Social & Personality Psychology

Social Psychology

The Social/Personality Program at Texas A&M covers traditional topics in both subfields, as well as exciting topics in the interdisciplinary programs of affective science, diversity science, and personality processes. The research interests and expertise of our faculty are listed below. Collectively, we are strongly committed to training graduate students to be outstanding psychological scientists through a contemporary and structured graduate curriculum that involves students in research from the start of their graduate careers.

Our graduate program provides hands-on, apprenticeship-based training with an approximately 2:1 student-faculty ratio. Graduate students spend much of their time working closely with faculty and other graduate students on research projects. Students become heavily involved in research immediately upon arrival at Texas A&M and they are encouraged to become increasingly independent researchers during their graduate careers. Current students publish papers in high impact journals and have received awards from the Society for Personality and Social Psychology. Graduates of the program have obtained jobs at major research institutions, well-regarded private liberal arts colleges, and research-focused industries.

The Social/Personality program supports an active speaker series that brings in outstanding researchers from other universities each year. This series provides exposure to different perspectives on the field and the opportunity to network with professors at other institutions. Graduate students are also required to present during the speaker series to gain experience presenting and to obtain feedback on their ongoing research programs. This creates a supportive and exciting intellectual environment and helps graduate students become active contributors to a scholarly community.

Our faculty members are accomplished, energetic, and collaborative. They publish high-quality papers with their graduate student in leading outlets and they have received multiple research grants from agencies like the National Science Foundation and the National Institutes of Health. Members of the Social faculty currently serve as editors or associate editors of major journals. Applications for admission are due on December 1.



Accepting Applications
for 2016-2017

Adrienne Carter-Sowell                        

Chronic Social Exclusion and Social Pain Assessments; Intersectionality Experiences for Women of Color; Implicit Stereotyping toward Groups

Brent Donnellan

Personality Traits and Development; Self-Esteem and Narcissism; Temperament

Joshua Hicks

Psychological Well-Being ; Existential Psychology; Self Knowledge

Heather Lench

Emotion; Affective Forecasting; Optimistic Bias; Motivated Cognition

Vani Mathur

Pain; Empathy; Social and Cultural Neuroscience; Sociocultural Contributions to Heath Disparities

William Steve Rholes

Attachment Theory; Interpersonal Relationships; Mental Health

Phia Salter

Cultural Psychology; Critical Race Psychology; Collective Memory; Self and Identity

Rebecca Schlegel                     

Self and Identity; Well-being; Authenticity

Brandon Schmeichel

Motivation; Emotion; Self-control

Rachel Smallman Social Cognition; Counterfactual Thinking; Cognitive and motivational processes in decision-making. Yes


Curriculum for TAMU Social Graduate Program


Department of Psychology, Texas A&M University, 4235 TAMU, College Station, TX 77843-4235 • tel: (979) 845-2581
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