Department of Psychology
University of Oklahoma
Ph.D. in Social Psychology
General InformationThe graduate program in Social Psychology is designed to provide flexibility for the research-oriented student interested in earning a Ph.D. in this area of psychology. The Social Psychology program focuses on basic affective, cognitive and motivational processes underlying complex social phenomena, with an emphasis on processes associated with the self-system. Core faculty members have interests in the structure of the self-concept, explicit and implicit self-esteem, culture, stereotypes, emotional processes, and interpersonal conflict. Training is designed foremost to prepare students for a career as an academic social psychologist, although some students have also taken more applied positions in industry or government in recent years. The topics addressed in our program would enable the successful student to develop a research program in one or more of the following areas:
Social Cognition (explicit & implicit)
Emotion and Motivation
Self-Concept / Self-Esteem
Stereotypes and Prejudice
Applied Social (e.g., organizational, health, clinical)
In order to complete the Ph.D. in Social Psychology, a student must complete 90 hours of coursework beyond the bachelor’s degree. Generally, the individual student, in consultation with a faculty committee, will design a course of study that matches the student’s interests and career aspirations. Successful completion of all coursework, the Ph.D. general exams, and the dissertation is required for the Ph.D. A Master of Science degree is completed en route to the Ph.D., and requires 30 hours of coursework beyond the bachelor’s degree and completion of a master’s thesis and oral defense.
How to Apply
To apply, please complete the required application of the Department of Psychology, which can be found in the accompanying brochure or at our WEB site at:
Core Social Faculty
Ryan Brown(Ph.D. University of Texas at Austin) Associate Professor of Psychology.
Dr. Brown’s current interests focus on identity dynamics associated with the culture of honor and its implications for social interactions and mental health, as well as the psychology of forgiveness and revenge and their intersection with the self-system.
Mauricio Carvallo (Ph.D. State University of New York at Buffalo) Assistant Professor of Psychology
Dr. Carvallo’s research focuses primarily on the study of interpersonal motivations and the role they play in the construction and maintenance of the self, close relationships, and social judgment.
Carolin Showers (Ph.D. University of Michigan) Professor of Psychology
Dr. Showers’ research interests include the self-concept; stress and coping; optimism, pessimism, and depression; gender, mood, and self-esteem; cognitive theories of personality; interpersonal relationships; emotion and motivation; social cognition, and applications of models of self-structure to clinical populations. She currently has NIH funding for her work on self-structure and ethical behavior.
Affiliated Social Faculty
Lara Mayeux (Ph.D. University of Connecticut) Associate Professor of Psychology
Clarissa Thompson (Ph.D. Ohio State University) Assistant Professor of Psychology
Hairong Song (Ph.D. University of California at Davis) Assistant Professor of Psychology
Robert Terry (Ph.D. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill) Associate Professor of Psychology
Joe Rodgers (Ph.D. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill) Professor Emeritus of Psychology
Nicole Judice-Campbell (Ph.D. Arizona State University) Associate Professor of Psychology