Department of Psychology (PY)

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. Concentrations in clinical psychology include child clinical, health psychology, geropsychology, and psychology/law. Concentrations in experimental psychology include cognitive, social, and developmental science. The developmental science concentration is in collaboration with the Department of Human Development and Family Studies.
 

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Programs

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.

NOTE: The MA is earned en route to the Ph.D.

Faculty

Chair
  • Fran Connors
Director of Graduate Studies
  • Ed Merrill
Professors
  • Fran Connors
  • Ed Merrill

Courses

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.

PY
581
Hours
1-3
Readings In Py Grad

Selected supervised readings.

PY
591
Hours
3
Seminar In Py Grad

In-depth examination of a selected contemporary psychological area. Different sections offered each semester. Section descriptions are available at registration.

PY
598
Hours
1-3
Graduate Research

Research conducted in apprenticeship to a graduate faculty member.

PY
599
Hours
1-12
Thesis Research

No description available.

PY
602
Hours
3
Advanced Statistics I

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.

PY
603
Hours
3
Advanced Statistics II

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.

PY
604
Hours
3
Multivariate Methods Analysis

Multivariate analysis, with emphasis on MANOVA, discriminant analysis, canonical correlation, and the multivibrate approach to repeated measures analyses.

PY
607
Hours
3
Research Methods Psych

Study and analysis of psychological methodology.

PY
608
Hours
3
Introduction To Ethics

Introduction to ethical issues as they affect the practice of psychology.

PY
609
Hours
4
Psycholog Assessment I

Principles of psychological evaluation; introduction to the clinical use of assessment techniques, with particular emphasis on intellectual assessment.

PY
610
Hours
3
Psycholog Assessment II

The theory and application of projective techniques and personality inventories for adults.

PY
611
Hours
3
Neuropsychological Assessment

An introduction to the theory, content, and practice of clinical neuropsychology.

PY
612
Hours
3
Psych Assessment III

Principles of psychological evaluation, with particular emphasis on the assessment of children.

PY
614
Hours
3
Categorical Data Analysis

Advanced graduate statistic course meant to educate about the statistical analysis tools for analyzing binary and categorical data.

Prerequisite(s): PY 602 and PY 603 and PY 607
PY
616
Hours
3
Multilevel Modeling

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.

Prerequisite(s): Students are expected to have taken: PY602 and PY603 or any equivalent courses. Students are expected to have some knowledge in ANOVA and Multiple Regression. Students who have not taken the required courses have to meet with me before they register for this course.
PY
617
Hours
3
Clinical Supervision & Professional Consultation

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.

Prerequisite(s): 2nd year clinical psychology graduate student.
PY
618
Hours
3
Statistical Consulting

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.

Prerequisite(s): PY602 and PY603
PY
619
Hours
3
Prin Of Psychotherapy

The study of psychotherapeutic processes, outcomes, and systems, with particular attention given to the operations common to all approaches.

PY
621
Hours
1
Psychotherapy Laboratory

A skills-building seminar emphasizing interview and communications techniques. Introduction to practicum.

PY
625
Hours
1
Contemp Issues Research

Current issues relating to research in cognitive and individual differences are presented and discussed.

PY
629
Hours
3
Biological Bases of Behavior

The study of brain mechanisms of perception and thought through a variety of methodological approaches (e.g., lesions, brain imaging, and normal subject experiments).

PY
631
Hours
1-3
Practicum In Psych I

Supervised experience in psychotherapeutic procedures in an approved clinical facility; seminars and case conferences.

PY
633
Hours
3
Pract In Psych III

Supervised experience in psychotherapy in groups.

PY
637
Hours
1-3
Practicum In Psych VII

Supervised field placement in a forensic or criminal justice setting.

PY
639
Hours
1-3
Practicum In Psych IX

Intensive experience with a variety of child and family disorders and therapy techniques. Exposure to interdisciplinary treatment settings and personnel.

PY
641
Hours
1-3
Adv Clinical Placement

Supervised experience in an approved setting. Primary clinical supervision by faculty or licensed psychologist at a placement facility.

PY
642
Hours
1-3
Practicum Psychology XI

Supervised experience in clinical geropsychology.

PY
645
Hours
3
Advanced Assessment Practicum

Provide doctoral level students with increased opportunities to conduct integrated assessments. This course is designed to improve such skills as administering and scoring psychological tests, producing reports, and providing meaningful feedback to clients.

PY
650
Hours
3
Cognition And Learning

Contemporary approaches to cognition and learning. A broad survey, with in-depth looks at selected topics including attention and memory.

PY
651
Hours
3
Physiological Psychology

Examination of bodily structures (nervous, muscular and glandular) that underlie behavior.

PY
652
Hours
3
Affect and Lifespan Development Psychology

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.

PY
654
Hours
3
Seminar in Developmental Psychology

Course will provide an overview of current theory and research on social and emotional development.

Prerequisite(s): Graduate student in Psychology doctoral program. Permission of department.
PY
655
Hours
3
Seminar in Cognitive Psychology

Course provides in-depth coverage of current research in the area of cognitive Psychology.

Prerequisite(s): Graduate student in Psychology doctoral program. Permission of department.
PY
656
Hours
3
Seminar in Social Psychology

Course will provide an overview of issues in the scientific study of emotions, with a focus on neuroscience, social, and cognitive approaches.

Prerequisite(s): Graduate student in Psychology doctoral program. Permission of department.
PY
658
Hours
3
Psychopathology

A survey of manifestations of abnormal behavior, and the diagnosis of abnormal behavior and mental disorders.

PY
664
Hours
1
Seminar in Psychometrics

Overview of Psychometric principles used to evaluate psychological test instruments.

PY
666
Hours
3
Child Psychopathlg Treat

Examines diagnosis and treatment of childhood disorders from empirical, theoretical, and practical standpoints.

PY
669
Hours
1
Sem Clinic Child Psych

Issues in research and practice of clinical child psychology.

PY
670
Hours
3
Perception And Action

An introduction to issues and concepts in the study of perception. Fundamental theoretical and empirical controversies are analyzed.

PY
671
Hours
3
History/Systems In Psych

Systematic points of view placed in historical perspective.

PY
672
Hours
3
Adv Social Psychology

Major aspects of social psychology including attitude change, attribution theory, aggression, altruism, prejudice, interpersonal relations, and group dynamics.

PY
676
Hours
3
Criminal Forensic Assessment

Familiarizes students with relevant issues in criminal forensic assessment and introduces them to current forensic assessment instruments.

PY
678
Hours
3
Forensic Psychology

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.

PY
679
Hours
1
Sem In Psychology-Law

Issues in research and practice of psychology as related to the law.

PY
680
Hours
3
Psychopharmocology

Physiological bases and therapeutic action of psychotropic medications.

PY
687
Hours
3
Clinical Psychology Of Aging

A survey of clinical geropsychology including review of major disorders experienced by older adults, assessment issues, and treatments used in work with older adults.

PY
688
Hours
1
Sem Adult Clinic Psych

Issues in research and practice related to adult clinical psychology.

PY
690
Hours
3
Cultural Competency

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.

PY
691
Hours
1-3
Seminar Clinical Psych

Selected topics related to clinical psychology.

PY
693
Hours
1-3
Seminar:Adv General Py

Seminar:Advanced General Psychology.

PY
695
Hours
3
Teaching Of Psychology

Principles of teaching and supervised experience.

PY
698
Hours
1-6
Graduate Research

Independent research by the advanced graduate student.

PY
699
Hours
1-12
Dissertation Research

No description available.