessment ATM also meets the requirement for Psychological Assessment
  • PSY 501Supervised Teaching (can count for 1 of 2 ATMs)

In order to satisfy requirements for APA program accreditation, students are also required to take at least one course each in:

Biological Bases of Behavior

  • PSY 591 Psychopharmacology or
  • PSY 591 Biological Bases of Behavior or
  • PSY 591 Advanced Neurobiology of Cognition

Social Bases of Behavior

  • PSY 550 Advanced Social Psychology: Interpersonal Processes or
  • PSY 551 Advanced Social Psychology: Intrapersonal Processes

Cognitive Bases of Behavior

  • PSY 535 Cognitive Processes or
  • PSY 591 Embodied Cognition or
  • PSY 541 Research in Cognitive Development*

Affective Bases of Behavior

  • PSY 591 Emotions or
  • PSY 542 Social Emotional Development* or
  • PSY 591 Emotional Development* or
  • PSY 591 Emotions, Stress and Health or
  • PSY 598 Socio-emotional Development

Human Development

  • PSY 541 Research in Cognitive Development* or
  • PSY 542 Social Emotional Development* or
  • PSY 591 Emotional Development* or
  • PSY 591 Children’s Peer Relationships or
  • PSY 591Resilience Processes in Development or
  • PSY 598 Developmental Transitions

History and Systems

  • PSY 591 History of Psychology or
  • PSY 591 Clinical Issues Seminar: History and Systems of Psychology

*PSY 542 and PSY 591 can only be used to either fulfill the Affective Bases of behavior requirement OR to fulfill the Human Development requirement. PSY 541 can only be used to fulfill the Cognitive Bases of behavior requirement OR the Human Development requirement.