What to Expect from GCU’s Performance Psychology PhD Program

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Grand Canyon University’s Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in General Psychology with an Emphasis in Performance Psychology is offered by the College of Doctoral Studies and focuses on the psychology of human performance and how it relates to professions that demand excellence in psychomotor performance. Learners can complete this program online or through evening classes. Continue reading to learn what you can expect from this performance psychology PhD program:

Study What Motivates Performance

Performance psychology is much like industrial and organizational psychology, in that it is focused on improving employee performance. As you earn this performance psychology PhD, you will study theories of cognition, emotion and motivation to gain a better understanding of peak performance. Also, learners in this program will explore the psychology of leadership, foundations of performance and principles of behavior modification.

Learn About Individual Behavior

While completing this performance psychology PhD program, you will examine research-based, empirical approaches for understanding thought processes and the effects of individual behavior. Other topics covered in the program’s courses include improving learning and performance conditions; how mass communication impacts social awareness and control; and the dimensions that influence decision-making, information-processing and emotion regulation.

Advance Your Performance Psychology Career

This program is often a great fit for learners who wish to consult, lead change management or advance their career in business, medical, sports, government, marketing, sales or higher education industries. Learners begin the integrated dissertation process on day one and complete two Doctoral Residencies to prepare them for career advancement.

At Grand Canyon University, our focus is on providing our learners with a quality education that supports their career goals. To find out more about our performance psychology PhD program, please visit the College of Doctoral Studies website or click the Request More Information button on this page.

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