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Cognitive Psychology

Cognitive psychology is an active area of study at Colorado State University, as one of five doctoral programs offered by the Department of Psychology. We are committed to maintaining a nationally recognized program in cognitive psychology and training first-rate researchers and scholars in the science of the human mind. The research conducted by cognitive faculty members spans a variety of topics, with a focus on common interests in human learning and memory, perception, and performance.  Several faculty are also interested in cognitive aging.

A relatively small group of students participate in the Program (typically no more than 2-3 students per faculty member) so as to provide highly individualized graduate education, allow close collaboration with faculty, and promote frequent formal and informal interaction with faculty and peers. At the same time, the Program benefits from the facilities and resources of a large and thriving department at a Carnegie Foundation level-one research institute. There are, for example, opportunities for interdisciplinary education in other academic units, including the Department of Computer Science, College of Engineering, and Program in Molecular, Cellular and Integrative Neurosciences.

The Program is administered according to a mentorship model. New students are matched with a specific faculty member according to area of interest and by mutual consent of the student and faculty member. The faculty advisor serves as a mentor to the student, and with the student’s advisory committee, guides the student through the Program.

We only accept applications for the Fall semester.

Application due date is January 15th.

The cognitive program has suspended use of the GRE in admissions decisions during the 2020-2021 application cycle.

Application instructions and links are located here.

Lauren Bates – Assistant Professor, Flagler College

Lisa Blalock – Associate Professor, University of West Florida

John Blitch – ‎Senior Research Professor, US Air Force Academy

Kurt Braunlich – Postdoc, National Institute of Mental Health.

Julie Bugg – Associate Professor, Washington University in St. Louis

Shana Carpenter – Associate Professor, Iowa State University

Robert Gutzwiller – Assistant Professor, Arizona State University

Hannah Hausman – Assistant Professor, UC Santa Cruz

Bogdan Kostic – Associate Professor, Missouri State University

Megan Littrell – Educational Researcher, University of Colorado – Boulder

Vanessa Loaiza – Senior Lecturer, University of Essex (UK)

Geoffrey O’Shea –Professor, State University of New York, College at Oneonta 

Christopher Rowland – Assistant Professor, Eckerd College

Anthony Ryals – Assistant Professor, University of North Texas

Amanda Sensenig – Associate Professor, Goshen College

Danielle Sitzman – Associate Professor, Eastern Washington University

Nicholas Soderstrom – Lead Learning Scientist at Lasting Learning

K. Uma Tauber – Associate Professor, Texas Christian University

Nate Tenhundfeld – Assistant Professor, University of Alabama in Huntsville

Hillary Wehe – Assistant Professor, Davis & Elkins College

Nancy Zook – Senior Lecturer (Associate Professor), University of  West of England (UK)