Applied Cognitive and Brain Sciences Option


Applied Cognitive and Brain Sciences Psychology at UMKC is a full-time program of graduate study. Didactic instruction is integrated with research from the beginning of students’ training. Students are paired with a faculty mentor and become part of a lab where they learn how basic research is applied to practical problems and develop the knowledge and skills to carry out original research. These experiences are graded in complexity and designed to foster the development of cumulative knowledge and skill as the student progresses through the program. Click here to view a short, informational video about the Applied Cognitive and Brain Sciences (previously known as Experimental Health Psychology) option here at UMKC.

Areas of study representing core faculty research include:

  • Social cognition and health
  • Health in diverse communities
  • Infant, child, and adolescent cognition
  • Neuroeconomics
  • Affective neuroscience
  • Neuropsychology and applied neuroscience
  • Cognitive aging
  • Psychophysiology in cognition and mental health
  • Applied quantitative methods and measurement

In addition, students complete a Master’s Thesis, pass Comprehensive Examinations prior to candidacy for the doctoral degree and complete a dissertation leading to the Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Psychology degree.


The department’s goal is to provide 3-4 years of funding for students who progress successfully. While funding cannot be guaranteed, it is typical for first year students to receive a teaching or research assistantship that includes a 9-month stipend (currently approximately $10,000) as well as 9 credits per semester of tuition waivers that cover a substantial portion of the cost of tuition. Students are typically able to obtain funding for an additional two to three years through research assistantships, teaching assistantships, or teaching positions.  In addition, the university offers various Fellowship opportunities for students and many from psychology’s doctoral programs have successfully competed for these in the past.