Focus your studies in the field of psychology and advance your research expertise with a Doctor of Philosophy in Psychology in the College of Liberal Arts at Temple University. The Psychology Department offers the resources and unique, hands-on experience required to develop your skills and position yourself for professional research opportunities.
As a doctoral student in psychology, you’re tasked with delving into the complexities of the human mind. Psychology PhD students study the neural basis of addiction, ADHD, anxiety, age-related disorders, developmental disorders and depression. Research investigates the reasons for decision making and why people may engage in destructive behavior such as drug use or violence, as well as how and why people form relationships.
Through research opportunities, cross-disciplinary coursework and innovative clinical engagement, Temple’s Psychology students are not only preparing for their professional endeavors—they’re advancing the field of psychology. As one of only 131 universities in the United States to be classified as an R1 research institution, Temple is proud to offer not only innovative, applicable coursework, but a breadth of interdisciplinary investigative possibilities, as well as clinical experience right here on campus.
The Psychology PhD program offers the following four areas of study in which students can specialize.
- Clinical psychology
- Cognition and neuroscience
- Developmental psychology
- Social psychology
Students interested in neuroscience may also complete a neuroscience specialization via the neuroscience program in the College of Liberal Arts.
Many PhD students go on to postdoctoral research or faculty positions at well-known institutions, where they carry out cutting-edge research in diverse areas from behavioral neuroscience to clinical science. Learn more about the career opportunities available to Psychology PhD graduates.
Program Format & Curriculum
There is a seven-year time limit to complete the PhD program, and full-time study is required. After fulfilling the program’s general requirements, students will follow a curriculum tailored to their chosen area of specialization.
The general program course requirements are as follows.
- Clinical Psychology
- Cognition and Neuroscience
- Developmental Psychology
- Social Psychology
Further course and internship requirements depend on the area of specialization. Learn more about the requirements for completing your PhD in Psychology.