of their graduate training and are encouraged to gain research experience with more than one faculty member. As their interests and skills develop, students pursue more independent research projects. With 25 full-time faculty to serve as mentors for approximately
When applying to our program be sure to pick "Psychology & Social Behavior" under the "School of Social Ecology" on the admissions website. There is a different psychology program (described here) in the School of Social Sciences with a unique application system separate from our own. Please be careful to not apply to the wrong School and/or Department. On your application, please ALSO indicate your "specific area of interest" on your application as one of the following specializations. Also note that a concentration in Psychology & Law must be paired with a Specialization in one of our 4 major areas (Affective Science, Developmental, Health or Social/Personality).
Specialization in Developmental Psychology
The specialization in developmental psychology focuses on the development and adaptation of individuals across the life-span and the effects of variations in the social, physical, and cultural contexts of development at different points in the life-span. Coursework introduces students to developmental theories, concepts, and empirical research at all phases of the life course.
Specialization in Health Psychology
This specialization focuses on understanding the psychosocial and behavioral factors that influence the onset or progression of illness and disease and the effectiveness of health promotion programs and medical treatments. Training will allow students to develop a strong foundation in the theoretical perspectives, research methods, intervention strategies, ethical issues, and current controversies in the field of health psychology.
Specialization in Social/Personality Psychology
The specialization in social/personality psychology trains students to examine how features of the social environment and characteristics of individuals interact to influence behavior, cognition, and affect. Training will allow students to develop a strong foundation in the theoretical perspectives, research methods, and current controversies in the field of social/personality psychology. Special emphases include social cognition, emotion, subjective well-being, self and identity, personality resilience, interpersonal relations, cultural psychology, and adaptation to stress and perceived risks.
Specialization in Affective Science
Concentration in Psychology and Law
UCI has emerged as one of the world's leading centers for research and scholarship in the interdisciplinary field of Psychology and Law. The concentration in psychology & law (forensic psychology) endeavors to investigate issues and train graduate students to address problems that fall at the intersection between these fields. Click here to read about the Center for Psychology and Law at UC Irvine.
Master of Legal and Forensic Psychology
The Master of Legal and Forensic Psychology (MLFP) program focuses on the intersection of psychology and legal issues, with a greater emphasis on the use of psychological principles, theories, and research to better understand legal processes and systems. One of the strengths of this program is its promotion of interdisciplinary learning. At its core, the forensic and legal studies program integrates facets of psychology, forensics and the law. Students are immersed in an interdisciplinary field devoted to advancing scholarship, testing theories, and engaging in public service relevant to individuals’ participation and experiences in legal contexts. Click here to read learn more about this program.
Please note: UCI does not have a PhD in Forensic Psychology, however, you may select the concentration in Psychology & Law alongside another area of Psychology specialization.