Social Program

Group Photo of all Social Area Faculty and Graduate Students Group Photo of all Social Area Faculty and Graduate Students

The Department of Psychology at Miami University has offered the Ph.D. in Social Psychology throughout its history of doctoral education. Our program emphasizes extensive collaboration among faculty and students (fostered by a low student-to-faculty ratio) in a program that trains researchers who possess substantive expertise within social psychology and a strong conceptual grounding in the theories and methods of psychology. Our graduates are quite competitive for jobs in academia, in the private sector, and in government (see program alums for examples).

The core social psychology program is composed of five faculty members (ClaypoolFarrellHunger, Kunstman, and McConnell) who oversee the training of graduate students, and other members of the department and the university also serve on graduate student committees. Although their training is diverse and their interests unique, there are also many commonalities among our faculty based on training (e.g., intergroup relations, social cognition, health and well-being), topics of study (e.g., social connection, motivation, prejudice and stereotyping), and pools of expertise (e.g., statistics, emphasis on cognitive representation). Our students typically work with several different faculty members and participate in multiple lab groups during their graduate training at Miami, and we strongly encourage diversity in training experiences and research approaches.

Topic Areas

  • Belongingness and Social Connection
  • Health and well-being
  • Intergroup Relations and Group Stigma
  • Motivation and Emotion
  • Self and Interconnected Others