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PhD Clinical Major Areas of Study Requirements

Clinical-Child Major Area of Study

The goal of the clinical-child MAS is to provide broad training for clinical-child students that would enable them to work with children, adolescents, and families. Included in this training is coursework, externship and research experiences, and a pre-doctoral internship.

In addition to the core curriculum, the program students are required to complete the following:

  1. One pediatric / child / or adolescent practicum (800 hours)
  2. A child psychology-focused thesis and dissertation
  3. At least two years of research in an area related to clinical psychology
  4. Three required courses: Child Psychopathology & Treatment (PSY 650), Pediatric Psychology (PSY 822), Neuropsychological Assessment and Intervention of Children and Adolescents (PSY 646).
  5. At least two additional electives from the following list: Family Therapy (PSY 821), Special Topics in Health Psychology (PSY 830), Psychology of Rehabilitation (PSY 854), Neuroanatomy and Behavior (PSY 530), Neuropsychological Case Analysis and Integration (PSY 642).

Forensic Psychology Major Area of Study

Forensic psychology involves the application of assessment and intervention techniques to informing legal decision-makers and attorneys on questions in criminal, civil, and family law. The goal of the MAS in forensic psychology is to provide students with advanced training in relevant law, behavioral science research, and assessment and intervention approaches with a particular focus on juvenile and criminal issues.

In addition to the core curriculum:

  1. One forensic psychology practicum (800 hours)
  2. Forensic psychology-focused thesis and dissertation
  3. At least two years of research in an area related to forensic psychology
  4. Three required courses: Forensic Assessment I (PSY 648) and II (PSY 649), Mental Health Law (T 880).
  5. At least two forensic psychology electives: Neuropsychological Assessment and Intervention of Children and Adolescents (PSY 646), Neuropsychological Assessment (PSY 542), Child Psychopathology & Treatment (PSY 650), Substance Use (PSY 823), Neuropsychological Case Analysis and Integration (PSY 642), Motivation and Emotion (PSY 616).

Health Psychology Major Area of Study

Health psychology adopts a broad-based, biopsychosocial perspective in order to: (1) better understand the interplay among behavioral, emotional, cognitive, social, and biological factors regarding health, wellness, and physical disease; (2) promote and maintain wellness and positive physical health; (3) prevent, treat, and rehabilitate illness and disability, and (4) improve the health care delivery system. The health psychology MAS aims to provide students with specialty training in order to prepare them for academic and/or clinical positions where the primary focus is on physical health problems.

In addition to the core curriculum:

  1. One health psychology practicum (800 hours)
  2. Health psychology-focused thesis and dissertation
  3. At least two years of research in an area related to health psychology
  4. Three required courses: Health Psychology (PSY 720), Evidence-Based Psychotherapy (PSY 815), Behavioral Stress Management (PSY 827)
  5. At least two electives in health psychology: Weight and Eating Disorders (PSY 828), Special Topics in Health Psychology (PSY 830), Advanced CBT (840), Psychology of Rehabilitation (PSY 854).

Clinical Neuropsychology Major Area of Study

The clinical neuropsychology MAS includes courses, research, and clinical experiences designed to train the students for professional practice in neuropsychology. Clinical neuropsychology involves the application of psychological assessment and intervention to the problems encountered by people with brain injury or illness. The knowledge of brain-behavior functioning and the incorporation of neuropsychological conceptualizations with traditional clinical conceptualizations of functioning are aimed at providing the student with a wider perspective regarding the range of human functioning and disability. The student is able to pursue specific interests in geriatrics, pediatrics, traumatic brain injury, and rehabilitation.

In addition to the core curriculum:

  1. One neuropsychology practicum (800 hours)
  2. Neuropsychology-focused thesis and dissertation
  3. At least two years of research in an area related to clinical neuropsychology
  4. Three required courses: Neuroanatomy and Behavior (PSY 530), Neuropsychological Assessment (PSY 542), Neuropsychological Case Analysis and Integration (PSY 642).
  5. At least two neuropsychology electives: Neuroimaging & Physiology of Behavior (T 880), Psychology of Rehabilitation (PSY 854), Learning & Memory (T 880), Neuropsychological Assessment and Intervention of Children/ Adolescents (646), Judgment and Decision Making (T 880).