Robert J. Calsyn, Professor, Chairperson
Ph.D., Northwestern University
James A. Breaugh, Professor+
Ph.D., Ohio State University
Michael Harris, Professor+
Ph.D., University of Illinois-Chicago
Edmund S. Howe, Professor Emeritus
Ph.D., University of London
Samuel J. Marwit, Professor Emeritus
Ph.D., State University of New York at Buffalo
Miles L. Patterson, Professor,
Ph.D., Northwestern University
Robert H. Paul, Professor
Ph.D., University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center
Jayne E. Stake, Professor Emerita
Ph.D., Arizona State University
George T. Taylor, Professor, Director, Doctoral Program in Behavioral Neuroscience
Ph.D., University of New Mexico
Brian Vandenberg, Professor
Ph.D., University of Rochester
Dominic J. Zerbolio, Jr., Professor Emeritus
Ph.D., Michigan State University
Carl Bassi, Associate Professor'
Ph.D., Vanderbilt University
Steven E. Bruce, Associate Professor,
Ph.D., Virginia Commonwealth University
Michael G. Griffin, Associate Professor, Director, Center for Trauma Recovery
Ph.D., University of Missouri-St. Louis
Therese M. Macan, Associate Professor, Director, Doctoral Program in Industrial/ Organizational Psychology
Ph.D., Rice University
Thomas Meuser, Associate Professor and Director of Gerontology,
Ph.D., University of Missouri-St. Louis
Ann M. Steffen, Associate Professor, Director, Doctoral Program in Clinical Psychology
Ph.D., Indiana University
Mark E. Tubbs, Associate Professor,
Ph.D., University of Houston
Barbara Bucur, Assistant Professor
Ph.D., University of Akron
Tara Galovski, Assistant Professor
Ph.D., University of Albany-State University Of New York
Laurie A. Greco, Assistant Professor
Ph.D., West Virginia University
Brenda A. Kirchhoff, Assistant Professor
Ph.D., Boston University
John P. Meriac, Assistant Professor
Ph.D., University of Tennessee
Stephanie Merritt, Assistant Professor
Ph.D., Michigan State University
Zoë Peterson, Assistant Professor
Ph.D., University of Kansas
Matthew J. Taylor, Assistant Professor
Ph.D., University of Missouri-St. Louis
Kamila S. White, Assistant Professor
Ph.D., Virginia Commonwealth University
Robert N. Harris, Clinical Professor
Ph.D., University of Kansas
Jennifer Siciliani, Associate Teaching Professor, Director, Undergraduate Advising
Ph.D., University of Tennessee-Knoxville
Jerry H. Dunn, Assistant Clinical Professor#
Ph.D., University of Missouri-St. Louis
Deana L. Jefferson, Assistant Clinical Professor
Ph.D., University of Missouri-St. Louis
Matthew Kliethermes, Assistant Clinical Professor#
Ph.D., St. Louis University
Megan Schacht, Assistant Clinical Professor#
Ph.D., University of Missouri-St. Louis
Gary A. Morse, Adjunct Professor
Ph.D., University of Missouri-St. Louis
Larry O'Leary, Adjunct Associate Professor
Ph.D., Saint Louis University
John W. Rohrbaugh, Adjunct Associate Professor
Ph.D., University of Illinois-Urbana Champaign
David E. Smith, Adjunct Associate Professor
Ph.D., Colorado State University
Alene S. Becker, Adjunct Assistant Professor
Ph.D., University of Missouri-St. Louis
Lee Konzak, Adjunct Assistant Professor
Ph.D., University of Missouri-St. Louis
Sandra K. Seigel, Adjunct Assistant Professor
Ph.D., Saint Louis University
Mary K. Suszko, Adjunct Assistant Professor
Ph.D., University of Missouri-St. Louis
David F. Wozniak, Adjunct Assistant Professor
Ph.D., Washington University
*Primary appointment in the School of Social Work
+ Primary appointment in the College of Business Administration
' Primary appointment in College of Optometry
# Primary appointment in Kathy J. Weinman Children's Advocacy Centre
Psychology Undergraduate Advising Office
Undergraduate psychology majors and other students interested in majoring or minoring in psychology are encouraged to visit the Psychology Undergraduate Advising Office (110 Stadler) to receive specific information on degree requirements and course offerings, discuss questions about career options, and receive information about graduate work in Psychology. Students will minimize waiting time and will be assured one-to-one attention from an advisor by calling (314) 516-4561 to schedule an appointment ahead of time. Office hours for the Psychology Undergraduate Advising office as well as additional information for psychology majors can be obtained by e-mailing : email@example.com.
The undergraduate major in Psychology can provide the foundation for further training in psychology at the graduate level, provide the background necessary for graduate training in other fields such as social work and counseling, or provide the liberal arts background necessary for entry level positions in many fields such as business, communication, and some human service and health care positions. For more career information please schedule an appointment with an advisor in the Psychology Undergraduate Advising Office (Room 110 Stadler, firstname.lastname@example.org). To function specifically as a psychologist, a graduate degree is required. Students with such an interest should plan for this additional training. Much of this preparation must take place during the student’s undergraduate studies. For additional information, visit the American Psychological Association website.
The department has several animal and human experimental laboratories, equipped with a wide range of psychophysiological equipment. The department also operates three facilities (Community Psychological Service, the Center for Trauma Recovery, and Children’s Advocacy Services of Greater St. Louis) which provide training opportunities for the doctoral students in the psychology program as well as providing psychological assessment and treatment services for citizens in the region.
Undergraduate Programs: Overview
Bachelors Degree. The Psychology department offers work leading to the Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree in Psychology.
Minor in Psychology. The department offers a minor in Psychology to students who have a special interest in this field but wish to major in another discipline.
2+3 B.A. in Psychology and M.S. in Gerontology
This is an accelerated program which allows students to receive a bachelors degree in psychology and masters degree in gerontology after completing 138 credit hours in a carefully prescribed program. A full description of program requirements and procedures is available from the Psychology department or from the Gerontology Program office.
Graduate Programs: Overview
The department offers a terminal M.A. in General Psychology, with specialization in either Industrial/Organizational Psychology or Behavioral Neuroscience.
Clinical Psychology Respecialization-Advanced Graduate Certificate Program.
This program is designed for individuals who already have a doctorate in psychology who wish to receive specialty training in clinical psychology.
Undergraduate Programs in Depth
General Education Requirements
Majors must satisfy the university and college General Education Requirements. Courses in Psychology may be used to meet the social sciences requirement.
Requirements for the Minor
Candidates must complete a minimum of 15 hours of courses taught by or cross-listed with the Psychology Department, including at least 6 hours at the 3000 or 4000 level. Candidates must have a cumulative grade point average of 2.0 or better in the minor. Psychology courses taken on a satisfactory/unsatisfactory basis may not be applied to the minor.
Bachelor of Arts in Psychology
At least 31, but no more than 45, hours must be completed in courses taught by or cross listed with the Psychology Department. Candidates must have a cumulative grade point average of 2.0 or better in the major. Psychology courses taken on a satisfactory/ unsatisfactory basis may not be applied to the major.
The following courses (16 credit hours) are required:
PSYCH 1000, Careers in Psychology
PSYCH 1003, General Psychology
PSYCH 2201, Psychological Statistics
PSYCH 2211, Introduction to Biological Psychology
PSYCH 2219, Research Methods
PSYCH 4999, Integrated Psychology
In addition to the required courses, at least one class must be selected from the classes listed for each of the following two core areas of psychology.
Clinical area (3 credit hours):
PSYCH 2216, Personality Theory or
PSYCH 2245, Abnormal Psychology
Social/Development area (3 credit hours):
PSYCH 2160, Social Psych or
PSYCH 2270, Developmental: Infant, Child Adolescent or
PSYCH 2272, Developmental: Adulthood & Aging
Finally, at least three other courses totaling a minimum of nine credit hours must be taken at the 3000-4000 level.
Note: Students must satisfy the current University mathematical skills requirement before taking PSYCH 2201, Psychological Statistics. PSYCH 2201 is a prerequisite for PSYCH 2219, and hence, PSYCH 2201 must be completed with a grade of C- or higher prior to enrollment in PSYCH 2219.
Also, multiple enrollments in PSYCH 3390, Directed Studies, count as no more than one advanced course. No more than six hours of independent study courses (PSYCH 3295, Selected Projects in Field Placement; and PSYCH 3390, Directed Studies) may be counted toward the 31- hour minimum needed for graduation.
Graduate School Preparation
In addition to the required courses listed above, students interested in applying to graduate school in Psychology are strongly encouraged to become involved in a research project with a psychology faculty member by enrolling in PSYCH 3390, Directed Studies. These positions are available on a limited and competitive basis. See the Psychology Undergraduate Advising office for more information on such positions.
Students who plan to apply to graduate school in clinical psychology, counseling, or social work should also enroll in PSYCH 3295, Field Placement, to gain experience in a “helping role” before apply to graduate programs in one of the human services professions.
Undergraduate Learning Outcomes
The Undergraduate Psychology Learning Goals and Outcomes represent reasonable departmental expectations for the psychology major at the University of Missouri-St Louis. They have been modified from the undergraduate learning goals recommended by the American Psychological Association.
Goal 1. Knowledge Base of Psychology
Students will demonstrate familiarity with the major concepts, theoretical perspectives, empirical findings, and historical trends in psychology.
PSYCH 1003 introduces these concepts; all other psychology courses expand on these issues in more depth.
Goal 2. Research Methods in Psychology
Students will understand basic research methods in psychology, including the development and refinement of theory, hypothesis generation and testing, research design, data analysis and interpretation.
All courses touch on these issues, but two required courses, Psychology 2201 and 2219 specifically address these issues in depth. In addition, students may take elective courses to strengthen their skills in this area.
Goal 3. Biological and Cognitive Approaches to Understanding Behavior
Students will have a basic understanding of the biological basis of behavior and cognitive theory and research in psychology.
The following courses specifically address this goal: PSYCH 2000, 2211, 3000, 4349, and 4356.
Goal 4. Application of Psychology to Personal Development and Mental Health.
Students will understand and apply psychological principles to personal development and mental health.
Many psychology courses have a specific application to the personal development and mental health of students and their families, including PSYCH 2216, 2232, 2245, 1268, 2270, 2272, 2280, 4305, 4306, 3340, 3346, 4376.
Goal 5. Application of Psychology to Social and Organizational Issues
Students will understand and apply psychology principles o social and organizational issues, including understanding and respect for cultural diversity.
The following courses address this goal: PSYCH 2160, 2222, 2230, 3256, 4310, 4311, 4312, and 3318.
Goal 6. Values in Psychology and Critical Thinking
Students will be able to weigh evidence, tolerate ambiguity, act ethically, and reflect other values that are the underpinnings of psychology as a discipline. Students will also learn to use critical thinking in evaluating research and other types of information.
All courses are relevant to this goal.
Goal 7. Information and Technological Literacy
Students will demonstrate information competence and the ability to use computers and other technology for many purposes.
PSYCH 2219 addresses these topics in considerable detail.
Goal 8. Communication Skills
Students will be able to communicate effectively in a variety of formats.
All courses provide some training in communication skills, with initial skills reinforced in upper division courses.
Goal 9. Career Planning and Development
Students will emerge from the major with realistic ideas about how to implement their psychological knowledge, skills, and values in occupational pursuits in a variety of settings.
PSYCH 1000 addresses this goal directly.
Graduate Programs in Depth
In addition to meeting the general admission requirements of the Graduate School, applicants should have completed undergraduate courses in general psychology, psychological statistics, and research methods. Each doctoral program has additional admission requirements specific to the program.
Each program has independent deadlines for completed applications. They are as follows:
M.A. in General Psychology
Ph.D. in Psychology:
Clinical Psychology--December 15
Industrial/Organizational Psychology--January 15
Behavioral Neuroscience--January 15
Stipends for teaching and research assistantships are available for the doctoral programs only.
Description of Master of Arts in Psychology
The psychology department at the University of Missouri-St. Louis devotes most of its graduate level training to its three doctoral programs. However, the department does offer a flexible program of studies leading to the Master of Arts degree in general psychology. Only a few students are admitted to this program each year. Course work is possible, depending on student demand and course availability in Behavioral Neuroscience and in Industrial/Organizational Psychology. The M.A. degree does not constitute a license to practice in Missouri or elsewhere as a professional psychologist. The M.A. program does not offer course work in Counseling or Clinical Psychology.
There is no thesis or language requirement. Part-time or full-time enrollment is permissible. The M.A. degree is a terminal degree and is separate from the Ph.D. program in Psychology.
The M.A. in Psychology requires a total of 32 semester hours of course work in Behavioral neuroscience or 45 semester hours of course work in Industrial/Organizational Psychology, depending on the option chosen. Before applying for admission to the Masters Program, interested applicants are encouraged to discuss their interest with either the Director of the Behavioral Neuroscience program or the Director of the Industrial/Organizational Psychology program.
All students in the masters program must take the course work prescribed by their emphasis area. All programs of study for M.A. students require the approval of the director of the Behavioral Neuroscience program or director of the Industrial/Organization program.
Description of Ph.D. Programs/Options
There are three distinct programs: Clinical Psychology, Behavioral Neuroscience, and Industrial/Organizational Psychology. Each has its own specific curricular and research requirements. Handouts describing these requirements are available from the department on request. The following briefly describes each program.
The Clinical Psychology program has been fully accredited by the American Psychological Association since 1977 and is patterned upon the scientist-practitioner model of clinical training. The Clinical Psychology program requires five years of full-time study. Students are not considered for admission on a part-time basis. Through the medium of courses, practicum, and research experiences, this emphasis area prepares clinical psychologists for careers in research, teaching, and clinical practice.
Students in the Clinical Psychology program participate for three years in the Psychology Department's Community Psychological Service. This facility provides psychological services to the public and consultation to outside agencies. Students also receive clinical experience in clerkships and during a full-time year-long internship. Research requirements include an initial independent research project, a major critical review of research in a specialty area, and a dissertation.
Learning Outcomes for the Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology:
The Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology has the following goals and outcomes:
Students will gain a broad-based foundation of knowledge and conceptual skills necessary for psychological research and practice.
The following courses address this goal: PSYCH 5465, 5468, 6466, 7403, 7405, 7412
Students will be prepared in multiple approaches to assessment and treatment that are theory-based and research-supported.
The following courses address this goal directly: PSYCH 7404, 7406, 7430, 7431, 7434, 7439, 7450, 7451.
Students will develop the ability to evaluate and conduct methodologically sound research of potential benefit to the practice of psychology.
The following courses address this goal directly: PSYCH 7421, 7422, 7474, 7485, 7486, 7487, 7488, 7492.
Students will develop a firm basis for ethical decision-making and adherence to professional standards of conduct in research and practice.
Most courses provide some training in this area, and PSYCH 7432 addresses this goal directly as a required course.
Students will develop and display sensitivity and adaptability in their applications of research, assessment and treatment approaches to diverse populations.
Most courses provide some training in this area, and PSYCH 6448 addresses this goal directly as a required course.
Students will continue to develop a commitment to the goals of life-long learning, and an awareness of clinical psychology as an evolving science.
The Behavioral Neuroscience program provides opportunities for study, research, and training in various areas including psychophysiology, psychopharmacology, neuroendocrinology, cognitive neuroscience, and neuropsychology. This program prepares students for research careers in academia or industry, such as pharmaceutical firms and medical schools. Full-time enrollment is required.
Learning Outcomes for the Ph.D. in Behavioral Neuroscience:
The graduate program in Behavioral Neuroscience has the following goals. Included is a set of outcome measures for each goal that allow the faculty to assess the students.
1. Students will gain a broad-based foundation of terminology and basic and conceptual knowledge necessary for teaching and research in the BN field. Outcome measures include grades in coursework, performance on both the written and oral segments of the qualifying exam, as well as active participation in our journal reading groups.
2. Beginning early in their studies, students will learn the basic skills to conduct research in a variety of different paradigms. Outcome measures include successful accomplishments in the laboratories of mentor professors.
3. Also from early in their studies, students will come to recognize the key to success in the BN field is publishing and seeking grant support. Outcome measures include an easily observable mindset that assess all scholarly activities in regard to possible publication and/ or a suitable idea for submission to a grant agency. Also, regular attendance is expected at all relevant colloquia on campus and at the grant writing seminar offered by the BN faculty.
4. Students will come to recognize importance of writing and will be constantly developing their writing skills as applied to manuscript preparations and grant applications. Outcome measures are the numbers of manuscripts written and submitted to journals or grant agencies each year.
5. As they progress through the program, students will show increasing self-reliance to initiate a research project and carry it to its completion. Outcome measures are numbers and quality of self initiated research projects.
6. At the end of their graduate studies, the students will have grown into a full colleague of the faculty and be ready for a career in research and teaching. Outcome measures are a quality dissertation that is successfully defended before peers and being hired for a suitable position (post-doc, assistant professor, junior-level researcher) in the field.
The industrial/organizational psychology program is offered in cooperation with selected faculty from the College of Business to prepare students for careers in industry or academia. This program embraces the scientist practitioner model and provides a balanced training in I/O. This emphasis provides "industrial" training in areas such as personnel selection, training, and test development/validation, as well as "organizational" training in areas such as work motivation, leadership, and group processes. Research and other training experiences in various settings are also incorporated.
Learning Outcomes for the Ph.D. in Industrial/Organizational Psychology:
The Ph.D. in Industrial/Organizational Psychology has the following goals:
1. Students will gain a broad-based foundation of knowledge and conceptual skills necessary for applied psychological research and practice.
2. Students will develop the ability to evaluate and conduct methodologically sound research of potential benefit to the theory and practice of psychology.
3. Students will develop the ability to apply psychological principles that are theory-based and research-supported to individuals and groups in organizational settings.
4. Students will develop a firm basis for ethical decision-making in research and practice.
Graduate Certificate Programs
Clinical Psychology Respecialization-Advanced Graduate Certificate Program
This program is designed for graduates of accredited doctoral programs in psychology who wish to receive training in the specialty field of clinical psychology. Respecialization students are trained within the context of the UMSL Clinical Psychology Doctoral Program, which is accredited by the American Psychological Association. The program provides an integrated sequence of training experiences, including didactic course work and practicum placements. Core graduate-level psychology educational requirements not completed elsewhere are included in the respecialization student's course of study.
Graduate Certificate in Trauma Studies
The graduate certificate is awarded upon the completion of 18 credit hours of coursework on the topic of trauma studies. No more than nine hours of graduate level independent research or fieldwork may be used for the certificate. The coursework for the certificate must be taken in at least two departments and may include no more than three hours at the undergraduate 3000 or 4000 level.
1000 Careers in Psychology (1)
Prerequisite: Psychology major or consent of instructor. This course is an orientation to the field of psychology for majors and for students who are considering declaring the major. Students will be engaged in activities that will help them to develop and identify their professional goals, learn about the various specialties and careers available within the field of psychology, understand the education and skills necessary for various careers, learn the requirements for a psychology major, become familiar with minors that are available at UMSL, encourage them to think about a possible choice of minor, and acquaint them with some of the UMSL Psychology faculty and specialties
1003 General Psychology (3) [SS]
A broad introductory survey of the general principles of human behavior.
1268 Human Growth and Behavior (3) [SS]
Prerequisite: PSYCH 1003. A survey course, designed for non-majors, of development over the lifespan, with an emphasis on the developmental tasks and hazards of each age period. Majors in psychology and students planning to pursue a career in psychology research, teaching, or practice are strongly encouraged to take PSYCH 2270 and/or PSYCH 2272 instead of this course.
2160 Social Psychology (3)
Same as SOC 2160. Prerequisite: PSYCH 1003 or SOC 1010. Study of interaction between individuals and their social environment. Examination of basic principles, concepts, and methods.
2170 Aging in America: Concepts and Controversies (3)
Same as GERON 2170, ID 2170, SOC WK 2170, and SOC 2170. This course examines the major theoretical and service issues connected to the study of older adults and their families, using multidisciplinary perspectives. Students are provided with an introduction to the field of aging through an examination of current social issues and controversies. This course emphasizes student involvement through class discussion, and is appropriate for students in the arts and sciences, business, communication, education, and nursing.
2200 Drugs and Behavior (3)
Prerequisites: PSYCH 1003 and three other hours in psychology or biology. The course is designed to provide an introduction to the relationship between drugs and behavior. The emphasis will be on psychoactive drugs, alcohol, nicotine, as well as drug-like substances produced naturally in the body.
2201 Psychological Statistics (4)
(With Laboratory) Prerequisites: PSYCH 1003 and satisfaction of the university's mathematical skills requirement. Statistical methods in psychological measurement and analysis of psychological data. Frequency distribution analysis, sampling, test of significance, and correlation methods.
2205 Human Sexuality: Psychological Perspectives (3)
Prerequisites: PSYCH 1003: General Psychology. This course is a comprehensive overview of human sexuality from the standpoint of the behavioral science of psychology. This course includes a study of sexual anatomy and physiology, physiology and anatomy, sex differences, sexual orientation, interpersonal and intrapersonal aspects of human sexuality, classification and treatment of sexual dysfunction and sexual disorders, and the methods employed for the scientific examination of human sexual behavior.
2211 Introduction to Biological Psychology (3)
Prerequisites: PSYCH 1003, BIOL 1012 and 3 additional hours in Psychology or Biology. A fundamental course designed to introduce psychology students to the new findings for the biological bases of human behavior.
2212 Principles of Learning (3)
Prerequisite: PSYCH 1003. A consideration of critical findings in learning.
2216 Personality Theory (3)
Prerequisite: Six hours of psychology. Structural and dynamic aspects of the human personality considered in the context of selected theoretical systems.
2219 Research Methods (3)
(With laboratory.) Prerequisite: grade of C- or higher in PSYCH 2201. Research methods and analysis techniques used in psychological inquiry. Special emphasis placed on the logic of research design. Includes laboratory study and analysis of selected methods.
2222 Group Processes in Organizations (3)
Prerequisite: PSYCH 1003 or MGMT 3600. Topics include theory, research, and practice in coordination, conflict, and decision making in groups and organizations, as well as the role of influence, power, and leadership effectiveness in understanding interpersonal and group relations.
2230 Psychology of Women (3)
Same as WGST 2230 Prerequisite: PSYCH 1003. Evaluation of psychological theories and research regarding physiological, cognitive, and personality sex differences, female problems in adjustment, and clinical interventions for women
2232 Psychology of Victims (3)
Same as WGST 2232. Prerequisite: PSYCH 1003. A review of the effects of crime, violence, natural disasters, and other traumas on psychological functioning with attention to the relationship between gender and victimization. Prevention and therapy techniques will also be discussed.
2245 Abnormal Psychology (3)
Prerequisite: PSYCH 1003. Introduction to major symptom complexes, theories of etiology, and treatment of behavior disorders.
2270 Developmental Psychology: Infancy, Childhood & Adolescence (3)
Prerequisite: PSYCH 1003. The theory and research surrounding cognitive, social, emotional, and physical development from conception through adolescence. Intended for students with career interests in the study, education, and/or treatment of children.
2272 Developmental Psychology: Adulthood and Aging (3)
Same as GERON 4280. Prerequisite: PSYCH 1003. Personality, social, and physiological development from the onset of early adulthood through maturity and old age.
2280 Psychology of Death and Dying (3)
Same as GERON 2280. Prerequisites: PSYCH 1003. A beginning exploration of end-of-life issues.
Prerequisites: PSYCH 1003. Provides an examination of the relationship between American culture and mental health. The focus is on the lives of American minority groups, with specific attention given to how racism, prejudice, and minority status currently reveal themselves within a mental health framework. An eclectic, multidisciplinary approach that draws from clinical and social psychology will be utilized.
3256 Environmental Psychology (3)
Prerequisite: PSYCH 2160 or SOC 2160. Analysis of environmental influences on behavior and man's influence, in turn, on the environment. Topics will include a consideration of both individual processes relating to the environment (such as the perception, evaluation, and adaptation to the environment) and social processes relating to the environment (such as privacy, territoriality, and crowding).
3295 Selected Projects in Field Placement (3)
Prerequisites: Junior standing, fifteen hours of psychology, and departmental approval. Selected options in field work placement experiences in various local agencies with training and supervision by faculty. May be repeated once for credit.
3316 Fundamentals of Leadership (3)
Prerequisites: 9 hours of Psychology or consent of instructor. This course addresses concepts and methods for developing leadership skills in work and everyday settings. Contemporary approaches to leadership development are reviewed in relation to psychological and organizational theory. This course is designed to be relevant to the wide range of leadership opportunities that arise in work and daily life. Experiential exercises are used to help students discover and develop new leadership skills.
3317 Social Psychology of Conflict and Negotiation (3)
Same as SOC 3317. Prerequisite: nine hours of psychology or nine (9) hours of sociology, including PSYCH 2160 or SOC 2160. The purpose of this course is to understand how social psychological phenomena affect the processes and outcomes of negotiation and other forms of social conflict. The course is designed to be relevant to the broad spectrum of conflict situations people face in their work and daily lives. A basic premise of this course is that while analytical skills are needed to discover solutions to social problems, negotiation skills are needed in order for these solutions to be accepted and implemented.
3318 Industrial and Organizational Psychology (3)
Same as MGMT 3623. Prerequisites: PSYCH 2201 or MGMT 3600. This course introduces the student to psychological research and theories pertaining to human behavior in the work setting. Topics covered include: selection, performance appraisal, training, leadership, motivation, job satisfaction, and organizational design.
3320 Personnel Assessment (3)
Prerequisite: PSYCH 3318 or MGMT 3621. This course will provide an in-depth study of several topics in the area of personnel psychology. Consideration will be given to issues such as assessment centers, employment interviewing, personnel appraisal, employment test validity, and legal issues relevant to personnel assessment.
3340 Clinical Problems of Childhood (3)
Prerequisites: A total of twelve hours of psychology including PSYCH 1003 and PSYCH 2270. This course will address the clinical disorders and difficulties of children and the treatment of these disorders. Topics that will be addressed include autism, childhood schizophrenia, behavior disorders, drug abuse, euresis, encopresis, and childhood co-compulsive and phobic reactions. Treatments designed for specific use with children, including behavioral, drug, and community mental health approaches will be addressed.
3346 Introduction to Clinical Psychology (3)
Prerequisites: Nine hours of Psychology, including PSYCH 2216 or PSYCH 2245. A conceptual framework for research, description, and understanding of clinical phenomena. Assessment, interviewing, the clinical use of tests, and psychological approaches to treatment.
3390 Directed Studies (1-5)
Prerequisite: Consent of instructor. Directed reading and research. May be repeated for a maximum total of six hours.
3500 Health Psychology (3)
Prerequisites: PSYCH 1003. Health psychology involves the disciplines and principles of psychology and behavior in understanding how the mind, body, and behavior interact in health and disease. Class topics include theoretical foundations of health and illness, health promotion and primary prevention of illness, health enhancing and health damaging behaviors, psychosomatic illness, stress and coping, pain management, and a variety of specific behavior-related medical illnesses (e.g., heart disease, eating disorders, cancer, AIDS).
4235 Community Psychology (3)
Prerequisite: PSYCH 1003. The analysis of psychological problems in terms of the social and situational forces that produce them. Community psychology analyzes the situational problems in living. Epidemiology of mental illness; group, family, and crisis intervention; mental health-care delivery; program evaluation and demonstration project research; role of psychologist as consultant and change agent; and utilization of nonprofessional manpower
4300 Introduction to Psychopharmacology: Drugs and Mental Illness (3)
Prerequisites: PSYCH 2211 or PSYCH 2200, and PSYCH 2245. The course is designed to provide an introduction to drugs used to treat anxiety disorders, major depression, schizophrenia, and other psychopathologies. The emphasis will be on understanding neural mechanisms related to psychological disorders and to the effectiveness of current drug treatments.
4305 Cognitive Development (3)
Prerequisites: Junior standing and PSYCH 2270, or consent of instructor. Data and theory concerned with how children’s thinking changes over time. Discussion will include domain-general versus domain-specific theories, social and cultural influences on cognition, gains in memory, attention, problem solving, and metacognition, conceptual development, children’s naïve theories, schooling, and various definitions and measures of intelligence.
4306 Social Development (3)
Prerequisites: Junior standing and PSYCH 2270, or consent of instructor. Data and theory concerned with social behavior in infants, preschoolers, and school-aged children. Discussion will include emotional regulation, measurement and nature of temperament, formation and maintenance of attachment relationships, sex-role development, theories of aggression and the effects of socializing agents such as family, peers, media, and culture on development.
4308 African American Psychology (3)
Prerequisites: 9 hours of Psychology or 6 hours of Black Studies minor, or consent of instructor. Provides an overview of the emergence of contemporary African American Psychology. It explores the implications of a psychological perspective specific to African Americans. Traditional research theories are explored from a historical perspective. African American identity, socialization, personality, cognitive development, and mental health are discussed. Contemporary issues which impact African American behaviors and attitudes are also addressed.
4310 Motivation Theory (3)
Prerequisites: Junior standing and twelve hours of Psychology, or consent of instructor. Survey of current theoretical material in the area of motivation.
4311 Psychology of Nonverbal Behavior (3)
Prerequisite: PSYCH 2160 or SOC 2160. Psychological perspective on the role of nonverbal behavior in social settings. Primary concerns of the course will include an analysis of a) functions of nonverbal behavior (e.g., communication, intimacy exchange, control), b) factors influencing nonverbal expression (e.g., culture, personality, relationships), and c) various theoretical views on nonverbal behavior and communication. Applications to various problems and settings in everyday life will also be pursued.
4330 Hormones, the Brain and Behavior (3)
Prerequisites: 9 hours of Psychology or Biology, including at least one of the following: either PSYCH 2200, PSYCH 2211, Psych. 4300 or PSYCH 4314 or permission of instructor. Can be taken for graduate credit. It is now clear that the endocrine system influences a notable range of reproductive and non-reproductive behaviors including mood, stress responses, cognition, memory, violence, attachment, aging, weight control and athletic prowess. Emphasis of the class is on hormonal contribution to reproductive and non-reproductive behaviors and sex steroids influences on the brain from prenatal life to old age as well as their contribution to gender behavioral differences.
4349 Human Learning and Memory (3)
Prerequisites: Nine hours of psychology or consent of instructor. A survey of contemporary research, theory, and facts pertaining to the acquisition, retention, and forgetting of information.
4356 Thinking and Cognition (3)
Prerequisites: Nine hours of psychology or consent of instructor. An introduction to modern analytical approaches to the psychology of thinking: problem solving, reasoning, categorizing, judgment, attention, and consciousness. Particular attention is paid to the mental structures and operations involved in the encoding, abstraction, representation, transformation, and retrieval of knowledge.
4361 History and Systems of Psychology (3)
Prerequisites: At least fifteen hours of psychology. The course should be taken no sooner than the winter term of the junior year. Historical antecedents of contemporary psychology, including a survey of systems and schools of psychology.
4365 Psychological Tests and Measurements (3)
Prerequisites: PSYCH 2201 and PSYCH 2219, or consent of instructor. Survey of psychological tests and principles of reliability, validity, test construction, and test evaluation.
4374 Introduction to Clinical NeuroPsychology (3)
Prerequisite: Nine hours of psychology. A survey of neuropsychological findings concerning relationships between brain and behavior. Topics will include brain function, neuroanatomy, neurological syndromes, and methods of neuropsychological assessment.
4376 Mental Health and Aging (3)
Prerequisites: 9 hours of psychology, graduate standing, or consent of instructor. Same as GERON 4376 and SOC WK 4376. (MSW students normally take all foundation courses prior to enrolling in this course.) A survey of recent theory and research in mental health issues for older populations. The primary focus is on major psychological disorders prevalent among the elderly and on treatment approaches for elders.
4392 Selected Topics in Psychology (1-3)
Prerequisites: Twelve hours of psychology and consent of instructor. A seminar of selected issues and methods in psychology. May be repeated once for credit.
4398 Child Maltreatment: A Multidisciplinary Approach (3)
Same as SOC WK 4398. Focuses on clinical aspects of child abuse with attention to identification, reporting, intervention, and prevention. Perspectives from the disciplines of psychology and social work are provided.
4999 Integrated Psychology (2)
Prerequisites: This course is restricted to psychology majors who plan to graduate during the current semester or the next. This capstone course serves as a review of the primary fields of psychology. It will be taken typically during the last semester prior to graduation. An advanced general psychology textbook will guide the class through important contemporary topics in behavioral neuroscience, learning & memory, cognition, psychopathologies & their treatments, developmental and social psychology. Students will take the required major field test in psychology that will serve as the final exam for the course.
Prerequisites: Admission to Psychology graduate program, or consent of instructor. This graduate level course will review neuroanatomical systems that mediate primary cognitive networks and methods of assessments and interpretation of data. The course will also review common neurological and psychiatric conditions that result in neuropsychological compromise.5400 Seminar: Special Topics in Behavioral Neuroscience (1)
Prerequisites: Admission to the graduate program in behavioral neuroscience or consent of instructor. A seminar of selected contemporary topics in behavioral neuroscience. The class will meet weekly to discuss a journal article in the field with special focus on the methodologies used in neuroscience research. May be repeated for a total of 3 credit hours, provided the subject matter is different.
5407 Psychopharmacology (3)
Prerequisite: 12 units of graduate-level psychology courses and consent of instructor. An examination of the effects of drugs on the brain and on behavior. Primary emphasis is on those drugs used in the treatment of affective disorders, schizophrenia, and anxiety.
5465 Seminar: Physiological Psychology (3)
A critical examination of contemporary problems in physiological psychology.
5468 Seminar: Cognitive Processes (3)
Prerequisite: Admittance to doctoral program in psychology or consent of instructor. A critical examination of contemporary problems in cognitive processes
5610 Mechanisms of Aging I: The Aging Body (1)
Prerequisite: Admission to Clinical Psychology program or permission of the instructor.. A critical examination of the clinical-experimental literature on psychopathology. Etiologies of cognitive/affective functions and Prerequisites: Graduate standing and BIOL 1102 or equivalent. Same as SOC WK 5610 and GERON 5610. (MSW students normally take all foundation courses prior to enrolling in this course.) Introduces students with a social sciences/humanities background to the normal changes in the biology and chemistry of the aging human body and how these changes affect behavior.
5611 Mechanisms of Aging II: The Aging Brain (1)
Prerequisites: GERON 5610 or SOC WK 5610 or PSYCH 5610 or equivalent or consent of instructor. Same as SOC WK 5611 and GERON 5611. (MSW students normally take all foundation courses prior to enrolling in this course.) Provides students with a social sciences/humanities background a basic introduction to the biology and chemistry of the aging human brain and nervous system and how these systems impact behavior.
5612 Mechanisms of Aging III: Diseases of Aging (1)
Prerequisites: GERON 5610 and GERON 5611 or SOC WK 5610 and 5611 or PSYCH 5610 and PSYCH 5611 or equivalent or consent of instructor. Same as SOC WK 5612 and GERON 5612. (MSW students normally take all foundation courses prior to enrolling in this course.) Provides students with a social sciences/humanities background with information on how diseases associated with aging exacerbate the effects of aging on the human body, mind, and behavior.
6441 Aging and Health Behavior (3)
Same as GERON 6441. Prerequisites: Graduate standing. This course examines sociocultural influences on health care practices of older adults. The role of social support and other social resources in the health behavior of older adults is emphasized. Topics include self care decisions, formal service utilization, family caregiving, and planned interventions for older adults.
6444 Clinical Geropsychology (3)
Prerequisite: Graduate standing or consent of instructor. This course examines major predictors of Psychosocial functioning in older adults. The emphasis is on assessment and research methods appropriate to studying developmental issues in late life. Topics include interpersonal relationships, mental health, and a critique of interventions designed to increase life satisfaction.
6448 Multicultural Issues in Clinical Psychology (3)
Prerequisite: Admission to the doctoral program in Clinical Psychology or consent of instructor. A survey of theoretical perspectives utilized in the treatment of various cultural groups. Their relationship to and implications for the treatment of members of various cultural groups will be explored. Strategies and ethical concerns in diagnosis, test interpretation, and treatment are considered.
6466 Seminar: Developmental Psychology (3)
A critical examination of contemporary problems in developmental psychology.
7403 Psychopathology (3)
Prerequisite: Admission to Clinical Psychology program or permission of the instructor. A critical examination of the clinical-experimental literature on psychopathology. Etiologies of cognitive/affective functions and dysfunctions are explored, and implications for therapeutic intervention are considered.
7404 Introduction to Clinical Assessment I (4)
Prerequisite: Admission to Clinical Psychology program. Fundamentals of clinical assessment with emphasis on interviewing and the measurement of cognitive functioning. This course includes a laboratory.
7405 History and Systems in Psychology (3)
Prerequisite: Admission to Clinical Psychology program or consent of the instructor. A comprehensive overview of the history of psychology with an emphasis on the systems of thought that have shaped contemporary psychological theory and research.
7406 Introduction to Clinical Assessment II (4)
Prerequisite: PSYCH 7404. Theory and techniques of personality assessment with emphasis on projective personality tests. This course includes a laboratory.
7410 Women and Mental Health (3)
Prerequisite: Admission to the doctoral program in Clinical Psychology or consent of instructor. Same as WGST 6410. This course will focus on contemporary research on the psychology of women pertaining to mental health issues. Etiology and treatment of disorders disproportionately affecting women will be emphasized
7412 Social Psychology (3)
Prerequisite: Admittance to psychology doctoral program or consent of instructor. A review of key areas in contemporary theory and research in social psychology.
7415 Seminar in Health Psychology & Behavioral Medicine (3)
Prerequisites: Admission to doctoral program in clinical psychology or consent of instructor. This course analyzes research, theory, and clinical applications in the interrelationships of behavior, psychological states, physical health and disease. Discussion includes theoretical foundations of health and illness, biopsychosocial factors affecting health and public policy, and research issues. Critical evaluation of theory and empirical support for clinical applications in health psychology will be discussed.
Prerequisite: Admission to the doctoral program in Clinical Psychology or consent of instructor. This course will review existential thought in psychology and its application to understanding clinical problems and treatment. Particular attention will be given to how Psychotherapy can be understood within an existential framework that focuses on the issues of death, freedom, responsibility, and isolation.
7421 Quantitative Methods I (4)
(With laboratory) A comprehensive study of the use of analysis of variance procedures in analyzing data. Topics include completely randomized designs, randomized blocks, factorial designs, and the analysis of covariance.
7422 Quantitative Methods II (4)
Prerequisites: PSYCH 7421 and consent of instructor. (With laboratory) A comprehensive study of the use of multivariate statistics in data analysis. Topics include the general linear model, multiple regression, factor analysis, and multivariate analysis of variance.
7423 Quantitative Methods III (3)
Prerequisites: PSYCH 7422 and PSYCH 7429 and consent of instructor. A selective study of the use of multivariate statistics in data analysis. Topics include structural equation modeling, multilevel modeling, and analysis of longitudinal data.
7429 Psychometric Theory (3)
Prerequisite: PSYCH 7421, PSYCH 7422 and consent of instructor. A consideration of classical and modern theories of psychological testing. Topics include test reliability, validity and construction.
7430 Introduction to Clinical Skills (1)
Prerequisites: Admission to doctoral program in clinical psychology. An introduction to processes and procedures involved in psychotherapy.
7431 Clinical Supervision (1-3)
Prerequisite: Admission to Clinical Psychology program. Supervised experience in clinical practice. Maybe repeated six times for credit.
7432 Ethics and Professional Issues (3)
A study of issues in professional development, clinical supervision, risk management, and ethical standards as they relate to teaching, research, and professional practice.
7434 Seminar: Introduction to Psychotherapy (3)
Prerequisite: Admittance to Clinical Psychology program and PSYCH 7406. This course considers theories of personal change and their practical application in psychotherapy. Topics include the development of the therapist-client relationship, case management, process and outcome research, and ethical principles for the psychotherapist.
7439 Summer Supervision (1)
Prerequisite: PSYCH 7431. Supervision experience in clinical practice at all graduate year levels during the summer months. Can be repeated for credit.
7442 Seminar: Cognitive and Behavior Therapy (3)
Prerequisites: PSYCH 7434. The practice of behavior therapy. Students will learn to implement behavioral assessment and therapy strategies in clinical settings.
Prerequisites: Admission to doctoral program in clinical psychology or consent of instructor. A seminar of selected issues and methods in clinical psychology. May be repeated for a total of 3 credit hours, provided the subject matter is different.
7447 Trauma and Recovery (3)
Prerequisites: Graduate Trauma Studies Certificate. A comprehensive seminar on the psychological effects associated with exposure to potentially traumatic events. The course will include information on the history of trauma studies; definitions of stressful and traumatic events; common responses to these events; theoretical models for conceptualizing traumatic responses; information on specific types of traumatic events; and issues in treatment.
7449 Research Methods in Applied Psychology (3)
Prerequisite: One graduate course in statistics. This course focuses on the basics of conducting research in applied psychology. Topics include: philosophy of science; reliability and validity; experimental, quasi-experimental, and nonexperimental designs; power; and meta-analysis.
7450 Clinical Internship I (1)
Prerequisite: Consent of adviser. Supervised training in an affiliated agency or organization following completion of two years of course work.
7451 Clinical Internship II (1)
Prerequisites: PSYCH 7450 and consent of adviser. Supervised training in an affiliated agency or organization following completion of two years of course work.
7454 Seminar: Personnel Psychology (3)
An analysis of theories and research in personnel and industrial psychology. Topics include testing, assessment centers, performance appraisal, and interviewing.
7455 Seminar: Organizational Psychology (3)
An analysis of theories and research in organizational psychology. Topics include theories of motivation, leadership, job design, group process decision making, organizational effectiveness, and the relation between organizations and their environment.
7457 Seminar: Special Topics in Industrial Psychology (3)
A seminar of selected issues and methods in personnel psychology.
7458 Seminar: Special Topics in Organizational Psychology (3)
A seminar of selected issues and methods in organizational psychology.
7459 Practicum in Industrial/Organizational Psychology (1-4)
Supervised experience in personnel or human resource management.
Prerequisites: Admission to I/O program. Supervised experience on research topics in I/O psychology at all graduate year levels during the summer months. Can be repeated for credit.
7469 I/O Professional issues & Ethics (3)
Prerequisites: Consent of instructor. In this course, students learn the ethical standards as they relate to teaching, research, and professional practice in industrial/organizational psychology. Other professional and career issues are also discussed.
7472 Special Topics in Psychology (3)
A seminar of selected issues and methods in psychology.
7474 Clinical Research in Applied Settings (3)
Prerequisite: PSYCH 7421 and 7422. This course provides information on the design and implementation of research in applied settings (e.g., human service agencies). Topics include program evaluation, consultation models, risk factor analysis, presentation and health promotion, and quality control.
7476 Seminar in Clinical Child Psychology (3)
Prerequisite: Admission to the doctoral program in Clinical Psychology or consent of instructor. Introduction to principles, theory, and methods of study in the field of clinical child psychology. Emotional and behavioral dysfunctions are considered from developmental and socialization perspectives.
7477 Principles of Child Psychotherapy (3)
Prerequisites: PSYCH 7434 and 7476. The course will focus on treatments for children with clinical problems. Play therapy, family therapy, and behavioral therapy techniques will be reviewed. Special attention will be given to differentiating when to use each modality, as well as how they can be effectively combined.
7478 Directed Research in Industrial/Organizational Psychology (1-4)
Independent study of an issue in industrial/ organizational psychology through the application of research techniques.
7479 Directed Readings in Industrial/Organizational Psychology (1-4)
Independent literature review of a topic in industrial/ organizational psychology.
7480 Research Methods in Clinical Psychology (3)
Prerequisite: PSYCH 7421 or equivalent. An overview of research methods that are appropriate for clinical and other nonlaboratory settings.
7483 Directed Research (1-10)
7484 Directed Readings (1-10)
7485 Research Team I (2)
Prerequisite: Admittance to doctoral program in Clinical Psychology. Group supervision of beginning research leading to the Independent Research Project.
7486 Research Team II (1)
Prerequisite: Completion of Independent Research Project or Third Year standing in doctoral program in Clinical Psychology. Group supervision of advanced research leading to the dissertation proposal.
7487 Independent Research Project (1-6)
Prerequisites: Admission to the doctoral program in Clinical Psychology. Supervised original research project of a clinically-related topic.
7488 Specialty Examination Research (1-6)
Prerequisites: Admission to the doctoral program in Clinical Psychology. Supervised original review and analysis of a clinically-related topic.
7491 M.A. Thesis Research (1-10)
7492 Ph.D. Thesis Research (1-10)