The CDSS Doctoral Program in Psychology offers courses in topical areas of research and advanced methods. The latter provide students with the tools for rigorous and thorough theoretical and empirical analysis, such as experimental design, multivariate and longitudinal analysis, methods of evaluation and assessment as well as modelling of psychic processes.
At the Department of Psychology, research prioritizes a quantitative and, especially, an experimental approach, which both the basic research and the applied research focus on.
Empirical-analytical research with a quantitative focus, methodological diversity as well as interdisciplinarity are the linchpins of research conducted within the department and the School of Social Sciences. Furthermore the School of Social Sciences closely collaborates with the Otto Selz Institute and the Central Institute of Mental Health (ZI).
The CDSS works closely with the Research Training Group 'Statistical Modeling in Psychology' (SMiP). SMiP is a transregional collaboration of twelve renowned behavioral researchers from five German universities and aims to overcome a persistent and growing challenge in behavioral research, namely, the gap between substantive research in basic and applied fields of psychology and latest developments in statistical modeling and psychometrics.