Behavioral Science | Department of Psychology

Behavioral Science

The Behavioral Science (B Sci) Program at the University of North Texas provides training for students interested in careers in behavioral research and teaching. Most students who are admitted aspire to a position in academics; however, opportunities for employment in private industry or research institutes also exist.

The program offers students training in both basic and applied research. Focus is on high quality training with intensive student-faculty involvement in joint research. Students are expected to participate actively in research with faculty members throughout their tenure in the program. This emphasis on one-to-one training allows students to acquire research skills while working on projects leading to publication or grant application. Students will eventually develop advanced knowledge and research expertise in one or more specialty area(s).

Faculty Specialty Areas

Dr. Heidemarie Blumenthal - anxiety, substance abuse, and developmental psychopathology. Teen ST.A.R. Laboratory website.

Dr. Adriel Boals - coping with stress and trauma, autobiographical memory, PTSD, and posttraumatic growth. Boals Laboratory website.

Dr. Casey Guillot - disposition, emotion, and addiction research, with a current focus on anxiety and smoking. DEAR Laboratory website.

Dr. Kimberly Kelly - immune and endocrine systems involved in the stress response. Kelly Laboratory website.

Dr. Yolanda Flores Niemann - stereotypes, microaggressions, and the effects of tokenism. Niemann Laboratory website.

Dr. Thomas Parsons - computational neuropsychology and simulation of executive function and self-regulation. CNS Laboratory website.

Dr. Camilo Ruggero - role of cognitive variables in bipolar disorder, depression, and mood disorders. MAP Laboratory website.

Dr. Anthony Ryals - how implicit and explicit processes interact within episodic memory. Ryals Laboratory website.

Dr. Rex Wright - determinants and cardiovascular correlates of effort, with focuses on fatigue, cognitive decline, and behavioral restraint. Wright Laboratory website.


Philosophy and Objectives:

The Behavioral Science program at the University of North Texas immerses students in scientific inquiry to prepare them for prominent roles as researchers and teachers in universities and as research consultants in business and industry, counseling centers, hospitals, mental health centers, medical schools and rehabilitation services. Students participate in investigation from the beginning of their training in the university's laboratories and interdisciplinary research centers.


Opportunities for Graduate Students:

The Behavioral Science program provides specialized training in human research while remaining flexible to accommodate individual interests. All students are expected to acquire expertise in research methodology and statistical analysis and for this reason, all students must meet in addition to a departmental core requirement, a Behavioral Science core course requirement. Please see our Program Manual for additional information.


Application Process:

The deadline for applications is December 1st. Please visit our admissions portal for more information: (Click here for Graduate Application).

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