Department of Psychology: Psychology in the Public Interest
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About the Psychology in the Public Interest Program

The Psychology in the Public Interest Graduate Program focuses on producing knowledge and solutions that serve the public interest through the application of psychological science. Students learn how to use psychological as well as social science theory and research methodology to examine societal issues from individual, community, organizational, and policy perspectives. This research-intensive program is designed to train scientists to work in a variety of settings. The program curriculum emphasizes: (a) theory and research on social change; (b) developing, implementing, and evaluating prevention and intervention programs; (c) examining various forms of diversity, inequality and justice among individuals, institutions, communities, and societies; and (d) action-oriented research methods. The societal issues that define faculty and student research will necessarily evolve over time. See Faculty and Student Interests for current research directions.

All Psychology in the Public Interest students are expected to work towards the Ph.D. degree. Graduates of the Psychology in the Public Interest program are employed in academia, community programs, public health agencies, industry, research and developments settings, government at local, state and national levels, and international institutions. They are researchers, teachers, consultants, program directors, and leaders in organizations and communities.

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Psychology in the Public Interest Program Brochure

The Psychology in the Public Interest Program Brochure provides contact information, a general description of the program, lists required and elective graduate courses, and lists the faculty and their research interests.