Women's Studies and Psychology

The Gender & Feminist Psychology Area draws on strengths within the Departments of Psychology and Women’s Studies. One of our most visible components is our unique and nationally recognized Doctoral Program (Ph.D.) in Psychology and Women’s Studies. The Gender & Feminist Psychology Area has been co-hosted by the Department of Women’s Studies since 1994 and became one of the nine areas within the University of Michigan Psychology Department in 1998.

Faculty in the Gender & Feminist Psychology Area are leaders in several fields and provide inter-disciplinary training experiences. Students can gain expertise in methods ranging from hormonal research, to experimental design, to survey design, to interview-based research. We have particular expertise in the psychological study of sexuality, a research area that has gained importance in the past decade. The psychological study of sexuality spans several important questions in psychology, including: the role of group disparities resulting from stigmas related to sexual orientation; feminist biosocial research on sexuality and intimacy; and the impact of social environments on the sexual development of children and young adults.

In addition, we have vibrant research programs addressing intersections of race/ethnicity with gender and sexual identities, women and work (especially science), feminist epistemology, political activism, gendered health, and mixed methodologies. Many of these contemporary trends distinguish feminist psychology from other subfields of psychology in their attention to the importance of sociopolitical conditions that influence how individuals develop.

Students in the Ph.D. program benefit from an active interdisciplinary cohort of students in Women’s Studies, opportunities for interdisciplinary research and mentoring, and the resources of a major research university. Graduates from the Ph.D. program hold postdoctoral fellowships at institutions including Brandeis and the University of Miami, and tenure-track faculty positions at Clark University, the University of Houston, and the University of Illinois at Chicago.

For more information, please contact us at:

Interdepartmental Doctoral Program in Women's Studies in Psychology
University of Michigan

Women's Studies in Psychology
1122 Lane Hall
204 South State Street
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1109
Phone: 734.763.2047
Fax: 734.764.9533