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Ph.D. Program in Psychology

The Ph.D. program in psychology has the following general learning outcomes for doctoral study. These outcomes are based on the benchmarks established by the American Psychological Association, the largest national professional association for psychologists in the United States.

1. Theory and Content of Psychology—Students should show familiarity with the major concepts, theoretical perspectives, empirical findings, and historical trends in psychology in their training area and across the larger field of psychology.

2. Research Methods in Psychology—Students should understand and apply basic research methods in psychology, including research design, data analysis, and interpretation.

3. Values in Psychology—Students should be able to weigh evidence, tolerate ambiguity, act ethically, and reflect other values that are the underpinnings of psychology as a discipline.

4. Sociocultural and International Awareness—Students should recognize, understand, and respect the complexity of sociocultural and international diversity.

5. Critical Thinking Skills—Students should respect and use critical and creative thinking, skeptical inquiry, and, when possible, use the scientific approach.

6. Communication Skills—Students should be able to communicate effectively in a variety of formats, including written and oral presentations to colleagues and the general public.

7. Information and Technological Literacy—Students should demonstrate information competence and the ability to use computers and other technology that helps them conduct the best quality research in their area.

8. Interdisciplinary Awareness—Students should relate psychology to other scientific disciplines, in the sciences, social sciences and humanities.

9. Career Planning and Development—Students should emerge from doctoral study with realistic ideas about how to implement their psychological knowledge, skills, and values in occupational pursuits in a variety of settings.
While not all these goals are directly assessed in the first doctoral exam, second doctoral exam and/or dissertation defense many are in a Training Area specific Fashion which is detailed below.

Animal Behavior and Comparative Psychology Learning Goals for Examinations

Behavioral and Cognitive Neuroscience Learning Goals for Examinations

Behavior Analysis Training Area Learning Goals for Examinations

Clinical at City College Learning Goals for Examinations

Clinical at John Jay College Learning Goals for Examinations

Cognition, Language, and Development Goals for Examinations

Critical Social/Personality Psychology Learning Goals for Examinations

Environmental Psychology

Health Psychology and Clinical Science Learning Goals for Examinations