The PhD in General Psychology with an Emphasis in Performance Psychology focuses on the psychology of human performance, in particular, professions that demand excellence in psychomotor performance. This program applies theories of emotion, cognition, and motivation to understand peak performance. The goal is to improve learning and performance conditions including regulating emotion, attention, information processing factors, strategies and decision-making. Course topics include foundations of performance psychology, psychomotor performance, principles of behavior modification, psychology of leadership, and performance enhancement.
In earning a PhD in General Psychology with an Emphasis in Performance Psychology, learners will examine empirical, research-based approaches to understanding mental and thought processes including memory, reasoning, intelligence, motivation and learning. Scholars will examine the social, group and multicultural factors affecting individual behavior, the influence of mass communication on social awareness, and control. The construction, analysis and interpretation of psychological tests to measure learning outcomes are also taught.
The application of performance psychology is broader than that of industrial/organizational psychology, though both share a common goal of improving employee performance through similar means, such as goal setting.
Students are advised to inquire directly with their state if they intend to pursue licensure, as this degree does not lead directly to licensure in and of itself. Entry to this program requires a graduate degree and related coursework.
For those seeking a doctoral level degree designed for those who want to consult or lead change management in an organization, you may also want to consider:
For some individuals, a doctoral degree may seem out of reach. At Grand Canyon University, we have developed a program that includes an integrated dissertation process as well as a dynamic community that supports you along your doctoral journey.
Unlike many programs where learners are expected to complete a core set of specializations prior to beginning their dissertation; at GCU learners begin the dissertation process from the beginning of their program of study. From the very first course where learners are introduced to the doctoral dispositions, through subsequent residencies and milestones, scholars progressively build the skills and understanding necessary to research, write the results and, finally, defend their dissertation.
* Please refer to the Academic Catalog for more information. Program subject to change.