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College of Arts and Sciences Department of Psychology

Goals of the Experimental Program

The doctoral program in experimental psychology at Washington State University is designed to produce highly skilled, innovative, and productive experimental psychologists in terms of research and teaching. Each student will build his/her program of study around one or more specialty areas in Cognition, Biological, Social, Industrial/Organizational, Health, and Applied Quantitative Methods. Degree recipients are expected to be highly knowledgeable about their specialty areas, to have a strong background in general experimental psychology, to be able to identify significant research problems, to be conversant with a wide variety of strategies for generating and testing hypotheses that emerge from these problems, and to be able to effectively communicate these ideas. It is expected that graduates will leave Washington State University well equipped to become successful professionals in competitive research and teaching positions in academia, as well as competitive research or applied positions in government and industry.

Objectives of the program

  1. Produce highly skilled, ethical, creative, and productive research psychologists
  2.  Produce highly skilled, ethical, creative, and effective instructors capable of teaching general psychology and/or teaching in one or more specialty areas of psychology
  3. Prepare students to become successful professionals in research and teaching positions in academia, as well as research or applied positions in government and industry.
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