Department of Psychology

Doctoral Program in Experimental Psychology

Bell TowerThe Ph.D. concentration in experimental psychology emphasizes training in research methodology/statistics and teaching/mentoring. Our program prepares experimental psychologists for careers in a variety of academic and research settings, including research universities, teaching colleges, and industrial, governmental, or medical institutions. We also provide a broad and flexible view of the discipline of psychology that enables graduates to engage in new fields of interest and emerging specializations. 

Within the experimental area, students can work with faculty members whose interests include social psychology, cognitive psychology, developmental psychology, and psychobiology and learning. Faculty and graduate students carry out research on a diverse set of topics, described on individual faculty pages and the program overview page.

To support research development, students enrolled in the Experimental Program have the opportunity to take a grant-writing seminar and/or participate in professional development workshops focused on grant writing; receive joint mentoring from faculty members in the clinical area; complete a minor specialization in quantitative psychology, health psychology, or experimental psychopathology; and apply for student-specific competitive research and travel awards to fund research projects and travel to professional conferences.    

To support teaching/mentoring development, students enrolled in the Experimental Program take a teaching practicum course focused on course development and effective strategies for managing student issues; have multiple opportunities to serve as instructor of record for their own courses (under the supervision of a faculty member); and help to supervise and mentor undergraduate research assistants in their faculty advisor’s laboratory. 

Application deadline for the Experimental Psychology Doctoral Program : December 1 (How to apply)

Use the menu at the top right hand corner of this page to learn more about our program and its many research training opportunities. These pages give an overview of our training philosophy and program, describe our faculty and their research interests, present data on students admitted to our program, and provide information about the financial support available to students. 
If you have questions about the program, please contact the Experimental Coordinator.

Experimental Coordinator: Jason Rose, Ph.D. (


The Experimental Psychology Doctoral Program at the University of Toledo confirms through this statement its commitment and dedicated efforts to provide equal opportunity in its training program. Federal law prohibits discrimination because of race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, disability or ancestry of any person. Inquiries regarding compliance with the above may be directed to the Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

Last Updated: 7/15/24