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Move forward in your career with Capella University's online PhD in Psychology, Addiction Psychology specialization. This program is designed for professionals seeking to serve as academic, research, or administrative leaders in the field of addiction psychology, while building on your current expertise, tailoring your research to your interests, and exploring the latest theories, issues, and trends related to substance use and addictive behaviors.

This is one of few nonclinical doctoral specializations in addiction psychology available online. Our integrated dissertation approach sets you on a path to completing your dissertation with the support and guidance of experienced faculty right from the beginning.

The Building Blocks of Your PhD

In the PhD in Addiction Psychology program, you will begin work on your dissertation immediately. Our curriculum begins with programs of research to help you determine your topic and incorporates credit-bearing dissertation research seminars with assistance blended into coursework. Expert faculty, research methodologists, and advisors provide the right assistance at the right time; when you need it. Each facet of your education builds on the others to take you seamlessly through your program and to your goal of a PhD.

View a sample course sequence to understand program timing and see how your coursework, dissertation research seminars, comprehensive exams, and dissertation all fit together.

To learn more about this program, request more information and we will match you with an enrollment counselor who specializes in your area of study.

Degree Outcomes

With your PhD in Addiction Psychology, from Capella, you'll learn to synthesize principles and applications of addiction psychology theory and its evidence base, evaluate addiction psychology literature, and interpret knowledge of addiction psychology research and contribute to the field of psychology. You'll also learn to communicate knowledge about addiction psychology using accepted professional community standards. Discover specifically what you'll learn — and how you can apply it.

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Career Outcomes

Common jobs with an online PhD in Addiction Psychology include faculty position, center administrator, lecturer/speaker, program administrator or researcher. Potential career opportunities include academic positions and administrative or research positions in public or private treatment facilities, research institutions, or private businesses.