Psychology and Social Intervention (PhD)

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Program Description

The PhD Program in Psychology and Social Intervention prepares action scientists to work in a variety of settings in order to understand, transform, and improve the contexts and systems in which humans develop across the life span. The program places a strong emphasis on understanding and assessing social settings, systems, and policies; creating/improving, implementing and evaluating prevention and intervention programs; and understanding various forms of diversity and structural inequality among individuals, institutions, communities, and societies. This is a research-intensive program with a strong quantitative training component.

Program faculty study a wide range of ecologies (e.g., families, schools, neighborhoods, policy contexts, programs) and preventive and policy interventions (e.g., psychological, social, educational and health programs), locally, nationally, and internationally. Faculty also conduct research on how cultural factors and identities influence and interact with experiences of these ecologies and interventions, and collaborate with other social, behavioral, health and policy scientists at NYU, other universities, and service, community, and policy organizations. Students work collaboratively with faculty mentors on a range of activities in these research areas, including study design, data collection and analysis, manuscript preparations, conference presentations, policy briefs, and evaluation activities.


Admission to graduate programs in the Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development requires the following minimum components:

  • Résumé/CV
  • Statement of Purpose
  • Letters of Recommendation
  • Transcripts
  • Proficiency in English

See NYU Steinhardt's Graduate Admissions website for additional information on school-wide admission. Some programs may require additional components for admissions.

See How to Apply for admission requirements and instructions specific to this program.