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The concentration in applied research is designed for students interested in pursuing a Ph.D. in various areas of psychology with an emphasis on applied research, such as sport psychology, police psychology, positive psychology, motivational psychology, multi-cultural psychology and clinical psychology.


Faculty and students in the Applied Research concentration apply diverse methods and findings from psychological science to solve practical problems of the human experience. Students will work in their mentor's specific area of applied psychology throughout their two years of course work, scholarly studies, and research.

Program Curriculum 

A complete listing of all courses associated with this program is listed in JMU's official graduate catalog.

Other experiences

In addition to course work and other requirements of the psychological sciences program (e.g., Apprenticeship, Research Roundtable), students participate in a monthly concentration meeting where faculty and students discuss published research and professional issues related to applied psychology.

For information about this concentration, please contact:
Dr. David Szwedo

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