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In 1883, G. Stanley Hall founded the first psychological laboratory in America at Johns Hopkins University. American psychology has undergone many changes since then, and the Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences at Hopkins has played a key role in that evolution.
The faculty of the Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences at Johns Hopkins have designed a PhD program in which students are trained in psychological science through general and advanced seminars in the various subdisciplines of psychology and by active engagement in research. We do not offer a clinical training program.
The Department supports interdisciplinary research in several core areas in Biopsychology and Cognitive and Developmental Psychology.
For complete details about the department’s graduate program and its requirements, please download our graduate student handbook.
- Animal Cognition and Learning
- Animal Models of Neurocognitive Aging
- Auditory Perception and Communication
- Biological Rhythms
- Brain Mechanisms of Memory
- Behavioral Neuroscience
- Hormones and Behavior
Cognitive and Developmental Psychology
- Age-related Neurocognitive Disorders
- Cognitive and Perceptual Development
- Cognitive Neuroscience and Functional Neuroimaging
- Language Development
- Visual Perception and Psychophysics
The Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences is housed in Ames Hall on the Homewood Campus of the Johns Hopkins University. The building was completely renovated in 1988 according to the department's specifications, and each faculty member has a state-of-the-art laboratory for his or her research. For details, please visit our Facilities and University Resources page.
Support for graduate students comes from many different sources. Students in good standing can expect to receive both tuition remission and a stipend. For more information, please visit our Financial Support page.
The Department of Psychological & Brain Sciences is affiliated with three diverse training programs supported by the National Eye Institute, National Institute of Child Health & Human Development, and the National Institute on Aging.
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