Graduate Division

Psychology and Social Behavior Ph.D.

Section 1

Overview

*Please note that this program will be changing its name in the near future to Psychological Science to reflect the new Department name.

  • Doctoral program training students to conduct cutting-edge psychological science research
  • Specialty tracks in developmental, social/personality, health, and affective science
  • Concentration in psychology and law can be paired with any specialty track
  • Emphasis on conducting interdisciplinary science with the potential to benefit the community
  • Full funding guaranteed for first 5 years of program
  • 33 leading scholars serve as full-time faculty mentors for students
  • Students receive mentoring from a minimum of two faculty mentors, providing well- rounded, collaborative training
  • Strong sense of community

What Sets Us Apart?

Students who enroll for doctoral study in the Department of Psychological Science will be welcomed into a community of scholars deeply invested in using the tools derived from psychological science to shed light on real-world problems and their solutions. In our department, we have some of the world’s leading researchers studying a diverse array of issues, including the role of false memories in eye witness testimony, child maltreatment and its impact on development, socioeconomic disparities and their impact on social behavior, social anhedonia as a risk factor for psychosis, and emotional experience in older adults. This highly collaborative department is an ideal place for students interested in integrative, cutting- edge science to develop into independent thinkers. Training places a strong emphasis on evidence-based practice and our doctoral students bring with them a wealth of knowledge from their diverse educational and personal backgrounds. The educational experiences students obtain while pursuing doctoral education in our department prepares them for a variety of career paths.

Quick Facts

Program Type

Doctoral Program

Normative Time to Degree

6 years

Capstone Type

Dissertation

Accordion Section

Admissions Requirements


  • A complete online application, which includes a Statement of Purpose and a Personal History Statement.
  • Unofficial transcripts from all institutions attended after high school. Applicants must upload unofficial transcripts directly into the online application.
  • Three letters of recommendation. Paper LORs will not be accepted. They must be uploaded digitally.
  • Graduate Record Exam (GRE) scores. The Educational Testing Service (ETS) code for UCI is: 4859. Please visit the Graduate Division Website for more information.
  • If you have not earned a diploma or advanced degree within a country where English is the primary or dominant language, then you are required to submit English-proficiency test scores. Please visit the Graduate Division website for more information.
  • Submit your non-refundable application fee ($105 for U.S. Citizens & lawful U.S. Permanent Residents and $125 for all other applicants). Please note that the application fee can be paid by credit card only; checks will not be accepted.

UCI has multiple psychology programs, so please be sure to select the correct program to avoid a delay in processing your application. If you are interested in Cognitive Neuroscience, please visit the School of Social Sciences.

Additionally, please specify your area of interest from one of our four specializations. Please note: The concentration in Psychology and Law must be paired with a specialization.

If you would like additional information, please review our Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) or contact us here.

Financial Support

Tuition & Fees

Graduate/Credential Student Fees 2018-19

  Fall 2018 Winter 2019 Spring 2019 Annual
Student Services Fee 376.00 376.00 376.00 1,128.00
Tuition 3,814.00 3,814.00 3,814.00 11,442.00
Assoc. Grad Students Fee 9.00 9.00 9.00 27.00
Student Center Fee 137.88 137.88 137.87 413.63
Bren Events Center Fee 23.00 23.00 23.00 69.00
Recreation Center Fee 88.00 88.00 88.00 264.00
eTech Fee * 60.00 60.00 60.00 180.00
Document Fee † 80.00 0.00 0.00 80.00
Student Health Insurance 1,348.00 1,347.00 1,347.00 4,042.00
Total California Resident $5,795.88 $5,794.88 $5,794.87 $17,385.63
Nonresident Supplemental Tuition 5,034.00 5,034.00 5,034.00 15,102.00
Total Nonresident $10,829.88 $10,828.88 $10,828.87 $32,487.63

Posted 10 August 2018 at http://reg.uci.edu/fees/2018-2019/graduate.html

The tuition, fees, and charges posted to your billing statement or account are estimates based on currently approved amounts. These figures may not be final. Actual tuition, fees, and charges are subject to change by the Regents of the University of California and could be affected by increases or reductions in State funding, or other developments. Accordingly, final approved levels (and thus your final balance due) may differ from the amounts shown.

The non-refundable eTech Fee is required of all students and is used to support the maintenance and improvement of existing education technology, and new services and capabilities. The eTech fee is listed separately as the charged amount varies based on the amount of undergraduate units the student is enrolled in and is assessed later in the term than the other fees listed. The fee is $4 per unit of undergraduate lecture course, up to a maximum amount of $60 (or 15 units) per quarter. It will be assessed after the third week of instruction. The $60 eTech Fee included on this chart reflects the maximum possible fee.

† The Document Fee provides lifetime access to official transcripts and academic verifications without a fee for in-person pickup or delivery by USPS. In addition, there is no fee for mailing the initial diploma. Effective Fall 2018, new undergraduate, professional, and graduate students are assessed the one-time document fee. Eligible students are able to use financial aid to cover the Document Fee.

Core Faculty

Jessica Borelli
Associate Professor of Psychology and Social Behavior
Ph.D., Yale University
(949) 824-3002
jessica.borelli@uci.edu
4552 Social and Behavioral Sciences Gateway
Specializations:
developmental psychopathology, attachment, emotion, prevention of mental health problems in children and adolescents


Elizabeth Cauffman
Professor of Psychology and Social Behavior, Education and Law
Ph.D. Temple University
(949) 824-4075
cauffman@uci.edu
4308 Social and Behavioral Sciences Gateway
Specializations:
adolescent development, mental health, juvenile justice, legal and social policy


Susan Turk Charles
Professor of Psychology and Social Behavior and Nursing Science
Ph.D. University of Southern California
(949) 824-1450
scharles@uci.edu
4326 Social and Behavioral Sciences Gateway
Specializations:
emotional processes across the adult life span, subjective experience and cognitive processes, health and emotion


Chuansheng Chen
Chancellor's Professor of Psychology and Social Behavior and Education
Ph.D. University of Michigan
(949) 824-4184
cschen@uci.edu
4566 Social and Behavioral Sciences Gateway
Specializations:
cross-cultural psychology, adolescent development, cognitive neuroscience, genes and behavior


Amy L. Dent
Assistant Professor of Teaching
Ph.D. Duke University
amy.dent@uci.edu
4542 Social and Behavioral Sciences Gateway
Specializations:
meta-analysis, academic context and consequences of self-regulation, educational and developmental psychology of academic learning

Peter H. Ditto
Professor of Psychology and Social Behavior
Ph.D. Princeton University
(949) 824-1844
phditto@uci.edu
4209 Social and Behavioral Sciences Gateway
Specializations:
social psychology, judgment and decision making, political and moral reasoning


Wendy A. Goldberg
Associate Dean for Academic Programs, Professor of Psychology and Social Behavior and WOS Professor of Education
Ph.D. University of Michigan
(949) 824-7912
wendy.goldberg@uci.edu
5341 Social and Behavioral Sciences Gateway
Specializations:
developmental psychology, work and family, transition to parenthood, parent-chiild relationships, autism


Douglas A. Granger
Professor of Psychology and Social Behavior, Pediatrics, and Public HealthDirector, Institute for Interdisciplinary Salivary Bioscience Research, University of California Irvine
Ph.D., University of California, Irvine
(949) 824-9362
dagrange@uci.edu
4554 Social and Behavioral Sciences Gateway


Nancy Guerra
Dean, School of Social Ecology Professor, Psychology and Social Behavior
Ed.D., Harvard University
4-5466
nguerra1@uci.edu
4334 Social and Behavioral Sciences Gateway


Jutta Heckhausen
Professor of Psychology and Social Behavior
Ph.D. University of Strathclyde, Glasgow, Great Britain
(949) 824-9219
heckhaus@uci.edu
4316 Social and Behavioral Sciences Gateway
Specializations:
life-span developmental psychology, motivation, individual agency and social context


Larry D. Jamner
Professor of Psychology and Social Behavior
Ph.D. State University of New York at Stony Brook
(949) 824-8373
ljamner@uci.edu
4302 Social and Behavioral Sciences Gateway
Specializations:
health psychology, psychophysiology, pain, mHealth, experience sampling


J. Zoe Klemfuss
Assistant Professor of Psychology and Social Behavior
Ph.D. Cornell University
(949) 824-4412
jklemfus@uci.edu
4548 Social and Behavioral Sciences Gateway
Specializations:
narrative development; children’s autobiographical memory; sociocontextual influences on children’s narrative, memory, and well-being; children’s eyewitness abilities


Kate Kuhlman
Assistant Professor
Ph.D. University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
(949) 824-8321
krkuhl@uci.edu
4546 Social and Behavioral Sciences Gateway
Specializations:
developmental psychopathology, psychoneuroimmunology, psychoneuroendocrinology, early life stress, and adolescent depression.


Linda J. Levine
Professor of Psychology and Social Behavior
Ph.D. The University of Chicago
(949) 824-7692
llevine@uci.edu
4568 Social and Behavioral Sciences Gateway
Specializations:
Bias in predicted and remembered emotion; how emotions influence the features of events people attend to and remember; the development of children’s ability to regulate emotion.


Elizabeth F. Loftus
Distinguished Professor of Social Ecology, and Professor of Law, and Cognitive Science
Ph.D. Stanford University
(949) 824-3285
eloftus@uci.edu
2393 Social Ecology II
Specializations:
cognitive psychology, human memory, psychology and law


Angela Lukowski
Associate Professor of Psychology and Social Behavior
Ph.D., University of Minnesota, 2007
949-824-7191
angela.lukowski@uci.edu
4332 Social and Behavioral Sciences Gateway
Specializations:
Contextual influences on cognitive development in infancy and early childhood


Elizabeth A. Martin
Assistant Professor of Psychology and Social Behavior
Ph.D., University of Missouri
949-824-0226
emartin8@uci.edu
4318 Social and Behavioral Sciences Gateway
Specializations:
adult psychopathology; schizotypy and schizophrenia; social anhedonia; emotional and social dysfunction


Raymond W. Novaco
Professor of Psychology and Social Behavior
Ph.D. Indiana University
(949) 824-7206
rwnovaco@uci.edu
4343 Social and Behavioral Sciences Gateway
Specializations:
anger, violence, stress, trauma, and interventions


Candice L. Odgers
Professor of Psychology & Social Behavior
Ph.D. University of Virginia
codgers@uci.edu
4556 Social and Behavioral Sciences Gateway
Specializations:
developmental and quantitative psychology; social inequalities and child health; new technologies and adolescent development


Paul K. Piff
Assistant Professor of Psychology and Social Behavior
Ph.D., University of California, Berkeley
(949) 824-9362
ppiff@uci.edu
4324 Social and Behavioral Sciences Gateway
Specializations:
social psychology, group processes, altruism and cooperation, socioeconomic status, inequality, social emotion, moral judgment, ethics, uncertainty


Sarah Pressman
Associate Professor of Psychology and Social Behavior
Ph.D., Carnegie Mellon University
pressman@uci.edu
4318 Social and Behavioral Sciences Gateway
Specializations:
Health Psychology; Positive Emotions; Stress Physiology; Psychosocial effects on physiology and health


Jodi Quas
Professor of Psychology and Social Behavior and Nursing Science
Ph.D. University of California, Davis
(949) 824-7693
jquas@uci.edu
4328 Social and Behavioral Sciences Gateway
Specializations:
memory development, children's involvement in the legal system


Jenny Rinehart
Assistant Professor of Teaching
Ph.D. University of New Mexico
rineharj@uci.edu
4314 Social and Behavioral Sciences Gateway
Specializations:
health psychology, clinical psychology, sexual victimization prevention, risk perception.


Jenna Riis
Assistant Professor
Ph.D., Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health
jriis@uci.edu
4558 Social and Behavioral Sciences Gateway
Specializations:
early life adversity; stress; salivary bioscience; neuroendocrine-immune relations; program implementation and evaluation.

Karen S. Rook
Department Chair and Professor of Psychology and Social Behavior
Ph.D. University of California, Los Angeles
(949) 824-8168
ksrook@uci.edu
4341 Social and Behavioral Sciences Gateway
Specializations:
gerontology, social relationships, health


Stephen Schueller
Assistant Professor
Ph.D., University of Pennsylvania
(949) 824-3850
s.schueller@uci.edu
4304 Social and Behavioral Sciences Gateway
Specializations:
clinical psychology, depression, mHealth, technology, implementation science, treatment and prevention, positive psychology

Nicholas Scurich
Associate Professor of Psychology and Social Behavior, and Criminology, Law and Society
Ph.D. University of Southern California
(949) 824-4046
nscurich@uci.edu
4312 Social and Behavioral Sciences Gateway
Specializations:
psychology & law; judgment and decision making; violence risk assessment


Azim Shariff
Associate Professor of Psychology and Social Behavior
Ph.D. University of British Columbia
(949) 824-4556
azim.shariff@uci.edu
4304 Social and Behavioral Sciences Gateway
Specializations:
Social Psychology, Morality, Religion, Evolutionary Psychology


Roxane Cohen Silver
Professor of Psychology and Social Behavior, Medicine, and Public Health; Associate Director, ADVANCE Program, Office of Inclusive Excellence
Ph.D. Northwestern University
(949) 824-2192
rsilver@uci.edu
4336 Social and Behavioral Sciences Gateway
Specializations:
coping with traumatic life events (personal losses and collective traumas), stress, social psychology, health psychology


Daniel Stokols
Recall-Faculty and Chancellor's Professor Emeritus of Psychology and Social Behavior; Urban Planning and Public Policy; Program in Public Health
Ph.D. University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill
(949) 824-5294
dstokols@uci.edu
4101 Social and Behavioral Sciences Gateway
Specializations:
Environmental Psychology, Science of Team Science, Transdisciplinary Public Health


Ilona S. Yim
Associate Professor of Psychology and Social Behavior
Ph.D. University of Trier, Germany
(949) 824-0130
ilona.yim@uci.edu
4562 Social and Behavioral Sciences Gateway
Specializations:
stress, pregnancy and postpartum depression, biopsychology of stress, developmental psychobiology


Alyson Zalta
Assistant Professor
Ph.D., University of Pennsylvania
(949) 824-3409
azalta@uci.edu
4556 Social and Behavioral Sciences Gateway
Specializations:
clinical psychology, trauma, post-traumatic stress disorder, resilience, treatment & prevention

Joanne F. Zinger
Associate Professor of Teaching
Ph.D. University of California, Riverside
(951) 662-3735 (cell)
joanne.zinger@uci.edu
4306 Social and Behavioral Sciences Gateway
Specializations:
expressive writing, meta-analysis, positive psychology, health psychology, preventive medicine, educational psychology

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