Psychology

The Department of Psychology offers work leading to the Doctor of Philosophy degree in Psychology, with the Master of Arts degree earned as part of this program. The department’s goal is to produce scholars and researchers who will contribute to the growth of psychological knowledge whether they work in academic or applied settings. Students must major in one of five areas (Behavioral Neuroscience, Clinical, Cognitive, Community and Prevention Research, and Social and Personality). All students must satisfy the requirements of their major area. In addition, students must minor in another area (which could include quantitative psychology, psychology and law) or develop a minor that crosses multiple disciplines and fulfills educational goals. Interdepartmental concentrations in Neuroscience, Gender and Women’s Studies, and Violence Studies are available to graduate students in the department. The framework of a student’s program is determined by the major/minor combination that is selected. Within that framework and in consultation with their advisors, students construct programs individually tailored to their research interests and career goals. The department also offers course work in the instruction of psychology and practicum opportunities to develop college-level teaching skills.

Admission and Degree Requirements

PSCH 411. Stereotyping,Prejudice&Racism. 3 hours.

Psychological research and theory concerning stereotyping, prejudice, and racism. Historical conceptualization, development, causes, expression, and psychological consequences of prejudice, as well as theories of prejudice reduction. Course Information: Prerequisite(s): Graduate standing in psychology or consent of the instructor.

PSCH 415. Social Bases of Health Behvr. 3 hours.

Psychological theory and research concerning the coronary-prone personality, pain management, controlling adherence to medical regimens, biofeedback, smoking, and weight control. Course Information: Prerequisite(s): PSCH 270 and consent of the instructor, or graduate standing.

PSCH 417. Psychology and Law. 3 hours.

Application of psychological theories to the development, operation and effects of law; evaluation of different and similar approaches of law and psychology. Course Information: Prerequisite(s): PSCH 312 or consent of instructor.

PSCH 420. Social Devel of Urban Children. 3 or 4 hours.

General principles of social development and how these principles need to be modified for this population of children. Course Information: Same as EPSY 420. 3 undergraduate hours. 4 graduate hours. Prerequisite(s): Admission to a graduate program in education or psychology; or consent of the instructor.

PSCH 422. Adv Devel Psych & Ed Proc. 3 hours.

Focuses on cognitive and social development from birth to early adolescence. Examines relations between development, learning, and educational processes. Course Information: Same as ED 422. Prerequisite(s):PSCH 100 and any one from EPSY 210, PSCH 259, PSCH 320 and consent of the instructor; or graduate standing.

PSCH 423. Character Early Adolescence. 3 hours.

Physiological, social, emotional and cognitive development of early adolescence. The relationship between these developmental characteristics and success in the middle grades. Course Information: Same as EPSY 446. Prerequisite(s): Admission to a program in psychology or education; or approval of the College of Education or consent of the instructor, EPSY 210 or EPSY 255 or ED 421 or ED 422.

PSCH 424. Social and Emotional Learning. 3 or 4 hours.

Research, theory, educational practices, and federal/state policies that promote the social, emotional, and academic competence of students who are in preschool, middle school, or high school. Course Information: Same as ED 424. 3 undergraduate hours. 4 graduate hours. Prerequisite(s): PSCH 343 or equivalent; or consent of the instructor. Recommended background: Experience working with children or adolescents.

PSCH 429. Constructivist Approach to Dev. 3 or 4 hours.

Piaget's and Vygotsky's theories of development of knowledge. Empirical and logico-mathematical forms of knowledge. Thought and action. Thought and language. Course Information: Same as EPSY 429. 3 undergraduate hours. 4 graduate hours. Prerequisite(s): EPSY 255; or ED 422; or EPSY 426; or consent of the instructor or equivalent.

PSCH 443. Advanced Statistics. 3 hours.

Design and analysis of experiments: between, within factorial and mixed factorial designs and introduction to multiple regression. For students planning research careers or advanced degrees. Course Information: 3 hours. Prerequisite(s): PSCH 343. Class Schedule Information: To be properly registered, students must enroll in one Discussion/Recitation and one Lecture.

PSCH 452. Memory and Attention. 3 hours.

A survey of empirical research and theories concerning the human memory system and the encoding, retention, retrieval of information in that system and research and theories of attention. Course Information: Prerequisite(s): Graduate standing; or PSCH 352 and consent of the instructor.

PSCH 454. Cognitive Psych of Language. 3 hours.

Provides students with a survey of methods, theory and research in language and discourse processing. Course Information: Same as COMM 454, and LING 474. Prerequisite(s): Graduate standing or consent of the instructor.

PSCH 455. Cogn Psychology of Thinking. 3 hours.

Introduces students to research and theory concerning higher mental processes, including problem solving, reasoning, judgment, and decision making. Course Information: Prerequisite(s): Graduate standing; or PSCH 352 and consent of the instructor.

PSCH 457. Cog Psy Skill & Knowl Acq. 3 hours.

The course approaches learning from a variety of cognitive perspectives. The instruction is organized around discussions of original research articles. Course Information: Prerequisite(s): Previous knowledge of Cognitive Psychology (with at least an undergraduate survey course) or admittance into the Cognitive Division graduate program.

PSCH 459. Cognitive Methods. 3 hours.

Hands-on training in the methods of cognitive psychology, especially computational modeling and the analysis of verbal protocols and other types of trace data. Course Information: Prerequisite(s): Graduate standing or consent of the instructor. Class Schedule Information: To be properly registered, students must enroll in one Laboratory and one Lecture-Discussion.

PSCH 481. Interviewing. 1 hour.

Lecture on the theory and practice of clinical interviewing with supervised experience. Course Information: Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory grading only. Prerequisite(s): Graduate standing in psychology or consent of the instructor.

PSCH 483. Neuroanatomy. 4 hours.

Organization of the nervous system, with an emphasis on mammals. Course Information: Same as BIOS 483 and NEUS 483. Animals used in instruction. Prerequisite(s): BIOS 272 or BIOS 286 or BIOS 325 or PSCH 262; or consent of the instructor. Class Schedule Information: To be properly registered, students must enroll in one Laboratory and one Lecture.

PSCH 484. Neuroscience I. 3 hours.

Neuroscience as an integrative discipline. Neuroanatomy of vertebrates, neural development, cellular neurobiology, action potential mechanisms, synaptic transmission and neuropharmacology. Course Information: Same as BIOS 484 and PHIL 484. Prerequisite(s): BIOS 286 or PSCH 262.

PSCH 485. Neuroscience II. 3 hours.

Intergrative neuroscience, including sensory and motor systems; learning, memory, and language; pathology of nervous systems; philosophical perspectives, and modeling. Course Information: Same as BIOS 485 and PHIL 485. Prerequisite(s): BIOS 286 or PSCH 262.

PSCH 494. Special Topics in Psch. 1-4 hours.

Advanced treatment of an announced topic. Course Information: May be repeated. Students may register in more than one section per term. Prerequisite(s): Graduate standing or consent of the instructor.

PSCH 495. Seminar in Psychology. 1-3 hours.

Seminar devoted to special topics in psychology. Course Information: Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory grading only. May be repeated to a maximum of 9 hours. Students may register in more than one section per term. Prerequisite(s): Graduate standing or consent of the instructor.

PSCH 503. Writing for Social Scientists. 3 hours.

Training to write for the social sciences, including how to edit effectively, formulate a thesis statement, construct an argument, and begin and conclude a paper. Course Information: Previously listed as PSCH 403. Prerequisite(s): Graduate standing or consent of the instructor.

PSCH 505. Advanced History of Psychology. 3 hours.

The history of scientific psychology, with an emphasis on the forerunners of major contemporary research problems. Course Information: Prerequisite(s): Graduate standing.

PSCH 506. Item Response Theory. 4 hours.

Statistical inference with item response theory models, useful to measure an individual's performance on a test or questionnaire. Models include parametric, non-parametric, unidimensional, multidimensional, and cognitive. Course Information: Same as EPSY 506. May be repeated to a maximum of 8 hours. Extensive computer use required. Prerequisite(s): ED 501 and EPSY 503 and EPSY 546 or the equivalent. Appropriate score on the department placement test. Graduate or professional standing required or consent of the instructor.

PSCH 507. Emerging Research Issues. 1 hour.

Weekly seminar that introduces Ph.D. students in psychology to the current research of each faculty member in the department of psychology. Course Information: Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory grading only. May be repeated to a maximum of 2 hours. Prerequisite(s): Consent of the instructor.

PSCH 508. Colloquium on Teaching Psch. 1 hour.

Required training to prepare graduate students for contact teaching in the Department of Psychology. Course Information: Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory grading only. Prerequisite(s): Consent of the instructor.

PSCH 510. Cognitive Science. 3 hours.

The computer modeling of intelligent agents and systems. Course Information: Same as CS 510. Extensive computer use required. Prior experience with computers is expected to vary widely among the students, and the instruction, readings, and course project are designed to take this into account. Prerequisite(s): Consent of the instructor. Recommended background: Prior training and/or prior coursework in human cognition and/or computer programming.

PSCH 512. Attitudes & Social Cognition. 3 hours.

Survey of theory and research in social psychology, including attitudes and social cognition. Course Information: Prerequisite(s): Consent of the instructor.

PSCH 513. Interpers Relation &Group Proc. 3 hours.

Survey of theory and research in social psychology, including interpersonal relations and group processes. Course Information: Prerequisite(s): Consent of the instructor.

PSCH 515. Psch of Women & Gender. 3 hours.

Critical examination of psychological theories and research on women and gender, including biological, psychoanalytic, socialization, power, and social constructionist perspectives. Course Information: Same as GWS 515. Prerequisite(s): Graduate standing in psychology; or PSCH 315 or GWS 315, and consent of the instructor.

PSCH 516. Rsrch Methods in Social Psch. 3 hours.

Critical analysis of current theories in social psychology. Course Information: Prerequisite(s): PSCH 512 and PSCH 513 and PSCH 514; or consent of the instructor.

PSCH 517. Social Psychology of Ed. 4 hours.

Social psychological factors influencing academic and social outcomes in schools. Achievement motivation, peer relations, social values in relation to student characteristics and school practice. Course Information: Same as EPSY 502. Prerequisite(s): Admission to the Ph.D. in Education program or the Ph.D. in Psychology program; or consent of the instructor.

PSCH 518. Sem Social&Personality Psch. 1-4 hours.

Critical discussion of selected topics, such as helping and altruism, social judgment, group processes, attitude formation and change. Content varies. Course Information: May be repeated. Students may register in more than one section per term. Prerequisite(s): Consent of the instructor.

PSCH 519. Current Topics in Social Psch. 1 hour.

Discussion of recently published research and ongoing research by department faculty and graduate students. Course Information: Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory grading only. May be repeated. Prerequisite(s): Consent of the instructor.

PSCH 520. Develop Infant & Early Child. 4 hours.

Consideration of development in the preschool years. Stress on theory, research, individual child study, and educational implications. Course Information: Same as EPSY 526. Prerequisite(s): ED 422 or PSCH 422 or the equivalent.

PSCH 521. Violence Against Women. 4 hours.

Examines the extent, causes, and consequences of sexual assault, intimate partner violence (e.g., domestic violence, dating violence), and sexual harassment, and considers the impact of culture and community on violence and its victims. Course Information: Same as GWS 521. Prerequisite(s): Consent of the instructor.

PSCH 525. Achievement Motivation. 4 hours.

The psychology of achievement motivation will be explored from the perspectives of personality, social, and educational psychology. Course Information: Same as EPSY 530. Prerequisite(s): Graduate standing in education or psychology or consent of the instructor.

PSCH 526. Lifespan Development. 3 hours.

Review of factors influencing continuity and change at genetic, physiological, psychological and social levels across the lifespan. Course Information: Prerequisite(s): Consent of the instructor.

PSCH 531. Community Research. 3 hours.

Intro to research design for community and action research; data collection techniques; perspectives on the relationship between researchers and communities; ethical issues; and philosophies of science informing community-based research.

PSCH 533. Adv Community&Prevent Resrch. 3 hours.

Overview of community psychology theory and intervention research in areas like prevention, empowerment, diversity, ecology, competence enhancement, and social change from historical and contemporary perspectives. Course Information: Prerequisite(s): Graduate standing in psychology or consent of the instructor.

PSCH 534. Community Intervention Theory. 3 hours.

Emphasizes issues related to the conceptualization, design, implementation, and evaluation of community interventions. Course Information: Prerequisite(s): Consent of the instructor.

PSCH 537. Sem in Action Research. 3 hours.

Supervised action research in community settings including entry, data collection, ethics, feedback and report preparation. Course Information: Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory grading only. May be repeated. Prerequisite(s): Graduate standing in the Community and Prevention Research Specialization of the Ph.D. in Psychology program or consent of the instructor.

PSCH 538. Sem Community&Prevention Rsrch. 1-4 hours.

Examination of a selected topic in community and prevention research. Course Information: May be repeated. Students may register in more than one section per term. Prerequisite(s): Consent of the instructor.

PSCH 539. Curr Topic Commnty Prevent Res. 1 hour.

Ongoing seminar with faculty and graduate students to discuss contemporary issues in community and prevention research. Course Information: Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory grading only. May be repeated. Prerequisite(s): Consent of the instructor.

PSCH 540. Research with Diverse Groups. 3 hours.

Highlights some of the issues relevant to doing research with diverse groups, such as race/ethnicity, gender, social class, age, disability.

PSCH 541. Intro to Computing in Psch. 1 hour.

An introduction to applications of computing in psychological research. Several projects are required. Course Information: Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory grading only. Prerequisite(s): Consent of the instructor.

PSCH 543. Research Design & Analysis. 4 hours.

Experimental design, advanced analysis of variance (ANOVA) and statistical analyses for experimental and quasi-experimental designs, interpretation and writing results in APA style, SPSS. Course Information: Prerequisite(s): Graduate standing in psychology or consent of the instructor.

PSCH 544. Latent Variable Models. 3 hours.

Statistical methods and practical issues relevant to latent variable models with special emphasis on factor analysis and structural equation modeling. Course Information: Prerequisite(s): PSCH 545.

PSCH 545. Multivariate Analysis. 3 hours.

The statistical analysis of functional relationships among two or more variables; multivariate regression, canonical correlation, discriminant analysis, multivariate analysis of variance, principal components, factor analysis, logistic regression, cluster analysis. Course Information: Prerequisite(s): PSCH 543, and graduate standing in psychology; or consent of the instructor.

PSCH 546. Program Evaluation. 3 hours.

Introduction to theory, design and practice of program evaluation. Emphasis will be on theories of social programming, selecting appropriate methods, and politics of evaluation. Course Information: Prerequisite(s): PSCH 531 or the equivalent and PSCH 543 and PSCH 545; or consent of the instructor.

PSCH 548. Sem Methods & Measurement. 1-4 hours.

Seminar on a preannounced topic in methodology, measurement or mathematical psychology. Course Information: May be repeated. Students may register in more than one section per term. Prerequisite(s): Consent of the instructor.

PSCH 549. Curr Topics in Psch & Law. 1 hour.

Discussion of recently published research and ongoing research in psychology and law by department faculty, graduate students and outside speakers. Course Information: Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory grading only. May be repeated. Prerequisite(s): Consent of the instructor.

PSCH 550. Proseminar Educ Psychology I. 2 hours.

Socializes students into Educational Psychology, and covers professional development (e.g., importance of CV, presenting at a conference, IRB, grant proposals), and areas of emphasis (e.g., learning, assessment, statistics, measurement). Course Information: Same as EPSY 500. Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory grading only. Prerequisite(s): Admission to the Ph.D. in Educational Psychology or Education programs; or consent of the instructor.

PSCH 551. Theories of Educ Psychology. 4 hours.

Covers critical theories that drive the research and practice of educational psychology, including theories and research that pertain to student achievement, motivation, beliefs, assessments, teaching, and learning across the life span. Course Information: Same as EPSY 501. Prerequisite(s): EPSY 500 and admission to the Ph.D. in Education program or the Ph.D. in Psychology program; or consent of the instructor.

PSCH 553. Memory and Attention. 3 hours.

A survey of empirical research and theories concerning the human memory system and the encoding, retention, retrieval of information in that system and research and theories of attention. Course Information: Prerequisite(s): Graduate standing; or PSCH 352 and consent of the instructor.

PSCH 554. Cogn Psych of Language. 3 hours.

Provides students with a survey of methods, theory and research in language and discourse processing. Course Information: Same as COMM 554 and LING 574. Previously listed as PSCH 454. Prerequisite(s): Graduate standing or consent of the instructor.

PSCH 555. Cogn Psychology of Thinking. 3 hours.

A survey of methods, theory and research focusing on problem solving and reasoning. Course Information: Previously listed as 455. Prerequisite(s): Graduate standing; or consent of the instructor.

PSCH 557. Cog Psy Skill & Knowl Acq. 3 hours.

A survey of methods, theory and research focusing on skill and knowledge acquisition. Course Information:Previously listed as PSCH 447. Prerequisite(s): Consent of instructor.

PSCH 558. Seminar in Cognitive Psch. 1-4 hours.

Detailed critical review of selected topics in cognitive psychology: emphasis on current research and theoretical developments. Course Information: May be repeated. Students may register in more than one section per term. Prerequisite(s): Consent of the instructor.

PSCH 559. Curr Topics Cognitive Psch. 1 hour.

Discussion of current research and theoretical issues in broad areas of cognitive psychology. Course Information: Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory grading only. May be repeated. Prerequisite(s): Consent of the instructor.

PSCH 562. Neural Basis Learn & Mem. 3 hours.

Theory and research on the anatomical, electrophysiological and chemical bases of learning and memory in humans and other animals. Course Information: Previously listed as PSCH 462.

PSCH 564. Clinical Psychopharmacology. 3 hours.

Behavioral, cognitive, and biological effects of psychotropic drugs in psychiatric populations. Theoretical, methodological and empirical issues related to the pharmacological treatment of psychopathology. Course Information: Prerequisite(s): Consent of the instructor.

PSCH 565. Adv Cognitive Neuro. 3 hours.

Empirical data and theories of the neural basis of cognitive processes; attention, memory, language, executive control of behavior. Course Information: Prerequisite(s): Consent of the instructor.

PSCH 568. Seminar in Behav Neurosci. 1-4 hours.

Current research issues and studies in Behavioral Neuroscience are discussed in terms of methodology and theory. Topic to be announced each semester. Course Information: May be repeated. Prerequisite(s): Consent of the instructor.

PSCH 569. Curr Topics Behav Neurosci. 1 hour.

Presentation of current research projects by staff and students. Course Information: Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory grading only. May be repeated. Prerequisite(s): Consent of the instructor.

PSCH 570. Personality Psychology. 3 hours.

Contemporary research in personality psychology and a review of theoretical approaches to the study of personality structure and processes. Course Information: Prerequisite(s): Consent of the instructor.

PSCH 571. Psychopathology. 3 hours.

Detailed consideration of disorders of behavior including description, etiology, prognosis and experimental and clinical research; consideration of development and functions of classification systems of abnormal behavior and their relation to clinical decision making. Course Information: Prerequisite(s): PSCH 570 and consent of the instructor.

PSCH 573. Cognitive & Behav Assessment. 3 hours.

Theory and research-based coverage of intellectual, neuropsychological, and behavioral assessment. Focus is on methods and interpretation of psychological testing including both objective and projective methods. Course Information: Prerequisite(s): PSCH 572 and consent of the instructor.

PSCH 574. Intervention Techniques. 3 hours.

Intervention skills, modalities, concepts and techniques for different patient populations and presenting problems. Topics will vary each semester and include: cognitive-behavior therapy, psychodynamic therapy, group therapy and family therapy. Course Information: May be repeated. Students may register in more than one section per term. Prerequisite(s): PSCH 571 and consent of the instructor.

PSCH 575. Psychotherapy Theory &Research. 3 hours.

Research methods and theory related to psychotherapy and behavior change, with an emphasis on design, evaluation, and results of empirically-based psychotherapy studies. Course Information: Prerequisite(s): PSCH 571 and consent of the instructor.

PSCH 577. Ethics & Prof Development. 3 hours.

Ethical dimensions of psychology including clinical practice, research and teaching; ethical codes, confidentiality, client rights, dual relationships, legal issues, competency, social responsibility, moral reasoning, values. Course Information: Prerequisite(s): Graduate standing in psychology or consent of the instructor.

PSCH 578. Seminar in Clinical Psch. 1-4 hours.

In-depth coverage of selected current topics in clinical psychology. Emphasis is on current research. Course Information: Prerequisite(s): Consent of the instructor.

PSCH 579. Curr Topics in Clinical Psch. 1 hour.

Research and case presentations in clinical psychology. Course Information: Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory grading only. May be repeated. Prerequisite(s): Consent of the instructor.

PSCH 581. Practicum in Interviewing. 1 hour.

Interviewing practicum through the Office of Applied Psychological Services. Students observe and conduct clinical interviews under supervision. Course Information: 1 graduate hour.Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory grading only. Prerequisite(s): PSCH 481 and consent of the instructor. Class Schedule Information: To be properly registered, students must enroll in one Conference and one Practice.

PSCH 582. Practicum in Psch Assessment. 4 hours.

Supervised practice in psychodiagnostic testing in various facilities associated with the graduate training program in clinical psychology. Course Information: Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory grading only. May be repeated. Students may register in more than one section per term. Prerequisite(s): PSCH 573 and consent of the instructor. Class Schedule Information: To be properly registered, students must enroll in one Discussion/Recitation and one Practice.

PSCH 583. Pract: Clinical Intervention. 4 hours.

Instruction and supervision in the practice of psychological intervention, application of basic psychological principles to varied parent populations. Course Information: Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory grading only. May be repeated. Students may register in more than one section per term. Prerequisite(s): PSCH 574 and consent of the instructor. Class Schedule Information: To be properly registered, students must enroll in one Discussion/Recitation and one Practice.

PSCH 584. Pract: Clinical Trainees. 0-3 hours.

Presentation and discussion of trainee assessment, intervention, and research projects. Course Information: Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory grading only. May be repeated. Prerequisite(s): Acceptance into either an NIMH- or OAPS- sponsored training program. Class Schedule Information: To be properly registered, students must enroll in one Conference and one Practice.

PSCH 586. Science of Teaching Psychology. 3 hours.

Seminar on theories, research, and evidence-based techniques for teaching undergraduate Psychology courses. Prepares students for PSCH 587. Course Information: Extensive computer use required. Prerequisite(s): Consent of the instructor. Recommended background: Completion of Master?s degree in Psychology or related discipline.

PSCH 587. Practicum in Teaching Psych. 6 hours.

Provides students who have completed PSCH 586 the opportunity to teach their own undergraduate Psychology course under the supervision of a Psychology Department faculty member. Course Information: Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory grading only. Extensive computer use required. Prerequisite(s): PSCH 586; and consent of the instructor. Recommended background: Completion of Master?s degree in Psychology or related discipline.Class Schedule Information: To be properly registered, students must enroll in one Lecture-Discussion and one Practice.

PSCH 591. Research Apprenticeship. 2-3 hours.

Directed training in conducting research in specific areas of Psychology, and in developing skills related to the research. Course Information: Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory grading only. May be repeated to a maximum of 5 hours. Prerequisite(s): Consent of the instructor.

PSCH 594. Adv Special Topics in Psch. 1-4 hours.

Advanced treatment of an announced topic. Course Information: May be repeated. Students may register in more than one section per term. Prerequisite(s): Consent of the instructor.

PSCH 595. Methods &Measurement/Clin Psch. 2 hours.

Provides students with an overview of research methods, process concerns, ethics, and issues that are relevant to the field of clinical psychology. Course Information: May be repeated. Prerequisite(s): Consent of the instructor.

PSCH 596. Independent Study. 1-12 hours.

Research on or study of topics not included in regular classes or thesis and dissertation research. Course Information: Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory grading only. May be repeated. Prerequisite(s): Consent of the instructor.

PSCH 598. Thesis Research. 0-16 hours.

Research on the topic of the master's thesis. Course Information: Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory grading only. May be repeated to a maximum of 12 hours. Prerequisite(s): Consent of the instructor.

PSCH 599. Dissertation Research. 0-16 hours.

Research on the topic of the doctoral dissertation. Course Information: Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory grading only. May be repeated. Prerequisite(s): Consent of the instructor.