PhD Program, Brown University

The Department of Cognitive, Linguistic, and Psychological Sciences (CLPS) at Brown University invites qualified applicants to apply to our Ph.D. programs for the 2019/20 academic year. Located in Providence, Rhode Island — a vibrant, affordable city close to Boston and New York — Brown University offers interdisciplinary training in developmental science in state-of-the-art facilities. Successful applicants are guaranteed five years of full tuition, stipend, summer funding, and research and travel support.

The following faculty are available to train graduate students:

  • Dima Amso studies development of attention and memory in typical and atypical development using combined behavioral, genetic, and neuroimaging measures.
  • Roman Feiman studies conceptual development, language acquisition, and experimental semantics and pragmatics. His focus is on compositional meaning in language and thought.
  • James Morgan investigates cognitive and environmental underpinnings of early language acquisition, with particular focus on speech perception and spoken word recognition.
  • David Sobel examines the development of reasoning and social cognition in both formal and informal learning environments. Topics of interest include causal learning, children’s pretense, selective learning, and development of prosocial behavior.

The CLPS department is home to several cutting-edge methodologies. Resources include:

  • Eye tracking and 3D manual reach tracking
  • Near infrared spectroscopy
  • Smart playroom for automated behavioral tracking
  • Mobile infant laboratory for community testing
  • Strong connections with Providence Children’s Museum for on-site research and dissemination.

For more information about the CLPS graduate program or to apply go to