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.