Applied Experimental Concentration


The Applied Experimental Concentration is designed for those students who wish to do graduate work with a focus on research and its application in areas of psychology. Graduates from the Applied Experimental Concentration typically matriculate into doctoral programs at major universities or find employment in community college teaching, research centers, public agencies, or industry. The 36 sh curriculum provides depth in the basic content areas of psychology (cognitive neuroscience, cognitive, developmental, social), the research tools of psychology (research design, statistics), and in-depth study in the student’s field of interest through electives, independent study, supervised research, and the thesis. With a faculty advisor, each student develops an individualized program. Courses used to meet departmental core requirements may not be used to meet Applied Experimental specialization requirements.

Examples of possible emphasis include:

  • Biological Psychology
  • Cognitive Neuroscience
  • Cognitive Psychology
  • Developmental Psychology
  • Experimental Psychology
  • Health Psychology
  • Human Factors Psychology
  • Sensation and Perception

Research Opportunities

We have an active faculty conducting a wide range of both basic and applied research. Their current research interests include topics such as: autobiographical memory, critical thinking across the lifespan, human factors, normal and pathological aging, parent-child relationships, processes of attention and memory, sustained attention and visual working memory.

Students are consistently involved in faculty research and encouraged to pursue their own research interests. Their work is frequently presented at national and regional conferences and in many cases their work results in publications in refereed journals.


Why choose Psychology at UWF?

  1. The education and development of the individual student is our primary concern.
  2. We value teaching as much as research. Most classes are small, and students have easy access to faculty.
  3. Most classes are taught by our doctoral-level faculty. In addition, courses are taught by experienced local researchers and practitioners, as adjunct professors.
  4. Students interested in research may become involved in a wide range of existing research programs or pursue topics of particular interest or value to them.
  5. Many graduate students become authors on publications while at UWF, often as senior author. Publications greatly help students get into doctoral programs, attain desired employment and receive research funds.
  6. Many UWF students go on to doctoral programs or degree-related employment. By maintaining a quality program at UWF, we have facilitated our graduate students’ admission to doctoral programs and meaningful employment.

Have further questions?

If you need further information about our graduate program please contact us at psych@uwf.edu or 850-474-2969. For specific questions about the Applied Experimental Concentration contact Dr. Steven Kass at skass@uwf.edu or 850-474-2107.

Visit our campus!

The UWF Graduate School offers a Graduate School Campus Visit that is a walking tour of the campus and includes a visit to our department and an opportunity to meet our department chair or our academic coordinator.

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