[CogSci] Oklahoma State University – Experimental Psychology PhD program

Kucker, Sarah C sarah.kucker at okstate.edu
Wed Nov 6 09:01:28 PST 2019

Dear Colleagues,

Please share with talented and motivated students interested in a PhD in Psychology!

Experimental Psychology PhD Program at Oklahoma State University

Faculty in the cognitive and development clusters in the Department of Psychology at Oklahoma State University are recruiting motivated and talented students interested in pursuing a PhD starting Fall 2019. Within the experimental program, there are particular strengths in cognition, language, memory, law and psychology, and development across the lifespan (see http://psychology.okstate.edu/academic-programs/graduate-programs/experimental-psychology ). The following cognitive faculty are recruiting students for fall 2019.

Dr. Sarah Kucker directs the Language, Learning, and Development Lab which focuses on language development, word learning, and categorization during infancy and early childhood. Intrinsic to this is a focus on the cognitive mechanisms (especially associative and implicit processes) that underlie learning across multiple domains, and the dynamic interplay of various factors over time to explain both typical and atypical developmental trajectories. More details can be found https://sarahkucker.wixsite.com/developmentokstate or by emailing Dr. Sarah Kucker at sarah.kucker at okstate.edu<mailto:sarah.kucker at okstate.edu>

Dr. Shelia Kennison directs the Cognitive Science Laboratory and conducts a range of research, including topics in cognition related to traditional psycholinguistics, communication and social processes involved in language, especially those involving bilingualism and trilingualism.  New research focuses on biological basis of behavior, especially involved in risk-taking in children and adults. More details can be found http://sheliakennison.wixsite.com/cognitivesciencelab or by emailing Dr. Kennison at shelia.kennison at okstate.edu<mailto:shelia.kennison at okstate.edu>.

Dr. Celinda Reese-Melancon directs the Memory and Cognitive Aging Lab and focuses her research efforts on prospective memory, metamemory, and collaborative cognition. She is particularly interested in age-related memory change and the relationship between strategy use and memory performance. Please see https://memoryandcognitiveaginglab.com or email Dr. Reese-Melancon at celinda.reese at okstate.edu<mailto:celinda.reese at okstate.edu>

Dr. Kara Moore directs the Cognitive, Attention, Law & Memory Laboratory which focuses on (1) children's and adults' use of metacognitive strategies to prevent false memories in particularly in eyewitness contexts and (2) the role of memory and attention in the search for missing and wanted persons. More details can be found at http://calmlab.mystrikingly.com/ or by emailing Dr. Moore at kara.moore at okstate.edu<mailto:kara.moore at okstate.edu>.

The Department of Psychology at Oklahoma State University admits only full-time students working toward a Ph.D. The M.S. degree is awarded as the first step in doctoral training. The Experimental Psychology program aims to provide students with a broad research-based training in the psychological sciences and offers four concentrations/tracks - cognitive, comparative-neurobiology, development, and social-personality. The department houses 11 full-time experimental faculty and an additional 12 clinical faculty who represent a diverse knowledge base. Students are encouraged to engage in research with multiple faculty and utilize the multiple opportunities for collaboration.

More information on the graduate program in psychology (both experimental and clinical psychology):


More information on the Experimental PhD program and application instructions: https://psychology.okstate.edu/academic-programs/graduate-programs/experimental-psychology

Applications are due December 1st and must be submitted online through the graduate college (https://grad.okstate.edu/apply/ ).

Interested candidates are encouraged to email informal inquiries or specific questions (along with their research interests) to prospective mentors.

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