May 23, 2022  
2021-2022 Graduate Catalog 
    
2021-2022 Graduate Catalog

Psychology, Ph.D.


College of Arts and Sciences  
Department: Psychology 

Concentrations:

  • Clinical Psychology
  • Cognition, Neuroscience, & Social Psychology
  • Industrial-Organizational Psychology

 


The Psychology Department graduate major is divided into three broad concentrations: Clinical, Cognition, Neuroscience, & Social Psychology, and Industrial-Organizational. Each of these areas offers Ph.D. level training in the following areas of special expertise:

Clinical –
Psychopathology (Mood, Anxiety, Eating, Schizophrenia and Personality), Psychological Assessment and Interventions, Health Psychology, Addictive Behaviors, Clinical Child Psychology.

Cognition, Neuroscience, & Social Psychology -
Behavioral Neuroscience, Cognition, Judgment and Decision Making, Development, Memory, Perception, Social. In addition, with faculty in Communication Sciences and Disorders, the CNS faculty offers a specialization in Speech/Language/Hearing Sciences.

Industrial-Organizational -
Selection, Training and Evaluation of Organization Members, Job Analysis, Motivation and Satisfaction, Occupational Health Psychology, Leadership, Career Development, Work-Family.

Methodological offerings across areas include Regression, Analysis of Variance, Psychometrics, Factor Analysis, Meta-analysis, and Structural Equation Modeling.

 

Accreditation:
Clinical Program is accredited by American Psychological Association, Psychological Clinical Sciences Accreditation System, and member of the Academy of Psychological Clinical Science.

Admission Information

Must meet University Admission and English Proficiency requirements as well as requirements for admission to the major, listed below.  See Psychology Admissions webpage for additional details.

Curriculum Requirements


Post-Bachelor’s - Total Minimum Hours: 80 hours

Students must successfully complete all requirements noted in the Catalog section for the M.A. in Psychology, or its equivalent, with a minimum GPA of 3.00. In addition, students must successfully complete the following post-Masters requirements. The 30 hours minimum from the Master’s degree is then added to the post-Masters minimum of 50 hours for the 80 hour total.

•    Master’s requirements – 30 Credit hours
•    Doctoral Concentration – 18 Credit hours minimum 
•    Tools Requirement – 6 Credit Hours Minimum
•    Electives – 11 Credit Hours Minimum
•    Dissertation – 12 Credit hours minimum
•    Remaining hours completed in the Concentration to meet minimum hours required – 3 credit hours minimum

 

Post-Master’s – Total Minimum Hours: 50 hours

Individual concentrations may require more hours for accreditation. A minimum GPA of 3.00 is required for all courses within the Ph.D. Degree

•    Core – 7 credit hours (Completed as part of the Post-Bachelors requirements – not counted in total minimum post-master’s hours) 
•    Doctoral Concentration – 18 Credit hours minimum 
•    Tools Requirement – 6 Credit Hours Minimum
•    Electives – 11 Credit Hours Minimum
•    Dissertation – 12 Credit hours minimum
•    Remaining hours completed in the Concentration or Electives to meet minimum hours required – 3 credit hours minimum

Core Requirements (7 Credit Hours)


Typically completed as part of the master’s requirements (post-bachelor’s hours):

Doctoral Concentration Requirements (18 Credit Hours Minimum)


Students apply to and enroll in one of the following concentrations:

Clinical Psychology (18 Credit Hours)


Cognition, Neuroscience, and Social Psychology (18 Credit Hours)


A minimum of four of the following, or alternative graduate advanced courses or seminars, (in addition to the Masters requirements), selected in consultation with major professor:

Industrial-Organizational Psychology Concentration (21 Credit Hours)


A minimum of seven of the following, or alternative graduate courses, selected in consultation with major professor:

  • Credit Hours: 1-3
  • Taken as:

    •  Psychology and Technology (3 Credit Hours)
    • Work and Family (3 Credit Hours)
    • Performance Measurement/Criterion Development (3 Credit Hours)
    • Occupational Health Psychology (3 Credit Hours)
    • Job Attitudes (3 Credit Hours)
    • Assessment Centers (3 Credit Hours)
    • Teams (3 Credit Hours)

Tools of Research:


Students complete tools of research in the area of the concentration, selected in consultation with and approval from the Major Professor. These requirements are in addition to any master’s requirements.

Students in the Clinical Psychology Concentration and the Cognition, Neuroscience, and Social Psychology Concentration are required to complete nine (9) credit hours minimum. Students may choose from the list of approved courses below. Students wishing to fulfill this methods requirement with any course not listed here must submit a request to their major professor.

Clinical Psychology Concentration Multivariate Requirement: (3 credits) Choose from:

Clinical Psychology Concentration Psychometrics Requirement: (3 credits) Choose from:

If not already taken as part of the master’s or above requirements, the (remaining) tools requirements within any of the three concentrations may be satisfied with the following courses:

 

In addition to the shared options above, the third tools course requirement for the Clinical Psychology Concentration may be met by either of the following:

In addition to the shared options above, a tools course requirement may be met for the Cognition, Neuroscience, and Social Psychology Concentration by any of the following:

  • EXP 7099 Graduate Seminar in Experimental Psychology ​ Credit Hours: 3 
    • Psychophysiology of Stress and Coping (3 Credit Hours)
    • Presentation and Data Visualization (3 Credit Hours)
    • Writing and Reviewing (3 Credit Hours)
    • Eye-Tracking Research (3 Credit Hours)
    • Cognitive Modeling (3 Credit Hours)
       

Electives: (11 Credit Hours)


Students complete a minimum of eleven hours in their concentration area from the following, or acceptable alternatives, selected in consultation with the Major Professor. 

The Clinical Psychology Concentration requires a clinical specialization set of four (4) electives (12 credit hours minimum) with at least three (3) selected from the courses below. The fourth course, if not taken from the list below, must receive prior approval through a petition of the Clinical Psychology Concentration faculty, but may include a course outside of the concentration or an additional methods/quantitative course.

•    CLP 6462 Working with Families of Infants and Toddlers   (3 credits)
•    CLP 7379 Graduate Seminar in Clinical-Community Psychology   (3 credits) or
•    CLP 6937 Topics in Clinical Psychology  y (3 credits), including 

  • Neuropsychological Assessment 
  • Emotion and its Disorders 
  • Health Psychology 
  • New Paradigms in Psychology 
  • Dialectical Behavior Therapy 
  • Veterans and Their Families 
  • Advanced Psychological Assessment Seminar 
  • Advanced Psychological Intervention Seminar/Specialized Treatments 

•    EXP 7099 Graduate Seminar in Experimental Psychology   (3 credits)

 

The Cognition, Neuroscience, and Social Psychology Concentration and the Industrial-Organizational Psychology Concentration require a minimum of eleven hours from the following, or acceptable alternatives, selected in consultation with the major professor:

Internship


Students in the Clinical Psychology Concentration are required to complete a one-year, full-time, APA-approved (or CPA approved) internship (designated as IDS 6940 Cooperative Internship  or PSY 6946 Practicum and Internship in Clinical Psychology in a training facility approved by the Department

Qualifying Examination:


Successful completion of the Ph.D. Comprehensive Qualifying Exam (CL, CNS, IO) or major area paper (CL, CNS) is required for Admission to Candidacy

Dissertation: (12 Credit Hours Minimum)


Department Handbook


Additional information is available in the Graduate Student Handbook