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Psychology (PSY)

Chairperson: Professor Stevenson

103 Towards Self-Understanding (3)

Individual and social problems of normal persons. Personality development, social behavior, and adjustment reactions with emphasis on increasing awareness of personal and interpersonal functioning. (Lec. 3/Online) (S) [D]

113 General Psychology (3)

Introductory survey course of the major facts and principles of human behavior. Prerequisite for students interested in professional work in psychology or academic fields in which an extended knowledge of psychology is basic. (Lec. 2, Rec. 1) (S) [D]

232 Developmental Psychology (3)

Comprehensive understanding of human development and growth from birth to senescence. (Lec. 3) Pre: 113. (S) [D]

235 Theories of Personality (3)

Critical survey of the major theories of personality. Emphasis will be placed on the “normal” personality. (Lec. 3) Pre: 113. (S) [D]

254 Behavior Problems and Personality Disorders (3)

Evaluation of the more serious behavioral disorders as found in the major forms of character disorders, psychoneuroses, and psychoses. Theories of causation, development and effects of anxiety and defense mechanisms, and interpretation of symptoms and methods of treatment. (Lec. 3) Pre: 113. (S) [D]

255 Health Psychology (3)

Investigates the relationship between behavior and health; emphasizes the theory and science of health behavior change; explores specific behaviors and behavior change strategies from an individual and public health perspective. (Lec. 3) (S) [D]

261 The Alcohol-Troubled Person: Introductory Concepts (3)

Introductory and basic concepts in alcohol trouble: prevention, identification, early intervention, treatment, education. (Lec. 3)

275 Alcohol Use and Misuse (3)

Examination of biological, psychological, and social determinants of alcohol use and misuse. Prevention, early intervention, and treatment approaches also covered. (Lec. 3) Pre: 113.

300 Quantitative Methods in Psychology (3)

Basic concepts and techniques of quantification in psychology. Emphasis on application of certain descriptive and inferential statistical tools in the analysis of psychological measurements of behavior. (Lec. 3) Pre: 113, at least one college-level mathematics course, and sophomore standing.

301 Introduction to Experimental Psychology (4)

Lectures, demonstrations, and laboratory experiments introduce the student to basic methodological principles and experimental techniques applied in psychological research. (Lec. 3, Lab. 2) Pre: 300.

305 Field Experience in Psychology (3)

Direct contact with settings and populations served by psychologists. Emphasis on understanding models and theories in relation to practical problems. Topical sections may include: a) pre-clinical, b) community, c) laboratory, and d) organizational applications. (Practicum) Pre: 113 and permission of instructor. May be repeated for a maximum of 6 credits.

310 History and Systems of Psychology (3)

Origins of psychological inquiry and theories of psychology. Transformations of theories and methods of inquiry through the history of our culture including contemporary systems and models of psychological functioning. (Lec. 3/Online) Pre: 113. (L)

334 Introduction to Clinical Psychology (3)

Emphasis on scope of the field, functions of the clinical psychologist, methods used, and problems encountered, both scientific and professional. (Lec. 3) Pre: 254.

335 The Psychology of Social Behavior (3)

Conceptual and empirical analyses of individual behavior in social contexts; attention to social motivation, attitude development and change, liking, conformity, aggression, altruism. (Lec. 3) Pre: 113 and junior standing or permission of instructor.

361 Learning (3)

Learning process in humans and non-humans, focusing on principles and methods. This course features operant-learning and behavior-modification principles and examples from real life. (Lec. 3) Pre: 301 or permission of instructor.

371 Laboratory in Learning (1)

Laboratory experiments in learning (primarily animal) designed to parallel course materials in 361. (Lab. 2) Pre: 301, credit or concurrent enrollment in 361, or permission of instructor.

381 Physiological Psychology (3)

Physiological mechanisms operative in human behavior. Sensory, neural, endocrine, and response systems as related to sensation, perception, attention, emotions, motivations, and learning. (Lec. 3) Pre: junior standing.

382 Research Methods in Physiological Psychology (3)

An introduction to the principles and techniques of experimentation in physiological psychology, such as brain stimulation and lesions, electrophysiology, neuropsychological testing, and pharmacology. (Lab. 6) Pre: 381 and permission of instructor.

384 Cognitive Psychology (3)

An examination of contemporary research and theories on mental activities. Topics will include perception, pattern recognition, attention, memory, problem solving, language, consciousness, and artificial intelligence. (Lec. 3) Pre: 113 and 301 or equivalent. In alternate years.

385 Perception (3)

Sensory function, development of perception, perception of space, color, sound, and complex events. (Lec. 3) Pre: 113 and 300, or equivalent. In alternate years.

388 The Psychology of Language (3)

Study of language processes in light of contemporary theories and research. Topics include speech production, perception, memory, comprehension, language and the brain, language acquisition, reading, language, and thought. (Lec. 3) Pre: junior standing. In alternate years.

399 (or AAF 399) Introduction to Multicultural Psychology (3)

Introductory course focusing on multiculturalism as a major paradigm. Emphasizes the meaning of multiculturalism and associated principles, concepts, and sociocultural factors as related to assessment, intervention, and research. (Lec. 3/Online) Pre: 113 or 103.

405 Psychological Anthropology

See Anthropology 405.

430 Intimate Relationships

See Sociology 430.

432 Advanced Developmental Psychology (3)

Major issues in developmental psychology. Emphasis on research in Piaget, Erikson, Bruner, Kagan, and Moss. Includes effects of infant care, sex typing, parental discipline, and developmental aspects of intellectual and perceptual growth. (Lec. 3) Pre: 232.

434 Psychological Testing (3)

Measurement procedures employed in the measurement of intelligence, aptitudes, abilities, attitudes, interests, and personality. Focus on psychometric principles associated with the various tests. (Lec. 3) Pre: 300 or equivalent.

436 Psychotropic Drugs and Therapy

See Biomedical and Pharmaceutical Sciences 436.

442 Psychology of Exceptionality (3)

Survey of the major issues underlying the classification, institutionalization, and treatment of persons with mental, physical, psychological, and educational disabilities. Specific topics include social attitudes toward exceptionalities, past and current legislation, special education services, and transitions into community life and the workplace. (Lec. 3) Service learning. Pre: junior or senior standing.

460 The Substance-Troubled Person (3)

Presents theoretical and applied material on alcohol and other mood-altering substances of abuse. Relevant for alcohol and substance abuse counselors, personnel administrators, and other social service workers. (Lec. 3) Offered through the Alan Shawn Feinstein College of Continuing Education.

464 Humanistic Psychology (3)

Discussion of humanistic approaches to the understanding and direction of behavior. Emphasis on contemporary writers such as Rogers, Maslow, May, Moustakas. Discussions of phenomenology and existentialism. (Lec. 3) Pre: 235 and junior standing. In alternate years.

465 Introduction to Crisis Intervention (3)

Interventions for various types of emergencies including substance abuse and functional or organic disorders. (Lec. 3) Pre: 254 and permission of instructor.

466 Child Sexual Abuse (3)

Current theorizing regarding the causes of sexual abuse of children will be presented, as well as the short- and long-term effects of such abuse. Management of problems will be followed, from disclosure through current state-of-the-art practices in treatment. Issues in prevention, court cases, and investigation will be reviewed. (Lec. 3) Pre: senior status and permission of instructor. Not for graduate credit.

470 Topics in Social Psychology (3)

Empirical and conceptual approaches to a major topic in contemporary social psychology. Topics will vary from semester to semester. (Seminar) Pre: 113 and 335.

471 Applied Behavioral Analysis and Remediation (3)

Study and application of behavioral approaches used to analyze and remediate behavioral problems of children and adults in educational and human service settings and everyday life. (Lec. 3) Pre: 361 or permission of instructor. Offered through the Alan Shawn Feinstein College of Continuing Education only.

473 Practicum in Behavioral Psychology (3)

Supervised, on-site field experience in applications of behavioral approaches in an educational or human service setting. (Practicum) Pre: 471 or permission of instructor.

478 Applications of Psychology (1-3)

Applications of psychological research and theory to contemporary problems, with an emphasis on scholarly bases. (Seminar) Some topics may be offered online. May be repeated for a maximum of 12 credits.

479 Topics in Psychology (1-3)

Central issues in the field of psychology, allowing in-depth study of contemporary or historical topics. (Seminar) Some topics may be offered online. Pre: 113 or permission of instructor. May be repeated with a change in topic for a maximum of 12 credits.

480 Psychology of Women (3)

Discussion of psychological research and theories on the psychology of girls and women from a multicultural perspective. Topics include personality theories, gender similarities and differences, biological aspects of sex and gender, cultural images of women, sexuality, relationships, motherhood, work and achievement, physical and mental health. (Lec. 3/Online) Pre: 113 and at least one 200-level psychology course.

489 Problems in Psychology (3)

Advanced work in psychology. Course will be conducted as seminar or as supervised individual project. Pre: permission of instructor. May be repeated once.

499 Psychology Practicum (1-6)

Individual and group projects applying psychology in clinical or laboratory settings. (Practicum) Pre: permission of instructor. May be repeated for a maximum of 12 credits. No more than 6 credits may be taken in one semester. Not for major credit in psychology. S/U only.

505 Community Psychology (3)

Introduction to community psychology; study and change of individual’s interaction with community systems; theoretical and empirical models, intervention strategies, and research methods relevant to community psychology. (Lec. 3)

517 (or STA 517) Small N Designs (3)

A survey of Small N experimental methodology appropriate for repeated observations on a single unit or individual. Methods include quasi-experimental designs, interrupted time series, and multivariate time series. Applications in applied research, particularly behavioral intervention. (Seminar) Pre: 532 and 533. In alternate years.

527 Language Study for Teachers of Reading

See Education 527.

532 Experimental Design

See Statistics 532.

533 Advanced Quantitative Methods in Psychology (3)

Advanced quantitative methods applied to psychology. Survey of methods such as multiple regression, multivariate analysis of variance, discriminant analysis, canonical correlation, principal component analysis, and factor analysis. Applications involve practice with computer programs. (Lec. 2, Lab. 2) Pre: 532.

540 (or EDC 540) Learning Disabilities: Assessment and Intervention (3)

Applications of early screening batteries; remedial programs for various disabilities, including behavioral programs and methods for older children and adolescents. Emphasis on pragmatic application of skills for detection and treatment. (Lec. 3) Pre: permission of instructor. May be repeated for a maximum of 6 credits.

544 (or EDC 544) Reading Acquisition and Reading Disability: Research and Implications for Practice (3)

Examination of research on the language, cognitive, and reading characteristics of children who successfully learn to read and of those who encounter difficulty. Additional focus on the implications and use of the research for assessment and instruction. (Lec. 3) Pre: graduate standing or permission of instructor.

550 Behavior Analysis and Change (3)

Introduction to the principles of operant conditioning with emphasis on the use of these principles in the analysis and change of behavior in real-life settings such as schools and families. (Lec. 3)

554 Alternative Therapies (3)

Theory and practice of a variety of individual and group techniques that can be integrated into one’s present style of helping. (Lec. 2, Lab. 2) Pre: professional and/or graduate standing.

581 Psychological Aspects of a Healthy Lifestyle

See Kinesiology 581.

599 Master’s Thesis Research

Number of credits is determined each semester in consultation with the major professor or program committee. (Independent Study) S/U credit.

600 Multicultural Issues in Psychology: Theory, Research, and Practice (3)

Focus is on general issues and concepts relevant to a psychology that is concerned with multicultural populations as sources of enrichment for theory, research, and practice. Counts as a “core course” for graduate study in psychology and includes an historical perspective. (Seminar) Pre: graduate standing.

601 Physiological Psychology (3)

An advanced consideration of physiological research on neural, endocrine, and response systems as they relate to attention, motivation, emotion, memory, and psychological disorders. Counts as a “core course” for graduate study in psychology and includes an historical perspective. (Lec. 2, Lab. 2)

602 Learning and Motivation (3)

Empirical and theoretical analysis of the basic principles of acquisition and loss of habits. Topically organized to deal with respondent and operant conditioning, and their relationship to reinforcement and motivation. Counts as a “core course” for graduate study in psychology and includes an historical perspective. (Lec. 3) Pre: undergraduate learning course.

603 Development (3)

Theoretical, methodological, and applied issues in life span development, including cognitive, perceptual, psychomotor, affective, and social development. Topically organized. Counts as a “core course” for graduate study in psychology and includes an historical perspective. (Lec. 3)

604 Cognitive Psychology (3)

A survey of the theoretical and methodological issues in human cognition. Topics include pattern recognition, attention, memory, language, problem solving. Counts as a “core course” for graduate study in psychology and includes an historical perspective. (Lec. 3)

605 Personality (3)

Reading of primary source materials from major personality theorists relevant to a particular topical emphasis. Application and comparative evaluation of the theories studied. Counts as a “core course” for graduate study in psychology and includes an historical perspective. (Lec. 3)

606 Social Psychology (3)

Intensive exploration of the methods, theory, and database of contemporary social psychology focusing on salient issues that clarify significant topics in this area. Counts as a “core course” for graduate study in psychology and includes an historical perspective. (Lec. 3)

607 Advanced Psychopathology (3)

A review of the multicultural, theoretical, clinical, and empirical literature related to the development, classification, and diagnosis of psychopathology. Counts as a “core course” for graduate study in psychology and includes an historical perspective. (Lec. 3)

608 Theories and Systems (3)

An in-depth analysis of the origin and logical structure of major systematic approaches to psychology. Emphasis on significant recurrent controversies. Counts as a “core course” for graduate study in psychology and includes an historical perspective. (Lec. 3) Pre: graduate standing.

609 Perception (3)

A survey of topics in the psychology of perception, including sensory function; psychophysical models, measurement, and scaling; visual perception; and methods for analyzing perceptually guided behavior. Counts as a “core course” for graduate study in psychology and includes an historical perspective. (Lec. 3)

610 (or STA 610) Parsimony Methods (3)

Multivariate procedures designed to reduce the dimensionality and help in the interpretation of complex data sets. Methods include principal components analysis, common factor analysis, and image analysis. Related methods: cluster analysis and multidimensional scaling. Applications involve the use of existing computer programs. (Lec. 3) Pre: 533 or STA 541 or equivalent. In alternate years.

611 Methods of Psychological Research and Experimental Design (3)

Provides the student of psychology with a knowledge of research methodology and the techniques of experimental designs. It prepares for the development of thesis problems of graduate students in psychology and related disciplines. (Lec. 3) Pre: 532 and 533.

612 (or STA 612) Structural Modeling (3)

Theory and methodology of path analysis with latent variables. Discussion of “causation” and correlation, confirmatory factor analysis, measurement and structural equation models. Practical applications using current computer programs (e.g. EQS). (Lec. 3) Pre: 533 or 610.

613 Qualitative Research and Analysis in Psychology (3)

Introduction to qualitative methods and analyses with a focus on interviews, focus groups, and visual data methods. Counts as a “core” methodology course for graduate study in psychology and includes historical and contemporary perspectives in psychology. (Lec. 2, Lab. 2) In alternate years. Pre: graduate standing.

614 Evaluation Research Seminar (3)

Introduction to application of research and consultation methods to program and policy evaluation; emphasizes quantitative methods and utilization focus. Assumes background in social science research methods. (Seminar) Pre: graduate standing.

615 Collaborative Research in Psychology (0-3)

Collaborative approaches to methods of psychological inquiry. Special emphasis on topics that can involve students at varying levels of research skill. Format includes weekly seminars and colloquia. (Seminar) May be repeated. S/U credit.

625 Seminar: Social Psychology (3)

Emphasis on a major area in contemporary social psychology. Empirical studies analyzed for their relevance to theoretical and applied issues: students will design an original investigation. (Seminar) Pre: graduate standing or permission of instructor. May be repeated for a maximum of 12 credits with different topic.

626 Psychology of Sex and Gender (3)

Examines theory and research relevant to sex and gender from social, psychological, multicultural, and interdisciplinary perspectives. Focuses on topics relevant to men, women, transgendered people, transsexuals, and intersexuals. In alternate years.

635 Transtheoretical Model Applied to Health Psychology (3)

The transtheoretical model is an influential comprehensive model of behavior change that has been extensively employed in health psychology. Applications include smoking cessation, exercise, diet, dress, and medication adherence. (Seminar) Pre: graduate standing.

641 Introduction to Psychotherapy (3)

An analysis of the major systems of psychotherapy. Developing an integrative, eclectic model through identifying the processes of change that are the core of effective therapy. (Lec. 3)

642 Introduction to Psychotherapy Practice (3)

Instruction and practice in the basic interviewing skills and clinical techniques necessary for practicum courses in psychotherapy. Seminar format with some lecture material, role playing, structured experiential exercises, case presentation, and discussion and videotape illustration. (Seminar) Pre: 641. S/U credit.

644 Family Therapy (3)

Introduction to theories and techniques of family assessment and family therapy. Seminar format with videotape illustrations, case presentation and discussion, lecture, and selected experiential exercises. (Lec. 3) Pre: permission of instructor. Not offered every year.

647 Child Therapy (3)

Seminar discusses issues, techniques, and research related to behavior changes in children and their families. Aspects of therapy, the role of behavioral approaches, and the participation of parents will be explored. Direct, supervised experience is included in this course. (Lec. 3) Pre: participation in the Psychological Consultation Center.

660 Clinical Assessment and Decision Making (3)

Covers basic principles and methods for decreasing error and increasing accuracy in applied clinical work, such as clinical versus actuarial judgment and use of base rates. (Lec. 3) Pre: course in psychological testing.

661 Psychological Services I: Administration and Interpretation of Cognitive Tests (3)

Instruction and practice in administration and interpretation of contemporary cognitive tests; individual intelligence tests of both general and specific abilities. Rationale, research evidence, clinical applications. (Lec. 3) Pre: 660.

662 Psychological Services II: Administration and Interpretation of Personality Tests (3)

Instruction and practice in the administration and interpretation of instruments used in the assessment of personality. Emphasis on tests such as the MMPI, Rorschach, TAT. Rationale, research evidence, and clinical application. (Lec. 2, Lab. 2) Pre: 661.

663 Child and Adolescent Personality Assessment and Intervention (3)

Psychological assessment and intervention with children and adolescents, focused on personality functioning, behavioral, social, and emotional problems. Emphasis on assessment theory and methods as linked to empirically supported intervention approaches. (Lec. 2, Lab. 2) Pre: graduate standing in psychology and 665, 661 or permission of instructor.

665 Developmental Psychopathology (3)

Child and adolescent psychological disorders are conceptualized through a developmental perspective, and contemporary research on etiology, diagnosis, course, prognosis, and treatment/management is examined. (Lec. 3) Pre: 603 or equivalent.

666 Seminar: Ethical and Legal Issues in Psychology (3)

Ethical, legal, and professional issues as they relate to the provision of psychological services and psychological research. Emphasis is on the study of ethical issues and the examination of the development of professional standards as they relate to the areas of clinical psychology practice, school psychology practice, and applied research practice. (Seminar)

668 School Psychological Consultation (3)

Historical and contemporary perspectives on consultation are reviewed. Theory, research, and practice are discussed from various consultation models including mental-health, behavioral, and organizational. The focus is on content and process of consultation in various clinical and educational settings. (Lec. 3) Pre: 661 and 663 or equivalent.

670 Field Experience in Psychological Services (1-12)

Practicum placements and internships are available in a variety of agencies, clinical and school settings, under supervision. (Practicum) S/U credit.

672 Individual Clinical Practicum (3-9)

Introductory experience in dealing with clinical problems in a variety of clinical settings under supervision. (Practicum) Pre: 661, 662. May be repeated for a maximum of 9 credits. S/U credit.

674 Clinical Practices: Therapy (1-12)

Specialized techniques of clinical interviewing, counseling, and psychotherapy. Critical discussions of student’s own supervised therapy sessions. (Practicum) Pre: 607 and 641. May be repeated for a maximum of 12 credits.

676 Neurological Correlates of Psychopathology (3)

Functioning and physiology of the central nervous system with particular attention to determining how nervous-system disruption and injury are manifested in behavioral disorder. Techniques used to evaluate and interpret neuropsychological functioning. (Lec. 2, Lab. 2) Pre: permission of instructor. Not offered every year.

681 Special Problems in School Psychology (3-9)

Role of the psychologist in the school setting. Several theoretical and practical issues concerned with the value of psychological theory, administrative philosophy, and school organization are explored. (Seminar) May be repeated for a maximum of 9 credits.

683 (or EDC 683) Psychology of the Exceptional Child (3)

Social, psychological, and educational factors that constitute the matrix of concerns with the exceptional individual in the school and community. Recent innovations in public and private education and habilitation. Research issues and legislation discussed evolve into student studies. (Lec. 3)

687 (or EDC 687) Seminar: Topics in the Psychology of the Exceptional Individual (3)

Survey of topics and current issues in the treatment, needs, and understanding of the psychology of specific exceptionalities. (Seminar) May be repeated for a maximum of 9 credits with different topics.

688 Developmental Neuropsychology Seminar (3)

Conceptual overview emphasizing changing relationships between human central nervous system and behavior from conception through adolescence. Normal and abnormal neurodevelopment, theoretical principles, assessment and intervention issues, and selected research methodologies. (Seminar) Pre: 601 or equivalent.

690 Seminar: Contemporary Issues in Psychology (3-12)

Recent developments and current issues. Rigorous exploration of experimental, applied, and theoretical literature. (Seminar) May be repeated for a maximum of 12 credits.

692, 693 Directed Readings and Research Problems (3-12 each)

Directed readings and advanced research work under the supervision of a faculty member arranged to suit the individual requirements of the students. (Independent Study)

695 Seminar: Teaching Psychology (3)

Primarily a seminar in the teaching of psychology at the undergraduate level. Includes a consideration of general issues in college teaching, preparation of a course proposal, and sample presentation. (Seminar)

696 Practicum: Teaching Psychology (1-3)

Practicum for students teaching a college-level psychology course. Supervision of course preparation, presentation, and evaluation. (Practicum) Pre: 695 or permission of the department. May be repeated for a total of 6 credits with permission of the department. S/U credit.

699 Doctoral Dissertation Research

Number of credits is determined each semester in consultation with the major professor or program committee. (Independent Study) S/U credit.

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