Applied Psychological Science MA/MS

Course Descriptions

 

Required Core Classes

 

Biological Bases of Behavior

Biological aspects of human behavior, including affect and motivation, from the perspectives of historical development, current theory and research, and applications.

 

Cognitive and Affective Bases of Behavior

Cognitive determinants of human behavior. Theories and research in information processing, consciousness, memory and reasoning.

 

Individual/Social Bases of Behavior

Human behavior as reciprocal relations between the person and the social environment, from the perspectives of historical development, current theory and research, and applications.

 

History & Systems

A review of the history and systems of psychology, including philosophy of science and contemporary models of applied psychological science.

 

Lifespan Development

Overview of theories and research in life-span development. Principles and determinants of development from conception to death, including sensory-motor, cognitive, social, emotional aspects.

 

Human Diversity

Presents a framework for a psychology of human diversity, then considers philosophical and paradigmatic principles and applications to practice and research. Human diversity is defined broadly, to include sexual orientation, gender, race/ethnicity, age, disability, and other sources of diversity.

 

Psychological Measurement

Psychological measurement, including strategies of test construction, reliability, validity and issues in prediction of behavior.

 

Research Methods

Considers scientific method, hypothesis generation, experimental and quasi-experimental design, single subject designs, reliability, and validity. Emphasis is on how research methods relate to accountability in practice. Both quantitative and qualitative approaches will be covered.

 

Statistics I

The first of a two-course sequence, this course focuses on basic statistical techniques as applied to design and interpretation of experimental and observational research for which various ANOVA and ANCOVA designs are most suitable.

 

Statistics II

This second course focuses on review of traditional topics in correlation and regression analyses, including model comparison strategies, evaluation of model assumptions, testing mediation and moderation hypotheses, working with categorical variables, general linear modeling, and logistic regression.

 

Ethics & Professional Issues

Emphasis on knowledge of APA Ethical Principles: standards of professional practice and state mental health statutes and application to case examples. Awareness of social, political and professional issues currently affecting professional practice and implications for the future.

 

Additional Required Courses for the Clinical Psychology Specialty (MA)

 

Diagnosis and Interviewing

Interviewing for problems, strengths, and interviewing; overview of diagnostic categories; basic diagnostic decisions; and treatment planning.

 

Diagnosis and Interviewing Lab

Three hours per week of skills practice.

 

Psychotherapy Skills

Introduction of communication skills in the helping relationship, including active listening, accurate empathy, establishment of rapport, non- judgmental attitude, importance of values, assertiveness, and effective interviewing.

 

Psychotherapy Skills Lab

Three hours per week of skills practice.

 

Practicum

The three terms of practica are served in agencies approved by the Director of the Program in consultation with the Coordinator of Clinical Training at SPP. The primary objective is to enable the student to practice, under supervision, therapy and assessment skills, with a variety of populations. Students will take 3 terms for a total of 12 credits.

 

Students will also select free elective classes to bring their total required number of credit hours to 66.

 

Additional Required Courses for the Psychological Research specialty (MS)

 

Program Evaluation

Program evaluation and administration strategies and techniques. Needs assessment, goal clarification, outcome and activity evaluation; management information systems, accountability. All students will gain experience in completing an external grant application.

 

Research Lab

Students will work with a faculty mentor to gain practical research experience.  Students will take 2 terms for a total of 2 credits.

 

Thesis

Students complete a scholarly project supervised by a faculty member. Students are expected to select a topic and submit a proposal by the end of the first term of thesis enrollment, submit and revise thesis section drafts during the second term, and complete and defend the thesis by the end of the third term. Students will take 3 terms for a total of 12 credits.

 

Students will choose one required statistics elective:

 

Advanced Multivariate Statistics

Survey of methods such as multiple regression, multivariate analysis of variance, discriminant analysis, canonical correlation, principal component analysis, and factor analysis. Applications involve practice with computer programs.

 

Structural Equation Modeling

Theory and methodology of path analysis with latent variables. Discussion of "causation" and correlation, Confirmatory Factor Analysis, Measurement and Structural Equation models. Practical applications using current computer programs.

 

Small N and Non Parametric Analyses

A survey of Small N experimental methodology appropriate for repeated observations on a single unit or individual and inferential procedures that are valid under a wide range of shapes for the population distribution. Methods include quasi-experimental designs, interrupted time series, and multivariate time series, as well as non-parametric tests based on the binomial distribution, contingency tables, statistical inferences based on ranks, runs tests and randomization methods. 

 

Multi-level Models

This course covers statistical model development with explicitly defined hierarchies. Such multilevel specifications allow researchers to account for different structures in the data and provide for the modeling of variation between defined groups. The course begins with simple nested linear models and proceeds on to non-nested models, multilevel models with dichotomous outcomes, and multilevel generalized linear models.

 

Students will choose one required research methods elective:

             

Qualitative Research Methods

Overview of the major types of qualitative research, for collecting and analyzing data, and for applying standards of rigor to qualitative research.

 

Meta-analysis

Meta-analysis is a statistical technique that allows a researcher or practitioner to perform a quantitative literature review, rather than a more conventional qualitative review. This course will offer both an introduction to meta-analysis and a chance to gain practical experience in doing a meta-analysis from start to finish. The course will cover basic and advanced meta-analytic statistics and students will apply those techniques by conducting a class project using statistical software.  May be used to fulfill both a statistics and a methodology selective but not both.

 

Students will also select free elective classes to bring their total required number of credit hours to 66.

Additional Required Courses for the Organizational Consulting Specialty (pending)

 

Program Evaluation

Program evaluation and administration strategies and techniques. Needs assessment, goal clarification, outcome and activity evaluation; management information systems, accountability. All students will gain experience in completing an external grant application.

 

Organizational Behavior Theory

Introduction to the basics of organizational behavior theory. Topics covered will include motivation, job satisfaction, leadership, politics, and culture.

The Practice of Organizational Consulting

Topics covered in this class will be the stages of a consulting process, ethical issues, and levels of intervention and process consultation.

Team and Group Development

Vital work is done on groups and teams in the workplace. Topics to be covered in this course include group development theory, team and group dynamics, and leadership in groups and teams.

Leadership Development and Organizational Culture

Topics emphasize the following: theories of leadership development; leadership change and strategies for consulting; theories of culture development; organizational change, change strategies, and impact upon culture.

 

Organizational Assessment and Evaluation

Topics include an overview of commonly utilized assessment and evaluation techniques as they apply to organizations.  Special consideration will be given appropriate techniques as they apply to the evaluation of diverse individuals and organizations.

 

Organizational Interventions

Identifying and changing individual performance problems in organizations. Includes performance appraisal and feedback, training, performance management and engineering, disabilities, job design, stress reduction, and other practices. 

 

Legal, Ethical, and Practical Aspects of Consulting

Topics covered in this class include an emphasis on standards of professional practice.  Special emphasis will be given to legal and ethical guidelines as they pertain to organizational consulting.

 

Organizational Fieldwork (6 credits / 2 credits x 3 terms)

 

Fieldwork Practice Sample (2 credits / last two terms / 1 credit each)

 

For the Organizational Behavior specialty all courses are required;

there are no free electives.

  

Additional Required Courses for the Health Service Psychology Specialty (MA)

 

Health Psychology

Theory and practice of working with medical disabilities and in medical service settings. 

 

Diagnosis and Interviewing

Interviewing for problems, strengths, and interviewing; overview of diagnostic categories; basic diagnostic decisions; and treatment planning.

 

Diagnosis and Interviewing Lab

Three hours per week of skills practice.

 

Psychotherapy Skills

Introduction of communication skills in the helping relationship, including active listening, accurate empathy, establishment of rapport, non- judgmental attitude, importance of values, assertiveness, and effective interviewing.

 

Psychotherapy Skills Lab

Three hours per week of skills practice.

 

Brief Psychotherapies

 

Chemical Dependency

 

Psychologists in Integrated health Care

 

Practicum

The three terms of practica are served in agencies approved by the Director of the Program in consultation with the Coordinator of Clinical Training at SPP. The primary objective is to enable the student to practice, under supervision, therapy and assessment skills, with a variety of populations. Students will take 3 terms for a total of 12 credits.

 

For the Health Service Psychology specialty all courses are required; there are no free electives.