Psychological Sciences Program

The Psychological Sciences Program
Cuts across all four departmental divisions and currently offers four major areas of study

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Interdisciplinary Science

Program strengths include research collaborations among areas within the Psychological Sciences Program and collaborations with clinical researchers (e.g., autism, anxiety).


Collaborative Research

Students learn to conduct psychological science in a team whose members can include faculty, postdocs, grad students, staff, and undergraduate students.


Cross-cutting Methods

Common areas of interest include network science, evolutionary psychology, psychophysiological functioning, developmental change, and real-world applications.

Training focuses on rigorous mentorship-based guidance in the study of human behavior and its biological underpinnings.
 The program offers a flexible schedule of courses that students can tailor to their interests is key.
Training includes a common quantitative course sequence and area-specific requirements for the PhD.
Students engage with the field via conference presentations, scientific publications, and grant/fellowship applications.

The Psychological Sciences Program trains researchers for career paths in academia, research institutes, and industry. Where are they now?

Sarah E. Maylott, Ph.D.

Graduated in May of 2021, Developmental Psychology
Postdoctoral Research Associate
Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
Duke University

Lauren V. Usher, PhD

Graduated in May 2016, Developmental Psychology
Social Impact Director
Madison, Wisconsin

Katherine Martin, PhD

Graduated in December 2018, Developmental Psychology
Senior Research Scientist
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Casey Burrows, Ph.D.

Graduated May 2019, Child Clinical Psychology/Cognitive and Behavioral Neuroscience
Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, University of Minnesota Autism and Neurodevelopment Clinic

Taylor Bolt, Ph.D.

Graduated May 2018, Cognitive and Behavioral Neuroscience
Data Science Consultant, Gallup

Dina Dajani, Ph.D.

Graduated December 2018, Cognitive and Behavioral Neuroscience
UX Researcher

Ximena Dominguez, Ph.D.

Graduated in 2010, Applied Developmental Psychology
Director Early STEM Research
Learning Sciences Research at Digital Promise Global

Tracy Carter Clopet, Ph.D.

Graduated May 2015, Developmental Psychology
Social Science Research Analyst
Office of Planning, Research, and Evaluation
Administration for Children and Families
U.S. Department of Health & Human Services

Lisa M. López, Ph.D.

Graduated in August 2001
Associate Professor of Educational Psychology, University of South Florida

Whitney I. Mattson, Ph.D.

Graduated in August 2013, Developmental Psychology
Research Scientist, Senior
Center for Biobehavioral Health
Abigail Wexner Research Institute at Nationwide Children’s Hospital

J.D. Haltigan, Ph.D.

Graduated in 2009

Assistant Professor
Department of Psychiatry, University of Toronto
Cundill Scholar, The Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH)
Child and Youth Mental Health Collaborative
The Hospital for Sick Children
The Centre for Addiction and Mental Health

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Daniel Forster, Ph.D.

Graduated in May 2018, Behavioral neuroscience
Post-doctoral Fellow
U.S. Army Research Lab
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Carlton Patrick, Ph.D.

Graduated in May 2018, Behavioral Neuroscience
Assistant Professor, Department of Legal Studies
University of Central Florida
Orlando, FL
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William Billingsley, Ph.D.

Graduated in May 2019, Behavioral Neuroscience
Post-doctoral Fellow
North Carolina State University
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William McAuliffe, Ph.D.

Graduated in May 2019, Behavioral neuroscience
Post-doctoral Researcher
Harvard Medical School
Health Care Policy
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Evan Carter, Ph.D.

Graduated in June 2013, Behavioral Neuroscience
Army Research Laboratory, MD
ALC Human Research and Engineering
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Eric Pedersen, Ph.D.

Graduated August 2015, Behavioral neuroscience
Assistant Professor
Social Psychology and Neuroscience
University of Colorado-Boulder
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Liana Hone, Ph.D.

Graduated in August 2015, Behavioral neuroscience
Research Assistant Professor
University of Buffalo, Department of Psychology
Clinical and Research Institute of Addictions
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William Arguelles, Ph.D.

Graduated in May 2012, Behavioral Medicine
Supervisor of Clinical Research
Center for Advanced Analytics, Baptist Health South Florida
Adjunct Assistant Professor of Psychology
University of Miami

Yelena Baskin, Ph.D.

Graduated in May 2006, Behavioral Medicine
Director , Neuropsych Assessments of Greater Boston

Crystal Noller, Ph.D.

Graduated in December 2014, Behavioral Medicine
Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center

Julia Seay, Ph.D.

Graduated in May 2015, Behavioral Medicine
Research Assistant Professor
Division of Medical Oncology
Department of Medicine
University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, Miami, FL

Sara Vargas, Ph.D.

Graduated in December 2012, Behavioral Medicine
Research Assistant Professor
Department of Psychiatry and Human Behavior
Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University
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Angela Szeto, Ph.D.

Graduated in August 2006, Behavioral Medicine
Research Assistant Professor
Department of Psychology
University of Miami
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