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Psychology Department Graduate Program Catalog 2016-17

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18 PSY 715 STATISTICS AND RESEARCH DESIGN I (MSED/PSYD) 4 credits e primary goal of this course is to develop critical thinking skills neces- sary for students to (1) evaluate primary, empirical research in psycholo- gy, (2) translate theoretical ideas into testable research hypotheses, (3) test these hypotheses by means of a logically developed statistical plan. Material covered includes the process of scientific inquiry and the logic of the scien- tific method and major statistical techniques used in analyzing behavior- al data (i.e., correlational/regression analyses, contrast models). Statistical analyses and graphical representations of data via the computer and prepa- ration of scientific reports based on these analyses are required of students. Prerequisites: Undergraduate psychological statistics and experimental psy- chology or permission of the instructor. PSY 716 STATISTICS AND RESEARCH DESIGN II (PSYD) 4 credits is course builds on the critical thinking skills developed in PSY715 by adding to the students' research repertoire skills enabling them to apply statistical procedures and research designs tailored to the needs of qua- si-experimental research. Material to be presented includes (1) theoreti- cal coverage of the process of scientific inquiry and implications regard- ing field research and (2) familiarization with statistical techniques most oen used in establishing statistical control (i.e., multiple regression anal- ysis). Students are required to carry out statistical analyses and graphical representations of data via the computer and develop a fully operational empirical research proposal. is course includes at least three hours of training in ethical issues. Prerequisite: PSY 715 PSY 717 COGNITIVE BASES OF BEHAVIOR (MSED/PSYD) 3 credits is is an advanced cognitive psychology course intended to familiar- ize students with traditional and contemporary learning theories. Special emphasis is placed on applications of learning theory to a range of school and agency settings. e relevance of learning theory to instructional processes, behavior management and the amelioration of cognitive/affec- tive and interpersonal difficulties in children and adolescents is covered. Prerequisite: Undergraduate learning course PSY 720 INTEGRATING SEMINAR (MSED/PSYD) 3 credits is is a psychodiagnostic seminar in which assessment data from stu- dents' field placements is used to extrapolate general principles of psy- chological test battery analysis, synthesis and integration with case his- tory information, and development of intervention plans. Each student presents to the class the raw data of a complete psychological test battery with case history information. Each student is required to complete an evidence-based review of the literature for specific referral questions, and a psychological report. Issues of psychological test administration, evi- dence-based diagnosis psychological report writing, communicating test findings and implementing recommendations are addressed. Prerequisites: Completion of all courses in the first and second years of the program. PSY 721 TESTS AND MEASUREMENTS (MSED/PSYD) 3 credits is course surveys psychological testing, covering test theory and the va- riety of current tests. Test theory topics include scaling, reliability, validi- ty, decision- making, item-analysis, and test construction with norm- and criterion-referenced tests. Principles of test construction are applied to intelligence, aptitude, achievement, occupational, interest and personality tests. is course includes at least three hours of training in ethical issues. PSY 722 COGNITIVE-BEHAVIORAL INTERVENTION TECHNIQUES (MSED/PSYD) 3 credits is is an introductory survey course in the theory and techniques of counseling in school and clinical settings as well as an initial presenta- tion of cognitive-behavioral intervention techniques. e course presents intervention techniques which are found across theoretical perspectives and covers various issues related to counseling and psychotherapeutic in- tervention services. e second half of this course covers the theories and techniques of psychotherapeutic interventions from cognitive-behavioral perspectives. Basic principles and techniques of cognitive-behavioral psy- chotherapies are presented. Components of the therapeutic process and interaction are defined and illustrated. Case material from students' field experiences are discussed. Prerequisite: Admission to MSEd or PsyD graduate psychology programs. PSY 723 ADVANCED SOCIAL PSYCHOLOGY (MSED/PSYD) 3 credits Advanced social psychology is the scientific study of how individuals are affected by the social structure (e.g. other people, physical settings, cultural/ environmental factors). e goal of this course is to familiarize students with the theoretical formulations (e.g., cognitive dissonance), re- search methodologies, and the practical applications in social psychology. e major topics covered includes person perception, social influence, authority pressure and power, attitude change, racism, sexism, prosocial behavior and altruism, aggression and violence, and social stress. e historical roots of the field, and the goals and methodology in social psy- chology are presented. is course includes at least six hours of training in multicultural issues. PSY 725 ADVANCED PERSONALITY THEORIES (MSED/PSYD) 3 credits is course reviews in depth the major theoretical approaches to under- standing personality. Emphasis will be placed on how theories address the development of self-concepts, anxiety, and "normal" vs. "abnormal" development/functioning. e ways in which social climate, the person- ality/life experiences of the theorist, and how empirical research shape theory and inform our understanding will be examined. e role of cul- ture, ethnicity/race, class and gender as well as the impact of technology on personality development will also be examined. e impact of the the- ories on the delivery of human services will also be discussed. Methods of personality assessment will be briefly reviewed. Prerequisites: Undergraduate Abnormal Psychology and Personality eory. PSY 726 EVIDENCE-BASED PRACTICE: COGNITIVE-BEHAVIORAL TECHNIQUES (PSYD) 3 credits is course focuses on theoretical perspectives in the integration of ev- idence-based psychodiagnostic assessment and intervention with con- sideration for age, levels of functioning, developmental stage, diversity issues, and type of psychopathology. Although a variety of empirically supported and evidence-based assessment and intervention techniques are reviewed within the context of assessing and intervening with specif- ic disorders, the emphasis is on cognitive-behavioral techniques. Forms of assessment (e.g., structured clinical interview, projective measures, self-report, and specific focused assessment) and cognitive-behavioral

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