Social program 2017 Social doctoral program (faculty and students) 2017
Social program 2015 Social doctoral program (faculty and students) 2015
Miami at Duck 2015 Miami faculty and graduates at Duck Social Cognition Conference, Outer Banks, NC, 2015
Grad students at MPA Graduate students at Midwestern Psychological Association, Chicago, IL, 2016
Grad students at MPA Graduate students at Midwestern Psychological Association, Chicago, IL, 2016
Grad students presenting research Graduate students present research at Midwestern Psychological Association, Chicago, IL, 2016

Social Program

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 six faculty members (Claypool, Diekman, Hugenberg, Kunstman, McConnell, and Summerville) 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), 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
  • Motivation and Emotion
  • Intergroup Relations and Bias
  • Attitudes and Persuasion
  • Self and Interconnected Others