Doctoral Courses

Course Descriptions

PSYC 801 Univariate Research Methods in Psychology 3cr

This course covers basic principles of design and analysis in psychological research focusing primarily on univariate analyses and methodological issues in clinical research. Prerequisite: Permission.

PSYC 802 Multivariate Research Methods 3cr

This course covers advanced principles of design and analysis that are particularly appropriate to clinical research and being competent consumers and designers of clinical research. Topics to be covered might include: MANOVA, Logistic Regression, exploratory factor analysis, structural equation modeling, and general latent variable modeling. Prerequisite: PSYC 801 and PSYC 841.

PSYC 803 Applied Research Methods 3cr

This course will help students integrate information from their statistical and clinical courses so that they are able to take on the mindset of a local clinical scientist. The course will have both a conceptual and practical focus. Topics that may be covered include: an introduction to quasi-experimental designs and methods for use in valid program evaluation. Prerequisite: Permission, PSYC 801 or equivalent.

PSYC 810 Historical Trends in Psychology 3cr

This course will discuss important themes through the field of psychology that serve as the foundation for psychology as a science and practice. Prerequisite: Permission.

PSYC 811 Teaching of Psychology 1cr

This course provides an introduction to the basic dimensions of the teaching process, 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 Introduction to Therapeutic Techniques 3cr

This course provides skill building in the development of effective treatment relationships as informed by the research literature on what makes psychotherapy and psychotherapists effective. Important professional and ethical issues in providing treatment to clients are raised. Didactic training is provided in carrying out an effective intake with clients that takes into account issues of individual differences and diversity of both client and therapist. Prerequisite: Permission.

PSYC 831 Advanced Therapeutic Techniques 3cr

This course provides didactic training in developing in-depth case conceptualizations and treatment plans using a variety of psychological perspectives. How these clinical tools can be used to provide a coherent, and hope enhancing context for treatment are emphasized along with other factors that research has found enhance client outcomes. There is an emphasis on applying knowledge of client strengths as well as weaknesses to this process as well as an understanding of the client's unique identity/diversity. Prerequisites: PSYC 830 or Permission.

PSYC 832 Therapeutic Techniques Lab 3cr

This course provides didactic and experiential training in the tactics of achieving person, symptom, and system relevant change. Students will have the opportunity to provide treatment to a client through the therapy process. Prerequisite: PSYC 830 or equivalent and permission.

PSYC 833 Clinical Group Techniques 3cr

This course is an introduction to the theory and practice of therapeutic group work. Students will be provided both instruction and experience with a variety of group techniques. Prerequisite: Permission.

PSYC 834 Couples and Family Therapy 3cr

This course provides an overview of theoretical models covering the treatment of couples and families. Current research findings that form an empirical base for couple and family therapy are highlighted. Students are introduced to the basic clinical skills required for work with families and couples. Prerequisite: Permission.

PSYC 835 Adult Psychopathology 3cr

The course emphasizes current diagnostic systems in use for understanding psychological disorders. Descriptions and causes of disorder covered in-depth and implications for treatment are drawn. Students will gain facility with the accurate use of formal diagnostic systems. Prerequisite: Permission.

PSYC 836 Personality and Psychotherapy 3cr

This course reviews personality systems, including classic and integrative approaches, in a comparative manner. The underlying theoretical bases for major therapeutic approaches are covered. Prerequisite: Permission.

PSYC 841 Psychometrics and Intellectual Assessment 3cr

This course provides an introduction to theoretical and practical issues in assessment of psychological functioning including conceptualizations of intelligence and ethical issues in its assessment. Principles of test construction and basic psychometrics will also be covered. Emphasis is on intellectual assessment of adults and children including administration, scoring, interpretation and report writing of standard cognitive measures. Exposure to a variety of cognitive assessment tools will occur as well as development of clinical skills (interviewing, history taking) within the context of intellectual assessment. Prerequisite: Permission.

PSYC 842 Assessment of Personality and Psychopathology 3cr

This course provides an introduction to theoretical and practical issues in assessment of psychological functioning in the areas of objective and projective tests, behavioral observations, and self-report measures and other assessment techniques. Emphasis is on personality assessment of adults and children including administration, scoring, interpretation and report writing. Exposure to a variety of personality assessment tools will occur as well as development of clinical skills (interviewing, history taking) within the context of the assessment of personality and psychopathology. Prerequisites: PSYC 841, permission.

PSYC 852 Behavioral, Cognitive, and Affective Basis of Behavior 3cr

This course reviews major theories, principles, laws, and concepts in the psychology of behavior, cognition, and affect. Topics may include classical, operant, cognitive, evolutionary, social, and connectionist models of learning. Applications of learning theory principles in changing maladaptive behavior both for individuals and groups will be emphasized. Prerequisite: Permission.

PSYC 853 Issues in Developmental Psychology 3cr

This course is designed to provide an overview of some of the primary issues discussed by developmental psychologists and the interface of these issues within clinical psychology. In particular, the course will explore theories of development and developmental changes in human cognition, social interaction and personality with age and as they inform clinical psychology across the lifespan. Topics might include: historical and current theories of cognitive and personality change, attachment, and issues in aging. Prerequisite: Permission.

PSYC 855 Human Diversity 3cr

The course examines the way(s) in which differences among people impact human interactions. The differences addressed include: ethnicity, race, social class, gender, sexual orientation and ability status. Theory, research and practice issues are examined in relation to themes of diversity including: identity, assimilation, culture, family, worldviews, systems of oppression, privilege, and intergroup conflict. Prerequisite: Permission

PSYC 856 Psychopharmacology 3cr

This course provides an introduction to various aspects of drugs and behavior. Topics include 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 experiences. Prerequisite: Permission.

PSYC 857 Clinical Neuropsychology 3cr

This course is designed for the study of brain-behavior relationships as they relate to clinical phenomena. Coverage will include conditions such as traumatic brain injuries, neoplasms, epilepsy, cerebrovascular dysfunction, amnestic disorders, and neurocognitive disorders (dementia, delirium). Neuropsychological assessment techniques will be included in the discussion of the clinical conditions. Prerequisite: Permission.

PSYC 858 Advanced Social Psychology 3cr

This course provides an advanced survey of the relationship between the social environment and human behavior. Topics might include situational and environmental influences on behavior, social perception, human relationships, human behavior in social groups, inter-group conflict, and attitudes and attitude change. Contributions of social psychological research to clinical psychology will be examined. Prerequisite: Permission.

PSYC 860 Psychopathology of Children, Adolescents, & Families 3cr

This course provides an introduction to how the process of development influences what is considered normal and abnormal as they relate to children, adolescents and families. The research literature relevant to, and the clinical characteristics of, the major disorders of childhood are covered. Topics that may also be covered include: assessment, diagnosis, and primary prevention. Prerequisite: Permission.

PSYC 861 Psychology and Medicine 3cr

This course provides an introduction to health psychology and its role in behavioral medicine and primary care. Topics covered may include: psychophysiology, pain management, lifestyle behavior change, and interfacing with the medical professions. Prerequisite: Permission.

PSYC 881 Special Topics 1-6cr

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

PSYC 920 Professional Issues and Ethics I 1cr

This course is designed to foster an understanding of the major legal and ethical issues important to professional competency in the science and practice of psychology. Emphasis is placed on the regulation of the practice of psychology, APA and state governance, theories of ethical conduct and fundamentals of ethical decision making. Prerequisite: Permission.

PSYC 921 Professional Issues and Ethics II 1cr

This course reviews risk management regarding compliance with the legal and ethical standards set forth by APA, local and regional governing bodies. Particular emphasis is placed on professional practices for which psychologist are more likely to be sanctioned by national and regional regulatory bodies and best practices within ethical and legal boundaries for the profession. Prerequisite: PSYC 920, Permission.

PSYC 922 Professional Issues and Ethics III 1cr

This course is designed to be a capstone course for this sequence. Emphasis will be on APA practice guidelines and state rules governing the profession. Additionally, legal aspect of clinical practice will be examined including responding to subpoenas, legal decisions impacting the profession, the role of state boards, etc. Ethical and practice issues related to the interface with insurance companies and panels will also be covered including credentialing, billing and reporting issues. Ethical issues will be integrated with student's clinical experiences. Prerequisite: PSYC 920 and 921, Permission.

PSYC 960 Psychotherapeutic Techniques with Children, Adolescents and Families 3cr

This course provides an introduction to how the process of development influences what styles of communication, treatment strategies, and assessment strategies are most effective for minors of different ages. How the diversity of the clinician, minor, and minor's family can interact within the treatment and assessment process are explored. Topics will include a review of empirically supported treatments for the major disorders of childhood and adolescence and ethical issues that arise in clinical practice with minors. Experiential practice in effective treatment and assessment strategies may also be provided. Prerequisite: Permission.

PSYC 962 Clinical Hypnosis 2cr

This course involves an-depth study of theory, research, and the clinical practice of hypnosis. Prerequisites: PSYC 830, PSYC 835, or their equivalent, and Permission.

PSYC 971 Therapy Clinic I 3-9cr

This course is a practicum experience within the Center for Applied Psychology. All therapeutic services are carried out under the supervision of a licensed clinical psychologist. A team training model will be used, wherein students will observe the work of their peers and participate in pre-session and post-session conferences. Prerequisites: permission.

PSYC 972 Therapy Clinic II 3-9cr

This course is a practicum experience within the Center for Applied Psychology. All therapeutic services are carried out under the supervision of a licensed clinical psychologist. A team training model will be used, wherein students will observe the work of their peers and participate in pre-session and post-session conferences. Prerequisites: permission.

PSYC 973 Assessment Clinic 3-9cr

This is a practicum experience within the Assessment Clinic of the Center for Applied Psychology. A team training model (open group supervision) combined with close individual supervision is utilized. Emphasis is on skill development in interviewing, administration and scoring of psychological and neuropsychological assessment instruments, report writing, and consultation with community agencies and health care professionals. This course can be repeated. Prerequisites: permission.

PSYC 974 Special Projects/Intake Clinic 1-6cr

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 3cr

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 1-6cr

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

PSYC 982 Independent Study in Psychology 1-3cr

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

PSYC 988 Proseminar in Clinical Psychology 1-3cr

This rotating seminar course will cover various topics of interest within clinical psychology. Prerequisite: Permission.

PSYC 993 Advanced Psychological Practicum 1-21cr

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

PSYC 994 Internship 3cr

This one-year clinical experience is 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. This may involve clinical assessment, therapy or both. Gaining and internship is a competitive experience involving considerable preparation prior to application. This application process, and how matching between student and internship site occurs, follows the procedures of the American Psychological Association. This is a full-time experience for twelve months. Prerequisites: Successful completion of the Clinical Proficiency Examination and proposal meeting for Doctoral Project.

PSYC 995 Doctoral Project (Dissertation) 3-9cr

A culminating scholarly activity requiring the mastery of an area of professional interest. It requires a review of relevant literature and the collection and analysis of data. An oral presentation of the proposal prior to carrying it out and an oral defense of the finished project are required.