Department: Psychology

Code Name Description
PSY1000 Introduction to Psychology An introductory course in psychology, covering the major processes underlying human behavior, cognition, and emotion. Specific units covered include: consciousness; sensation and perception; thought and language; human development; personality; socia...
PSY1100 Probabilistic Thinking: Randomness, Chaos, and Chance An introductory course that teaches quantitative methods used in psychology along with psychological findings about how people think about probabilistic information. The course integrates techniques, strategies, and methods of critical thinking desig...
PSY2100 Statistics in Psychology Provides skills necessary for data analysis in preparation for research methods course, and prepares students to analyze and interpret social science research findings. Students study descriptive and inferential statistics and parametric and nonparam...
PSY2200 Research Methods in Psychology Familiarizes students with principal research approaches, including descriptive, correlational, and experimental techniques and the strengths and limitations of each methodology. Includes hands-on experience in the formulation of proper research desi...
PSY2220 Social Psychology No Description Set
PSY3100 Learning and Cognitive Processes A survey of the psychology processes in learning and cognition. This includes coverage of perception, attention, associative conditioning and other forms of learning, memory, language, creativity, reasoning, problem solving, and decision making. Stud...
PSY3120 Group Dynamics in Organizations An introduction to theories of group dynamics and to current practices of modern management that utilize effective group processes in performing personnel management functions.
PSY3121 Applications of Psychology to Management An examination of the use of psychological theory for understanding and managing people at work. Major topics include: identifying individual strengths and weaknesses; assigning work tasks; communicating effectively; and reinforcing/rewarding behavio...
PSY3122 Industrial/Organizational Psychology A survey of theory and research in the field of industrial/organizational psychology. Topics include: personnel psychology (recruitment, selection, training, and performance appraisal); leadership; team building and dynamics; psychological dimensions...
PSY3140 Psychology of Substance Abuse A liberal arts survey of all aspects of drug abuse including pharmacology, physiology, history, culture, philosophy, and treatment.
PSY3155 Sports Psychology A systematic discussion and practice of the major mental skills required for optimal performance in physical sports. These include the relaxation response, directing attentional focus, becoming proficient in mental imaging, promoting positive thought...
PSY3160 Psychology of Music This course introduces students to the psychology of music. A survey of topics in this field will include development of musical preferences, emotional responses to music, perception of musical elements, cultural values in music, and music therapy.
PSY3170 Psychology of Emotion A survey of theories, models and research on the psychological aspects of human emotion. Will present social, cognitive, behavioral, and biological perspectives. Will explore how current understandings of human emotions and motivations apply to areas...
PSY3200 Biopsychology Introduces the biological bases of human and nonhuman behavior, with emphasis on underlying physiological mechanisms, and on the development, evolution, and function of behavior. Topics include neuroanatomy, neurochemical communication, sensation and...
PSY3235 Cross-Cultural Psychology A study of cross-cultural differences in perception, motivation, expression, verbal and nonverbal behavior, and values and meaning systems, and the implications of these differences for cross-cultural interaction and understanding.
PSY3240 Client Counseling and Interviewing Interviewing and counseling methods for work with clients on a one-to-one basis. The focus is on basic skills that can be used to assess a wide range of situations and engage clients in problem solving. Also covered are factors relating to the human...
PSY3245 Group Counseling Issues and methods in the use of small groups to promote personal growth, therapeutic interaction, and social change. Group formation, maintenance, and termination; group dynamics; and roles/skills appropriate to group leadership and membership.
PSY3300 Social Psychology An exploration of major theoretical paradigms as they are used to understand topics in social psychology, including social perception, attribution of causality, the self, emotions, attraction, prejudice and discrimination, attitude change, altruism,...
PSY3310 Forensic Psychology This course will provide a comprehensive overview of the forensic psychological research and the practice of forensic psychology. The student will become familiar with the forensic psychological literature, forensic psychological approaches and techn...
PSY3320 Health Psychology This course introduces students to the field of health psychology. Beginning with historic ideas from the Greeks through psychosomatic medicine, current thoughts and approaches from a biopsychosocial understanding of disease and its meaning (psycholo...
PSY3330 Personal Relationships Introduces students to theories and research in the study of personal relationships. Will focus on the development, maintenance and functions of both friendship and intimacy.
PSY3340 Human Sexuality Explores the biological, neurological, psychological, sociological, and historical bases of human sexuality; sexual development and reproduction; and the issues and challenges related to sexuality in a contemporary society. Maintaining objectivity wi...
PSY3350 Clinical Psychology An introduction to the methods, rationale, and empirical foundations of the field of clinical psychology, including historical roots, conceptual models, professional issues, current controversies, and career options.
PSY3360 Military Psychology An overview of the use of psychology applied to military settings. Main topics include the history of military psychology, the military as sub-culture, clinical psychology and behavioral health in the military, and operational psychology. Special att...
PSY3400 Lifespan Development Psychology Examines the physical, cognitive, emotional, and social development of individuals from birth to death. Theories and research evidence concerning factors such as heredity, early experience, parenting styles, peers, school, societal values, work, reti...
PSY3440 Psychology of Gender Survey of topics in psychology relevant to gender and its impact on the lives of women and men, including major psychological theories of gender-role development; gender bias and stereotypes; biological and environmental influences that determine and...
PSY3500 Tests and Measurements in Psychology Covers the fundamentals of measurement theory and practice upon which all psychological testing rests. Major topics include: types of measurement, correlation, reliability, validity, test development and norms. Major individual and group tests of int...
PSY3550 Advanced Statistics in Psychology A brief, pragmatic survey of advanced statistical concepts for non-mathematicians. Topics will include fundamental concepts/assumptions and use of statistical software for computing analysis of variance for factorial and repeated-measures designs, mu...
PSY3600 Abnormal Psychology A study of the etiology, development, manifestations, and treatment of psychological disorders. Psychodynamic, behavioral, humanistic, systems, and cross-cultural theoretical perspectives are used to understand stress and anxiety-based disorders, psy...
PSY3700 Personality A study of the nature and development of human personality from different theoretical perspectives. Foci include: the conceptualization and meaning of "personality"; modes of assessing personality characteristics; and the relationship of personality...
PSY3750 Well-Being and Positive Psychology Explores factors that make life worth living and the human strengths that enable individuals to confront challenges, appreciate others, and regard daily experiences as meaningful. Provides a distinct contrast to the negative focus of the disease-mode...
PSY3802 Psychology of Substance Abuse No Description Set
PSY3925 Research Seminar This is a psychology research course for psychology majors. Students will review an area of scientific literature, as determined by Faculty each semester. Students will engage in empirical research: constructing a literature review, IRB proposal, col...
PSY4340 Psychotherapies An overview and critical analysis of contemporary psychotherapies and of psychotherapy as an institution in society. Therapies studied may include: existential, behavior modification, psychoanalysis, transactional analysis, cognitive, gestalt, and fa...
PSY4900 History and Systems of Psychology This is a capstone course for psychology majors. As an advanced discussion course for seniors majoring in Psychology or allied disciplines, this course will examine the historical progression of ideas central to psychology, their philosophical and em...
PSY4910 Advanced Topics in Psychology A capstone course for psychology majors. Provides an advanced, integrative review of a significant theme or topic in psychology that supplements regularly offered electives. A selected area within the discipline will be given intensive study through...
PSY4925 Psychology Research Seminar This is a capstone course for psychology majors. Students will review an area of scientific literature, as determined by Faculty each semester. Students will present a portion of the topic to the class. Concurrently, students will engage in empirical...
PSY4935 Senior Thesis As a senior-level psychology capstone course, students will review an area of scientific literature related to psychology as determined by student interest and faculty approval. Students will write a review paper that integrates existing theory and d...
PSY4950 Counseling/Community Practicum A capstone course for psychology majors that prepares students for entry-level positions in the mental health field as well as graduate school. The course is a means for enhancing, unifying, and applying the knowledge and experience acquired as a psy...
PSY4970 Research Practicum Research experience under mentorship. Student activities involve significant responsibilities in the research process, including literature review, conceptualization of the study, design of data collection methods and instruments, data collection, da...
PSY4997 Directed Readings in Psychology Directed individualized readings.
PSY6000 Ethical and Professional Issues in Clinical Mental Health Counseling This course focuses on the legal, ethical and professional issues that influence the research and professional practice of clinical mental health counselors. The primary goal is to provide students with a thorough knowledge of the ethical and legal i...
PSY6010 Introduction to the Practice of Professional Psychology An overview of the PsyD program and an introduction to the field of professional psychology, including the key principles of evidentiary support, critical thinking, lifelong learning, and the integration of didactic and experiential learning. Student...
PSY6100 Applied Statistics in Clinical and Counseling Psychology A review of univariate statistical techniques and a survey of multivariate techniques used in clinical and counseling psychology. These methods are essential for interpretation, evaluation and application of published research in professional setting...
PSY6200 Research Methods in Clinical and Counseling Psychology Covers methods of empirical research particularly applicable to clinical and counseling situations primary emphasis on interpretation, evaluation and application of published research in professional settings.
PSY6310 Learning, Cognition, and Behavior A study of processes involved in human learning and cognition. Covers areas in the fields of learning and cognitive psychology, and presents the current thinking in these disciplines. Includes: learning, perception, attention, memory, language, probl...
PSY6315 Cognitive and Affective Bases of Behavior This course will provide an overview of the interplay of cognition and affect by evaluating both classical and contemporary core theories and research. Students will become familiar with conscious and unconscious processing, sensation, perception, me...
PSY6320 Biological Bases of Behavior & Foundations of Psychopharmacology An examination of the biological substrates of behavior from the cellular to the systemic to the behavioral level. Includes a review of human physiological processes as these relate to biobehavioral models of normal and abnormal functioning in appeti...
PSY6325 Biological Aspects of Behavior Introduces the biological bases of human and nonhuman behavior, with emphasis on underlying physiological mechanisms, and on the development, evolution, and function of behavior. Topics include neuroanatomy, neurochemical communication, sensation and...
PSY6330 Diversity and Sociocultural Issues in Mental Health Counseling Development of diversity awareness and knowledge including systems of power and privilege. Introduction to methods/skills for working with clients who are diverse in culture, race, ethnicity, gender, age, sexual orientation, or physical or mental abi...
PSY6340 Life Span Development for Mental Health Counselors Explores life span development through the lenses of social, cultural, cognitive, biological, and learning theories and research. Normal or typical developmental tasks are reviewed, as well as principles related to developmental psychopathology. Theo...
PSY6341 Career and Lifestyle Development Exploration of models and theories of career development and forces that shape career-decision making throughout the lifespan. Available resources for educational and occupational assessment; procedures to enhance career exploration, planning and pla...
PSY6345 Social Bases of Behavior This course examines the social behavior of individuals and groups. Students will become familiar with both classical and contemporary social psychological theories, empirical research, and how to study social phenomena scientifically. Topics include...
PSY6350 Forensic Psychology for Counselors This course will provide a comprehensive overview of forensic psychological research and the practice of forensic psychology. The student will become familiar with the forensic psychological literature, forensic psychological approaches and technique...
PSY6360 Psychopathology This course provides an in depth, evidence-based review of a broad spectrum of psychopathological conditions as defined in the current DSM. The focus of this review includes etiology, prevalence and incidence, signs and symptoms, criteria for differe...
PSY6365 Psychopathology and Psychodiagnostic Assessment Overview of theory, etiology, base rates and comorbidities of psychopathologies included in the current diagnostic manual. Students learn to use the DSM criteria to make differential diagnoses and to apply psychodiagnostic skills through clinical int...
PSY6450 Child and Adolescent Development for Educators Provides an overview of the major concepts, principles, theories, and research related to development of children and adolescents so that teacher candidates can construct learning opportunities that are adapted to diverse learners and support individ...
PSY6500 Psychological Assessment in Mental Health Counseling: Theory Basic concepts in the construction, selection, administration, scoring, and interpretation of assessment procedures commonly used in mental health counseling. This course will cover psychometric properties and proper use of these instruments, as well...
PSY6501 Psychological Assessment in Mental Health Counseling: Practice Designed to be taken concurrently with Psychological Assessment in Mental Health Counseling: Theory. Provides in-depth supervised experience in diagnostic and behavioral interviewing; and in selecting, administering, scoring, and interpreting assessm...
PSY6505 Introduction to Empirically-Supported Treatments What are the factors by which a given intervention is determined to be “evidence-based”? Discusses the processes and pitfalls of treatment outcome research, RCTs, and the distinction between effectiveness and efficacy. Presents evidence-based interve...
PSY6700 Therapeutic Interventions: Theory Surveys major theories of counseling and psychotherapy from both clinical and research viewpoints.
PSY6701 Therapeutic Interventions: Practice Covers major elements of empirically validated intervention strategies, case conceptualization, treatment planning and therapeutic process through lecture, discussion, demonstration, and role playing with feedback on behavioral performance. Emphasis...
PSY6730 Crisis Intervention and Trauma Counseling Provides an overview of the psychological impact of crisis and trauma across the lifespan. Includes the history and current theories in the field, the nature of trauma (sexual abuse, combat, and natural disasters), how trauma affects individuals and...
PSY6740 Assessment & Treatment of Substance Abuse & Addition This course examines substance abuse as a clinical problem. The psychological and physical effects of drug use and abuse will be examined and the process of addition development explored. The role of sociocultural factors in substance abuse will be d...
PSY6745 Personality Assessment Theory and practice of personality assessment, focusing on the critical evaluation and selection of validated and reliable instruments that are appropriate for particular populations, purposes, and settings. Emphasis will be on empirically supported...
PSY6750 Group Interventions: Theory & Practice This is a graduate course that covers the theories, approaches and techniques used in group psychological treatment.
PSY6755 Clinical Interviewing An introduction to clinical interviewing, and clinical uses and psychometric properties of interviews. Presents the most common interview purposes, including intake, diagnosis, mental status, suicide assessment, behavioral interviews, psychosocial in...
PSY6760 Assessment and Treatment of Children and Adolescents A graduate level course in child psychopathology, assessment and treatment. Covers current DSM child and adolescent disorders. Reviews prevalence, etiology, diagnostic criteria, co-morbidity, sampling patterns, assessment and treatment strategies, an...
PSY6765 Approaches to Case Formulation and Treatment Planning Case formulation is the development of a hypothesis relating to the etiology of a client’s problem, factors which maintain or trigger the expression of the problem, and factors which may reduce the likelihood of the problem’s reoccurrence or mitigate...
PSY6770 Counseling Couples and Families Selected theories, methods, and techniques of marriage and family therapy with particular emphasis on diversity and legal and ethical issues in the practice of marriage and family counseling.
PSY6775 Core Clinical Skills This is a laboratory-based, experiential course. This course will merge the continued develop of basis therapeutic skills with theoretically based conceptualization skills and techniques. Students will examine their intrapersonal behaviors with theor...
PSY6970 Research Practicum Advanced research experience under mentorship. Student activities involve comprehensive responsibilities in the research process, including literature review, conceptualization of the study design of data collection methods and instruments, data coll...
PSY6998 Special Topics in Clinical Mental Health Counseling No Description Set
PSY7100 Clinical Practice and Supervision I-Community Internship Applied professional experience in approved community training sites. Students will provide direct clinical services to adults and/or children; participate in supervision and training sessions; and attend internship class sessions which will allow fo...
PSY7101 Clinical Practices and Supervision II-Community Internship Applied professional experience in approved community training sites. Students will provide direct clinical services to adults and/or children; participate in supervision and training sessions; and attend internship class sessions which will allow fo...
PSY7102 Clinical Practices and Supervision III-Community Internship Applied professional experience in approved community training sites. Students will provide direct clinical services to adults and/or children; participate in supervision and training sessions; and attend internship class sessions which will allow fo...
PSY7200 Master's Thesis The course is intended for those students who elect to complete a master’s thesis as part of their MA-CMHC degree requirements. The option requires the student to investigate a topic relevant to Clinical Mental Health Counseling, develop a research q...
PSY7500 Behavioral Approaches to Treatment Basic learning theory has been successfully applied in the treatment of a wide variety of emotional and behavioral problems. Reviews the history, basic principles and current empirical status of behavioral therapies. Strategies are presented for inte...
PSY7505 Professional Ethics in Health Service Psychology This course focuses on the legal, ethical and professional issues that influence psychological research and professional practice. The primary goal is to provide students with a thorough knowledge of the ethical and legal issues related to the clinic...
PSY7550 Developmental Aspects of Behavior This course provides an overview of normative and atypical human development across the lifespan, from birth to old age. Theories of biological, social, emotional, and cognitive development will be considered, along with individual variations and cul...
PSY7555 Cognitive and Intellectual Assessment including Psychometrics Provides an overview of the scientific and historical foundations of mental measurement. Introduction to assessment principles and approaches. Reviews statistical underpinnings of instruments, including strategies of test construction, reliability, v...
PSY7600 Cognitive Approaches to Treatment Reviews the theory, applications, and current empirical status of cognitive and cognitive-behavioral psychotherapies, from Glasser, Ellis, Bandura, Meichenbaum, and Beck, to third wave cognitive-behavioral psychotherapies including Dialectical Behavi...
PSY7605 Biopsychosocial Understanding of Human Behavior Provides a survey of the processes involved in human learning and cognition. Introduces an overview of the foundational theories of how experience results in relatively permanent changes in behavior as well as the underlying mental processes that pro...
PSY7610 Integrative Assessment and Disseminating Assessment Results Integrating cognitive-intellectual, personality, psychodiagnostic assessments, and interview and other data to create a multidimensional understanding of the client. The emphasis is on the collaborative nature of assessment between the client, the ps...
PSY7615 Individual and Cultural-Diversity Presents current topics and research regarding human diversity. Defining, examining, and understanding issues regarding ethnicity, race, age, gender, sexual orientation, class, religion, ability, and physical characteristics will be discussed. The co...
PSY7701 Practicum I In the four-six semester Practicum sequence, students will be placed in a series of increasingly challenging internal and external placements, through which they will acquire hands-on training and experience in conducting psychological assessments an...
PSY7702 Practicum II In the four-six semester Practicum sequence, students will be placed in a series of increasingly challenging internal and external placements, through which they will acquire hands-on training and experience in conducting psychological assessments an...
PSY7703 Practicum III In the four-six semester Practicum sequence, students will be placed in a series of increasingly challenging internal and external placements, through which they will acquire hands-on training and experience in conducting psychological assessments an...
PSY7704 Practicum IV In the six-semester Practicum sequence, students will be placed in a series of increasingly challenging internal and external placements, through which they will acquire hands-on training and experience in conducting psychological assessments and int...
PSY7705 Practicum V In the six-semester Practicum sequence, students will be placed in a series of increasingly challenging internal and external placements, through which they will acquire hands-on training and experience in conducting psychological assessments and int...
PSY7706 Practicum VI In the six-semester Practicum sequence, students will be placed in a series of increasingly challenging internal and external placements, through which they will acquire hands-on training and experience in conducting psychological assessments and int...
PSY7800 History and Systems of Psychology An historical survey of the epistemological and theoretical roots, development, and contemporary understanding of professional psychology as a practice grounded in science. Emphasis is placed on the empirical underpinnings of professional psychology,...
PSY7805 Interpersonal and Psychodynamic Approaches to Intervention Introduction to essential elements of interpersonal and time-limited psychodynamic approaches to treatment. The emphasis is on contemporary practice, particularly empirically supported interventions such as Short-Term Psychodynamic Therapy for Depres...
PSY7810 Advanced Statistics This course introduces statistical analysis in both application and interpretation, within behavioral science. Emphasis on scientific measurement and interpretation of behavior and mental processes through mathematical objectivity. Statistical concep...
PSY7815 Multicultural Competence This course is an introduction to the psychological principles, theories, and applications of multiculturalism. Students will be required to examine one’s own sense of self and others’ identity, beliefs and assumptions, and behaviors from a multicult...
PSY7820 Evaluation of Treatment Effectiveness This course will teach the contemporary psychological approaches to assessment, treatment planning, and intervention based in biopsychosocial systems and evidence-based interventions. Major areas will include mood disorders, anxiety disorders, substa...
PSY7825 Quantitative Research Methods This graduate course introduces basic research methodology and experimental design used in psychological science. Covers methods of empirical research, particularly applicable to clinical and counseling situations, primary emphasis on interpretation,...
PSY7830 Group Therapy This is a graduate course that covers the theories, approaches and techniques used in group psychological treatment. The student will learn group therapy behaviors that influence helping processes and group therapy theories that will provide the stud...
PSY8000 Risk Management in Clinical Practice The practice of professional psychology can be risky for practitioners, especially those new to practice. Risk can arise from many sources, from high-peril clients to inattentiveness, to details in completing paperwork. This course will teach student...
PSY8730 Crisis Intervention and Trauma This course will provide an overview of the psychological impact of crisis and trauma across the lifespan, including cultural and historical trauma. It includes theories of trauma from the Greco-Roman period to today, the multifaceted, biopsychosocia...
PSY8800 Dissertation Preparation This course will provide guidance for the student who is beginning to plan their dissertation. Through seminars, interactive exercises, and group supervision, students will generate and develop research questions and hypotheses, begin a preliminary l...
PSY8814 Advanced Topics in Psychopathology, Assessment, and Intervention Intensive review of selected topics in the areas of psychopathology, assessment, and intervention. Course content and prerequisites will vary as set forth in an approved syllabus. Indicative topics include: Humanistic, Existential, and Experiential T...