Psychology Courses

Psychology (PSY) courses

  • PSY 602 Learning Theories

    Recommended Prerequisite: PSY 121 and 3 additional hours of psychology. An introduction to contemporary theories about learning and behavior, emphasizing the experimental basis of these phenomena. May be taught concurrently with PSY 502. Cannot receive credit for both PSY 502 and PSY 602.

    Credit hoursLecture contact hoursLab contact hoursTypically offered
    330Spring
  • PSY 604 Forensic Child Psychology

    Recommended Prerequisite: PSY 121. Explores the basics of forensic psychology with emphasis on factors that affect children, how these factors are assessed and how communities intervene to reduce both child crime and child victimization. The class will involve text analysis as well as analysis of primary source readings. May be taught concurrently with PSY 505. Cannot receive credit for both PSY 505 and PSY 604.

    Credit hoursLecture contact hoursLab contact hoursTypically offered
    330Upon demand
  • PSY 606 Perception

    Recommended Prerequisite: PSY 121 and 3 additional hours of psychology. Nature of perception, concept formation and role of language. May be taught concurrently with PSY 506. Cannot receive credit for both PSY 506 and PSY 606.

    Credit hoursLecture contact hoursLab contact hoursTypically offered
    330Spring
  • PSY 612 Personality Theory and Systems

    Recommended Prerequisite: PSY 121 and PSY 304. Current theories of personality, research background and historical development. May be taught concurrently with PSY 512. Cannot receive credit for both PSY 512 and PSY 612.

    Credit hoursLecture contact hoursLab contact hoursTypically offered
    330Spring
  • PSY 613 Neuropsychology

    Introduction to the field of neuropsychology. Includes careers, history, behavioral changes after brain injury, assessment, and ethical considerations. May be taught concurrently with PSY 513. Cannot receive credit for both PSY 613 and PSY 513.

    Credit hoursLecture contact hoursLab contact hoursTypically offered
    330Upon demand
  • PSY 614 Introduction to Applied Behavior Analysis

    Serves as an introduction to the field of applied behavior analysis. During this course, students are introduced to content areas contained in the Behavior Analysis Certification Board Task List. This includes core concepts such as reinforcement, punishment, stimulus control, and principles of shaping. Students will be introduced to functional assessments and functional analyses. Additional topics include verbal behavior and ethical considerations for behavior analysts. May be taught concurrently with PSY 508. Cannot receive credit for both PSY 614 and PSY 508.

    Credit hoursLecture contact hoursLab contact hoursTypically offered
    330Fall
  • PSY 617 Psychology of Child Abuse and Exploitation

    Study of forensic issues related to child abuse and exploitation. Students will gain an understanding of the forensic and psychological issues that often arise during child abuse investigations. The Child Advocacy Center, Inc. will participate in the design of the course, thus the specific forensic issues discussed will remain current and may change based on the needs of the community. May be taught concurrently with PSY 514. Cannot receive credit for both PSY 617 and PSY 514.

    Credit hoursLecture contact hoursLab contact hoursTypically offered
    330Fall, Spring
  • PSY 619 Cognitive Development

    Recommended Prerequisite: PSY 121 and PSY 331 and 3 additional hours of psychology. Study of cognitive development in children and adolescents. Topics to be included: perception, memory, visual imagery, problem solving, language development, cognitive style, social learning theory, information processing theory, and Piaget's theory. Applications in education, child rearing, and behavior management. May be taught concurrently with PSY 519. Cannot receive credit for both PSY 519 and PSY 619.

    Credit hoursLecture contact hoursLab contact hoursTypically offered
    330Upon demand
  • PSY 622 Physiological Psychology

    Recommended Prerequisite: PSY 121 and 3 additional hours of psychology. Physiological correlates underlying behavior, including sensory and response mechanisms, central nervous system. May be taught concurrently with PSY 521. Cannot receive credit for both PSY 521 and PSY 622.

    Credit hoursLecture contact hoursLab contact hoursTypically offered
    330Fall
  • PSY 623 Psychology and Language

    Recommended Prerequisite: 6 hours of Psychology. An examination into the nature of and research in human language and its relationship to psychology. Topics will include the biological bases of language, speech production and perception, word recognition, sentence processing, reading, discourse, dyslexia, grammar and the lexicon. This course will cover current theories on these topics and experimental paradigms analyzing language and psychology. May be taught concurrently with PSY 523. Cannot receive credit for both PSY 623 and PSY 523.

    Credit hoursLecture contact hoursLab contact hoursTypically offered
    330Fall
  • PSY 625 Motivation and Emotions

    Recommended Prerequisite: PSY 121 and 3 additional hours of psychology. Psychological and physiological motives, needs, drives and instinctual mechanisms; emotional effects of these upon the organism. May be taught concurrently with PSY 525. Cannot receive credit for both PSY 525 and PSY 625.

    Credit hoursLecture contact hoursLab contact hoursTypically offered
    330Fall
  • PSY 627 Advanced Psychological Statistical Methods

    Recommended Prerequisite: introductory statistics course selected from PSY 200, 711; AGR 330; ECO 308; MTH 340; QBA 237; REC 328; SOC 302; or equivalent. A review of introductory statistics and investigation of research methods in behavioral sciences that require multivariate statistical models. This course takes an applied orientation and emphasizes the use of statistical packages. Topics include: linear models, principal components analysis, discriminant analysis, multiple regression analysis, multiple regression with categorical variables, and multi-factor ANOVA. May be taught concurrently with PSY 527. Cannot receive credit for both PSY 527 and PSY 627.

    Credit hoursLecture contact hoursLab contact hoursTypically offered
    330Spring
  • PSY 629 Psychological Tests and Measurements

    Recommended Prerequisite: PSY 121 and PSY 200 or equivalent. Theory and techniques underlying measurement of human traits and abilities. Critical analysis of intellectual, achievement, interest and personality tests, including their development, application and potential abuses. May be taught concurrently with PSY 529. Cannot receive credit for both PSY 529 and PSY 629.

    Credit hoursLecture contact hoursLab contact hoursTypically offered
    330Fall, Spring
  • PSY 633 Psychological Issues in Religion

    Recommended Prerequisite: PSY 121 and REL 100. Comprehensive overview of historical background, research methods, and contemporary issues involving behavior and religious beliefs. Psychological research in the areas of religious development and cognition will be included. May be taught concurrently with PSY 533. Cannot receive credit for both PSY 533 and PSY 633.

    Credit hoursLecture contact hoursLab contact hoursTypically offered
    330Fall
  • PSY 634 Psychology of Infancy

    Recommended Prerequisite: PSY 121 and PSY 331. Theory and research on the maturation and cognition of the human infant in the first two years, from a developmental psychometric perspective. General principles of the mental and motor assessment of the infant and interpretation will be emphasized through class demonstrations so that the student may understand the use of these procedures in interpreting development and research. May be taught concurrently with PSY 534. Cannot receive credit for both PSY 634 and PSY 534.

    Credit hoursLecture contact hoursLab contact hoursTypically offered
    330Upon demand
  • PSY 635 Discipline and Social Behavior in the Classroom

    Recommended Prerequisite: PSY 121; and either PSY 360, PSY 380, PSY 385, or PSY 390. Provides a psychological perspective of individual and social factors necessary to develop an effective eclectic approach to discipline and an understanding of social behavior in the classroom. Includes an emphasis on personal, social, and motivational development. May be taught concurrently with PSY 535. Cannot receive credit for both PSY 535 and PSY 635.

    Credit hoursLecture contact hoursLab contact hoursTypically offered
    330Upon demand
  • PSY 648 Psychological Testing in Remedial Reading

    Prerequisite: permission of department head.

    Techniques and skills in utilizing psychological tests as they pertain to diagnosing reading disabilities and prediction of success in remedial programs. Students receive supervised practice in administration. May be taught concurrently with PSY 550. Cannot receive credit for both PSY 550 and PSY 648.

    Credit hoursLecture contact hoursLab contact hoursTypically offered
    322Upon demand
  • PSY 649 Developing Sport Team Leaders

    This course delivers leadership, team processes, and motivation principles to help coaches develop the leadership skills of sport team athletes. This course aligns sport program goals with educational goals by utilizing athletic settings to promote skills that student-athletes can apply on sport teams and in other group settings. Coaches will learn how to set specific leadership goals with team leader-athletes and will learn concrete and constructive ways to mentor leader-athletes. Coaches will use course principles to construct a plan for developing sport team leaders and for making "team leadership" a core team value. May be taught concurrently with PSY 555. Cannot receive credit for both PSY 555 and PSY 649.

    Credit hoursLecture contact hoursLab contact hoursTypically offered
    110Upon demand
  • PSY 656 Developing Sport Team Leaders Practicum

    Prerequisite: PSY 649 or concurrent enrollment.

    Complementing PSY 649 Developing Sport Team Leadership, this course provides a 2-credit option for students to document the application of a leadership development plan on a sport team. This course reinforces the value of leadership and leadership development on sport teams by helping to make "team leadership" a core team value. Advancing this objective, students learn to align the values of sport teams with the broader values of educational institutions. Students taking this course must provide evidence that they have permission to implement a leadership development program on an organized sport team prior to enrolling in the class (hours the student spends with the team must exceed 90 hours). May be taught concurrently with PSY 556. Cannot receive credit for both PSY 556 and PSY 656.

    Credit hoursLecture contact hoursLab contact hoursTypically offered
    220Upon demand
  • PSY 657 Forensic Psychology: Child Abuse and the Law

    Study of the legal issues related to child abuse and exploitation. Students will gain an understanding of the law pertaining to child cases and how interactions with children can bolster or diminish the quality of children's memory report as seen by the judicial system. The Greene County Prosecutor's Office will participate in the design of this course, thus the specific legal issues discussed will remain current and may change based on the needs of the community. May be taught concurrently with PSY 557. Cannot receive credit for both PSY 657 and PSY 557. Identical with CRM 657. Cannot receive credit for both PSY 657 and CRM 657.

    Credit hoursLecture contact hoursLab contact hoursTypically offered
    330Fall, Spring
  • PSY 669 Psychological Effects of Dementia

    Recommended Prerequisite: PSY 121 and PSY 370. Description of dementias, with particular references to Alzheimer's Disease and with emphasis on behavioral consequences for both patient and caregiver. Directed practicum. May be taught concurrently with PSY 565. Cannot receive credit for both PSY 565 and PSY 669.

    Credit hoursLecture contact hoursLab contact hoursTypically offered
    424Upon demand
  • PSY 695 Specialized Topics in Psychology

    Recommended Prerequisite: 9 hours of Psychology. Specialized investigation into selected topics in psychology. Graduate students will be required to complete an extra project to be determined by the instructor. Variable content course. May be repeated to a maximum of nine hours if topic is different. May be taught concurrently with PSY 597. Cannot receive credit for both PSY 695 and PSY 597.

    Credit hoursLecture contact hoursLab contact hoursTypically offered
    1-3Upon demand
  • PSY 700 Problems of Psychology

    Individual investigation into a problem or problems of concern to the student and deemed of significance by the instructor. Written report required.

    Credit hoursLecture contact hoursLab contact hoursTypically offered
    1-3Upon demand
  • PSY 701 Symposium in Psychology

    Specific topics selected to introduce graduate students to research and theory. May be repeated to a maximum of six hours.

    Credit hoursLecture contact hoursLab contact hoursTypically offered
    1-3Upon demand
  • PSY 703 Human Growth and Development

    Depth investigation of growth and development during elementary school years. Experimental evidence and clinical evaluations used to supplement consideration of major theories of development.

    Credit hoursLecture contact hoursLab contact hoursTypically offered
    330Upon demand
  • PSY 705 Psychology of Adolescence

    Depth investigation of growth and development during the adolescent period. Experimental evidence and clinical evaluation used to supplement consideration of major theories of adolescence.

    Credit hoursLecture contact hoursLab contact hoursTypically offered
    330Upon demand
  • PSY 707 Psychology of the Adult

    Development of intellectual functions, personality, and social psychological processes across the adult life span will be emphasized. Normal as well as abnormal phenomena unique to young, middle-aged, and elderly adults will also be considered.

    Credit hoursLecture contact hoursLab contact hoursTypically offered
    330Upon demand
  • PSY 708 Memory

    Provides in-depth analyses of historical and current theories and associated research in higher mental cognition processing. Primary emphasis is on normal human adult functioning, although associated topics such as cognitive development, learning dysfunctions and skill enhancement will be considered.

    Credit hoursLecture contact hoursLab contact hoursTypically offered
    330Fall
  • PSY 709 Psychological Evaluation of Pre-School Children

    Program involving both theory and practice in psychological evaluation of pre-school children.

    Credit hoursLecture contact hoursLab contact hoursTypically offered
    330Upon demand
  • PSY 710 Psychology of Education

    Orientation to the use of psychology in education.

    Credit hoursLecture contact hoursLab contact hoursTypically offered
    330Fall
  • PSY 711 Introductory Statistics for Education and Psychology

    Statistical techniques used in education and psychology; overview of scaling techniques, sampling, descriptive techniques, inferential techniques (to include t and x2), reliability and validity.

    Credit hoursLecture contact hoursLab contact hoursTypically offered
    330Upon demand
  • PSY 716 Applied Psychology in Human Resource Management

    A survey of the psychological principles, theory, and research related to human resource practices in organizations. Topics include job analysis, performance appraisal and criterion development, EEO compliance, individual differences measurement, selection and validation research.

    Credit hoursLecture contact hoursLab contact hoursTypically offered
    322Upon demand
  • PSY 718 Organizational Psychology

    Recommended Prerequisite: PSY 121 and PSY 304. A survey of the psychological principles, theory, and research related to behavior in organizations. Topics include work motivation, job satisfaction and performance, leadership and group processes, organizational design and development.

    Credit hoursLecture contact hoursLab contact hoursTypically offered
    330Upon demand
  • PSY 720 Individual Intelligence Testing

    Prerequisite: PSY 629 or COU 701.

    Analysis of individual tests of intelligence; Wechsler Scales and the Revised Stanford Binet. Students receive supervised practice in administration, scoring and interpretation of individual tests.

    Credit hoursLecture contact hoursLab contact hoursTypically offered
    322Fall, Spring
  • PSY 721 Individual Intelligence Testing II

    Prerequisite: PSY 629 or COU 701.

    Analysis of individual tests of intelligence; Stanford-Binet Fourth Edition and Kaufman Assessment Battery for Children. Students will receive supervised practice in administration, scoring, and interpretation.

    Credit hoursLecture contact hoursLab contact hoursTypically offered
    322Upon demand
  • PSY 730 Projective Techniques

    Prerequisite: COU 701 and PSY 720.

    Introduction to theory of and basic underlying projective methods.

    Credit hoursLecture contact hoursLab contact hoursTypically offered
    330Upon demand
  • PSY 740 Psychological Assessment

    Prerequisite: admission to MS in Psychology program.

    Students of clinical psychology will be introduced to the process of psychological diagnosis. They will be expected to master the administration, scoring, and interpretation of individual instruments and become acquainted with the foundations and theory and research on which they rest. In addition the course will emphasize the differential applicability of tests and assessment techniques to a wide range of referral problems and the principles of clinical inference that may be used to interpret, integrate, and communicate their diagnostic findings.

    Credit hoursLecture contact hoursLab contact hoursTypically offered
    330Spring
  • PSY 742 Practicum in Psychological Assessment

    Prerequisite: PSY 740 and PSY 750 and permission of instructor.

    Supervised experience in assessment, diagnoses and report-writing with clients at a community mental health facility. Site arrangements must be made by the Practicum Coordinator during the preceding semester. Consists of a one-hour seminar on campus and 4 hours at the practicum site each week. May be repeated and a minimum grade of "B" must be maintained.

    Credit hoursLecture contact hoursLab contact hoursTypically offered
    314Upon demand
  • PSY 745 Statistics and Research Design

    Recommended Prerequisite: introductory statistics course from PSY 200, 611; AGR 330; ECO 308; MTH 340; QBA 237; REC 328; SOC 302; or equivalent. Use of the Analysis of Variance (ANOVA) Models and Multivariate Analysis in the design and analysis of psychological experiments.

    Credit hoursLecture contact hoursLab contact hoursTypically offered
    322Fall
  • PSY 747 Single Subject Research Design in Applied Behavior Analysis

    Prerequisite: admission to Applied Behavior Analysis program or permission of instructor.

    Provides instruction in the use of single subject design research methods, in both experimental and applied settings. Instruction provided in behavioral measurement via direct and indirect observation, the employment of group and individual (single-subject) time series designs, statistical approaches for within-group and single-subject design data analysis and interpretation, and use of data to evaluate interventions. The course also considers professional issues in the ethical conduct of research and practice.

    Credit hoursLecture contact hoursLab contact hoursTypically offered
    330Fall
  • PSY 750 Advanced Survey of Psychology

    Reinforce breadth of knowledge of psychology in the areas of Biological bases of behavior, Sensation and Perception, Memory, Cognition, Motivation, Development and Social Psychology.

    Credit hoursLecture contact hoursLab contact hoursTypically offered
    330Fall
  • PSY 751 Seminar in Methods of Research

    Prerequisite: PSY 710 and PSY 711.

    Investigation of research methods employed in education and psychology.

    Credit hoursLecture contact hoursLab contact hoursTypically offered
    330Upon demand
  • PSY 752 Research Methods

    Prerequisite: PSY 745.

    Provides an understanding of the research methods employed in experimental and applied settings. Includes ethical considerations.

    Credit hoursLecture contact hoursLab contact hoursTypically offered
    330Spring
  • PSY 753 Program Evaluation

    Prerequisite: PSY 745.

    The application of research methods to the evaluation of programs and planned change interventions in organizations.

    Credit hoursLecture contact hoursLab contact hoursTypically offered
    330Upon demand
  • PSY 757 Observational Methods and Functional Assessment

    Prerequisite: admission to the Applied Behavior Analysis program or permission of instructor.

    Recommended Prerequisite: PSY 614. Current research and best practices in the area of behavioral assessment. Topics include behavioral definitions, observational recording techniques, data analysis, functional and stimulus preference assessment methods, and issues of validity and reliability of measurement.

    Credit hoursLecture contact hoursLab contact hoursTypically offered
    330Spring
  • PSY 759 Teaching of Psychology

    Must be taken prior to or concurrent with first teaching of any regular or laboratory section of any course. Preparation for teaching college courses, includes development of personal philosophies of teaching; suggestions for active student learning; maintaining student motivation; preparing assignments, in-class presentations, and exams; grading; and classroom management. Designed to help graduate students prepare for their first independent college teaching experiences.

    Credit hoursLecture contact hoursLab contact hoursTypically offered
    110Upon demand
  • PSY 760 Clinical Communication Skills

    Prerequisite: admission to MS in psychology.

    Introduction to the nature of the helping process with emphasis on strategies of behavior change, interpersonal communication, and development of basic helping skills.

    Credit hoursLecture contact hoursLab contact hoursTypically offered
    330Fall
  • PSY 761 Ethical and Professional Issues

    Prerequisite: admission to MS in Psychology or Applied Behavior Analysis.

    An exploration of ethical issues, including values, professional responsibilities, and professional ethics codes. Issues are explored both from ethical and legal perspectives. Current professional issues, such as changing modes of assessment and intervention, are examined.

    Credit hoursLecture contact hoursLab contact hoursTypically offered
    330Fall
  • PSY 764 Group Psychotherapy

    Prerequisite: permission of instructor.

    An extensive analysis of the factors contributing to the development and maintenance of therapeutic groups in a variety of settings. The prevention and education uses of small groups and small group processes will be included.

    Credit hoursLecture contact hoursLab contact hoursTypically offered
    330Upon demand
  • PSY 765 Psychotherapy and Counseling: Theories and Techniques

    Prerequisite: admission to MS in Psychology program.

    Investigation of the major theoretical approaches and strategies of psychotherapy and counseling along with the techniques associated with each theory. Emphasis on theoretical bases and critical analysis of comparative research.

    Credit hoursLecture contact hoursLab contact hoursTypically offered
    330Spring
  • PSY 766 Psychopathology

    Prerequisite: permission of instructor.

    Focus is on the differential diagnosis of psychological disorders, the appropriate use of current diagnostic systems, and relevant research.

    Credit hoursLecture contact hoursLab contact hoursTypically offered
    330Fall
  • PSY 767 Behavior Disorders of Childhood

    Prerequisite: PSY 766.

    Course focuses on assessment and treatment of common childhood behavior disorders. The course emphasizes 1) the study of biological, behavioral, cognitive, and systemic variables in the development of childhood behavior disorders; 2) training in multiaxial diagnostic assessment; and 3) interventions.

    Credit hoursLecture contact hoursLab contact hoursTypically offered
    330Spring
  • PSY 768 Personality and Social Development

    A survey of the major theoretical and practical issues in the study of personality and social development. The course will focus on application of personality to universal human concerns.

    Credit hoursLecture contact hoursLab contact hoursTypically offered
    330Upon demand
  • PSY 770 Behavioral Systems Analysis

    Prerequisite: admission to the MS in Applied Behavior Analysis program or permission of instructor.

    Behavioral Systems Analysis (BSA) comes from a synthesis of the fields of behavior analysis and systems analysis and can be defined as the analysis of behavior that occurs in complex and organized social environments. This course will cover applications of BSA in order to promote behavioral solutions to socially significant practices within large social units like organizations and cultures. Applications will focus on settings such as organizations and the culture more broadly from a functional contextual perspective.

    Credit hoursLecture contact hoursLab contact hoursTypically offered
    330Fall (even-numbered years)
  • PSY 771 Occupational Health Psychology

    Prerequisite: PSY 718.

    An in-depth consideration of the psychological principles, theory, research, applications and problems associated with occupational stress, safety and health. Topics include personal, organizational, work-related and social antecedents to stress, as well as the short-term and long-term responses to stress.

    Credit hoursLecture contact hoursLab contact hoursTypically offered
    330Spring
  • PSY 772 Performance Assessment

    Prerequisite: PSY 716 and PSY 745.

    An in-depth consideration of theory, research, applications and problems of performance assessment in organizations. Topics include criterion development and validation, models of effectiveness, performance appraisal, methods and sources of evaluation, performance feedback, team performance measurement, and biases in assessment.

    Credit hoursLecture contact hoursLab contact hoursTypically offered
    330Upon demand
  • PSY 773 Human Factors

    Prerequisite: PSY 751.

    Provides an introduction to human factors engineering (ergonomics) primarily in the workplace. Involves emphasis on analyzing job requirements, human capabilities, human-machine interactions, and safety.

    Credit hoursLecture contact hoursLab contact hoursTypically offered
    330Upon demand
  • PSY 774 Training and Development

    Prerequisite: PSY 716 and PSY 718.

    An in-depth consideration of theory, research, applications, and problems in the design, conduct and evaluation of training programs in organizational settings. Topics include needs assessment, theories of learning and motivation, transfer of training, and evaluation of training processes and outcomes.

    Credit hoursLecture contact hoursLab contact hoursTypically offered
    330Upon demand
  • PSY 776 Personnel Selection, Placement and Classification

    Prerequisite: PSY 716 and PSY 745.

    An in-depth consideration of the theory, research, applications, and problems in matching of individual needs, preferences, skills and abilities with the needs and preferences of organizations. Topics include job analysis, theories of human performance, test development and use, alternative selection techniques, EEO law, criterion development, and validation of selection decisions.

    Credit hoursLecture contact hoursLab contact hoursTypically offered
    330Upon demand
  • PSY 777 Conceptual Foundations of Applied Behavioral Science

    Prerequisite: admission to Applied Behavior Analysis program or permission of instructor.

    The course addresses the history of behavior analysis, philosophy of science, advanced behavioral principles and processes and their application to various content domains in the behavioral, social, and cognitive sciences (e.g., emotion, language, cognition, and culture).

    Credit hoursLecture contact hoursLab contact hoursTypically offered
    330Spring
  • PSY 778 Group Processes

    Prerequisite: PSY 718.

    An in-depth consideration of theory, research, applications, and problems in group processes in organizations. Topics include models and typologies of group performance, group decision making, group social influence and ecology, leadership, and team staffing and development.

    Credit hoursLecture contact hoursLab contact hoursTypically offered
    330Upon demand
  • PSY 779 Topics in Industrial-Organizational Psychology

    Prerequisite: PSY 716 and PSY 718.

    Advanced study of selected topics in I-O psychology. Course requirements include extensive readings and a paper. May be repeated to a maximum of nine hours if different topics.

    Credit hoursLecture contact hoursLab contact hoursTypically offered
    330Upon demand
  • PSY 780 Social Psychology

    Prerequisite: admission to the MS in Psychology program.

    Advanced study of interactions and social cognition, including attitude change, person perception, and group dynamics.

    Credit hoursLecture contact hoursLab contact hoursTypically offered
    330Spring
  • PSY 796 Practicum

    Prerequisite: admission to the MS in Psychology or Applied Behavior Analysis program.

    Offers an opportunity for the graduate student to gain additional training through field experiences in research, clinical or organizational settings. Such experience need not be confined to the campus. Variable content course. May be repeated to a maximum of six hours.

    Credit hoursLecture contact hoursLab contact hoursTypically offered
    1-6Fall, Spring
  • PSY 797 Directed Research

    Prerequisite: admission to MS in Psychology or Applied Behavior Analysis program.

    Offers an opportunity for the graduate student to gain additional training through guided research. Such research need not be confined to the campus. May be repeated to a maximum of six hours.

    Credit hoursLecture contact hoursLab contact hoursTypically offered
    1-6Fall, Spring
  • PSY 798 Internship

    Prerequisite: PSY 796 and permission.

    Supervised fieldwork in a professional psychology setting. Includes a seminar paper as a requirement.

    Credit hoursLecture contact hoursLab contact hoursTypically offered
    1-6Fall, Spring
  • PSY 799 Thesis

    Prerequisite: admission to MS in Psychology or Applied Behavior Analysis program.

    Independent research and study leading to the completion of the thesis.

    Credit hoursLecture contact hoursLab contact hoursTypically offered
    1-6Upon demand
  • PSY 800 History and Systems: Orientation to Clinical Psychology

    Prerequisite: admission to Doctor of Psychology program or permission of instructor.

    This course is a study of the foundations of the discipline of clinical psychology and the relationship between historical development and current systems and issues within the field. Students will review the growth of the science of psychology, including principal systems, key theoretical debates and developments, and contemporary views on the history of the field. In addition, students will analyze the role the field of psychology has played in creating, perpetuating, and failing to challenge racism, discrimination, and other harms to communities of color and other underrepresented and marginalized groups and consider the current and future efforts to reconcile and repair both past and present inequities in the field.

    Credit hoursLecture contact hoursLab contact hoursTypically offered
    330Fall
  • PSY 801 Philosophy and Contextual Behavioral Science

    Prerequisite: PSY 800; and admission to Doctor of Psychology program or permission of instructor.

    Contextual Behavioral Science is grounded in the root philosophical models of functional contextualism as a contemporary extension of radical behaviorism. This course will explore the importance of philosophy in the science and practice of clinical psychology. Success, in this course, is achieved through successful working (i.e., pragmatic truth criterion) and behavior is examined as the on-going interaction between behavior (i.e., adaptive responses of individuals) and context (i.e., the environment within which behavior occurs). Students will explore functional contextualism within multiple current approaches to assessment and intervention across populations.

    Credit hoursLecture contact hoursLab contact hoursTypically offered
    330Summer
  • PSY 823 Psychopathology II

    Prerequisite: PSY 766; and admission to Doctor of Psychology program or permission of instructor.

    The purpose of this course is to provide students with an advanced understanding of adult and child psychopathology. Students will acquire detailed information related to the major adult and child psychological disorders, with an emphasis on low-prevalence disorders. Students will refine skills in utilizing the current DSM classification system to formulate diagnostic impressions for low-prevalence disorders. By the end of the course students should be able to consume a case study and develop a problem list, formulate diagnostic impressions, and be knowledgeable about the features (i.e., symptoms, course of illness, prognosis, comorbidity, and etiological theories) of a variety of low-prevalence psychological disorders. Additionally, students will consider cultural variables as they relate to differential diagnosis and discuss current and future trends in psychopathology.

    Credit hoursLecture contact hoursLab contact hoursTypically offered
    330Summer
  • PSY 824 Psychological Assessment II

    Prerequisite: PSY 740; and admission to Doctor of Psychology program or permission of instructor.

    This course is designed to provide advanced training in the principles of psychological assessment. Training will be provided in diagnostic assessment using the DSM-5, with an emphasis on personality assessment, symptom-specific assessment tools, neuropsychological assessment tools and case formulation. Students will be expected to master the administration, scoring, and interpretation of individual instruments and become acquainted with the foundations and theory and research on which they rest. In addition, the course will emphasize the differential applicability of tests and assessment techniques to a wide range of referral problems and the principles of clinical inference that may be used to interpret, integrate, and communicate their diagnostic findings. Students will learn how to synthesize data from multiple sources and develop a case formulation.

    Credit hoursLecture contact hoursLab contact hoursTypically offered
    330Fall
  • PSY 830 Diversity and Inclusion in Psychology

    Prerequisite: admission to Doctor of Psychology program or permission of instructor.

    This course is designed to develop an awareness of issues related to diversity and inclusion in the field of psychology and to build a foundation for multicultural competence. Students will explore contemporary theories and research, with an emphasis on how different cultural groups interact with a single social structure. As well, students will become familiar with the science and practice of multicultural psychology and with a clinical psychology emphasis. Students will gain an appreciation of the experience of oppressed and marginalized groups, with a goal of forming sensitive and informed therapeutic services. By the end of this course, students will be prepared to develop their professional skills in a way that is inclusive and effective given the cultural values, systems, and identities of a wide range of clients.

    Credit hoursLecture contact hoursLab contact hoursTypically offered
    330Spring
  • PSY 831 Identity Development

    Prerequisite: PSY 830; and admission to Doctor of Psychology program or permission of instructor.

    This course will explore identity development and considerations in prevention and treatment research within clinical psychology. Psychology has traditionally adopted a white normative view of intervention (i.e., treatment of disorders) with less attention given to the experiences of diverse populations and the prevention of psychological suffering. Course will explore the shared and diverse experiences of multiple communities on the basis of race, sexual orientation, gender identity, and neurological diversity. Prevention and intervention must consider the unique experiences of groups that have historically been underrepresented in practice and in research.

    Credit hoursLecture contact hoursLab contact hoursTypically offered
    330Spring
  • PSY 850 Empirically Supported Treatment I

    Prerequisite: admission to Doctor of Psychology program or permission of instructor.

    The purpose of this course is to familiarize students with a breadth of empirically supported treatments for psychological disorders, with an emphasis on the delivery of evidence-based interventions for adults. Students will explore various approaches to intervention and consider the theoretical and conceptual foundations of each approach. Students will learn to establish and maintain effective therapeutic relationships and develop evidence-based treatment plans specific to client goals that are informed by current scientific literature, assessment findings, and relevant cultural and contextual variables. As well, students will learn to evaluate intervention effectiveness and adjust treatment plans accordingly.

    Credit hoursLecture contact hoursLab contact hoursTypically offered
    330Fall
  • PSY 851 Empirically Supported Treatment II

    Prerequisite: PSY 850; and admission to Doctor of Psychology program or permission of instructor.

    The purpose of this course is to familiarize students with a breadth of empirically supported treatments for psychological disorders, with an emphasis on the delivery of evidence-based intervention for children and adolescents. Students will explore various approaches to intervention and consider theoretical and conceptual foundations of each approach as well as the specific considerations and challenges present when providing treatment to younger populations. Students will learn to develop evidence-based treatment plans specific to client goals that are informed by current scientific literature, assessment findings, and relevant cultural and contextual variables. As well, students will learn to evaluate intervention effectiveness and adjust treatment plans accordingly.

    Credit hoursLecture contact hoursLab contact hoursTypically offered
    330Spring
  • PSY 890 Practicum in Clinical Psychology

    Prerequisite: admission to Doctor of Psychology program or permission of instructor.

    This practicum is designed for students to gain additional training through field experiences in clinical and applied settings. The experience is specifically designed to support students in integrating their academic experiences with experiences outside of the classroom, developing clinical skills as well as fulfilling program requirements. Students will receive a Clinical Psychology Doctoral Program handbook that will delineate specific expectations, requirements, and considerations for various practicum placements, and the course will include variable content given the practicum site to which a student is assigned. May be repeated to a maximum of 14 hours to fulfill degree requirements for the Doctor of Psychology program.

    Credit hoursLecture contact hoursLab contact hoursTypically offered
    2Upon demand
  • PSY 905 Biological Basis of Behavior

    Prerequisite: admission to Doctor of Psychology program or permission of instructor.

    This course aims to provide an exposition of research and theory in the biological bases of normal and abnormal behavior with an introduction to psychopharmacology. A survey of literature will span from nerve cells, the organization and functioning of the nervous system, to the neurobiological systems and interventions that target sensation, motor behavior, emotion, cognition, self-other representation, and social behavior. Course will also integrate understanding of altered behavioral processes of brain-damaged and psychiatric patients with knowledge of basic neuronal and neurobiological processes.

    Credit hoursLecture contact hoursLab contact hoursTypically offered
    330Spring
  • PSY 906 Advanced Cognitive and Affective Psychology

    Prerequisite: admission to Doctor of Psychology program or permission of instructor.

    This course explores the nature of human intellectual functioning, the cognitive basis of behavior and the research methods utilized. Topics pertaining to basic research and theory in cognition include the historical development of the empirical study of cognitive psychology, as well as how basic and complex mental processes contribute to human behavior. Topics discussed include the domains of perception, attention, memory, decision making, and language. This course also explores emotion and affective processing within the context of cognitive models and theory. Topics include basic emotions, emotion, consciousness and the brain, emotion and attention, emotion and memory, as well as prospective emotions and future directions.

    Credit hoursLecture contact hoursLab contact hoursTypically offered
    330Summer
  • PSY 913 Program Evaluation and Qualitative Analysis

    Prerequisite: PSY 752; and admission to Doctor of Psychology program or permission of instructor.

    An overview and in-class practice of qualitative research methods including in-depth interviewing, focus groups, naturalistic observation, content analysis, and thematic analysis of textual information. The course will use a combination of didactic, interactive, and applied techniques to teach knowledge and skills relevant to qualitative research. Through the course, students will be expected to conduct their own qualitative study and/or qualitative program evaluation.

    Credit hoursLecture contact hoursLab contact hoursTypically offered
    330Spring
  • PSY 932 Culturally Competent Therapy

    Prerequisite: PSY 830 and PSY 831; and admission to Doctor of Psychology program or permission of instructor.

    This course is designed to develop students' multicultural competence in the practice of clinical psychology. Students will obtain a thorough review of multicultural competencies related to the practice of psychology. Students will be asked to thoroughly consider the intersectionality of clients' cultural identities (in terms of ethnicity, race, age, ability, religion, gender, sexual orientation, etc.) in forming sensitive and informed therapeutic services. In addition, students will consider how their own cultural identity informs their behavior as a professional. This course will include discussion both of the limitations of traditional assessment and therapeutic approaches and of how consideration of multicultural competencies can improve these services.

    Credit hoursLecture contact hoursLab contact hoursTypically offered
    330Fall
  • PSY 941 Supervision, Consultation, and Professional Practice

    Prerequisite: PSY 760 and PSY 761 and PSY 800; and admission to Doctor of Psychology program or permission of instructor.

    This course will examine the psychological principles and knowledge base underlying the major models and theories of individual, organizational consultation, and supervision, with an emphasis on two modes of service-related work that psychologists may be expected to participate in as professionals: consultation and clinical supervision. Within the context of consultation, students will develop knowledge and skills related to the construction, dissemination, and implementation of specialized programming offered to small (e.g. individual clients) and large (e.g. organizational) systems. Secondly, this course is designed to introduce developing clinicians to the process of supervision. Students will be introduced to and exposed to a number of theories, techniques, and processes that will help them become more effective supervisors. In addition, a number of additional topics relevant to professional practice will be addressed throughout the course.

    Credit hoursLecture contact hoursLab contact hoursTypically offered
    330Spring
  • PSY 942 Professional Seminar in Clinical Psychology

    Prerequisite: admission to Doctor of Psychology program or permission of instructor.

    Professional seminars will provide in-depth inquiries into selected and variable topics relevant to the professional practice of clinical psychology. Seminar topics will be developed and provided based on current trends/needs within the field of psychology and the expertise of course instructors, and students may repeat this course for a maximum of five credit hours if the topic of each is different. Topics of professional seminars may include, but are not limited to: Grief Studies, LGBTQIA Community Topics, Business and Licensure, Psychopharmacology, Forensic Psychology, Prevention, Telehealth, and "Specialty" Courses in Assessment and Treatment (e.g., Process-Based Therapy, Neuropsychological Assessment).

    Credit hoursLecture contact hoursLab contact hoursTypically offered
    330Upon demand
  • PSY 952 Couples and Family Therapy

    Prerequisite: PSY 850 and PSY 851; and admission to Doctor of Psychology program or permission of instructor.

    This course provides an exploration of select, major treatment approaches utilized in couples, marriage, and family therapy. The primary focus of this course will be the development of applied skills and techniques utilized in the treatment of couples and groups, including formulating hypotheses about couple and family structure and process, developing treatment goals for couples and families, and designing and practicing therapeutic and empirically supported interventions with pairs or groups of individuals. Students will be prepared to identify and respond to culturally sensitive issues and ethical issues that may arise during the treatment process.

    Credit hoursLecture contact hoursLab contact hoursTypically offered
    330Fall
  • PSY 953 Advanced Clinical Case Conceptualization

    Prerequisite: PSY 850 and PSY 851 and PSY 952; and admission to Doctor of Psychology program or permission of instructor.

    The purpose of this course is to develop advanced clinical case conceptualizations that integrate material covered throughout all previous courses and practicum experiences. The first part of the course will focus on clinical diagnosis and idiographic assessment to guide clinicians towards identifying effective processes of change. The assessment process emphasizes multicultural perspectives and moving beyond normalization. The second part of the course will focus on process-based intervention approaches that address process of change targets to achieve valued outcomes in the lives of clients. The final part of the course will focus on integrating analytic methods throughout assessment and treatment to ensure target outcomes are achieved with clients and can be conveyed to stakeholders and advocates of change.

    Credit hoursLecture contact hoursLab contact hoursTypically offered
    330Fall
  • PSY 962 Behavioral Theories of Language and Cognition

    Prerequisite: admission to Doctor of Psychology program or permission of instructor.

    This course will explore contemporary advances in behavioral theories of language and cognition as a centralizing framework for what it means to be human – with implications for assessment, prevention, and treatment. The coarse will primarily explore topics in stimulus equivalence and relational frame theory, as well as more advanced concepts like hyperdimensional and multilevel modelling and relational density theory. The course will emphasize hands-on learning and applications in psychological and behavioral treatment.

    Credit hoursLecture contact hoursLab contact hoursTypically offered
    330Upon demand
  • PSY 970 Healing Historical Oppression: Context, Identity, and Intersectionality

    Prerequisite: admission to Doctor of Psychology program or permission of instructor.

    This course highlights and pays tribute to the intellectual tradition of radical scholars, activists, and practitioners that laid the foundation for the study of healing of historical oppression. Rather than reducing the roots of oppression to individual-level phenomena, course will consider the extent to which individual experience exists in a dynamic relationship with oppressive structures of the everyday worlds that people inhabit. Course will examine various critical perspectives (within and outside the discipline) that may more adequately respond to interests of broad human liberation. Course includes foundational texts, emerging frameworks, multimedia links, and proposed assignments designed to encourage a deeper and revolutionary exploration of radical healing in psychological theory, research, practice, and action.

    Credit hoursLecture contact hoursLab contact hoursTypically offered
    330Upon demand
  • PSY 971 Mental Health Disparities: Eliminating Barriers to Treatment

    Prerequisite: admission to Doctor of Psychology program or permission of instructor.

    This course will introduce students to the concept of mental health equity and will provide a broad overview of mental health disparities in the United States. The course will examine relevant historical issues, theories, and empirical data, emphasizing critical theory and application of knowledge. Through readings, films, and class discussion course will trace the history of concepts related to race, gender, sex, and disability as they relate to mental health access. Course will highlight these cultural constructions and how they are incorporated into our systems of law and governance, and course will examine how cultural constructions lead to disparities in exposure to health hazards, and diagnosis and treatment of mental illness.

    Credit hoursLecture contact hoursLab contact hoursTypically offered
    330Upon demand
  • PSY 972 Governance, Law, and Policy: Advocacy and Activism in Clinical Psychology

    Prerequisite: admission to Doctor of Psychology program or permission of instructor.

    This course is designed to give students a working knowledge of the legislative practice, specifically at the state level, with implications for addressing issues related to diversity and mental health disparities. Students learn how national and regional contexts shape political cultures, governing institutions, stakeholders, and strategies, and will develop tools to inform and influence policymaking given these differences. The course also covers conceptual and analytic frameworks for understanding political processes, institutions, stakeholders, contexts, and decision making. In addition, the course builds written and verbal communication skills, emphasizing the ability to convey clear and concise positions and to make requests related to public advocacy and activism

    Credit hoursLecture contact hoursLab contact hoursTypically offered
    330Upon demand
  • PSY 973 Multicultural Foundations in Practice: Assessment, Treatment, and Consultation

    Prerequisite: admission to Doctor of Psychology program or permission of instructor.

    The purpose of this course is to explore multicultural foundations that relate to assessment, treatment, and consultation within clinical psychology. This class promotes an understanding and appreciation of cultural and ethnic differences among individuals, groups, and families and the impact of such differences on the theory and clinical practice of psychology. Activities within the course are designed to enhance students' abilities to apply their knowledge in the area of multicultural perspectives to their personal lives and professional work. Culture will be defined broadly to address ethnicity (including national origin), religion, gender, socioeconomic status, age, sexual orientation, and persons with disabilities.

    Credit hoursLecture contact hoursLab contact hoursTypically offered
    330Upon demand
  • PSY 980 Clinical Health Psychology

    Prerequisite: admission to Doctor of Psychology program or permission of instructor.

    The purpose of this course is to introduce the principles of clinical health psychology. The course will be divided into two primary sections: health promotion and disease prevention and chronic disease management. In the area of health promotion and disease prevention, students will explore health behaviors, stress and coping, and moderators of the stress response. In the area of chronic disease management, there will be an emphasis on healthcare and policy, the psychosocial aspects of coping with illness and a focus on cancer, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, pain, and grief/life-limiting illness. Students will be prepared to continue studies within the area of integrated healthcare, work on multidisciplinary teams to support health and well-being, and engage in the area of public health policy.

    Credit hoursLecture contact hoursLab contact hoursTypically offered
    330Upon demand
  • PSY 981 Integrated Healthcare: Advanced Topics

    Prerequisite: admission to Doctor of Psychology program or permission of instructor.

    This course is designed to provide an overview of the etiology, diagnosis, and treatment of illnesses and disorders commonly treated within an integrated healthcare system. Students will consider treatment from a multidisciplinary team-based approach that includes psychological, cognitive, and physiological processes, as well as the ethical and cultural considerations relevant to work in this area. Diagnoses and disorders including, but not limited to chronic pain, eating disorders, and substance use will be explored throughout this course. Students will be prepared to work in an integrated healthcare setting by developing a holistic understanding of the psychological and biological variables relevant to the various illnesses and disorders included.

    Credit hoursLecture contact hoursLab contact hoursTypically offered
    330Upon demand
  • PSY 983 Consultation and Collaboration in Healthcare

    Prerequisite: admission to Doctor of Psychology program or permission of instructor.

    This course will provide an overview of consultation and collaboration theory and process in the field of clinical psychology. Students will gain a foundation for facilitating change in human systems, as well as consultation with within integrated healthcare settings. This course will utilize reading from the required textbook, journal articles and other selected publications, lectures, discussion, and various activities to help students learn and apply the basics of consultation and collaboration to professional practice. Consultation models will be developed with an intentional view toward addressing mental health disparities and promoting equity and social justice in systems.

    Credit hoursLecture contact hoursLab contact hoursTypically offered
    330Upon demand
  • PSY 990 Internship in Clinical Psychology

    Prerequisite: 14 hours of PSY 890; and admission to Doctor of Psychology program or permission of instructor.

    Doctoral-level clinical training will culminate in the Clinical Internship during students' final year. This advanced training experience will include direct assessment and intervention clinical hours, extensive advanced supervision, and didactics. Students will be challenged to further develop their clinical skills, advance their practical learning through experience, and expand their qualifications. Students will receive a Doctor of Psychology program handbook that will delineate specific expectations and requirements as well as describe the process through which students will apply for, obtain, and complete their internship experience and the course will include variable content given the internship site to which a student is accepted. May be repeated to a maximum of nine hours to fulfill degree requirements for the Doctor of Psychology program.

    Credit hoursLecture contact hoursLab contact hoursTypically offered
    330Upon demand
  • PSY 999 Dissertation in Clinical Psychology

    Prerequisite: admission to Doctor of Psychology program or permission of instructor.

    The dissertation represents one of the culminating experiences of clinical psychology doctorate students. The purpose of the dissertation is to provide each student with the opportunity to conduct research at a level that conveys mastery of the scientific method within clinical practice (i.e., scientist-practitioner). The specific requirements for completion of the dissertation are described in the Doctor of Psychology program handbook. The topic, methods, and analytic strategy will be developed in conjunction with a faculty dissertation advisor and the final document will be defended to a selected faculty committee members from within and outside of the university. May be repeated to a maximum of nine hours to fulfill degree requirements for the Doctor of Psychology program.

    Credit hoursLecture contact hoursLab contact hoursTypically offered
    330Upon demand

Gerontology (GER) courses

  • GER 697 Special Topics in Gerontology

    Recommended Prerequisite: 12 hours of Gerontology. In-depth inquiry into selected interdisciplinary topics of contemporary interest in gerontology. Variable content course. May be repeated to a maximum of six hours when topic changes. May be taught concurrently with GER 597. Cannot receive credit for both GER 597 and GER 697.

    Credit hoursLecture contact hoursLab contact hoursTypically offered
    1-3Upon demand