The Health Psychology PhD program began in 2016, and Dr. Perry became the first student to receive here PhD in 2021! She is headed to an NIH-funded postdoctoral fellowship at the Medical Social Sciences (MSS) department at Northwestern University.

Similar to our broader Psychological Science PhD program, incoming students typically have GPAs of 3.60 to 4.00. Across the PhD programs, >50% of Tulane psychology PhDs go on to secure academic positions. Since 2005, these positions have included tenure-track appointments at Syracuse University, George Mason University, Towson University, and Loyola University of New Orleans, clinical faculty appointments in the Department of Psychiatry at Tulane University, and post-doctoral appointments at Northwestern University, the University of Pennsylvania, Baylor College of Medicine, UCLA, UCSB, Johns Hopkins, and Harvard Medical School.

Given that our Health Psychology PhDs pursue research post-doctoral fellowships at elite institutions, they are expected to devote 50-55 hours/week to their research and training, produce at least 10 publications by graduation, and develop an identity as an emerging national leader in their chosen field. Many of our undergraduates also publish substantially. The program equips trainees for this success.