Clinical Psychology

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, Web: The program has also been accredited by the Psychological Clinical Science Accreditation System since May 2014, see

Student Admissions, Outcomes, and Other Data

Cognition & Development

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.

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Neuroscience & Animal Behavior

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.


Student's research zeroes in on fine line between fear and disgust
Through experiments in the Emory Spatial Cognition Laboratory, senior Meghan Hickey found that trypophobia, commonly known as a fear of holes, isn't really about fear at all.

Congratulations Psychology Faculty!

Marshall Duke, Ph.D., Charles Howard Candler Professor of Psychology, has been awarded the Crystal Apple for Excellence in Undergraduate Seminar Education. Learn more...

Robyn Fivush, Ph.D., Associate Vice-Provost for Academic Innovation and Samuel Candler Dobbs Professor of Psychology, has been awarded a Bill and Carol Fox Center for Humanistic Inquiry Fellowship. Learn more...

Robert Hampton, Ph.D., Associate Professor, has received a Fulbright-García Robles Fellowship to fund a year-long sabbatical in Querétaro, Mexico, where he will collaborate with Dr. Hugo Merchant and his colleagues and students at the Instituto de Neurobiología. Learn more...

Elaine Walker, Ph.D., Samuel Candler Dobbs Professor of Psychology and Neuroscience, has won the 2016 Society for Research in Psychopathology John Neale Mentorship Award. Learn more...

Psychology Faculty in the News 

What I Learned from Tickling Apes
TICKLING a juvenile chimpanzee is a lot like tickling a child. The ape has the same sensitive spots: under the armpits, on the side, in the belly. He opens his mouth wide, lips relaxed, panting audibly in the same “huh-huh-huh” rhythm of inhalation and exhalation as human laughter. The similarity makes it hard not to giggle yourself.
Frans de Waal, Ph.D.

A beginner's guide to sex differences in the brain
Are there sex differences in the human brain? The answer is more nuanced than “yes” or “no”.
Donna L. Maney, Ph.D.

Best-in-breed show dog assists with Emory neuroscience
Viewers of the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show learned about Emory's Dog Project, thanks to Eli, a participant in the ground-breaking neuroscience research, and his owner and handler, Emory alumna Lindsay Fetters. Eli took top honors for his breed.

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