Areas of Study

Students pursuing a Ph.D. in Psychology specialize in one of the following areas:

Clinical

The clinical area at Notre Dame provides excellent research and clinical training that prepares students for research and academic careers.  In addition to specialty training in clinical psychology, students acquire expertise in statistics, research design and methodology, and they gain a broad and general knowledge of the field of psychology.  The concentration trains academically-oriented psychologists who appreciate how science and practice mutually inform one another to advance the discipline and to enhance human functioning.  Learn More

Cognition, Brain, and Behavior

Doctoral candidates in the cognition, brain, and behavior area acquire knowledge in the areas of cognition. Research in these areas uses a sophisticated array of methodologies and stresses issues in memory retrieval, spatial cognition, language production and comprehension, music cognition, visual and auditory processing, attention, and aging. This combination of experiences prepares students for postdoctoral careers in university, industry, and government settings. Learn More 

Developmental

In the developmental area, students develop substantive knowledge bases necessary for careers in research and scholarship, in teaching, and in intervention. Concentrations in developmental psychology vary according to the specific interests of students and fit into three categories: cognitive development; socio-emotional development; and developmental psychopathology. Learn More

Quantitative

The quantitative area faculty train students to have expertise in a variety of analytical tools and to advance methodology through novel research on statistical applications and creative use of existing techniques.  Areas of expertise within the concentration include math modeling and statistics.  As in all of our concentrations, there is great flexibility of curriculum, and students may work with a variety of faculty, both within and between programs. Learn More

Joint Doctoral Areas

The department has established a joint doctoral degree area with the Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies and with the Department of Computer Science and Engineering in the College of Engineering. Learn More