- Program Director: Dr. William Revelle
One of the most important functions of psychologists today is using research to help solve human problems, both individual and societal. Psychologists contribute to the solution of human problems by creating new knowledge through research, as well as by translating that knowledge into action. Students in the Ph.D. training program in Personality at Northwestern University develop both research and consultative skills, so that they can collaborate with others in the real-world application of research findings. Within the Personality Program, students can acquire expertise in a number of subspecialties, including: individual differences, behavior genetics, motivational theory, psychopathology, and cognitive/behavior therapy.
Students who apply to Northwestern should have an interest in a scientific research career in psychology. However, our program is designed to produce scientists who are competent to answer both theoretical and applied questions.