Ready to move your career forward with a doctoral degree? Learn about Temple University’s psychology PhD program, its four areas of study and the sort of career moves it will prepare you to make. Need more info? Take a look at our psychology graduate resources and awards.

Program Overview

Behavior Lab

The Department of Psychology has four areas of study in the doctoral program:

All PhD applicants must meet the requirements for admission. Please visit the Psychology Graduate Admissions page to learn more about graduate program requirements, dates and deadlines and instructions on how to apply.

Doctoral students in Psychology also have the opportunity to complete an interdisciplinary Neuroscience specialization via the Neuroscience Program in the College of Liberal Arts. Students interested in the Specialization in Neuroscience should visit the Neuroscience Graduate page.

Psychology 5-Year Master’s Program (+1)

The +1 Master in Psychological Research offers outstanding Temple University psychology majors the opportunity to earn both the Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and the Master of Science in Psychological Research in just 5 years.


Individuals earning PhD degrees in Psychology have moved on to a variety of interesting and fulfilling positions. We have been consistently successful in placing our graduates in the types of positions they were hoping to obtain. Currently, it is typical for most individuals with newly earned Psychology PhD degrees to go on to postdoctoral research positions, and this holds for our students. Many of our graduates secure prestigious postdoctoral positions where they bring their skills and knowledge to the highest levels. Many of those students then obtain faculty positions at well-known institutions, where they carry out cutting-edge research in diverse areas from behavioral neuroscience to clinical science. Other students obtain research positions in various industries.

For questions related to the graduate program offerings in general, please contact:

Dr. Deborah Drabick
Director of Graduate Studies

Graduate Resources

Graduate Awards

Gifts from alumni and friends of the department can be directed to honor former faculty mentors, to support graduate student research and PhD program progress, and to promote science and science education in the grandest of traditions. By donating a gift to either the Shipley Research Prize or Bersh Award fund, you will ensure that each year, a deserving student can receive up to $1000 to put towards data collection or travel.


The Psychology Department values diversity and understands the importance of diverse perspectives for excellent scholarship and for creating a stimulating and creative learning environment. The Psychology Department’s Diversity Committee is committed to promoting the diversity and inclusion of students and faculty in our program.

Psychology Graduate Students for Inclusivity (PGSI)

PGSI is a graduate student group aimed at promoting diversity and inclusivity in the Temple University Psychology Department, in our research and in our clinical work. PGSI’s mission is to promote outreach and connect to Temple undergraduates of diverse, underrepresented and marginalized backgrounds; improve the recruitment and retention of graduate students from diverse, underrepresented and marginalized backgrounds and experiences; facilitate networking and connection with other campuses, and local and national groups that share our goal; and create a space for current psychology graduate students to discuss and reflect upon issues of diversity, multiculturalism, and inclusivity.

Main Office:
657 Weiss Hall
(215) 204-7321
Fax: (215) 204-5539

Peter Marshall, PhD
656 Weiss Hall
(215) 204-7360

Associate Chair:
Peter James, PhD
606 Weiss Hall
(215) 204-3409

Director of Graduate Studies:
Deborah Drabick, PhD
822 Weiss Hall
(215) 204-0957

Senior Administrator:
Veronica Holloway
(215) 204-2644

Senior Academic Coordinator:
Lauren McDuffie
657 Weiss Hall
(215) 204-7320

Graduate Coordinator:
Vanessa Allen-Smith
653 Weiss Hall
(215) 204-7667