Graduate Students

UNC-Psyc-and-Neuroscience-Transparent_smallerThe mission of the Department of Psychology and Neuroscience is to engage in psychological research and scholarship of the highest quality and to provide excellent teaching and service, informed and enhanced by our efforts to discover, synthesize, and transmit knowledge.

Our Ph.D. program in Psychology is designed to provide students with the knowledge, skills, and judgement needed to become active contributors at the highest-level to research, teach, and provide public and professional service in the community. The doctoral degree qualifies our graduates to become faculty members, researchers, licensed clinical psychologists, or policy-makers and administrators in fields related to psychology.

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Being a graduate student in the Cheatham Lab.


Location:  UNC Nutrition Research Institute (NRI) in Kannapolis, NC

(located 30 minutes north of Charlotte and 2 hours from the main campus in Chapel Hill)

Time Commitment: Coursework and teaching in Chapel Hill; 2 years. Research in Kannapolis; 2-3 years.

Other Responsibilities:  Host interview weekends, coordinate Developmental Lunch Speaker Series


Hear from our graduate students!


Kelly Sheppard5 August 2014 (Christa L Thomas)


We have state-of-the-art video-conferencing equipment that allows people in Kannapolis to attend talks and even classes in Chapel Hill and vice versa. From Kannapolis, you are able to remain active in the Developmental Psychology Program’s events and activities. Graduate students host Interview Weekends, run the Developmental Lunch speaker series, and get together for P-Social. Being in the Cheatham Lab gives you the best of both worlds. You can take advantage of the speaker series both on main campus and at the NRI, and you can become involved in research and projects in both locations.




Grant Canipe


I knew when I began my tenure in the Cheatham Lab that I would be bridging multiple fields of science as we explore the interface between nutrition, developmental cognitive neuroscience, and molecular biology.







Are you interested in being a graduate student in Dr. Cheatham's lab?


bestgradThe UNC-CH Developmental Program ranks 5th amongst all ranked developmental graduate programs across the nation by U.S. News & World Report for 2013! Please click here to see a full list of the rankings.

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