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Department of Psychology

College of Arts & Sciences

Social Psychology


Application Deadline: Dec. 1          Apply!


 University of Wyoming Social Psychology graduate program

The University of Wyoming's Social Psychology concentration provides students with doctoral training that promotes broad training in the theories, current knowledge, and research methods in social psychology. The program focuses on the broad areas of motivation, emotion, and social cognition, with more specific emphases on the self, judgment, self-regulation, personality, prejudice, and teaching effectiveness. Research activity is strongly emphasized. Throughout their careers, students are encouraged to work independently and collaboratively with one or more faculty and with other students. This flexible training equips graduates for employment in academia, research institutions, government agencies, and a variety of service-related settings.


Ph.D. Requirements

Social Psychology doctoral students are expected to complete:

  • four core psychology courses (Social Psychology, Developmental Psychology, Cognitive Psychology, and Biological Psychology),
  • two statistics courses,
  • a methodology course,
  • courses in Social Cognition and Personality Science,
  • a number of topical seminars related to Social Psychology. Topics for these seminars rotate, and they often can be tailored to current students interests. Recent course offerings include Emotion and Self-Regulation.
  • a Master's thesis and dissertation on social psychology topics,
  • pass a qualifying exam, developed by the student in collaboration with his or her graduate committee.


Students are also expected to regularly attend weekly social psychology lab meetings, and to attend all departmental colloquia.

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Social Psychology Faculty

Scott Freng, Ph.D. (U. Nebraska-Lincoln, 2001)
Prejudice and stereotyping, implicit social cognition

Sean McCrea, Ph.D. (Indiana U. 2002)
Motivation, Self, Social Cognition, Judgment

Ben Wilkowski, Ph.D. (North Dakota State, 2008)
Emotion; Self-Regulation; Personality; Anger


Affiliated Social Psychology Faculty

Karen Bartsch, Ph.D. (U. Michigan, 1988)
Social Cognitive Development, Children's Persuasion Strategies,
Theory of Mind

David Estes, Ph.D. (U. Michigan, 1986)
Optimal Development, Belief Systems, Worldviews, Theories
of Human Nature

Narina Nunez, Ph.D. (Cornell U., 1987)
Adolescent Decision-Making, Juror and Jury Reasoning and Decision-
Making, Children and the Law

Where Some of Our Alumni Are Now:

Dana Binder, Trial Consultant, Dispute Dynamics, Inc.
Jessica Hatz, Associate Professor, Austin Peay State, TN.
Elizabeth (Ferguson) Leki, Statistical Analyst, Marketing Sciences, PSB, Denver CO
Joshua Reynolds, Visiting Professor, Department of Criminal Justice, Stockton University
Nicholas Schwab, Associate Professor, University of Northern Iowa
Christine Shea Adams, Statistical Analyst, Colorado Division of Criminal Justice.
David Webber (B.A. and M.S. from UW), Assistant Professor, Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness, Virginia Commonwealth University.

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