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The Women's Studies Director of Graduate Studies is the primary advisor for first-year joint PhD students. It is recommended that first-year students consult with the Graduate Director at least once a term. The DPC liaison is considered a secondary advisor for first-year students. This person is familiar with both sets of requirements and should also be helpful in constructing a joint program.

Psychology students will work with their PSYCH 619 advisor. If the 619 advisor does not have an appointment in WS, joint students may seek out someone who holds a joint appointment in WS and Psychology as their joint program advisor and WS mentor. In their second and third years, WS and Psychology students will continue to be advised by their 619 advisors and/or their joint program advisor, as well as the faculty liaison.

All fourth and fifth year students will be advised by their dissertation chairs. In all years, the WS Graduate Director continues to be an important resource.