The graduate program in clinical psychology is designed to educate clinical psychologists with a firm grounding in research, theory, and practice. The program teaches students the skills needed to make substantive contributions to the understanding of the assessment, etiology, diagnosis, and treatment of psychopathology, while becoming competent clinicians who contribute to the training of future psychologists. Our clinical program has been accredited continuously since 1963 by the Office of Program Consultation and Accreditation, American Psychological Association. The program has also been accredited by the Psychological Clinical Science Accreditation Systemsince May 2014.
The graduate program in Cognition and Development at Emory approaches the study of cognition from multiple perspectives including adult and child behavioral perspectives, neuroimaging and neuroscientific perspectives, computational perspectives, and social/situated perspectives. To provide this multi-faceted training approach, the program is designed to train students for research and teaching at the forefront of cognition and its development. Our goal is to ground students in an interdisciplinary understanding of the basic issues in cognition from the perspectives of cognitive psychology, developmental psychology, cognitive neuroscience, and computational modeling. Through research training, coursework, and teaching, students acquire the professional skills necessary for careers in academic research and teaching institutions, as well as in other public and private research settings.
The program in Neuroscience and Animal Behavior (NAB) approaches topics within the areas of neuroscience, physiological psychology, acquired behavior, and ethology as a unified entity. Thus, the emphasis is on behavior as a biological phenomenon. Our conviction is that a comprehensive understanding of behavior requires knowledge of the why and how of natural behavior, the manner in which the current environment influences behavior, and the neural and physiological processes underlying both. Our research is conducted primarily with animal subjects, although human studies are also performed by some of our faculty, and we seek to apply findings to understanding human as well as animal behavior and cognition. Students with strong research interests in the neural and evolutionary bases of behavior, animal cognition, behavioral endocrinology, sensory processes, social behavior and communication, and the interrelations between these areas are especially encouraged to apply to the program.