Heidemarie Blumenthal, Assistant Professor; Ph.D., University of Arkansas. Etiology of anxiety and problematic substance use; developmental psychopathology.
Adriel Boals, Assistant Professor; Ph.D., North Carolina State University. Executive functioning and emotion; trauma memory and health; stress and memory.
Thomas Parsons,, Associate Professor; Ph.D., Fuller Graduate School of Psychology. Clinical neuropsychology; neurocognitive and affective regulation following trauma and/or neurological illness; virtual environments and artificial neural networks.
Linda L. Marshall, Professor; Ph.D., Boston University. Social psychology; personal relationships; stress; women’s health and other women’s issues.
Camilo Ruggero, Assistant Professor; Ph.D., University of Miami. Bipolar disorder; quantitative analyses.
John Ruiz, Assistant Professor; Ph.D., University of Utah. Social and physiological psychology; health psychology; cardiovascular illness.
Rex Wright, Professor; Ph.D., University of Kansas. Determinants and cardiovascular consequences of effort.
The Behavioral Science program at the University of North Texas is unique.
While most programs are highly focused, we expose you to a variety of content areas, including cognition, social, developmental, motivation, health and neuroscience. This approach allows you to pursue a focus with a fully informed background and better prepares you to work in collaborative research environments.
A Doctor of Philosophy degree in Behavioral Science will help you move into prominent roles as a researcher or professor at a university or as a research consultant with a counseling center, hospital, mental health center, medical school or rehabilitation services agency.
While pursuing your degree, you gain competence in research through course work, individual work with faculty members, vertical research teams led by faculty members and informal research experiences. The individual work is conducted simultaneously with projects leading to publication or grant application. You’re expected to participate in research with faculty members throughout your tenure in the program.
We provide specialized training in human research while staying flexible to allow the development of individual interests. For example, you may conduct research in memory and cognition, investigate stress and its physiological consequences, adolescent alcohol use or cardiovascular consequences of effort.
Key research areas for our faculty members include:
The program offers many teaching opportunities and support for professional development, and it maximizes training for research.
You need to meet the minimum requirements for the Toulouse Graduate School® and the department’s specific requirements. Graduate school requirements and possible exceptions are outlined at gradschool.unt.edu. The department’s requirements include submitting:
Undergraduates planning to apply for graduate training should take the GRE during their senior year.
Admission to this program is a committee decision and not determined by any one criterion or quantitative measure of achievement. Meeting minimum criteria doesn’t guarantee admission.
This degree program requires a minimum of 90 semester hours beyond the bachelor’s degree that includes:
Financial support for doctoral students is often provided through teaching and research assistantships, teaching fellowships and scholarships.
Doctoral students who are U.S. citizens or permanent residents may apply for a university fellowship, which can award up to $16,000 each year for three years. This fellowship also qualifies them for additional financial aid from teaching or research assistantships in the department.