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Programs of Study

Ph.D. Programs in the Department of Psychology


top ⇑Overview

Graduate studies leading to the Ph.D. degree in psychology are designed to offer the student training in a major research area within psychology, expertise in quantitative and design methodology, and varied research opportunities. Students study either Psychological Science or School Psychology. The School Psychology program is accredited by the American Psychological Association. You may write to faculty members at the Department of Psychology, Tulane University, New Orleans, LA 70118. Faculty members can be reached by email or telephone at (504) 865-5331.

Note: The department does not offer graduate training in counseling or adult clinical psychology.

top ⇑Professional School Psychology

The School Psychology Program is fully accredited by the American Psychological Association, and offers doctoral research training in basic and applied aspects of developmental science. Faculty research interests include developmental psychopathology, resilience and stress reactivity, executive functions such as emotion regulation and attention, coping, motivational belief systems and the typical developmental patterns among adolescents of color, spatial reasoning, and the development of tool use. State of the art research laboratories include the Infant and Toddler Development Project at Tulane’s University Square facility. Additional facilities on campus are made possible through the Newcomb Children's Center and the University’s Upward Bound Program. Cooperation with community institutions and schools is excellent. Goals of graduate training are to develop students' research skills and to prepare them for employment in academic research, teaching, and human service settings. After securing competitive predoctoral internships, program graduates are employed in a variety of excellent positions.

Requirements for the School Psychology Track are:


  • 64 Hours of Graduate Course Didactic Credit Hours Including:
    • 3 Area Core Courses (i.e., 9 Credits)
    • 3 Quantitative Methods Courses (i.e., 9 Credits)
    • 2 Individual Human Development Courses (6 Credits)
    • 2 Cultural Diversity and Exceptionality Courses (6 Credits)
    • 2 Professional Issues Courses (4 Credits)
    • 8 Courses in Assessment, Intervention, and Educational Applications (24 Credits)
    • 2 Courses in Education (6 Credits)
  • Additional Elective Courses are Selected in Consultation with the Advisor
  • 8 Semesters in Practicum (24 Credits)
  • Master’s Thesis
  • Comprehensive Examination
  • Dissertation
  • One-year Pre-doctoral Clinical Internship

For additional detail please see the School Psychology section of the website.

top ⇑Psychological Science

Psychological Science provides training in basic research areas of psychology. Current areas of research interest include developmental psychology, behavioral neuroscience, and social psychology. Throughout the graduate career, students conduct research with any department faculty member, and often elect to conduct research with several faculty to support interdisciplinary interests. The majority of our program graduates secure academic positions. (See post-doctoral and current positions of recent graduates).

Requirements for the Psychological Science Track are:


  • 48 Hours of Graduate Course Credits Including:
    • 3 Area Core Courses (i.e., 9 Credits)
    • 3 Quantitative Methods Courses (i.e., 9 credits)
    • The Professional Issues Course (1 Credit)
    • Additional Elective Courses are Selected in Consultation with the Advisor, to Complete the Remaining 29 Credits
  • Master’s Thesis
  • Comprehensive Examination
  • Dissertation

top ⇑Graduate Faculty

Visit the Faculty Section of this site to learn more.

Courtney N. Baker, Ph.D. Assistant Professor

Oscar A. Barbarin, III., Ph.D. Professor

Paul Colombo, Ph.D. Associate Professor

Michael Cunningham, Ph.D. Professor

Jill M. Daniel, Ph.D. Associate Professor

Gary P. Dohanich, Ph.D. Professor

Edward J. Golob, Ph.D. Associate Professor

Jeffrey J. Lockman, Ph.D. Professor

Lisa Molix, Ph.D. Associate Professor

Bonnie K. Nastasi, Ph.D. Professor

Laurie O'Brien, Ph.D. Associate Professor

Stacy Overstreet, Ph.D. Professor

Janet B. Ruscher, Ph.D. Professor

Lisa Szechter, Ph.D. Assistant Professor

R. Enrique Varela, Ph.D. Associate Professor

Department of Psychology • 2007 Percival Stern Hall • New Orleans, LA 70118 • Phone: 504-865-5331 • psych@tulane.edu