Academic Catalog


Doctor of Philosophy Psychology with a Concentration in Health Psychology (PhD)

James F. Paulson, Graduate Program Director

Doctor of Philosophy - Psychology

The Doctor of Philosophy in Psychology program is comprised of three doctoral concentrations: Health Psychology, Human Factors Psychology, and Industrial/Organizational Psychology. The program involves a blend of core training and requirements and concentration-specific training and requirements.

Overview of Topical Areas

The health psychology doctoral program emphasizes psychological theory and research as they apply to understanding how psychological, behavioral, and cultural factors contribute to physical and emotional health and illness and how these can be used to create prevention and intervention programs that improve well-being.

The general philosophy and plan of the HP psychology program at Old Dominion University is to provide graduate training consisting of four phases:

  1. A core of basic courses in health psychology and related areas, acquired primarily at the master’s level.
  2. In-depth training in statistics, methodology, and grant and manuscript writing;
  3. Research experience in a field of health psychology;
  4. Completion of a dissertation representing a significant contribution to health psychology.