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PhD, Psychology and Social Intervention

The Psychology and Social Intervention (PSI) doctorate prepares action scientists for diverse roles in academia and social research. You will be prepared to understand, transform, and improve the contexts and systems in which humans develop across the lifespan.

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Degree Details

Official Degree Title

PhD in Psychology and Social Intervention

Format
Full-time
Credits
51–66
Start Date
Fall
Application Deadline

PSI is a research-intensive degree with a strong quantitative training component that places a strong emphasis on:

  • understanding and assessing social settings, systems, and policies;
  • creating/improving, implementing and evaluating prevention and intervention programs; and
  • understanding various forms of diversity and structural inequality among individuals, institutions, communities, and societies.

Students work collaboratively with faculty mentors on a range of activities, including study design, data collection and analysis, manuscript preparation, conference presentations, policy briefs, and evaluation activities.

Program faculty study a wide range of ecologies (e.g., families, schools, neighborhoods, policy contexts, programs) and preventive and policy interventions (e.g., psychological, social, educational and health programs) locally, nationally and internationally. Our faculty also conduct research on how cultural factors and identities influence and interact with experiences of these ecologies and interventions. Our New York City location provides an ideal urban setting for studying many kinds of communities, combined with gateways to the world at large.

 

In the PSI program, we focus on providing the framework to help you:

  • develop methodological skills that enable analysis of change over time and within and across levels of human ecology

  • acquire abilities to apply psychological and social science principles to the understanding of social settings, social/cultural contexts, and social and policy interventions

  • develop abilities to conceptualize, interpret, evaluate and disseminate evidence-based social and policy interventions; and develop the ethical, interpersonal, organizational, and technical capacities to undertake high-quality professional work in psychology and social intervention

The PSI doctorate trains social scientists to work in a variety of settings so they understand the experiences of people in the contexts and systems in which they develop across the lifespan, and can transform and improve these contexts and systems. 

Our degree prepares students for diverse roles in academia and applied research. In the academic arena, our students are well positioned for jobs in psychology, human development, education, public health, and public policy. In the area of applied research, you will be prepared to obtain positions in research organizations, policy institutes, social service agencies, community-based organizations, and advocacy. 

Our rigorous theoretical and empirical training will position you extremely well to respond to the ever-increasing demand for evidence-based prevention and intervention strategies in health, education, and social services.

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If you’re an international student, you may be able to work in the United States after graduation for an extended period of time. Most students studying on F-1 visas will be eligible for 12 months of Optional Practical Training (OPT) off-campus work authorization. F-1 students in our program may also be eligible for the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, or Mathematics) OPT extension, allowing you to extend your time in the United States to pursue degree-related work experience for a total of 36 months or 3 years. For more information on who can apply for this extension visit NYU’s Office of Global Services: STEM OPT.

Admissions Fall 2021

Please note, the GRE test is optional for applications for Fall 2021 admission.

Funding 

NYU Steinhardt offers a competitive funding package for PhD students who study full time. Learn more about Steinhardt's funding opportunities.

NYU's IES-PIRT Program is committed to strengthening the pipeline of skilled researchers prepared to conduct rigorous and relevant education research. Qualified incoming PhD students may apply for a 4-year fellowship that includes a generous stipend, tuition coverage, and other benefits. Upon completion of the training, fellows are awarded an Education Sciences Certificate. Learn more about IES-PIRT. 

The NYU Abu Dhabi Global PhD Student Fellowship is offered in the areas of Cognitive & Perception and Social Psychology in collaboration with the NYU Graduate School of Arts and Science, and in the areas of Applied Psychology through NYU Steinhardt. The program generally involves one to two years of classwork at NYU New York, followed by three to four years of research at NYU Abu Dhabi. If selected, the doctorate is fully funded under the NYU Abu Dhabi Global PhD Student Fellowship for the entirety of the program. NYU Abu Dhabi Fellows have access to state-of-the-art facilities, including a dedicated neuroimaging lab, and the opportunity to work closely with psychology faculty members, who are engaged in cutting-edge research across a broad range of topics in perception, social, social-developmental, cognitive, and cognitive-developmental psychology. Learn more about the NYUAD Fellowship.  

Questions

Please review our FAQ page to find out more information about the PSI program and application process. 

If you have any additional questions about our degree, please feel free to contact us at applied.psychology@nyu.edu.