The department offers programs leading to the Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) degree in clinical psychology and in experimental psychology. The clinical psychology program is accredited by the American Psychological Association. Areas of focus in clinical psychology include child clinical, health psychology, geropsychology, and psychology/law. Areas of focus in experimental psychology include cognitive, social, and developmental science. The developmental science area of focus is in collaboration with the Department of Human Development and Family Studies.
Areas of current faculty research interest include aging, child and adolescent behavior and peer relationships, youth violence, forensic psychology, behavioral intervention, memory, chronic pain, depression, public health psychology, cultural diversity, health disparities, sleep, neuropsychology, visual-spatial cognition, emotion, autism, persuasion, unconscious cognition, risk assessment, personality, reading processes, social cognition, health attitudes, dehumanization, perception, cognitive aging, cognitive neuroscience, intellectual abilities, media psychology, and creativity.
The department operates a fully staffed psychology clinic offering psychological assessment and intervention services to University students, children, and adults. These facilities are also used in the training of clinical graduate students as professional psychologists. Each candidate for the PhD degree in clinical psychology takes practicum courses in the psychological clinic and must also complete a one-year internship in an accredited facility. The internship is taken after completion of coursework and passing of the doctoral preliminary exam and is a degree requirement.
- Rebecca S. Allen
Director of Graduate Studies
- Kristina McDonald
- Rebecca Allen
- Fran Connors
- Crystal Dillard
- Rajesh Kana
- Randall Salekin
- A. Lynn Snow
- Laura Stoppelbein
- Susan White
- Sheila Black
- Jennifer Cox
- Ansley Gilpin
- Andrea Glenn
- James Hamilton
- William Hart
- Matthew Jarrett
- Kristina McDonald
- Jeffrey Parker
- Beverly Roskos
- Karen Salekin
- Theodore Tomeny
- Alexa Tullett
- Bradley White
- Lisa Beck
- Matthew Cribbet
- Craig Cummings
- Jeanne Cundiff
- Megan Davis
- Katie Garrison
- Heather Gunn
- Erin Harrell
- Caitlin Hudac
- Lauren Kois
- Ian McDonough
- Sara Stromeyer
- Mengya Xia
General prerequisites: Graduate standing and permission of both the director of graduate studies and the instructor. Graduate students enrolled in 500-level courses that are also offered at the 400 level are expected to perform extra work of an appropriate nature.
Selected supervised readings.
In-depth examination of a selected contemporary psychological area. Different sections offered each semester. Section descriptions are available at registration.
This independent research course partially fulfills required master’s-level research thesis hours toward the master’s degree [in your field]. The course is conducted under the guidance of the thesis advisor. Material covered will be of an advanced nature aimed at providing master's students with an understanding of the latest research and current developments within the field. Discussion and advisor guidance will be directed towards readings of research articles and development of research methodology, with the aim of producing an original research contribution that represents a novel development in the field, or a novel perspective on a pre-existing topic in the field.
An applied course explaining how to use categorical predictor variables to explain continuous response variables. Covers t-tests, ANOVA, and nonparametric alternatives in between-, within-, and mixed-model designs.
An applied course explaining how to use continuous predictor variables to explain continuous response variables. Covers correlation, regression, and general linear models including both categorical and continuous predictor variables.
Multivariate analysis, with emphasis on MANOVA, discriminant analysis, canonical correlation, and the multivibrate approach to repeated measures analyses.
Study and analysis of psychological methodology.
Introduction to ethical issues as they affect the practice of psychology.
Principles of psychological evaluation; introduction to the clinical use of assessment techniques, with particular emphasis on intellectual assessment.
The theory and application of projective techniques and personality inventories for adults.
Principles of psychological evaluation, with particular emphasis on the assessment of children.
This course will provide you with an introduction to the theory and application of structural equation models. Structural equation models are a class of statistical techniques that incorporate regression analysis, path analysis, confirmatory factor analysis, and full scale models incorporating both measurement and structural components. These techniques are useful for both experimental and non-experimental data; for cross-sectional datasets; for multiple-group comparisons; and for longitudinal datasets, including the modeling of growth curves.
Given the nature of the nesting data structure in social science including psychology (e.g., patients are nested within the clinicians), it is crucial to know how to handle the data dependency when analyzing this kind of nesting structured data. This course is designed to teach students the concept of MLM and the statistical technique to analyze the data appropriately.
This course is designed to expose students to the current body of research on clinical supervision and professional consultation in clinical Psychology in order to prepare them for the role of supervisor.
Students in this course will be introduced to statistical consulting techniques useful for work with researchers and policy makers in university and/or industry. This course is especially designed to improve student’s real-world problem solving skills through experiential learning opportunities.Students are expected to have some knowledge in ANOVA, Multiple Regression, Multilevel Modeling, and Structural Equation Modeling.
The study of psychotherapeutic processes, outcomes, and systems, with particular attention given to the operations common to all approaches.
A skills-building seminar emphasizing interview and communications techniques. Introduction to practicum.
Current issues relating to research in cognitive and individual differences are presented and discussed.
The study of brain mechanisms of perception and thought through a variety of methodological approaches (e.g., lesions, brain imaging, and normal subject experiments).
This course will provide an overview of the principles, theory, and applications of human affective neurophysiology. The course will provide an introduction to theory and research in major areas of affective neuroscience, including cross-level integration of anatomical, affect, and physiology data. The course will provide an introduction to laboratory techniques and methodological principles in human affective neurophysiological methods. Readings will come from the texts as well as relevant selections from the current literature. The course will involve a combination of lecture, discussion, demonstrations, and laboratory exercises.
Supervised experience in psychotherapeutic procedures in an approved clinical facility; seminars and case conferences.
Supervised experience in psychotherapy in groups.
Intensive experience with a variety of child and family disorders and therapy techniques. Exposure to interdisciplinary treatment settings and personnel.
Supervised experience in an approved setting. Primary clinical supervision by faculty or licensed psychologist at a placement facility.
Supervised experience in clinical geropsychology.
The field of children’s social development is rich in its theoretical foundations, history, methodology, and connections to applied and policy issues. The purpose of this graduate course is to provide an overview of current theory and research on social and emotional development. The emphasis will be on issues and questions that have dominated the field over time and that continue to provide impetus for research. The goal is to provide a foundation for your later coursework and research by introducing you to a broad range of topics, theories, and studies rather than to give in-depth coverage of any area.
The goal of this course is to facilitate intelligent discussion of the most influential and current research in the field of cognitive development. Students will read peer-reviewed empirical articles, intelligently discuss the implications of the science in informing the public’s knowledge of cognitive development, and conduct their own study into one specific area of cognitive development. Students will advance their writing and critical thinking skills by writing a research proposal to further explore an area of cognitive development.
Contemporary approaches to cognition and learning. A broad survey, with in-depth looks at selected topics including attention and memory.
This course will provide an overview of theories and empirical research on a range of different topics in life-span developmental psychology. In the first part of the course, we will discuss various theories of developmental psychology. Theories of Developmental Psychology (6th Edition) along with additional readings made available via Blackboard will be the text for this first section of the course. In the second part of the course, we will explore empirical findings related to cognitive, affective, and social bases of behavior across the lifespan.
Course will provide an overview of current theory and research on social and emotional development.
Course provides in-depth coverage of current research in the area of cognitive Psychology.
Course will provide an overview of issues in the scientific study of emotions, with a focus on neuroscience, social, and cognitive approaches.
A survey of manifestations of abnormal behavior, and the diagnosis of abnormal behavior and mental disorders.
Overview of Psychometric principles used to evaluate psychological test instruments.
Examines diagnosis and treatment of childhood disorders from empirical, theoretical, and practical standpoints.
Issues in research and practice of clinical child psychology.
An introduction to issues and concepts in the study of perception. Fundamental theoretical and empirical controversies are analyzed.
Systematic points of view placed in historical perspective.
Major aspects of social psychology including attitude change, attribution theory, aggression, altruism, prejudice, interpersonal relations, and group dynamics.
Familiarizes students with relevant issues in criminal forensic assessment and introduces them to current forensic assessment instruments.
The application of clinical psychology to forensic and legal issues. Competency to stand trial, criminal responsibility, testamentary capacity, jury decision making and dynamics, jury selection, and expert witness testimony.
Issues in research and practice of psychology as related to the law.
A survey of clinical geropsychology including review of major disorders experienced by older adults, assessment issues, and treatments used in work with older adults.
Issues in research and practice related to adult clinical psychology.
This seminar emphasizes the role of ethnicity, class, culture, gender, sexual orientation, and disability in mental health, and the impact of these factors on assessment, diagnosis, and treatment.
Seminar:Advanced General Psychology.
This course intended to provide foundational knowledge in Behavioral Medicine. The course will focus on scientific knowledge of the interrelationships among behavioral, emotional, cognitive, social and biological components in health and disease as they relate to the promotion and maintenance of health and the prevention, treatment and rehabilitation of illness and disability. The course will examine the typical populations that are the focus in Behavioral Medicine research and intervention. Thus, assessment of and intervention with chronic disease (HIV/AIDS, cancer, heart disease, chronic pain, diabetes etc.) as well as acute health problems will be covered.
Principles of teaching and supervised experience.
Independent research by the advanced graduate student.
This independent research course partially fulfills required doctoral-level research dissertation hours toward the doctoral degree [or Ph.D. degree in your field]. The course is conducted under the guidance of the dissertation advisor. Material covered will be of an advanced nature aimed at providing doctoral students with an understanding of the latest research and current developments within the field. Discussion and advisor guidance will be directed towards readings of research articles and development of research methodology, with the aim of producing an original research contribution that represents a novel development in the field, or a novel perspective on a pre-existing topic in the field.