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Graduate Courses in Psychology

PSY 412G Psychology of Motivation and Emotion. 3 hours. Prerequisite: PSY 100. A study of the principal theories of motivation and emotion. Examination of needs, cognition, and social aspects. Includes a critical review of research and application of these theories to human behavior.

PSY 421G Psychology of Early Adolescence. 3 hours. Prerequisite: PSY 100. Focuses on theory and research related to cognitive, personality, and social development in early adolescence. Theories are applied to important developmental contexts such as peers, families, and learning environments. Designed for students planning to meet middle grades certification requirements. Either PSY 421 or PSY 422, but not both, may be taken to satisfy the requirements of the psychology major or minor. PSY 421 may not be used to satisfy the Developmental Course Category restricted elective requirement for the major.

PSY 422G Adolescent Psychology. 3 hours. Prerequisite: PSY 100. Introduction to behavior and development from early adolescence to adulthood, emphasizing a critical review of research and literature.

PSY 424G Topics in Developmental Psychology. 3 hours (repeatable max of 6 hrs). Prerequisite: graduate standing. A consideration of special topics to acquaint students with theoretical and research issues of particular interest in developmental psychology.

PSY 432G Psychology of the Gifted and Creative. 3 hours. Prerequisite: PSY 100. The course covers identification of gifted children and adults with an emphasis upon the development of educational programs which maximize the development of giftedness. Included will be a critical review of research and literature in the areas of giftedness and creativity.

PSY 435G Moral Development and Education. 3 hours. Prerequisite: PSY 100 or equivalent and graduate standing. An in-depth study of and reflection upon psychological theories of morality, moral development, moral functioning, and current models of moral education and professional identity.

PSY 436G   Applied Cognitive Psychology. 3 hours. Prerequisite: Permission of instructor. Focus on the application of empirical cognitive findings to real-world memory tasks, reasoning, and problem solving. Topics covered include attentional processes applied to distracted driving, memory formation and retrieval as they relate to eyewitness testimony and recovered memories, and strategies for compensating for our limited short-term memory capacity.

PSY 440G Abnormal Psychology. 3 hours. Prerequisites: PSY 100. Introduction to abnormal psychology emphasizing forms of abnormal behavior, etiology, developmental factors, interpretations, behavioral manifestations and treatment programs.

PSY 441G Psychological Aspects of Alcoholism. 3 hours. Intensive study of theories and research regarding alcoholism; emphasis on application of psychological theories to the treatment of alcoholism.

PSY 442G Beginning Skills in Psychological Interviewing. 3 hours. Prerequisites: Six hours in PSY including PSY 100 and permission of instructor. Paraprofessional skills for conducting structured and unstructured interviews in non-therapy settings. Emphasizes skills development but also covers some theoretical material.

PSY 443G Behavior Modification. 3 hours. Prerequisites: Six hours of psychology including PSY 100, and permission of instructor. Introduction to theory and application of behavior modification techniques. Emphasizes the use of behavior modification in education, child rearing, clinics and self modification. Course activities or assignments may require the individual to disclose personal information.

PSY 470G Psychology and Law. 3 hours. Prerequisites: PSY 100 or equivalent and graduate standing. Psychological knowledge that is pertinent to the legal system. Emphasis on how human characteristics and psychological factors influence attitudes, decisions, and behavior throughout the legal process. Field trips to off-campus locations will be required. Students are responsible for arranging their own transportation.

PSY 499G Senior Seminar in Psychology. 3 hours (repeatable maximum of 6 hours). Seminar in which major concepts and issues in psychology are considered. Directed reading, guest lectures, field trips, and/or oral reports by students are utilized.

PSY 505 Statistical Software for Behavioral Scientists. 3 hours. Prerequisites: Three hours of undergraduate statistics and graduate standing or permission of instructor. Develops proficiency in use of statistical software for mainframe and personal computers. Emphasis on SPSS. Data base management for the PC also addressed.

PSY 510 Advanced Educational Psychology. 3 hours. Application of psychological and developmental theories to teaching and learning. Examination of cognitive, social, and moral development, learner diversity, learning theories, motivation, effective classroom management, productive instructional practices, and assessment.

PSY 511 Psychology of Learning. 3 hours. Theories of learning including conditioning, social learning, reinforcement, problem solving, motivation, and structure of the learning situation.

PSY 514 Program Evaluation. 3 hours. Examination of program accountability. Emphasizes all phases of evaluation. Also covers decision making processes.

PSY 519 Psychological Perspectives on Classroom Behavior. 3 hours. Strategies and techniques designed for coping with problem behaviors in the classroom. Covers both preventative and problem encounter measures.

PSY 520 Individual Differences and Human Diversity. 3 hours. Research and theory in aspects of human diversity, including intelligence, motivation, personality, achievement, and aptitudes. Both individual and group differences are addressed, and sources of diversity are explored.

PSY 540 Behavior Problems of Childhood and Adolescence. 3 hours. The major forms of psychopathology in children and adolescents, with emphasis upon recent research, classification systems and developmental patterns. Also covers clinical and school treatment of behavior problems encountered in the school setting.

PSY 541 Professional Issues and Ethics in Psychology. 3 hours. Ethics codes, professional behaviors, and legal issues in applied psychology.

PSY 545 Clinical Child Psychology: Theory and Practice. 3 hours. Prerequisite: PSY 540 or PSY 640 or permission of instructor. For psychology or mental health profession students desiring to work with mental health problems in children and adolescents.

PSY 560 Assessment of Individual Intellectual Functioning:Theories and Issues. 3 hours. Prerequisite: Permission of instructor. Review of the theory and development of individually administered cognitive assessments used as basic tools in education and clinical diagnosis.  Includes examination of issues in their use and interpretation.

PSY 561 Advanced Assessment in Educational Settings. 3 hours. Prerequisites: PSY 560 and permission of instructor. Interpretation and integration of assessment information for use in educational settings. Includes tests, behavior ratings scales, ecological analysis, systematic observations, and functional behavioral assessment.

PSY 562 Practicum in Psychological Assessment. 1-3 hours (repeatable maximum of 6 hours.  Prerequisite: Permission of instructor. Supervised experience in the administration and interpretation of instruments and practices used in the assessment of intellectual abilities and learning problems in educational or clinical settings. Field experiences in appropriate off-campus settings may be required. Students are responsible for arranging their own transportation to designated or assigned sites.

PSY 590 Readings/Research Psychology. 1-6 hours (repeatable maximum of 9 hours). Prerequisite: Departmental permission only. Individual readings or research. Arrangements must be made before enrollment. Grade Mode: Pass/Fail.  Application

PSY 591 Internship in College Teaching. 3 hours. Problems and methods of teaching at the college level. Students enrolled in this course will concurrently teach a course in introductory or general psychology.

PSY 592 Psychology Internship. 3 hours (repeatable maximum of 6 hours). Prerequisite: Permission of instructor. Applied supervised experiences for clinical and school psychologists.  Students must meet minimum hour requirements as specified by the programs.  Students are responsible for their own transportation to internship sites.

PSY 500 Trends and Scientific Approaches in Psychological Thinking. 1-3 hours. New developments and special topics in contemporary psychological research. May be repeated with a different topic.

PSY 599 Thesis Research. 1-6 hours (6 total). No course description is available. Pass/Fail grading.

PSY 600 Maintain Matriculation. 1-6 hours (repeatable maximum of 6 hours). Continued enrollment for thesis completion. Grade Mode:  Non-graded.

PSY 625   Seminar in School Psychology.  3 Hours (repeatable maximum of 6 hours). Prerequisite: Acceptance to the school psychology program or by permission of instructor.Readings and discussion on current issues in the field of school psychology.

PSY 637 Theories of Addiction. 3 hours. Equivalent: CNS 637, SWRK 637. Prerequisites: Admission to or completion of approved graduate program in helping profession, and instructor's permission. This course involves introduction to theoretical, philosophical and historical premises of addictions. Topics include professional ethics, diversity, family roles and relationships, and dual diagnosis.

PSY 640 Psychopathology. 3 hours. Major forms of child and adult psychopathology with emphasis upon recent research, classification systems, the modification of deviant behavior and developmental patterns of learning and motivation variables.

PSY 641 Theories of Psychotherapy. 3 hours. Prerequisite: Permission of instructor. Selected theories and techniques of psychotherapy and counseling. Also covers group therapy, clinical topics, and professional and ethical issues.

PSY 642 Clinical Interviewing and Psychotherapy. 3 hours. Prerequisite: PSY 641 and permission of instructor. Continuation of 641 with emphasis on group, family, and marital psychotherapy.

PSY 643 Academic Assessment and Intervention. 3 hours. Prerequisites: PSY 560, 561 and permission of instructor. Diagnostic instruments and procedures for assessing educationally-related disabilities. Emphasis on current laws and regulations regarding special education, academic interventions, and Individualized Education Programs. Field experiences in appropriate off-campus settings may be required. Students are responsible for arranging their own transportation to designated or assigned sites.

PSY 645 Consultation in Educational and Mental Health Settings: Theory and Practice. 3 hours. Designed to provide theory and practice to mental health professionals. Theories and methods of mental health consultation in depth. Field experiences in appropriate off-campus settings may be required. Students are responsible for arranging their own transportation to designated or assigned sites.

PSY 647 Addictions: Assessment, Diagnosis, and Treatment Planning. 3 hours. Equivalent: CNS 647, SWRK 647. Prerequisites: Admission to or completion of approved graduate program in a helping profession, and instructor permission. This course involves the selection, administration, and interpretation of assessment methods and techniques used to diagnose addiction disorders, as well as the development of appropriate treatment plans and issues involved in treatment planning.

PSY 651 Clinical Neuropsychology for the Applied Psychologist. 3 hours. Prerequisite: Acceptance to a graduate program in the Department of Psychology or by permission of instructor. Basic neural anatomy and functioning and biological systems will be presented along with the effect those systems have on behavior. Effective applied interventions for people who have neurological problems will be covered.

PSY 660 Assessment of Personality and Socio-emotional Functioning. 3 hours. Prerequisites: PSY 560 and permission of instructor. Personality diagnosis using objective and projective techniques with emphasis on current research interpretation, and communication of assessment information.

PSY 662 Practicum in Psychology. 1-3 hours (repeatable maximum of 6 hours). Prerequisite: Permission of instructor. Supervised practice in schools, clinics, specialized training centers, hospitals, industry, and research settings. Field experiences in appropriate off-campus settings may be required. Students are responsible for arranging their own transportation to designated or assigned sites.

PSY 667 Counseling Substance Abusers and Their Families. 3 hours. Equivalent: CNS 647, SWRK 647. Counseling issues related to substance abuse diagnosis, treatment and aftercare program.

PSY 699 Specialist Project. 1-6 hours (repeatable maximum of 6 hours). Specialist project research and writing directed by faculty committee. Grade Mode: Pass/Fail.

PSY 700 Maintain Matriculation. 1-6 hours (repeatable maximum of 6 hours). Continued enrollment for specialist project completion.
Grade Mode: Non-graded.

PSY 701 History and Systems of Applied Psychology. 3 hours. Prerequisite: Admission to the  Applied Psychology Psy.D. program or by permission of instructor. Survey of the history of clinical and school psychology with an emphasis on the theories and systems that drove the creation of these professions. Current trends in current clinical and school psychology and their impact on the fields will be examined.

PSY 741 Family Systems in Therapy. 3 hours. Prerequisite: Admission to the  Applied Psychology Psy.D. program or by permission of instructor. Reviews theories of family systems and the implications for therapy and working with families. Applies family systems assessment and therapy techniques to referral concerns.

PSY 751 Clinical Psychopharmacology. 3 hours. Prerequisite: Admission to the  Applied Psychology Psy.D. program or by permission of instructor. Overview of clinical psychopharmacology, including medication side effects and signs, contemporary prescribing practices, and working with medical professionals. Students will learn theoretical and biological bases of psychotropic medications.

PSY 766 Assessment of Autism Spectrum Disorder. 3 hours. Prerequisite: Admission to the  Applied Psychology Psy.D. program or by permission of instructor. Examines methods, instruments, and skills of assessing Autism Spectrum Disorder. Supervised practice with assessment instruments. Students are responsible for their own transportation to assessment sites.

PSY 777 Foundations of Supervision. 3 hours. Prerequisites: Admission to the  Applied Psychology Psy.D. program or by permission of instructor. Examination of theories, ethics and issues in clinical supervision. Field experiences in appropriate off-campus settings may be required. Students are responsible for arranging their own transportation to designated or assigned sites.

PSY 785 Doctoral Seminar in School Psychology. 3 hours. Prerequisite: Admission to the  Applied Psychology Psy.D. program or by permission of instructor. Readings and discussion on current issues in the field of psychology relevant to doctoral level school psychologists, such as systems level consultation, supervision, and private practice.

PSY 791 Advanced Psychology Practice. 3 hours. Prerequisite: Admission to the  Applied Psychology Psy.D. program or by permission of instructor. Advanced field experience for doctoral students. Applied Students are responsible for their own transportation to practicum sites.

PSY 792 Advanced Practicum in School Interventions. 3 hours. Prerequisite: Admission to the  Applied Psychology Psy.D. program or by permission of instructor. Supervised practice in development of advanced problem-solving strategies and competencies for intervening with children and adolescents. Students are responsible for their own transportation to practicum sites.

PSY 799 Dissertation in Psychology. 1-3 hours (repeatable maximum of 6 hours). Prerequisite: Acceptance to the  Applied Psychology Psy.D. program and by permission of instructor. Research undertaken to complete requirements for the doctorate in applied psychology. Course repeated for 6 credit hours total.

PSY 801 The Profession of Clinical Psychology. 3 hours. Prerequisite: Admission to the  Applied Psychology Psy.D. program or by permission of instructor. Survey of the issues and opportunities in the applied practice of psychology. The legal, financial, professional, and ethical issues of applied practice will be addressed.

PSY 862   Advanced Psychotherapy Interventions. 3 Hours (repeatable max of 6 hrs). Practice in evidence-based, contemporary psychotherapy techniques.  Students will learn advanced and emerging techniques to complement existing therapeutic skills.

PSY 877 Advanced Clinical Supervision. 3 hours. Prerequisites: Admission to the  Applied Psychology Psy.D. program, PSY 777 or by permission of instructor. Advanced topics in supervision including specialized settings, challenging supervisees, and technology and supervision. Students are responsible for arranging their own transportation to designated or assigned sites.

PSY 895 Pre-Doctoral Internship. 3 hours (repeatable maximum of 6 hours). Prerequisite: Admission to the  Applied Psychology Psy.D. program or by permission of instructor. Full-time applied psychology internship following the guidelines of the American Psychological Association. Taken at end of doctoral training coursework. Grade Mode: Pass/Fail

 

Most 400-level psychology courses may be taken for graduate credit. Students receiving graduate credit in 400G courses will be required to do additional research, readings, or other appropriate assignments.

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