Graduate Program

Our Graduate Training Areas

Duke’s Department of Psychology and Neuroscience has five graduate training areas:

Students apply to and are admitted to a specific training program. Only primary faculty (with appointments to Duke's graduate faculty) and joint graduate training faculty can admit students to the training area(s) they are affiliated with.

Interdisciplinary Focus

Many important questions are complex, requiring input from different disciplines and different levels of analysis. Duke's Department of Psychology and Neuroscience embraces this approach, using a broad range of methods and interacting with researchers in many different fields.  Depending on one's field, training may include neuroimaging, optigenetics, laboratory experiments, clinical approaches, and/or field interviews. Our students interact with faculty and students in Neurobiology, Psychiatry, Economics, Statistics, Philosophy, and the Duke Institute for Brain Sciences, and have the opportunity to take courses in other departments as well as at UNC Chapel Hill.  Overall, our graduate training environment is a rich one, and students are encouraged to take advantage of the diversity of perspectives and methods. 

Training Model

We use an apprenticeship model for graduate training, meaning that the emphasis is on working closely with one’s research advisors. For most of our training programs, research is emphasized over coursework (see Ph.D. requirements.) Duke's clinical program is based on the Boulder (scientist-practitioner) model, and is intended for students with an interest in research. Because of our emphasis on research, research experience is strongly recommended.

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