Our Program

Our department is internationally known for its innovated research, teaching and scholarship. Our mission is to prepare graduate students for professions in mental health, research, education and human services. Applicants interested in pursuing a degree psychology with an emphasis in behavior analysis, brain and cognition, combined clinical/counseling psychology, quantitative psychology, or school psychology are eligible for PDRF.

Our Facilities

Utah State Psychology Department graduate students are equipped with lab space through their primary mentor’s research lab. Our department is based out of the top floor of the Emma Eccles Jones Education Building as well as the state-of-the-art Sorenson Legacy Foundation Center for Clinical Excellence. Students seeking an emphasis in school psychology, behavior analysis, or combined clinical psychology/counseling will split time between buildings. The Sorenson Center is dedicated to conducting cutting-edge research and providing services and support to Cache Valley. Research is conducted by university faculty who typically have undergraduate and graduate students working in their labs. Some research programs may offer intervention services that are of interest to Sorenson Center clients as well as to the broader community. More information about the Psychology department’s impact and research.

Our PDRF Recipients

The USU Psychology Department has a long standing history of success with students in the PDRF program. The Psychology Department has matriculated three students through the PDRF program to graduation. Our recent alumni have obtained positions in academia including as an assistant professor at Western Michigan University and as post-doctoral fellows at Temple University and Boston Children’s Hospital Neighborhood Partnerships.

Faculty Reviews

“The PDRF did two important things for Samantha: (a) recognize her research excellence and (b) free up her time so she could potentiate her research productivity and impact.” – Melanie Domenech Rodríguez

“The PDRF has provided the opportunity for my students to focus more on their research and to be integrated more broadly into the research community on campus.” – Timothy Shahan

“About 9 years ago, Broke Smith received a PDRF at USU. The PDRF allowed her to explore her interests in translational science between behavior analysis and clinical psychology. The extra time allowed her to participate in the great behavioral program we have in the Psychology Department, in addition to our combined clinical/counseling program. She became expert in this line of work. That expertise helped her secure a faculty position in one of the most influential behavioral programs in the USA. She now runs her own research laboratory at Western Michigan University.” – Michael Twohig

PDRF Perks
  • Four-year fellowship
  • $10,000 scholarship (each year for four years)
  • Full-tuition award (each year for four years)
  • Departmental Assistantship
  • Health insurance
  • Enrollment in Research Certification
  • Exclusive socials, special guests, and trainings
  • One-on-one support from the Associate Vice President

Application Requirements

Please contact Hillary Fruge at with your questions.

  • Meet all School of Graduate Studies requirements for general admission to USU
  • Have at least a 3.5 cumulative GPA
  • Apply to the Ph.D. program by December 1, 2021 (exceptions may be made on a case-by-case situation)