The PhD in psychology provides knowledge of the basic content areas in psychology and practical experience in applying this knowledge to solve human problems in relationships, work, and education. Core course requirements cover subject matter identified by the profession as essential to doctoral training. This includes biological, social, cognitive, and individual bases of behavior, as well as the history of psychology. The program offers the following concentrations: applied developmental psychology, clinical psychology, cognitive and behavioral neuroscience, human factors/applied cognition, and industrial/organizational psychology.
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Total credits: 72-76
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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.
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.
|PSYC 704||Life-Span Development||3|
|Select two courses from the following:||6|
|Cognitive Bases of Behavior|
|Biological Bases of Human Behavior|
|Social Bases of Behavior|
|Special Topics in Psychology|
|PSYC 611||Advanced Statistics||4|
|PSYC 754||Quantitative Methods III: Psychological Applications of Regression Techniques||3|
|Select two from the following:||6|
|Longitudinal Data Analysis|
|Quantitative Methods II: Analysis of Variance|
|Quantitative Methods IV: Multivariate Techniques in Psychology|
|Advanced Topics in Statistical Analysis (with approval)|
|Special Topics in Psychology (with approval)|
|Students who take 6 credits of Advanced Specialized Methods must take 15 credits of Developmental Content.||6-9|
|Naturalistic Methods in Psychology|
|Applied Behavior Analysis: Principles, Procedures, and Philosophy|
|Special Topics (with approval)|
|Special Topics in Psychology (with approval)|
|Students who take 6 credits of Advanced Specialized Methods must take 15 credits of Developmental Content.||12-15|
|Select at least two courses from the following:|
|Social and Emotional Development|
|Cognitive and Perceptual Development|
|Special Topics (when topic is Peer Relationships and Development)|
|Special Topics in Psychology (when topic is Peer Relationships and Development)|
|Select remaining credits from the following:|
|Special Topics (when topic is Early Childhood Education, Childcare, and the Transition to School or developmental in content)|
|The Psychology of Aging|
|Applied Developmental Psychology|
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 (3 credits)||1-3|
|Select 8 credits from the following:||8|
|Directed Reading and Research (can be repeated for credit)|
|Psychology Practicum (A maximum of 6 credits may be applied to this requirement.)|
Students complete the 72 credits required for the degree with elective courses, which may include credits of PSYC 897 Directed Reading and Research over and above those used to fulfill the requirements above. Credits for MA thesis and proposal (PSYC 798 Thesis Proposal, PSYC 799 Master's Thesis) may not be used as electives in the PhD program.
|Select electives to complete the 72 credits for the degree||72|
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.
The dissertation requirement is designed to demonstrate the student's ability to apply psychological principles to research problems. Once enrolled in PSYC 999 Doctoral Dissertation, students must follow the university's continuous registration policy as specified in AP.6.10.6 Dissertation Research. Students who defend in the summer must be registered for at least 1 credit of PSYC 999 Doctoral Dissertation.
Students complete a minimum of 3 credits of PSYC 998 Doctoral Dissertation Proposal and 3 credits of PSYC 999 Doctoral Dissertation. They must apply a minimum of 12 dissertation credits (PSYC 998 Doctoral Dissertation Proposal and PSYC 999 Doctoral Dissertation combined) to the degree. Because of the continuous registration policy, students may be required to register for additional credits of these courses.
|Select 12 credits from the following:||12|
|Doctoral Dissertation Proposal|