Doctoral Programs

Graduate training at the University of Southern California is organized in five areas of specialization:

Brain and Cognitive Science addresses fundamental questions about the brain and mind in human and animals in areas such as creativity, decision, emotion, learning and memory, linguistics, motivation, and perception.

Clinical Science applies scientific theories and methods to understand adaptive and maladaptive functioning, to alleviate human suffering, and to promote adjustment. Specialization available in clinical-aging, child and family clinical, and adult clinical.

Developmental Psychology studies developmental change in social behavior, cognition, language, neurological structure and emotions from childhood through early adulthood.

Quantitative Methods studies basic and advanced methodology used in psychometrics and measurement, longitudinal data analysis, behavior genetic methods, decision making, and robust statistical methods for analyzing multivariate data.

Social Psychology studies the thoughts, feelings and actions of individuals as they are influenced by other individuals and by groups. Topics include attitude change, aggression, intergroup relations, decision making, safe sex, gender differences, and self-regulation.

  • Department of Psychology
  • University of Southern California
  • SGM 501
  • 3620 South McClintock Ave.
  • Los Angeles, CA 90089-1061
  • Phone: (213) 740 - 2203