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Social-Personality Ph.D. Program

The Social-Personality doctoral program offers an exceptional, research-intensive training environment for students interested in understanding the dynamic interplay between the self and the interpersonal world. The program faculty are nationally and internationally known for innovative research on automatic processes, self-esteem, self-construal, close relationships, and stress and coping.

Well-equipped laboratories, a large participant base, a collegial and supportive atmosphere, and the opportunity to train with more than one faculty member afford our graduate students outstanding research opportunities.

Students progress in the Ph.D. program through a combination of mentored research activities, individualized course work, and focused teaching opportunities.  To learn more about the structure and requirements of the program, please see the Program Overview.

Faculty members who are accepting students vary from year to year, so prospective students are encouraged to check the list of faculty accepting students or contact potential mentors before applying.

Questions about the program can be addressed to Sandra Murray, the Social-Personality Area Head.

Program Faculty

Kenneth Demarree (Ph.D., Ohio State University):  Attitudes, social cognition, self.

Shira Gabriel (Ph.D., Northwestern University): Social self, attachment style and social comparison, need to belong.

Sandra Murray (Ph.D., University of Waterloo): Close relationships; self-esteem; motivated cognition; automaticity and control.

Lora Park (Ph.D., University of Michigan): The self, self-esteem, contingencies of self-worth, motivation, interpersonal processes.

Michael Poulin (Ph.D., University of California, Irvine): Prosocial motivation; meaning; physical and psychological adjustment to stress and trauma.

Mark Seery (Ph.D., University of California, Santa Barbara): Stress and coping, the self, motivation, psychophysiology.

Student Learning Overview

A description of the Social-Personality curriculum, requirements, goals, and objectives for student learning can be found here: Social-Personality Student Learning Overview