||FACILITIES AND RESOURCES
Many faculty hold cross-appointments in research centers on campus and the research scientists at these centers add to the breadth of training opportunities at Michigan. The following selective list highlights some centers of particular interest to social psychologists.
The UM Institute for Social Research
The social psychology program is closely connected to the Research Center for Group
Dynamics (RCGD), originally founded by Kurt Lewin. Research
programs within RCGD address issues of aggression, culture,
race, and self. RCGD is housed
within the Institute for
Social Research (ISR) and offers additional research
resources for the social psychology program, including lab
space. It also offers a summer school in psychological
methodology that attracts instructors and participants from
national and international universities.
ISR also houses the nation's leading academic center for survey research,
the Survey Research
Center (SRC), as well as the largest archive of survey data,
institutions provide social psychologists with outstanding
opportunities to leave the laboratory and to acquire skills in
survey research. Other programs address adolescent development, economic behavior,
the ethnography of everyday life, health and well-
being, prevention research, and aging. Many students participate in the SRC and ICPSR
summer training programs. To facilitate the involvement of
graduate students in SRC research programs, SRC offers a number
of graduate student fellowships, for which students can be
nominated by their department.
A third center within ISR is the Center for Political Studies, which
conducts (among other things) the National Election Study, the leading investigation of political attitudes and behavior in the United States. The
Population Studies Center completes ISR's portfolio of social science research centers and addresses issues of demography.
The Center for Human Growth and Development
The Center for Human Growth and Development (CHGD)
was established by the Regents of the University of
Michigan in 1964 to further the
understanding of the complex processes by which human
beings grow and develop. With multidisciplinary collaborations among biomedical, behavioral, and social scientists, the long-range goal of research and training at the Center is to optimize children's physical, cognitive, and socioemotional development.
The International Institute
offers many resources that are of interest to culture research.
It includes centers for Chinese Studies, Japanese Studies,
Korean Studies, Latin American and Caribbean Studies, Middle
Eastern Studies, as well as other regional programs.
Yaffe Center for Persuasive Communications
Begun in 1996, the Yaffe
Center is one of the world's pre-eminent academic centers
for the science and arts of Persuasive Communications. It brings
together those useful elements of this knowledge that today
exist in fields as diverse as psychology, advertising, design,
film and video, media studies, politics, popular culture,
religion, theater, and others. It sponsors conferences,
colloquia, courses, and discussions of new knowledge in frontier
areas on topics such as visual persuasion, designing persuasive
communications, cultural styles of processing persuasive
messages, and how the techniques of effective communication
might change with the introduction of new technologies.
Interdisciplinary Training Programs
Culture and Cognition
The Culture and
Cognition Program is completing its sixth year as a Rackham
Certificate granting unit. The program is jointly supported by
Anthropology, Psychology, and the Institute for Social Research.
The central mission of the program is to create and maintain an
inter-disciplinary intellectual environment favorable to the
exploration of the cultural context of human mental life and the
mental foundations of culture.
The University of Michigan's Decision Consortium is a University-wide distributed center for scholarship on decision making.
The Evolution and Human Adaptation Program
EHAP supports work by faculty and students at the University of Michigan in the area of
evolution and human behavior, including work relevant to
The Interdisciplinary Committee on Organizational Studies
ICOS has the
single goal of enhancing the University of Michigan's strength
as a world center for interdisciplinary research and scholarship
on organizations. We seek to enrich the intellectual environment
of Ph.D. students and faculty interested in organization
studies, by increasing the quality, breadth, depth, and
usefulness of organizational research.
Michigan Prevention Research Training Program
MPRT researchers work on: (1) developing testable process models pointing to factors that if manipulated, can promote well-being and reduce risk, (2) developing interventions targeted at those points in the process model where change is possible. Prevention
research combines an interest in basic topics in psychology and
sociology with an interest in creating change.
Program in Survey Methods
ISR's Program in Survey Methods focuses on survey methodology, the science of how to improve the quality of what we can learn through surveys. Survey methodology is recognized as both a scientific field and a professional practice. The field blends study of human behaviors (e.g., judgments and choice; interpersonal attribution) capable of producing errors in data with statistical methods that draw scientific inferences.
The University of Michigan launched MS and PhD, as well as
Certificate, degree programs in survey methodology in Fall 2002. These degree
programs are administered by an interdepartmental program, the
Program in Survey Methodology. The Program draws faculty and courses
from social, behavioral, and statistical science departments across the University. The Program is located at the Institute for Social Research, the world's largest university-based center for social science research.
Social Work and Psychology Program
The Ph.D. program in Social Work and Psychology was one of the original programs in 1957. Psychology's link with social work has traditionally been strong and is most evident in the
contributions psychology has made to social work theory in the
areas of individual, group and family treatment. Less obvious,
but no less important, is psychological knowledge that can be
applied to more macro level issues in social work having to do
with human service delivery in particular and social welfare
policy and planning in general.
Women's Studies and Psychology
The doctoral program in Women's Studies and Psychology is one of several graduate programs in Women's Studies at the University of Michigan. These include a graduate Certificate( equivalent to a
minor), and doctoral programs in English and in History. These programs provide students with conceptual and methodological tools grounded in the interdisciplinary perspectives of the Women's Studies Program.