Students are encouraged to take advantage of opportunities for training that extend beyond the Department of Psychology. Students whose interests lead them into allied disciplines will find valuable opportunities open in other departments at Yale. Biological courses are readily available in the Departments of Biology, Cellular and Molecular Physiology, Neuroanatomy, Neurology, and Psychiatry. Courses in group behavior, community structure and process, public opinion and social change are available in the Departments of Political Science and Sociology, the School of Management, and the Institution for Social and Policy Studies. Courses in the Department of Anthropology may be pertinent to several diverse interests of psychology students. Students with quantitative interests may wish to explore offerings in the School of Management, the Department of Statistics, and the Department of Computer Science. Students may also find numerous offerings of interest in the Department of Philosophy or the Department of Epidemiology and Public Health in the School of Medicine.
In addition to course work in these departments, psychology students may obtain research training in various other units in or near the University. Close working relationships with two affiliated laboratories near the Yale campus are especially important to students of sensory and perceptual processes: The John B. Pierce Foundation carries out research in sensory processes, and the Haskins Laboratories carry out research in speech perception and psycholinguistics. The Yale Magnetic Resonance Research Center holds state-of-the-art imaging capabilities that are available for research use.
For students whose interests require contact with children, opportunities are available in a number of settings. These include the Yale Child Study Center, Newborn Unit of Yale-New Haven Hospital, daycare centers, nurseries, and elementary schools in New Haven and surrounding communities, and a number of institutions for retarded and disturbed children. Research activities in clinical, social, and biological aspects of psychology are being pursued in several units of the Department of Psychiatry, the Connecticut Mental Health Center in New Haven and the West Haven Department of Veterans' Affairs Medical Center, several of whose members are also on the Department's faculty.