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Graduate Program

If you need assistance or accommodations throughout the application and admissions process, please reach out to us by emailing the Director of Graduate Studies, Jodie Plumert (, or calling the department office at 319-335-2406.

Overview of the Graduate Program

The graduate program in Psychological and Brain Sciences is designed for students seeking a doctorate in psychology. The program prepares students for careers in research, teaching, and related scholarly endeavors in academic, industrial, governmental, or medical settings. Our intent is to produce graduates who are deeply committed to the study of psychology, firmly grounded in psychological theory and research, and well trained in the advanced methods and techniques that are used in the field today. We believe that the best way to accomplish these goals is to adopt a student-centered approach to graduate training, which allows students to create individualized programs of study best suited to their research interests and career goals. We also use an apprentice-based model of graduate training in which students work under the guidance of a faculty mentor and a Research Advisory Committee. This combination of flexibility and guidance provides the support necessary for students to quickly engage in the research process as they work toward independent careers. 

We currently have three broad graduate training areas in the department: Behavioral & Cognitive Neuroscience, Clinical Science, and Cognition. We also offer specialized training in Developmental Psychopathology, Developmental Science, Health PsychologySocial Psychology, and Visual Perception. Students interested in these research areas should visit the web pages for more information about opportunities for graduate study.

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