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PSYC: Psychology

Department of Psychology

College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics

PSYC 554 Developmental Psychology 3 cr.

A comprehensive study of human growth and development from conception to death. Major research findings and developmental theories will be considered.

PSYC 578 Psychology of Death and Dying 3 cr.

Emphasizes the theories and research which delineate the psychological factors affecting the dying person as well as those people close to someone who is dying. Psychological, social, and cognitive factors affecting one’s attitude toward death and approaches to coping with dying and death are studied. Prerequisite: Permission.

PSYC 581 Special Topics 3 cr.

Designed to examine Special Topics in depth. Students prepare presentations representing selected research areas. Prerequisite: Permission.

PSYC 795 Thesis 1-6 cr.

A supervised research project approved by a committee of faculty members. A thesis proposal must be approved by the end of the third full semester of graduate work, and the finished thesis must be defended within the following year. Students enroll for three semester hours for two semesters.

PSYC 801 Research Methods in Psychology I 3 cr.

The design, statistical analysis, and report of laboratory experiments will be studied. Prerequisite: Permission.

PSYC 802 Clinical Research Methods 3 cr.

Introduction to data analysis techniques and methodological problems commonly encountered in clinical research. Methods appropriate for single subjects as well as groups are explored. Prerequisite: PSYC 801and PSYC 841.

PSYC 803 Evaluation Research 3 cr.

Introduction to the methodological issues involved in validly assessing the effectiveness of intervention programs relevant to psychology (e.g., human service programs), including a consideration of how the results of evaluation research can be used to improve such programs. Students will participate in either actual or simulated evaluation research projects. Prerequisite: Permission, PSYC 801 or equivalent.

PSYC 810 Historical Trends in Psychology 3 cr.

Comprehensive overview of historical antecedents of contemporary psychology. Prerequisite: Permission.

PSYC 811 Teaching of Psychology 1 cr.

Basic dimensions of the teaching process are discussed, including course planning and structure, developing and presenting lectures, using alternative pedagogical techniques, evaluating student performance, addressing issues of diversity in the classroom, etc. Skill-practice in these areas is emphasized. Prerequisite: Instructor permission.

PSYC 830 Methods of Intervention I 3 cr.

Methods of studying and improving competency in interpersonal skills as a necessary ingredient of most models of therapy, such as psychoanalysis, client-centered, and behavior modification. Emphasis is placed on theory, research, and personal competence in communication. Prerequisite: Permission.

PSYC 831 Methods of Intervention II 3 cr.

Emphasis is placed upon the systematic study and application of social influence techniques to the modification of clinical problems. A broad spectrum of cognitive, physiological, and behavior change procedures are studied and evaluated with regard to their cost and effectiveness. A general problem-solving model for decision making, case evaluation, and accountability is advanced. Prerequisites: PSYC 830 and permission.

PSYC 832 Therapeutic Techniques Lab 2 cr.

Presents didactic and experiential training in tactics of achieving insight, emotional awareness, emotional escalation or reduction, cognitive-perceptual change, and behavior change for use in individual psychotherapy. Prerequisite: PSYC 830 or equivalent, simultaneous enrollment in PSYC 831, and instructor permission.

PSYC 833 Clinical Group Techniques 3 cr.

Provides instruction and experience in a variety of group techniques. Includes lectures, demonstrations, and participation in group exercises useful in the clinical psychology profession. Prerequisite: Permission.

PSYC 834 Family Therapy 3 cr.

Introduction to family and marital therapy. Both systems theory approaches and behavioral approaches will be considered. Process and outcome research will be reviewed. Prerequisite: Permission.

PSYC 835 Advanced Psychopathology 3 cr.

An in-depth study of the description, causes, and treatment of behaviors considered abnormal by our society. Integrates and extends previous materials in abnormal behavior, assessment, therapy, research methodology, and professional practice. Prerequisites: Previous undergraduate course in Abnormal Psychology and permission.

PSYC 836 Personality Theory and Systems of Psychotherapy 3 cr.

Several major personality theories are reviewed in a comparative manner with emphasis placed upon issues such as the assumptions about the basic nature of man, personality development, normal and pathological development, and philosophy of treatment for each theory. Prerequisite: Permission.

PSYC 841 Psychological Assessment I 3 cr.

Beginning course in theoretical issues and development of skills in assessing psychological functioning and in report writing. Beginning emphasis on intellectual assessment, followed by the development of an increasing variety of assessment tools. Prerequisite: Permission.

PSYC 842 Psychological Assessment II 3 cr.

Continuation of PSYC 841 with increased emphasis on development of skills in areas of objective and projective tests, behavioral observations, self-report measures, and other assessment techniques. Prerequisites: PSYC 841 and permission.

PSYC 852 Models of Learning 3 cr.

Several learning paradigms are described. Emphasis is on the theoretical assumptions underlying the models and their strengths and weaknesses. Applications of the models to changing maladaptive behavior are discussed. Prerequisite: Permission.

PSYC 853 Issues in Developmental Psychology 3 cr.

The processes and structures of life span development are studied. Cognitive, emotional, social, and physical development will be explored, emphasizing the interactive effects of the person’s environment, developmental level, and psychological state. Prerequisite: Permission.

PSYC 855 Racial, Cultural, and Gender Issues in Psychology 3 cr.

The operation of cultural, racial, and gender issues in the theory, research, and practice of psychology is examined. The ways in which a psychologist’s own culture, race, and gender may influence professional practice are explored.

PSYC 856 Drugs and Behavior 3 cr.

Introduction to various aspects of drugs and behavior. Includes exploration of factors influencing drug effects, problems in drug research, therapeutic use of drugs, legal use and abuse of drugs, and social aspects of drug experience. Prerequisite: Permission.

PSYC 857 Clinical Neuropsychology 3 cr.

The study of the relationship between human brain dysfunction and abnormal behavior. Includes assessment techniques used to diagnose brain damage. Prerequisite: Permission.

PSYC 858 Advanced Social Psychology 3 cr.

Advanced survey of the relationship between the social environment and human behavior. Topics include social influence, attitude formation and change, attribution and social cognition, interpersonal attraction, aggression, altruism, small group interaction, and environmental psychology. Prerequisite: Permission.

PSYC 860 Child Clinical Psychology 3 cr.

Approaches unique to child psychopathology, assessment, and intervention are explored. Ages from birth to adolescence are covered. Prerequisite: Permission.

PSYC 861 Psychology and Medicine I 3 cr.

The area of health psychology and its role in behavioral medicine are introduced. Psychophysiology, which provides much of the foundation for health psychology, is studied through readings, lectures, and hands-on experiences with psychophysiological recording equipment. Prerequisite: Permission.

PSYC 881 Special Topics 1-6 cr.

Designed to examine a Special Topics in depth. Students prepare presentations representing selected research areas. Prerequisite: Permission.

PSYC 920 Professional Issues 3 cr.

An examination of professional problems in the field of clinical psychology. Includes topics such as training philosophies, licensure, legal issues such as involuntary commitment and expert witness, ethical standards, and professional organizations. Prerequisite: Permission.

PSYC 943 Psychological Assessment III 3 cr.

Continuation of PSYC 842 with emphasis on nontraditional assessment methods such as family observations, mental status ratings, and social skills assessment. Topics in clinical judgment and inference and a combination of assessment data and report writing are covered. Prerequisite: PSYC 842 or permission.

PSYC 960 Advanced Psychotherapy with Children 3 cr.

Theories and treatment interventions used in therapy with children are explored. Opportunities to practice basic psychotherapeutic skills in interviewing, treatment planning, and intervention provided under intensive supervision. Prerequisite: PSYC 860 or permission.

PSYC 961 Psychology and Medicine II 3 cr.

The roles of psychological and environmental variables in the development, maintenance, and recovery from disease are studied. Approaches to studying relationships between stress, coping, and disease are emphasized. Prerequisite: PSYC 861.

PSYC 962 Hypnotic Methods in Psychotherapy 2 cr.

In-depth study of theory, research, and the clinical practice of hypnosis. Prerequisites: PSYC 830, PSYC 835, or their equivalents, and instructor permission.

PSYC 971 Family and Couples Clinic 1-6 cr.

Students will be assigned clients in the Family Clinic. A team training model is used with close supervision by the instructor. Available for variable credit and repeated enrollment. Prerequisites: PSYC 834 or its equivalent, successful supervised clinical experience, and instructor permission.

PSYC 972 Stress and Habit Disorders Clinic 1-6 cr.

A seminar/clinic in the assessment and treatment of stress and habit disorders. Clients are assigned to students from the Stress and Habit Disorders Clinic. Available for variable credit and for repeated enrollment. Prerequisites: PSYC 831, PSYC 835 or their equivalents, and instructor permission.

PSYC 973 Assessment Clinic 1-6 cr.

Students will be assigned clients from the Assessment Clinic. Emphasis is placed on skill development in interviewing, administration and scoring of psychological assessment instruments, writing of reports, consultation with referral sources, and supervision. A team training model is used with close supervision by the instructor. Available for variable credit and for repeated enrollment. Prerequisites: PSYC 841, PSYC 842 or their equivalents, and instructor permission.

PSYC 974 Special Projects/Intake Clinic 1-6 cr.

Students participate in specialized clinical activities. Specific methods of assessment, intervention, and consultation vary according to the special clinical project. Available for variable credit and repeated enrollment. Prerequisites: PSYC 831, PSYC 842, PSYC 832, or their equivalents and instructor permission.

PSYC 976 Introduction to Supervision & Consultation 3 cr.

This course surveys professional issues, theories, existing research and implementation methods in supervision and consultation. Using lectures, discussions, and simulations, students will learn how to promote the development of individuals and organizations that are involved in the resolution of human problems in adaptation and facilitation of human development.

PSYC 981 Special Topics 1-6 cr.

Examines Special Topics in depth. Students prepare presentations representing selected research areas. Prerequisite: Permission.

PSYC 982 Independent Study in Psychology 1-6 cr.

Individual students develop and conduct research studies in consultation with a faculty member. Prerequisite: Permission.

PSYC 993 Advanced Psychological Practicum 1-21 cr.

Provides supervised experience in applied settings.Variable credit, depending on setting. Prerequisite: Permission.

PSYC 994 Internship 3 cr.

An in-depth supervised experience designed to assure a professional level of competence in several skill areas and to assist in developing an identity as a health care professional. May be taken full-time for twelve months or half-time for twenty-four months. Prerequisite: Permission.

PSYC 995 Doctoral Project (Dissertation) 3-9 cr.

A culminating scholarly activity requiring the mastery of an area of professional interest. Requires a review of relevant literature and the collection and analysis of data. An oral presentation of the proposal and an oral defense of the finished product are required.

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