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In our joint PhD program, you will have the freedom to conduct research on topics that matter to you—whether that means focusing on specific questions in psychology or taking an interdisciplinary approach.

In recent years, our doctoral students have studied topics as diverse as the effect of language on adherence to social norms, the intuitive jurisprudence of punishment, and the consequences of perceived legitimacy for governance.

Overseen jointly by the Behavioral Science dissertation area at Chicago Booth and UChicago’s Department of Psychology, the Joint PhD Program in Psychology and Business connects social, cognitive, and organizational psychologists across Booth and the university.

Our Distinguished Behavioral Science and Psychology Faculty

This interdisciplinary program brings together behavioral science and psychology faculty who will teach you, advise you, mentor you, and guide your course of study and research.

Department of Psychology Faculty

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Behavioral Science Faculty

Shereen Chaudhry

Assistant Professor of Behavioral Science and Neubauer Family Faculty Fellow

Nicholas Epley

John Templeton Keller Professor of Behavioral Science and Neubauer Family Faculty Fellow

Ayelet Fishbach

Jeffrey Breakenridge Keller Professor of Behavioral Science and Marketing and IBM Corporation Faculty Scholar

Reid Hastie

Ralph and Dorothy Keller Distinguished Service Professor of Behavioral Science

Alex Koch

Assistant Professor of Behavioral Science and Asness Junior Faculty Fellow

Emma Levine

Associate Professor of Behavioral Science and Charles E. Merrill Faculty Scholar

Ann L. McGill

Sears Roebuck Professor of General Management, Marketing and Behavioral Science

Jane L. Risen

Professor of Behavioral Science and John E. Jeuck Faculty Fellow

Richard H. Thaler

Charles R. Walgreen Distinguished Service Professor of Behavioral Science and Economics

Alexander Todorov

Professor of Behavioral Science and Rosett Faculty Fellow

George Wu

John P. and Lillian A. Gould Professor of Behavioral Science

A Network of Support

Chicago Booth is home to several groundbreaking research centers that offer funding for PhD students while connecting them with peers and researchers from Booth and around the world.

Center for Decision Research
The Center for Decision Research (CDR) is devoted to the study of how individuals form judgments and make decisions. Researchers at the center examine the processes by which intuition, reasoning, and social interaction produce beliefs, judgments, and choices.

The PhD Experience at Booth

Juliana Schroeder, PhD ’15, talks about her research into how people convey their mental capacity to others.

Current Psychology and Business Students

PhD students interested in psychology and business come to Chicago Booth to research a range of topics, from the jurisprudence of punishment to the impulses behind dehumanization. They go on to careers in academia, industry, and beyond.

Spotlight on Research

Chicago Booth Review frequently highlights the work of PhD students and faculty in psychology and business.

How to Apply

To apply to the Joint Program in Psychology and Business through Chicago Booth, apply online for admission to the Behavioral Science dissertation area. Once admitted to Booth, you may apply to the joint program at any time during your first two years of study.