Health and Neuroscience Psychology Program

Health and Neuroscience Psychology Program

The Health and Neuroscience psychology program is designed to train researchers in health and behavior, working at the cutting-edge of interdisciplinary, biomedical and biobehavioral investigation in areas such as pain, stress, psychoimmunology, cancer, and aging.

Career Opportunities

Many career opportunities exist for Health Psychologists. Our students are successful researchers in academia, industry, government, and healthcare facilities conducting biomedical and biobehavioral investigations and providing consultation on health care and health care policy.

Specialization in Health Psychology (Graduate Advisor: Dr. Yuan Bo Peng)

The concentration in Health Psychology is designed to train researchers in health and behavior, working at the cutting-edge of interdisciplinary, biomedical and biobehavioral investigation in areas such as pain, stress, psychoimmunology, cancer, and aging.

Research requirements include general expectations of student involvement in research throughout their graduate career and specific milestones that must be accomplished in order, including the masters' research and preliminary examination, diagnostic/qualifying examinations, and the dissertation. Masters' research: Students must complete a significant research project with primary responsibility for its derivation, conduct, and/or analysis. This must be completed before students can seek candidacy for the Ph.D. Students must complete, analyze, and report on a major research project. Typically, this is an experiment or single study. For formal acceptance of an approved thesis so that the student can obtain an MS, University guidelines apply.

Specialization in Health Psychology

Students are ordinarily accepted for study towards the Ph.D. Some students without a Master’s degree can earn a Master's degree as a required milestone, with  28 hours in psychology, including six hours of thesis for the MS. It is designed to form the foundation work for doctoral programs. The MS requires that students complete the following required courses: Psyc (5110, 5112, 5405, 5307 (or 5324), 5333 (or 5334), 5313, and 5322. Students working towards the Ph.D. are also required to take 12 hours of approved electives, 12 hours of additional research and readings, at least 6 hours of advanced research, and 9 total hours of dissertation. Ph.D. requirements also include the qualifying examination, fulfilled by successfully completing a major area review paper, the specialty examination, and the dissertation

Assistantship Opportunities

Departmental Assistantships are available for many of our qualified first-year students. Larger stipends are awarded to advanced graduate students on assistantship. Graduate students on assistantship pay in-state tuition, even if they are out-of-state residents. For more details, see the Psychology Department Graduate Handbook.

Other opportunities for financial assistance are at the: 

UTA Office of Financial Aid