Research Training

A broad range of research training opportunities is available in the Division of Psychology and the Department of Psychiatry. A formal research apprenticeship leading to the dissertation begins in the third year. Students are encouraged to identify research mentors and become involved in research early in their training. Students interested in research careers often decide to choose a mentor early in their training and volunteer on other research projects.

Three major areas of research concentration within psychology include:

  • Health psychology
  • Neuropsychology
  • Child/adolescent psychology

Students interested in pursuing a research emphasis in any of these areas are encouraged to indicate this interest when applying to the program.

The curriculum is designed as a full-time, four-year program, including four summers of full-time work. During the academic year, students may simultaneously be involved in classes, seminars, research apprenticeship, and clinical work. Formal research apprenticeships are required for the third and fourth years. Clinical experiences are offered in a wide variety of settings. In addition, there are many other learning opportunities through workshops, seminars, conferences and Grand Rounds available through UT Southwestern. In addition, students may avail themselves to the academic resources of neighboring universities such as The University of Texas at Dallas.

Recent Student Research Projects and Mentors

The Impact of Depressive Symptoms on Healthcare Utilization and Charges for Adolescents with Type 1 Diabetes (T1D).
Sunita Stewart, Ph.D.

Alexithymia in Adolescents with Inflammatory Bowel Disease.
Crista Wetherington, Ph.D.

Analysis of Neurocognitive Elements of Attention Following Chemotherapy Treatment. Cognitive dysfunction in aging and telemedicine applications of neuropsychology.
Munro Cullum, Ph.D.

A Cost Utility Analysis of Multidisciplinary Early Intervention Versus Treatment as Usual for an At-Risk Population with Acute Low Back Pain
Robert Gatchel, Ph.D.

Parental Optimism and its Relationship to Coping and Illness Management among Adolescents with Type 1 Diabetes
Deborah Wiebe, Ph.D.

Fearing the Worst: An Examination of Clinically Significant Parent-Reported Anxiety in Children with Secondary Generalized Seizures
Peter Stavinoha, Ph.D.

Dual Systems Models of Information Processing: An fMRI Investigation of Framing Effects and Individual Differences
Daniel Krawczyk, Ph.D.

Relationship Between Inflammatory Markers and Cognitive Function
Laura Lacritz, Ph.D.

Suicidal Ideation in Youth with Depression
Betsy Kennard, Psy.D.

The Relationship between Two Endophenotypes of Psychosis in Volunteers with Schizophrenia and Bipolar Disorder
Carol Tamminga, M.D.

Demographic and Mental health Predictors for Abusive Relationship Duration among Women Seeking Help for Intimate Partner Violence (IPV): A Multivariate Study
Carol North, M.D.

Validation Study of the Workplace Relationships Inventory: A Workplace Self-Report Measure of Adult Attachment Style
Monty Evans, Ph.D.