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2 TABLE OF CONTENTS Overview 2 Faculty and Graduate Students 3 Graduate Education 4 Clinical Psychology 6 Cognitive Psychology 7 Developmental Psychology 8 Neuroscience 9 Social Psychology 10 Facilities 11 Tallahassee and University Communities 12 Financial Information 14 Admissions 15 Application Procedures 16 Overlapping Faculty Interests 18 Faculty 19 Department of Psychology Florida State University 1

3 OVERVIEW During the last century the major universities in the Western world embraced a strong research orientation, and in psychology this has led to great progress in understanding the determinants of behavior. At Florida State University, psychology has always had a strong research focus. Psychology courses were offered at this institution as early as 1902 when it was named the Florida State College. The college catalogue for boasted that FSU established the first psychological laboratory in the state of Florida, and the description of the laboratory indicates that it was very well equipped. From that time through the present, the curriculum has provided our students with highquality laboratory experiences in conjunction with many of the basic courses in psychology. A strong graduate program has been in existence for about five decades, and it includes the same scientific orientation. With this kind of background, our students approach questions about complex human behavior in an objective and productive way. The present-day Department of Psychology at Florida State University is organized into five doctoral programs for graduate education in psychology, which reflect the mainstream emphases in the field. The programs are in Clinical Psychology (the study of determinants of pathological behavior in children and adults with emphasis on biological, cognitive, and environmental factors), Cognitive Psychology (the study of how humans process complex information received by the senses), Developmental Psychology (the study of physical, cognitive and social change throughout the life span), Neuroscience (the study of the biological bases of behavior), and Social Psychology (the study of how we think about, influence, and relate to one another). Psychology at Florida State University has had a strong research focus since The first Ph.D. was awarded in Information about the doctoral programs, faculty, department, and university is available at fsu.edu. Questions about the programs may be ed to The department offers a Master s Degree in Psychology with a Specialty in Applied Behavior Analysis at the Panama City Campus. Information about this program is available at Questions may be sent to This program will not be described further in this brochure. The campus has lush greenery, palm trees, and stately oak trees 2 Department of Psychology Florida State University

4 FACULTY AND GRADUATE STUDENTS FACULTY Dr. Alan Lang and doctoral student Joe Breza in a discussion at Graduate Research Day. The department s 43 faculty and large support staff operate research programs that have won national and international recognition and attract high levels of research grant support from federal and state agencies. The National Science Foundation, several institutes in the National Institutes of Health, the Department of Education and State agencies concerned with mental health consistently fund the research of our faculty. Total funding on an annual basis currently approximates $6,000,000. A substantial number of our faculty members serve as GRADUATE STUDENTS editors or members of editorial boards of major scientific and professional journals, officers of professional societies, and grant reviewers for federal funding agencies. One-third of our faculty have been recognized for their research with developing scholar awards, endowed chairs, named professorships and the American Psychological Association s prestigious Distinguished Scientific Award for Early Career Contribution to Psychology. In addition, many of our faculty members have received university teaching awards for their outstanding undergraduate and graduate teaching. The department attracts a bright, motivated and diverse student body. Across the doctoral programs, a total of 25 to 35 graduate students are admitted each year out of approximately 500 applicants. Currently the department has 150 graduate students. Recent classes have been strongly committed to research and scholarship and have had an average undergraduate GPA of 3.6 and an average combined score of 1300 on the verbal and quantitative sections of the GRE. Over the past five years, the entering class averaged 15% from ethnic minority groups, 44% were male, and 5% were international students. Thirty-four percent of the students from the USA were from Florida, with the remaining 66% coming from every corner of the USA including California, Pennsylvania, Texas, and Massachusetts. The average age of the entering class was 24, ranging from 21 to 36. Department of Psychology Florida State University 3

5 GRADUATE EDUCATION The primary goal of graduate study in the doctoral programs at Florida State University is to produce scholar-researchers with sufficient breadth and depth to permit successful independent and significant research. While the major emphasis is on the preparation for research, students are also given the necessary background for teaching and/or applications of psychological science. Only students whose intentions are to achieve the doctoral degree during full-time study are accepted to the graduate programs. Students may receive the master s degree at an appropriate stage in their education, but this is regarded as incidental to the Ph.D. program to which they are admitted. Research training in all programs begins in the first year with a research apprenticeship in a supervising professor s laboratory or research setting. Each student works closely with a faculty member who is conducting research in an area of interest to the student. This collaborative work typically evolves into a master s thesis during the second year for students who seek this degree. Research training continues throughout the student s graduate education, culminating in a doctoral dissertation. The continued opportunity to associate with, and participate in, research is regarded as an activity of central professional and educational importance. Students are highly successful in publishing their research in refereed journals and presenting their work at national conferences. See our web site (http:// for recent student publications, grants, fellowships, and awards as well as information about our Graduate Research Day. On the most recent Graduate Research Day, over 30 students presented their research in paper and poster sessions 4 Department of Psychology Florida State University

6 GRADUATE EDUCATION The general requirements of the department and of the Graduate School are kept to a minimum in order to encourage students to be educated in accordance with their own interests and career goals. The basic requirements are: (1) a research apprenticeship, (2) a preliminary doctoral examination, and (3) a dissertation research project. Program areas and students supervisory committees may establish additional requirements, including specific courses, a master s degree and, for clinical students, an internship. Students work closely with their supervisory committees to develop an optimal combination of course work, research experience and, when applicable, applied experience to meet their professional goals. To enhance the intellectual atmosphere, the department sponsors a colloquium series. Each program also holds regular meetings and seminars on research and professional issues relevant to their areas. Florida State University and the Department of Psychology are committed to a policy of equal opportunity and pluralism, thus enhancing diversity and assuring a climate that values and respects the worth and dignity of all persons. The primary goal of graduate study in the Department of Psychology at Florida State University is to produce scholar-researchers with sufficient breadth and depth to permit successful independent and significant research Department of Psychology Florida State University 5

7 CLINICAL PSYCHOLOGY The Clinical psychology program is focused on training clinical scientists for academic and research careers. Students interested primarily in clinical practice are not a good match for our program. Based on a clinical science model, the Ph.D. program in Clinical Psychology promotes a scientifically-based approach to understanding, assessing, and ameliorating cognitive, emotional, behavioral, and health problems and seeks to produce students who can contribute to and apply the relevant scientific knowledge. We provide concurrent, integrative training in clinical science and clinical service delivery so that our graduates are prepared not only to apply current knowledge, theories, and techniques, but are able and motivated to remain at the cutting-edge of the field. All students are expected to master the basics of psychology, in general, and of clinical psychology in particular. This is accomplished primarily through a curriculum of required courses taught by both Clinical and nonclinical faculty. We consider students exposure to our first-rate Neuroscience, Cognitive, Developmental, and Social Psychology faculty, in addition to our Clinical faculty, to be a strength of our program. Although there are no formal tracks, students can pursue specialization beyond the required courses through focused activities in research, advanced coursework, and clinical practice. In our mentorship training model, students are accepted, in part, based on the match between their research interests and those of our Clinical faculty. Since research is a cornerstone of a good clinical science program, students work closely on research with the faculty mentor who recruited them starting in their very first semester. They are further encouraged to be continuously involved in ongoing research throughout their tenure in our program and it is common for some to pursue collaborations not only with their mentors, but also with other Clinical and nonclinical faculty, and with fellow graduate students as well. Our commitment to clinical science leads us to integrate clinical practice and science at every opportunity. The Clinical Psychology program is focused on training clinical scientists for academic and research careers. We administer our own Psychology Clinic and Anxiety & Behavioral Health Clinic. These clinics provide state-ofthe-science treatment to the community while simultaneously serving as clinical training and research venues for our graduate students and faculty. Our Psychology Clinic has been recognized by APA for Innovative Practices in Graduate Education in Psychology for its accomplishments in integrating training in service and science. Additional clinical training/research opportunities are available at practicum sites in the community. Finally, students complete a required oneyear pre-doctoral internship at an APA-approved setting. Our students have established a long history of success in competition for preferred internships across the country. After thoroughly reviewing applications to our program, a select group of applicants are invited to visit FSU for discussions and interviews on a designated weekend (see our web site for the dates of Interview Weekend ). Telephone interviews can be arranged for invited applicants who find it impossible to travel to Tallahassee. Faculty: Berler, Bernat, Carbonell, Cougle, Joiner, Keel, Kistner, Lang, B. Licht, M. Licht, Lonigan, Patrick, Sachs-Ericsson, Schmidt, Taylor, Wetherby. Our clinics provide valuable treatment to many community members while serving as an important training tool for our graduate students 6 Department of Psychology Florida State University

8 COGNITIVE PSYCHOLOGY Cognitive psychology is the study of the mental processes involved in perception, thinking, problem-solving, decisionmaking, and performance. Florida State s program in cognitive psychology features active research programs in attention, cognitive aging, expert performance, memory, psycholinguistics, reading, and skill acquisition. The goal of our program is to train students to be rigorous scientists, preparing them for careers as researchers in academic settings, in government, and in private industry. Graduate students will work closely with one or more faculty during their time at FSU. Students begin developing a research program right away, embarking on a first year project during their first semester on campus. Through formal coursework and informal mentorship, students are taught the skills needed to do cutting-edge research in cognitive science. Our faculty members conduct research on many of the central themes of cognitive science: What makes an expert? We all find the performances of expert athletes and musicians to be spellbinding. Challenging the idea that high achievers in music, sports, and other such domains are born with special abilities, Drs. Ericsson and Charness study how training and deliberate practice leads to the acquisition of mental representation and physiological adaptations that mediate expert-level performance. How do we understand and navigate complex visual environments? The visual system plays an essential role in our ability to gather information from our environment. Dr. Boot uses a combination of psychophysical and eye-tracking measures to study how we make sense of the visual world and find the things for which we are looking. How does the cognitive system change as we age? It is undeniable that our cognitive systems undergo change as we get older. Drs. Charness and Boot conduct research to understand these changes, and to develop novel ways of using technology to buffer individuals against the natural effects of aging in the nervous system. How do we understand language? The comprehension of language is the keystone against which human experience is built. Dr. Kaschak explores the comprehension process, from the processes involved in extracting information from the written page to the use of our perceptual and motor systems to internally simulate the content of the language. How do we learn to read? The development of literacy skills is critical to one s ability to succeed in academic and employment settings. Drs. Wagner and Schatschneider conduct research to understand why some children are more successful learning to read than others, and to understand how best to detect and remediate reading problems when they arise. This research is affiliated with the Florida Center for Reading Research. How do we remember? The ability to remember, and to gauge how well we will remember something, is key to learning and succeeding in every aspect of our lives. Dr. Kelley researches the factors that lead some things to be remembered better than others, and that lead people to be more accurate in their assessment of how well they will remember something later. How do we think and solve problems? The study of thought processes is difficult with traditional methods of data collection, such as recording reaction times, eye-fixations, EEG, and fmri. Dr. Ericsson studies how one can instruct participants to think aloud and then analyze their verbalizations to Identify evidence for strategies, mental representations, and learning processes, which can later be validated by experimental manipulations and tests. The Florida Center for Reading Research provides exciting opportunities for basic and applied research in reading. See Developmental Psychology for additional information. Faculty: Boot, Charness, Ericsson, Kaschak, Kelley, Schatschneider, Wagner. Department of Psychology Florida State University 7

9 DEVELOPMENTAL PSYCHOLOGY Developmental psychology is the study of the processes by which humans develop and potentially lose competencies in domains ranging from sensation and perception to personality. Developmental psychology as a field of study is growing, as new methods of study have developed, and as the realization that just about any picture of human functioning is but a snapshot of an ongoing process of change. Developmental psychology is an integrative discipline that has implications for other areas of psychology including cognitive psychology, neuroscience, social psychology, and clinical psychology. Students in Developmental Psychology receive in-depth training with opportunities for both basic and applied research along with the opportunity for rigorous training in developmental methods and statistical procedures. The goal of the program is to prepare students for future positions as professors in universities and colleges, researchers in government and private-sector laboratories, and as educators. The program is guided by the view that the best way to become a researcher is to carry out research, so continuous involvement in research projects is stressed. The curriculum has core course requirements, but maximizes opportunities for specific seminars and individual research opportunities that fit a training program designed RECENT DEVELOPMENTAL THESIS AND DISSERTATION TOPICS Developing Emergent Literacy Skills: The Impact of Alphabet Instruction Social-Emotional Assessment of Deaf Children Examination of a Developmental and Multidimensional Conceptualization of Phonological Sensitivity A Simulation Study on the Performance of the Simple Difference and Covariance Adjusted Scores in Randomized Experimental Designs A Latent Variable Approach to the Simple View of Reading Testing the Generalist Gene Theory on a Diverse Twin Sample Literacy and Self-Regulation in First Grade Classrooms What do Children Know, When they Know a Word? 8 Department of Psychology Florida State University Students in Developmental Psychology receive in-depth training with opportunities for both basic and applied research. by the student and his or her major professor. Students also are encouraged to develop competencies that will broaden their job prospects beyond the university and research laboratory settings. Examples include program evaluation, test development, and data analysis. The Developmental Program also has a strong relationship with The Florida Center for Reading Research (http:// which supports both basic and applied research in reading, and has ongoing studies of reading instruction and assessment in pre-school and elementary aged children as well as adults. The mission of the Center is to contribute both to the basic science of reading and to conduct research and evaluation projects that have policy implications for public schools in Florida. Funds are available for graduate student stipends and post-doctoral fellowships. The director of the Center is Dr. Barbara Foorman. Associate directors are Drs. Richard Wagner, Christopher Lonigan, and Chris Schatschneider. Faculty: Charness, Connor, Ericsson, Johnson, Kistner, Lonigan, Schatschneider, Wagner. Technology-supported assessment is one focus of research in the Developmental Psychology program

10 NEUROSCIENCE Students in the doctoral Program in Neuroscience receive broad training in the study of the brain and nervous system function. Areas of emphasis include sensory processes, neural plasticity and development, energy balance and metabolism, neuroendocrinology and behavior, and cellular/molecular neuroscience. This interdisciplinary program provides a solid foundation with courses covering topics ranging from molecules to behavior. The Program places a heavy emphasis on laboratory research in a collegial and interactive atmosphere. Students may gain experience in the labs of Neuroscience faculty in Psychology, Biological Science, Mathematics, and the College of Medicine. Students work with faculty mentors in exceptionally well-equipped research facilities located in recently constructed buildings. An active colloquium series in neuroscience and special topic symposia/ courses bring students into contact with world leaders in the field of neuroscience. In addition, students receive training in a variety of professional skills including public speaking, teaching and grant writing. Neuroscience is a Ph.D. program, but students may pursue a master s degree in one of the participating departments with the approval of the faculty supervisor and training committee. Detailed information about the Program in Neuroscience and research of the faculty may be found at neuro.fsu.edu. Faculty: Berkley, Bolaños, Contreras, Eckel, Hull, Hyson, Johnson, Rodefer, Spector, Rodefer, Wang, Williams Faculty from the Department of Biological Science: D. Fadool, J. Fadool, Houpt, Lyons, Meredith, Trombley. Faculty from the College of Medicine, Department of Biological Science: Blaber, Kabbaj, Kumar, Lee, Levenson, Nowakowski, Olcese, Ouimet, Overton, Yu, Zhou. Faculty from the Department of Mathematics: Bertram. RECENT NEUROSCIENCE DISSERTATION TOPICS The Neurobiology of Aggression in Monogamous Male Prairie Voles Oxytocin in the Medial Preoptic Area Facilitates Male Sexual Behavior in the Rat Cannabinoid Signaling in the Auditory Brain Stem of the Chick Neural Recovery Following Partial Ablation Reveals Modular Organization of a Brain Region that Encodes Learned Vocal Patterns Estradiol, MCH and Food Intake Psychophysical Assessment of the Role of T1R2 and T1R3 in Taste Responsiveness to Polycose and Putative T1R2+3 Ligands Amphetamine Impairs Pair Bonding in a Monogamous Rodent: The Involvement of Mesolimbic Dopamine and Oxytocin Mechanisms Underlying Changes in Gustatory Responses Following Dietary Sodium Deprivation The zebra finch provides a useful model system to study interactions between early experience and brain development, development of sex differences in brain and behavior, and neural mechanisms of learning and memory. For example, like humans, zebra finches learn to vocalize to communicate with one another. Interestingly, only male zebra finches learn to sing and this behavioral sex difference is reflected in neural structures that control singing. Young males learn to sing by imitating their father s song. In this way, song patterns are passed from generation to generation. The audiospectrogram below shows a song pattern from an adult male zebra finch. Department of Psychology Florida State University 9

11 SOCIAL PSYCHOLOGY The Social Psychology program at Florida State University involves the scientific examination of how people think about, influence, and relate to each other. The program provides students with in-depth training in the areas of personality and social psychology, focusing on both basic and applied research. The goal of the program is to prepare students for future positions as researchers and educators. Coursework provides students with an education in a broad range of areas including classic and contemporary issues in social psychology, methodological and statistical approaches to psychological research, as well as in depth seminars in specialty areas such as prejudice and stereotyping, the self, motivation, social cognition, and evolutionary psychology. Graduate students develop further expertise in a specific area or areas of personality and social psychology through hands-on research, in collaboration with one or more faculty members in the Social program. Students in the program may specialize in one research area but are encouraged to work in several in order to broaden their experience. Students have been very successful at collaborating with multiple faculty members to help broaden their research. Some students may also have opportunities to collaborate with faculty in the other psychology programs whose interests and expertise are relevant to social psychology. The broad areas of research interest and expertise of the Social Psychology program s faculty provide several possible directions for interested graduate students to pursue. These broad areas of research include: Self & Identity Specific research includes self-control, self-knowledge, accuracy and error in self-judgment, self-deception and defense mechanisms, self-presentation and impression management; how the self operates in social interactions; how people respond to blows to their pride or threatened egotism, including effects on decision-making and aggression; the need to belong as a basic motivation, including what happens when people are rejected or excluded. Prejudice and Stereotyping Specific research includes the regulation of prejudice and the prejudice reduction process; the causes and consequences of negative affect in interracial interactions; the implications of race for responses to criminal suspects. Emotion Specific research includes emotional influences on judgment and decision-making, risk-taking, and social cognition; the self-regulation of emotional states; emotional experiences in the context of social interaction; psychophysiological processes and emotion. Evolutionary Psychology Specific research includes examination of evolved social cognition in areas such as romantic attraction and longterm relationships, power and dominance, social affiliation and rejection, prosocial/altruistic behavior, and prejudice; evolutionary approaches to human emotion and motivation; hormonal processes involved in social behavior. Health Specific research includes social processes in physical health (cancer prevention, healthy eating and physical activity, smoking cessation) and mental health (anxiety, depression, etc.); health communication; determinants of health protective or health-damaging behavior; judgment and decision making in the health context. Faculty: Baumeister, Ehrlinger, Gerend, Maner, Plant, Tice. Our social psychology labs use a variety of methods including psychophysiological assessments of people s responses to stimuli 10 Department of Psychology Florida State University

12 FACILITIES FACILITIES The Psychology Department moved into its new stateof-the-art building complex during the summer of The complex (see rendering below) consists of three connecting wings, each four stories tall, and a separate 220- seat auditorium. The new building features 49 research laboratories, faculty and graduate student office space, wireless communication, a clinical training and research clinic, the Florida Center for Reading Research, a neuroscience research center with a state-of-the-art vivarium, and undergraduate and graduate student computer rooms, consolidating the entire department into a single home of over 100,000 net square feet. Visit our web site for more details. The technical staff and support facilities are some of the best in the country. The facilities include fully equipped computer, electronic, machine, graphics and instrument design shops and are operated by experts in biomedical, electrical, and structural engineering, computer hardware and software support, and graphics design. Instruction in behavioral, physiological, and neuroanatomical techniques is provided both in formal course work and in laboratory settings. A molecular neuroscience laboratory provides equipment and training for studies of gene cloning and gene expression as well as techniques to measure levels of hormones and neurotransmitters. The department administers an on-campus Psychology Clinic that offers outpatient assessment and therapy services to members of the Tallahassee community and surrounding areas. This facility provides excellent clinical and research training for clinical students, who render services under close supervision of clinical faculty. One of the department s machinists assembles custom-designed equipment for a neuroscience lab s experiment The department moved into a new, state-of-the-art complex in August 2008 Department of Psychology Florida State University 11

13 TALLAHASSEE AND UNIVERSITY COMMUNITIES UNIVERSITY AND LOCAL COMMUNITIES Tallahassee is the center of government for Florida and is located in the northern panhandle of the state. The Tallahassee metropolitan area has a population of over 360,000 and is known for its warm climate and scenic beauty. It is a land of underwater caves and clear crystal springs, rolling hills and cool, deep woods. Lakes with some of the world s best freshwater fishing abound and the Gulf of Mexico is only 30-minutes away. Shopping, restaurants, and cultural events are plentiful. Surrounding wildlife refuges and national forests reveal eagles and alligators in their natural habitats and provide the perfect place for camping, picnicking, swimming, biking and exploring. Tallahassee s designation as an All-American City is evidence of the balance between its small-town charm and its place as one of America s 10 most-educated cities. Tallahassee is a progressive and active community. Florida State University has an enrollment of about 41,000, students, approximately 20% of whom are at the graduate and professional level. The beautiful campus contains excellent facilities for study, research, sports and cultural activities. SAMPLE ATTRACTIONS MUSIC Tallahassee showcases many talented local musicians who can be found playing any night of the week. In addition, annual music festivals feature jazz, blues, gospel, reggae, big band and more. DOWNTOWN MARKETPLACE Fine arts, crafts, authors, writers/poets, live jazz and farmer s market. Held every Saturday in a downtown park under live oaks with Spanish moss. MACLAY STATE GARDENS Impressive grounds feature 200+ floral varieties plus hiking, biking, nature trails, swimming, fishing and boating. SEVEN DAYS OF OPENING NIGHTS Premier annual event highlights the area s arts and cultural wealth and includes performances by nationally renowned musicians, actors, dance companies and more. 12 Department of Psychology Florida State University

14 UNIVERSITY AND LOCAL COMMUNITIES ST. MARKS NATIONAL WILDLIFE REFUGE Encompasses 68,000 acres along the Gulf Coast, home to more than 250 species of birds, waterfowl and diverse habitats including coastal marshes, islands, tidal cracks and estuaries of 7 rivers. Home to historic St. Marks Lighthouse built in WAKULLA SPRINGS STATE PARK One of the world s deepest freshwater springs features glass-bottom and river-boat tours, swimming, and trails. This is the site of many river scenes in Tarzan movies. FLORIDA CAVERNS STATE PARK Calcite formations, stalactites, stalagmites, columns, etc. in underground caverns. FSU FLYING HIGH CIRCUS Students perform daring highwire acrobatics and precision stunts under the big top. FSU SCHOOL OF THEATER One of the country s top ten theatre programs with three theaters. FSU SCHOOL OF MUSIC Over 400 performances and selected ticketed series. FSU SCHOOL OF DANCE A top ranked program in the US. Offers numerous performances throughout the year. FSU SPORTS Join our faculty and graduate students in intramural games of soccer, softball, kickball, volleyball, and flag football. Watch FSU s top ranked Seminole football and baseball teams and rising basketball team. GULF AND FRESH WATER BEACHES The surrounding area offers many pristine, beautiful beaches, as well as rivers, sinkholes, wetlands, forests, and estuaries. Sailing, canoeing, kayaking, scuba diving, snorkeling, and many other outdoor activities are available. Department of Psychology Florida State University 13

15 FINANCIAL INFORMATION The Department of Psychology at Florida State University makes every effort to provide financial assistance for graduate students in good standing in the department. Students who request financial assistance typically receive some kind of support throughout their graduate education. Sources of financial support include: Fellowships Training Grants Community Agency Placements Teaching Assistantships Minority Program Fellowships Research Assistantships Departmental Assistantships A separate application for financial assistance from the department is not required. Waivers of in-state and outof-state tuition typically accompany financial assistance awards. Information about several fellowships and assistantships available through Florida State University may be obtained on the web site of the Graduate School at Financial aid information is available at African American and Hispanic applicants are encouraged to inquire about the McKnight Doctoral Fellowship Program, a state-wide program that provides up to five years of support. The deadline is January 15. For information, contact the FSU Graduate School at or visit All minority students with strong academic records are encouraged to apply for a Ford Foundation Predoctoral Fellowship; see national-academies.org/fellowships. The Florida State University offers $5,000 fellowships through the Leslie N. Wilson - Delores Auzenne Assistantship for Minorities program (all minority students are eligible); the Department of Psychology nominates students for this university-wide competition. A scholarship in the name of Joseph H. Grosslight, a former chairperson, is awarded annually to two graduate teaching assistants to recognize and encourage excellence in undergraduate teaching on the part of graduate students in our department. Opportunities for graduate students to learn the philosophy and techniques of teaching and to apply those skills are excellent. Many of our teaching assistants have won university-wide awards for outstanding teaching. Teaching Assistants may participate in Preparing Future Faculty, a nationally-based program designed to prepare students for the full range of faculty roles subsumed by the terms teaching, research, and service. 14 Department of Psychology Florida State University

16 ADMISSIONS New students are accepted for enrollment in the doctoral programs only in the fall semester of each year and only for full-time study. Credit for master s thesis work and previous graduate course work is determined on an individual basis for students accepted with master s degrees from other institutions. Admission to graduate study is based on a combination of factors including (1) undergraduate and graduate GPA, (2) Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores, (3) strong letters of recommendation, (4) prior experience, and (5) the applicant s personal statement. Students who have demonstrated an interest in research prior to entering graduate study will be given priority. Applicants should be aware that a matching of student and faculty interests plays a major role in the admissions process. For any given year, approximately half of the faculty accept students to work in their research laboratories. Those students whose background and expressed areas of interest best match the research interests of these particular professors have an increased likelihood of being selected. It is therefore important that applicants carefully consider those faculty members with whom they would like to work prior to completing the application. Applicants must list the faculty members whose research best fits with their own interests and experiences, as this information is used in the matching process. Please note that we do not always know which faculty will be accepting students for their labs until after the admissions deadline, but faculty members who anticipate that they will accept students are listed on the online department application. The Department of Psychology adheres to the resolution adopted by the Council of Graduate Schools, which provides that a student has until April 15 to accept offers of admission and funding. A student who accepts an offer prior to April 15, and subsequently desires to withdraw, may submit in writing a resignation of the appointment at any time through April 15. However, an acceptance in force after April 15 is binding. Acceptance of an offer from another school requires a written release from the original institution. ADMISSIONS DEADLINES Please note the following deadline dates for receipt of materials: December 1, 2011 for Clinical Psychology Neuroscience December 15, 2011 for Social Psychology Cognitive Psychology January 13, 2012 for Developmental Psychology Department of Psychology Florida State University 15

17 APPLICATION PROCEDURES There are three steps to the application process. It is critical that each part of the application be sent or submitted to the correct address specified below. Applications received after the deadline will not be reviewed. 1 TO: University Online Application for Admission. Submit the application online. Completing the University Application will include uploading the following supporting documents: State of Purpose describing your areas of academic interest, relevant experiences, and career goals (preferably no more than 2-3 double spaced pages) must be uploaded. (required) Resume/Curriculum Vitae providing information about any teaching experience, research experience, presentation, relevant work experience, and any special skills you have received. (required) Unofficial transcript containing all coursework completed must be uploaded for faculty review. (required) Copy of your GRE scores (if available) In addition, Letters of Recommendation (3 required) must be submitted. Make sure to select the recommendation prompt when completing the application and provide information for three (3) recommendation providers. We request that you have your letter writers submit their letters of recommendation online. Note: the website asks if they will be submitted online, please select yes. $30 application fee (fee waivers are not available). Full instructions for what and how to upload can be found on the University application as well as at Note there are separate instructions for the Neuroscience and the other (Clinical, Cognitive, Developmental, and Social) doctoral programs. 2 TO: Departmental online application You must also complete the Departmental Online Application html. Note: The faculty review the applications via the Departmental online application. The information you upload to the University Online Application will be copied to the departmental online application. Failure to complete both applications will preclude successful application. Note the Neuroscience Program does not require completion of the departmental online application. 3 TO: Office of Admissions, Florida State University, P.O. Box Tallahassee, Florida Official GRE test scores. The General Test is required. As of this August, there will be a new version of the GRE test. We will accept scores from either the old or new version of the test. It is the applicant s responsibility to take the test in time for scores to be included on the departmental and university applications. FSU s institutional code is 5219 (required when having official scores sent to us). If the GRE scores are older than 5 years, it is necessary for the GRE to be retaken. Special care is used in interpreting the GRE scores of students who may have had an educational or cultural experience somewhat different from that of the traditional majority. Two (2) official copies of transcripts from each institution attended. 16 Department of Psychology Florida State University

18 APPLICATION PROCEDURES Please complete application materials PROMPTLY. There will be no extension of the deadline date and the faculty will not review incomplete files. It is therefore advisable to submit your materials as early as possible. It is the applicant s responsibility to have all required materials on file in our department by the deadline. You can check the completeness of your university application by logging onto If you have any questions about the application process you may send an to or call Please allow at least one day for receipt and processing of your materials prior to contacting us. If you discover close to the deadline that your application is incomplete, you may need to send us the materials via overnight mail or, if necessary, to our fax number at The only rare exception to the deadline date may be in the event that space is available in the entering class after April 15, at which time completed applications that had not been received by the application deadline may be considered. Department of Psychology Florida State University 17

19 OVERLAPPING FACULTY INTERESTS Addictive behavior: Bernat, Hull, Lang, Patrick, Rodefer, Schmidt, Taylor, Wang Adult psychopathology and intervention: Bernat, Carbonell, Cougle, Joiner, Lang, M. Licht, Maner, Patrick, Sachs-Ericsson, Schmidt, Taylor Aggression: Baumeister, Bernat, Kistner, Patrick, Wang Aging: Berkley, Boot, Charness, Kelley, M. Licht, Rodefer, Sachs- Ericsson Attention and visual perception: Bernat, Boot, Charness Behavioral neuroscience: Berkley, Bolanos, Contreras, Eckel, Hull, Rodefer, Spector, Wang, Williams Behavioral and molecular genetics: Eckel, Johnson, Joiner, Keel, Patrick, Schatschneider, Spector, Taylor, Wagner Belongingness and social rejection: Baumeister, Joiner, Kistner, Maner, Plant, Schmidt, Tice Clinical neuroscience: Berkley, Bernat, Eckel, Keel, Patrick, Rodefer, Taylor Cognitive neuroscience: Bernat, Boot, Johnson, Patrick, Rodefer Crime and delinquency: Bernat, Carbonell, Cougle, Kistner, Patrick, Taylor Developmental psychopathology and intervention: Joiner, Kistner, Lonigan, Wetherby Eating and eating-related disorders: Contreras, Eckel, Joiner, Keel, Lang, Rodefer, Spector, Williams Educational psychology: Connor, Ericsson, Lonigan, Plant, Schatschneider, Wagner Emotion and motivation: Baumeister, Berkley, Bernat, Ehrlinger, Ericsson, Hull, Joiner, Kistner, Lang, Maner, Patrick, Plant, Spector Evolutionary psychology: Baumeister, Hull, Joiner, Maner, Wang Expertise: Boot, Charness, Ericsson Family and life span developmental psychology: Connor, Kistner, Lonigan Gender and sex differences: Berkley, Carbonell, Contreras, Eckel, Ehrlinger, Hull, Keel, Kistner, Lang, Lonigan, Maner, Plant, Sachs- Ericsson, Schmidt, Wang Health psychology/behavioral medicine: Cougle, Gerend, B. Licht, M. Licht, Sachs-Ericsson, Schmidt Hormones and behavior: Berkley, Contreras, Eckel, Hull, Johnson, Keel, Maner, Rodefer, Spector, Wang, Williams Language comprehension: Connor, Kaschak, Lonigan, Wagner, Wetherby Learning disabilities: Connor, Lonigan, Schatschneider, Wagner, Wetherby Memory: Boot, Cougle, Ericsson, Kaschak, Kelley, Lang, Maner Neural development and plasticity: Berkley, Contreras, Hull, Hyson, Johnson, Wang Personality and individual differences: Baumeister, Bernat, Carbonell, Connor, Cougle, Ehrlinger, Gerend, Joiner, Keel, Kistner, Lang, Lonigan, Maner, Patrick, Plant, Schmidt, Taylor Psychometrics, testing and assessment: Carbonell, Connor, Joiner, M. Licht, Lonigan, Patrick, Schatschneider, Schmidt, Wagner Quantitative methods and research design: Joiner, Lonigan, Maner, Schatschneider, Schmidt, Wagner Race, ethnicity and cultural diversity: Carbonell, Connor, Joiner, Kistner, Lonigan, Maner, Plant, Sachs-Ericsson, Schmidt Reading: Connor, Kaschak, Lonigan, Schatschneider, Wagner Self-regulation/Self-control: Baumeister, Bernat, Connor, Cougle, Ericsson, Patrick, Plant, Tice Sensory processes: Berkley, Bernat, Boot, Connor, Contreras, Eckel, Hyson, Johnson, Spector, Wang Sexual behavior: Baumeister, Gerend, Hull, Kistner, Maner, Wang Suicidal behavior and self-injury: Cougle, Joiner, Patrick, Schmidt, Taylor Taste and feeding behavior: Contreras, Eckel, Spector, Williams Functional neuroanatomy: Berkley, Contreras, Eckel, Hull, Hyson, Johnson, Spector, Wang, Williams 18 Department of Psychology Florida State University

20 FACULTY Department of Psychology Faculty This section contains brief descriptions of faculty research interests. For a list of representative publications, please visit the department s web site at Baumeister, Roy F. (Social) Francis Eppes Professor of Psychology Ph.D., 1978, Princeton University. edu/~baumeistertice/index.html Self and identity, self-control, need to belong, emotion, power, aggression, sexuality, self-esteem, self-deception and motivated cognition, self-defeating behavior and irrationality, judgment and decision making, free will, and interdisciplinary approaches to psychology. Berkley, Karen J. (Neuroscience) McKenzie Professor Professor Emeritus Ph.D., 1968, University of Washington. edu/~berkleylab/ Neural mechanisms of pelvic visceral pain and endometriosis; influence of reproductive status on pain and on neural and visceral functions; endocannabinoid system involvement in visceral function and pain. Bernat, Edward S. (Clinical) Ph.D., 1997, University of Michigan edu/ faculty/bernat.dp.html Brain mechanisms underlying impulse control (externalizing) problems such as substance use/ abuse, antisocial behavior, and psychopathy. Analyses focus on measures of brain activity including EEG/MEG and MRI/fMRI. Bolaños, Carlos A. (Neuroscience) Ph.D., 2000, Northeastern University. webpage: faculty/bolanos/ Neurobiology of drug addiction; neuropsychopharmacology; signal transduction; animal models of mental/mood disorders. The goal is to better understand ways in which the developing and adult brain responds to environmental, pharmacological and genetic manipulations resulting in pathological conditions. Analyses involve the use of behavioral, neurochemical and psychopharmacological approaches, as well as in vivo gene transfer using viral vectors. Berler, Ellen S. (Clinical) Ph.D., 1980, State University of New York at Binghamton. edu/ faculty/berler.dp.html (Department Administration) Department of Psychology Florida State University 19

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