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Applied Developmental Psychology Concentration

The PhD concentration in applied developmental psychology is concerned with enhancing developmental processes and preventing developmental disorders in individuals and families across the life span. It uses the knowledge base and methodologies of developmental science to assist the development of individuals who vary in cultural and ethnic backgrounds; economic and social opportunities; physical, social, emotional, and cognitive abilities; and conditions of living (e.g., families, neighborhoods, communities, and physical settings). The program's emphasis is on child development (infancy, early childhood, middle childhood, and adolescence), and students may focus their studies on the cognitive, social, emotional, language, personality, or physiological aspects of development.

The applied developmental concentration has two goals: to train students to teach and do research on basic and applied issues in child development for employment in such settings as universities, research institutes, and organizations, and to train students to do applied work in developmental psychology (consultation, program evaluation, assessment and evaluation, developmental interventions, and parent training) in such settings as schools, hospitals, courts, child care facilities, and other organizations.

Applied developmental psychology doctoral students have the option of also completing course requirements for the MA with concentration in school psychology.

The University Catalog is the authoritative source for information on program requirements and courses. The Schedule of Classes is the authoritative source for information on classes scheduled for this semester. See the Schedule for the most up-to-date information and see Patriot web to register for classes. Requirements may be different for earlier catalog years. See the University Catalog archives.

In addition to satisfying the requirements for all doctoral degrees, students must successfully complete 72–76 credits of required course work chosen in one of five concentrations:

Each concentration consists of four educational components: core courses, upper-level specialty courses, supervised practica, and dissertation.

Students in the doctoral program are evaluated on the basis of grades, comprehensive exams, research, and communication skills. In doctoral courses, A and B are the only acceptable grades. Students in the doctoral program must successfully complete comprehensive exams administered each year.

◊ Concentration in Applied Developmental Psychology (APD)

The applied developmental psychology concentration is concerned with enhancing developmental processes and preventing developmental disorders in individuals and families across the life span. It uses the knowledge base and methodologies of developmental science to assist the development of individuals who vary in cultural and ethnic backgrounds; economic and social opportunities; physical, social, emotional, and cognitive abilities; and conditions of living (e.g., families, neighborhoods, communities, and physical settings). The program's emphasis is on child development (infancy, early childhood, middle childhood, and adolescence), and students may focus their studies on the cognitive, social, emotional, language, personality, or physiological aspects of development.

The applied developmental concentration has two goals: to train students to teach and do research on basic and applied issues in child development for employment in such settings as universities, research institutes, and organizations, and to train students to do applied work in developmental psychology (consultation, program evaluation, assessment and evaluation, developmental interventions, and parent training) in such settings as schools, hospitals, courts, child care facilities, and other organizations. Applied developmental psychology doctoral students have the option of also completing course requirements for the MA concentration in school psychology.

Students pursuing this concentration must complete 72 credits comprised of doctoral course work and at least 12 credits of dissertation research. The number of credits required may be reduced for a prior master's degree as described above.

Doctoral Course Work (60 credits)

One course of developmental core (3 credits)

PSYC 704 - Life-Span Development Credits: 3

Two courses of cognitive, biological, or social core (6 credits) chosen from:

Cognitive

PSYC 701 - Cognitive Bases of Behavior Credits: 3

PSYC 768 - Advanced Topics in Cognitive Science Credits: 3(except when this course is exclusively methodological)

Biological

PSYC 702 - Biological Bases of Human Behavior Credits: 3

PSYC 558 - Neuronal Bases of Learning and Memory Credits: 3

PSYC 559 - Behavioral Chemistry Credits: 3

Social

PSYC 703 - Social Bases of Behavior Credits: 3

PSYC 667 - Behavior in Small Groups and Teams Credits: 3

PSYC 668 - Personality: Theoretical and Empirical Approaches Credits: 3

Quantitative Methods (11-13 credits)

Students must complete an approved Quantitative Methods Emphasis from below:

Quantitative Emphasis

Students choosing the quantitative emphasis take 13 credits of course work as follows:

Two required courses

PSYC 611 - Advanced Statistics Credits: 4

PSYC 754 - Quantitative Methods III: Psychological Applications of Regression Techniques Credits: 3

Two courses chosen from:

PSYC 557 - Psychometric Methods Credits: 3

PSYC 646 - Issues and Methods in Longitudinal Developmental Research Credits: 3

PSYC 652 - Quantitative Methods II: Analysis of Variance Credits: 3

PSYC 756 - Quantitative Methods IV: Multivariate Techniques in Psychology Credits: 3

PSYC 757 - Advanced Topics in Statistical Analysis Credits: 3(with approval)

PSYC 892 - Special Topics in Psychology Credits: 1-6(with approval)

Traditional Emphasis (11 credits)

Students choosing the traditional emphasis take the following 11 credits of course work as follows:

Two required courses

PSYC 611 - Advanced Statistics Credits: 4

PSYC 612 - Advanced Statistics Credits: 4

One course chosen from:

PSYC 652 - Quantitative Methods II: Analysis of Variance Credits: 3

PSYC 754 - Quantitative Methods III: Psychological Applications of Regression Techniques Credits: 3

PSYC 756 - Quantitative Methods IV: Multivariate Techniques in Psychology Credits: 3

PSYC 892 - Special Topics in Psychology Credits: 1-6(with approval)

Two courses of Advanced Specialized Methods (6 credits)

One or two Research Methods courses (3-6 credits)

PSYC 646 - Issues and Methods in Longitudinal Developmental Research Credits: 3

PSYC 654 - Naturalistic Methods in Psychology Credits: 3

Up to one Specialized Methods course (0-3 credits)

PSYC 619 - Applied Behavior Analysis: Principles, Procedures, and Philosophy Credits: 3

PSYC 673 - Prevention, Intervention, and Consultation in Schools Credits: 4

PSYC 709 - The Measurement of Intelligence Credits: 4

PSYC 710 - Psychological Assessment Credits: 4

PSYC 722 - Advanced Child Assessment Credits: 4

PSYC 794 - Developmental Assessment Credits: 1-6

Specialized content (15 credits)

Students take one required course

PSYC 669 - Social and Emotional Development Credits: 3 and four elective courses (12 credits) chosen from:

PSYC 592 - Special Topics Credits: 1-6(when topic is Early Childhood Education, Childcare, and the Transition to School or developmental in content)

PSYC 566 - Cognitive and Perceptual Development Credits: 3

PSYC 614 - The Psychology of Aging Credits: 3

PSYC 615 - Language Development Credits: 3

PSYC 617 - Child Psychopathology Credits: 3

PSYC 630 - Developmental Disabilities Credits: 3

PSYC 648 - Developmental Psychopathology Credits: 3

PSYC 780 - Applied Developmental Psychology Credits: 3

EDRS 631 - Program Evaluation Credits: 3

Professional seminar/professional ethics (3 credits)

Students take 1 credit in fall and 1 credit in spring of their first year and 1 additional credit at any other time (preferably in their second year).

PSYC 890 - Seminar in Professional Psychology Credits: 1-3

Directed reading and research or practicum (8 credits)

Students may fulfill this requirement with 8 credits of PSYC 897 or a combination of 897 and PSYC 792.

PSYC 897 - Directed Reading and Research Credits: 1-3(can be repeated for credit)

PSYC 792 - Psychology Practicum Credits: 1-6(A maximum of 6 credits may be applied to this requirement.)

Elective courses

Students complete the 72 credits required for the degree with elective courses, which may include credits of PSYC 897 over and above those used to fulfill the requirements above. Credits for MA thesis and proposal (PSYC 798, 799) may not be used as electives in the PhD program.

Advancement to Candidacy

To advance to candidacy, students must complete all courses required by the program. Students must also successfully complete and pass written and oral comprehensive exams.

Dissertation Research (12 credits)

The dissertation requirement is designed to demonstrate the student's ability to apply psychological principles to research problems. Once enrolled inPSYC 999, students must follow the university's continuous registration policy as specified in AP.6 Graduate Policies. Students who defend in the summer must be registered for at least 1 credit of 999.

Students complete a minimum of 3 credits of PSYC 998 and 3 credits of 999. They must apply a minimum of 12 dissertation credits (998 and 999 combined) to the degree. Because of the continuous registration policy, students may be required to register for additional credits of these courses.

PSYC 998 - Doctoral Dissertation Proposal Credits: 1-6

PSYC 999 - Doctoral Dissertation Credits: 1-9

Total: 72 credits

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