University of Wyoming
1000 E University Ave
Laramie, WY 82071
Phone: (307) 766-6303
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, social cognition, and social behavior, with more specific emphases on the self, judgment, anger/aggression, prejudice, empathy, teaching effectiveness, gender roles, and moral hypocrisy. 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.
Social Psychology doctoral students are expected to complete four core psychology courses (Social Psychology, Developmental Psychology, Cognitive Psychology, and Biological Psychology), two statistics courses, and a methodology course, and also to complete courses in Social Cognition and Personality Science. Students are also required to take 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. Students are required to complete a Master's thesis and dissertation on social psychology topics, and, between these tasks, to 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.
Scott Freng, Ph.D. (U.
Prejudice and stereotyping, implicit social cognition
Sean Laurent, Ph.D.
(U. of Oregon, 2010)
Perspective Taking and Empathy; Hypocrisy; Gender Roles; Social Cognition
Sean McCrea, Ph.D. (Indiana
Motivation, Self, Social Cognition, Judgment
Ben Wilkowski, Ph.D. (North
Dakota State, 2008)
Anger; Aggression; Emotion; Social Cognition; Personality.
Karen Bartsch, Ph.D. (U.
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
Adolescent Decision-Making, Juror and Jury Reasoning and Decision-
Making, Children and the Law
Suzanna Penningroth, Ph.D. ( U. of Illinois-Chicago, 1995)
Prospective memory, goals and motivation in prospective memory, cognitive aging
Walter Scott, Ph.D. (U. Illinois-Chicago, 1996)
Depression, self-efficacy, goals and self-regulation