The Graduate Program in Psychology at Georgetown University offers a five-year, full-time program of study in developmental science leading to a Ph.D. in Psychology. Located in close proximity to the White House, Congress, the National Institutes of Health, the National Academies, and many of the world’s most prestigious research and nonprofit organizations, the Department of Psychology provides a unique graduate education that bridges academic study and practice in both public policy and health/medicine.
Our two graduate student concentrations take full advantage of these resources. Students concentrate in either Human Development and Public Policy or Lifespan Cognitive Neuroscience. A dual degree in Psychology (Ph.D.) and Master of Public Policy (M.P.P.) is also offered in collaboration with the McCourt School of Public Policy.
Both concentrations offer strengths that include an interdisciplinary education in the processes and contexts of development across the lifespan. Program requirements are explicitly designed to offer students rigorous training in the range of theories and methods that characterize the developmental sciences and enable them to place the study of development into the broader contexts- biological, familial, social, cultural, economic, historical, political- from which the field draws its societal applications. Faculty research ranges from studies of age-related differences to those focusing on only one period of the lifespan. Similarly, Ph.D. students' dissertation projects include both developmental and non-developmental components. A complete statement of the program's learning goals can be found in the Graduate Handbook.
University resources afforded graduate students include the McCourt School of Public Policy, Georgetown Law Center, and Georgetown School of Foreign Service, each of which is among the leading programs in the nation. The Interdisciplinary Program in Neuroscience at The Georgetown School of Medicine offers resources for cognitive neuroscience studies, including neuroimaging facilities and colloquia.
***Note: The department does NOT offer degrees in Clinical or Counseling Psychology.***