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The Ph.D. Program in Psychology prepares students for research, teaching, and practice in the various fields of psychology. Students may specialize in one of a number of training areas. Our doctoral faculty includes many top scholars in their fields of study as well as journal editors and leaders of professional societies and organizations. The faculty and their labs are based on eight campuses throughout the CUNY system, with courses offered at the Graduate Center, as well as  Baruch College, Brooklyn College, City College, Hunter College, John Jay College, Queens College, and the College of Staten Island.

Students can also take full advantage of a variety of interdisciplinary concentrations, research centers and institutes, and other specialized programs throughout the Graduate Center that are relevant to psychology, such as those focusing on public health, women’s studies, Africana studies, criminal justice , and LGBTQ studies. The Psychology Program has an active faculty and student leadership, including serving as the host institution for the American Psychological Association’s Society for the Teaching of Psychology’s Graduate Student Teaching Association.  Student leaders work with the Executive Office to put on a series of cross-CUNY psychology events annually. These include First-Year Dinners in the fall and spring semesters,  a Teaching of Psychology conference in the fall, and an All-Psychology Student Research Day in the spring semester featuring the wide-ranging research of doctoral students in psychology. Many distinguished speakers and visiting scholars provide lectures in all areas, and other professional development opportunities are provided for students.