Psychology: Applied Cognitive and Brain Sciences PhD

Major: Psychology
Degree Awarded: Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
Calendar Type: Quarter
Total Credit Hours:  90.0 (PhD)
Co-op Option: None
Classification of Instructional Programs (CIP) code: 42.0101
Standard Occupational Classification (SOC) code:
19-3031; 19-3032; 19-3039

About the Program

The Department of Psychology's program in Applied Cognitive and Brain Sciences (ACBS) program is a research-oriented, non-clinical program in experimental psychology and/or cognitive neuroscience. The program places equal emphasis on basic research and the application of scientific principles. Please visit the ACBS program website more information.

For more information on the PhD program requirements, consult Department of Psychology's web site. 

Admission Requirements

Drexel University is seeking applicants with a strong academic record, as evidenced by their GRE scores (a quantitative plus verbal sum of 1250 or greater is desirable), strength of undergraduate institution and GPA (3.5 or greater is preferred). In addition, applicants should have outstanding letters of recommendation (from doctoral-level academic, research oriented psychologists, if possible), high-quality research experience, and include a statement of purpose that convinces Drexel that a potential student is an excellent “match” for one or more of our research groups.

For more details on how to apply to this program, please visit the Graduate Admissions Psychology page.

Degree Requirements

The PhD program curriculum requires student to earn a minimum of 90.0 credits. Students completing the concentration in Applied Cognitive and Brain Science take all or most of their core courses within the first two years. The third and fourth years, following the receipt of the master’s degree, successful passing of the qualifying examinations, and advancement to doctoral candidacy, will be spent in enrichment or specialization courses negotiated with their research supervisor and in research activities.

Program Requirements

90.0 quarter credits (minimum)

The Department of Psychology's program in Applied Cognitive and Brain Sciences (ACBS) is a research oriented, non-clinical, PhD concentration. The program places equal emphasis on basic research and the application of scientific principles.

Admissions

Drexel University is seeking applicants with a strong academic record, as evidenced by their GRE scores (a quantitative plus verbal sum of 1250 or greater is desirable), strength of undergraduate institution and GPA (3.5 or greater is preferred). In addition, applicants should have outstanding letters of recommendation (from doctoral-level academic, research oriented psychologists, if possible), high-quality research experience, and include a statement of purpose that convinces Drexel that a potential student is an excellent “match” for one or more of our research groups.

For more details on how to apply to this program, please visit the Graduate Admissions Psychology page.

Curriculum

The PhD program curriculum requires student to earn a minimum of 90.0 credits. Students completing the concentration in Applied Cognitive and Brain Science take all or most of their core courses within the first two years. The third and fourth years, following the receipt of the master’s degree, successful passing of the qualifying examinations, and advancement to doctoral candidacy, will be spent in enrichment or specialization courses negotiated with their research supervisor and in research activities.

Sample Plan of Study

The following section outlines the courses required for graduation for entering Bachelor's-level students. 

The following section outlines the courses required for graduation for entering Bachelor's-level students. 

First Year
Fall
BMES 510Biomedical Statistics4.0
PSY 512Cognitive Psychology3.0
PSY 530Neuroanatomy and Behavior3.0
PSY 560Teaching, Consultation and Supervision in Psychology1.0
 Term Credits11.0
Winter
BMES 515Experimental Design in Biomedical Research4.0
PSY 560Teaching, Consultation and Supervision in Psychology1.0
PSY 812Cognitive Neuroscience3.0
PSY 898Master's Thesis in Psychology3.0
 Term Credits11.0
Spring
BMES 518Interpretation of Biomedical Data3.0
PSY 560Teaching, Consultation and Supervision in Psychology1.0
PSY 614Problem Solving & Creativity3.0
PSY 8653.0
 Term Credits10.0
Second Year
For the second year and beyond the student’s academic schedule will be determined jointly by the student and their primary mentor/advisor. Pre and Post Master’s coursework will be partly shaped to suit the student’s goals and may be drawn from the following list of courses. (Additional courses may be added as appropriate and with the approval of the program director.) 
 Term Credits0.0
Total Credit: 32.0

 

Sample Electives
Research Methods I
Research Methods II
Developmental Psychology
Social Cognition
Consciousness
Data Analysis in Psychology
Psychology of Human-Computer Interaction Design
Motivation and Emotion
Empirical Unconscious Process
Theories of Personality
Biological Basis of Behavior and Treatment
Sensory and Motor Systems
Forensic Assessment I
Forensic Assessment II
Data Analysis II
Data Analysis III: Advanced Topics
History and Systems
Health Psychology
Criminal Law and Psychology
Neuropsychological Evaluation and Intervention of Children and Adolescents
Cognitive Neuroscience
Advanced Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy
Master's Thesis in Psychology
Ph.D. Dissertation in Psychology
Enrichment Courses from other Disciplines
Computer Science
CS 510Introduction to Artificial Intelligence3.0
CS 530Developing User Interfaces3.0
CS 610Advanced Artificial Intelligence3.0
Information Systems
INFO 608Human-Computer Interaction3.0
INFO 610Analysis of Interactive Systems3.0
INFO 611Design of Interactive Systems3.0
Biomedical Engineering and Sciences
BMES 531Chronobioengineering I3.0
BMES 532Chronobioengineering II3.0
BMES 551Biomedical Signal Processing3.0
BMES 710Neural Signals3.0


For more information on the PhD program requirements, consult Department of Psychology's web site.

Psychology Faculty

Cathy Bolton, PhD (Drexel University). Assistant Teaching Professor. Program Evaluation in healthcare, supportive housing, and government-based social services; Design of performance metrics for quality assessment and clinical outcomes;Implementing Systems and Change Leadership to sustain Compliance with Regulatory Bodies.
Meghan Butryn, PhD (Drexel University). Associate Research Professor. Treatment and prevention of obesity and eating disorders, behavioral treatment, acceptance and commitment therapy.
Dorothy Charbonnier, PhD (SUNY Stony Brook). Assistant Teaching Professor. The nature of the creative process and writing.
Douglas L. Chute, PhD (University of Missouri) Louis and Bessie Stein Fellow; Faculty coordinator of ePsychology. Professor. Neuropsychology and rehabilitation; technological applications for the cognitively compromised and those with acquired brain injuries.
Brian Daly, PhD (Loyola University, Chicago) Director, Practicum Training. Assistant Professor. Pediatric neuropsychology, intervention with at-risk youth.
Paige Davis, PhD (Durham University, England). Assistant Teaching Professor. The development of imagination in children; private speech; theory of mind and executive functioning; mental state commentary and mind minded parenting; audio verbal hallucinations.
David DeMatteo, PhD, JD (MCP Hahnemann University; Villanova University School of Law) Director of the JD-PhD Program in Law and Psychology. Associate Professor. Psychopathy, forensic mental health assessment, drug policy; offender diversion.
Evan M. Forman, PhD (University of Rochester) Director of Graduate Studies. Professor. Clinical psychology: mechanisms and measurement of psychotherapy outcome, cognitive-behavioral and acceptance based psychotherapies, the development and evaluation of acceptance-based interventions for health behavior change (for problems of obesity and cardiac disease) as well as mood and anxiety disorders; neurocognition of eating.
Jennifer Gallo, PhD (Drexel University) Director, Neuropsychology Concentration. Associate Teaching Professor. Neuropsychology of aging and dementia; neurocognitive correlates of goal-directed activities; behavioral and psychological symptoms associated with dementia
Pamela Geller, PhD (Kent State University). Associate Professor. Stressful life events and physical and mental health outcomes, particularly in the area of women's reproductive health (e.g. pregnancy, pregnancy loss, infertility, medical education).
Maureen Gibney, PsyD (Widener University). Associate Teaching Professor. Clinical psychopathology; neuropsychological evaluation and intervention with the elderly.
Naomi Goldstein, PhD (University of Massachusetts) Co-Director of the JD-PhD Program; Stoneleigh Foundation Fellow. Associate Professor. Forensic psychology; juvenile justice; Miranda rights comprehension; false confessions; juvenile justice treatment outcome research; anger management intervention development; child and adolescent behavior problems.
Kirk Heilbrun, PhD (University of Texas at Austin) Interim Department Head. Professor. Forensic psychology, juvenile and adult criminality, violence risk assessment, forensic psychological assessment, treatment of mentally disordered offenders, academic-sports mentoring.
James D. Herbert, PhD (University of North Carolina) Dean, Graduate College; Executive Vice Provost. Professor. Assessment and treatment of anxiety disorders; acceptance and mindfulness-based psychotherapies; the role of empiricism in clinical psychology; evidence-based practice in behavioral health.
Adrienne Juarascio, PhD (Drexel University). Assistant Research Professor. Enhancing treatment outcomes for eating disorders and obesity; Acceptance-based behavioral treatments; Evaluating mechanisms of action in behavioral treatments
Marlin Killen, PhD (Trident University International) Faculty Coordinator of ePsychology; Online Learning Council Fellow. Associate Teaching Professor. Authentic teaching methods in Psychology as well as student persistence behavior.
John Kounios, PhD (University of Michigan) Director, PhD Program in Applied Cognitive and Brain Sciences. Professor. Cognitive neuroscience, especially creativity, problem solving, and cognitive enhancement.
Michael Lowe, PhD (Boston College). Professor. Prevention and treatment of eating disorders and obesity; effects of appetitive responsiveness and dietary restraint on eating regulation; psychobiology of obesity-proneness; empirical foundations of unconscious processes.
Dan Mirman, PhD (Carnegie Mellon University). Assistant Professor. Recognition, comprehension, and production of spoken words; organization and processing of semantic knowledge; computational models of brain and behavior; statistical methods for analysis of time course data
Arthur Nezu, PhD, DHLL, ABPP (State University of New York at Stony Brook). Distinguished Professor. Behavioral medicine applications of problem-solving therapy and other cognitive-behavior therapies (e.g., to decrease emotional and psychosocial risk factors; improve adherence), particularly with regard to patients with cardiovascular disease; assessment.
Christine Maguth Nezu, PhD (Fairleigh Dickinson University). Professor. Cognitive-behavioral assessment and treatment for mood, anxiety, personality disorders, and coping with chronic illness; mind/body studies; stress and coping; developmental disabilities and comorbid behavioral and emotional disorders; spirituality and psychology.
Karol Osipowicz, PhD (Thomas Jefferson University) Assistant Director of Undergraduate Studies. Assistant Teaching Professor. The application of advanced neuroimaging to the study of human brain function and anatomy.
Nancy Raitano Lee, PhD (University of Denver). Assistant Professor. Neuropsychological and neuroanatomic correlates of intellectual and developmental disabilities; Verbal memory and language difficulties in Down syndrome and other genetic disorders; Comorbid autism spectrum disorder symptoms in youth with genetic disorders; Neuroanatomic correlates of individual differences in typical and atypical cognition
Diana Robins, PhD (University of Connecticut) Research Program Leader, Early Detection and Intervention Program, AJ Drexel Autism Institute. Associate Professor. Autism screening, early detection of autism
Ludo Scheffer, PhD (University of Pennsylvania) Director of Undergraduate Studies; Chair Senate Committee on Academic Affairs. Teaching Professor. Meta-cognitive development, writing, and computers; Language and literacy development in the early years in the context of family and schooling; Youth-at-risk; School violence and bullying; Program/intervention effectiveness
Maria Schultheis, PhD (Drexel University) Director of Clinical Training. Associate Professor. Clinical Neuropsychology and rehabilitation following neurological compromise (brain injury, stroke, multiple sclerosis), application of technologies in psychology. Specialization in the use of virtual reality (VR) simulation, and evaluation of the demands of driving after disability.
Jennifer Schwartz, PhD (Idaho State University) Director of Psychological Services Center. Associate Teaching Professor. Adult psychopathology; evidence-based clinical practice; competency-based training; competency-based clinical supervision.
Chris Sims, PhD (Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute). Assistant Professor. Learning and decision-making under uncertainty; visual memory and perceptual expertise; sensorimotor control and motor learning; computational models of cognition.
Julia Sluzenski, PhD (Temple University). Assistant Teaching Professor. Spatial and episodic memory, memory loss across the lifespan, developmental psychology.
Mary Spiers, PhD (University of Alabama at Birmingham) Director MS and BS/MS Programs. Associate Professor. Clinical neuropsychology and medical psychology; memory and practical applications for memory disorders in the elderly; cognitive health of women.
J. Michael Williams, PhD (University of Vermont). Associate Professor. Memory disorder; traumatic brain injury; auditory neglect; neuropsychological assessment; recovery and rehabilitation of brain function; functional magnetic resonance imaging.
Fengqing (Zoe) Zhang, PhD (Northwestern University). Assistant Professor. Neuroimaging data analysis; Data mining; Bayesian inference; High dimensional data analysis
Eric A Zillmer, PsyD (Florida Institute of Technology) Carl R. Pacifico Professor of Neuropsychology and the Director of Athletics. Professor. Psychological assessment (neuropsychological, cognitive, personality), psychiatric and neurological disorders, behavioral medicine, neurogerontology, mathematical modeling, sports psychology, psychology of genocide.

Emeritus Faculty

Donald Bersoff, JD, PhD (Yale University, New York University). Professor Emeritus. Law and psychology; mental health law.
Thomas T. Hewett, PhD (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign). Professor Emeritus. Human computer interaction and cognitive engineering; development of computing environments to support knowledge, workers, and high performance experts.
Myrna Shure, PhD (Cornell University). Professor Emeritus. Child development, problem-solving interventions with children, prevention programs.
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