PhD in Clinical Psychology Course Descriptions
GPSY-721 Evidence-Based Practice Theories Seminar
This course is designed to ground therapeutic intervention within the scientific literature and within a multi-axial framework. This framework includes major schools of therapy, human diversity, modalities of intervention, life span development, and special clinical populations. Throughout this course we focus upon the philosophical and empirical bases for intervention with individuals. Students will be introduced to several major therapy systems with in-depth analyses of at least one major system. In addition, eclectic and integrative synthesis of multiple systems and future trends are reviewed. Students can expect to develop and hone their skills in critical thinking, and making oral presentations.
GPSY-800 History and Systems
A review of the history and systems of psychology, including philosophy of science and contemporary models of applied psychological science.
GPSY-802 Advanced Life Span Psychology
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.
GPSY-807 Cognitive/Affective Bases of Behavior
This course is designed to provide a foundation for understanding the cognitive determinants of human behavior and the relationship between thinking and feeling. Areas of focus will include theories and research in information processing, attention, memory, reasoning and decision making, and the unique role of affect in each.
GPSY-811 Behavioral Neuroscience
Biological aspects of human behavior, including affect and motivation, from the perspectives of historical development, current theory and research, and applications. Instructor's consent required.
GPSY-813 Indiv/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.
GPSY-814 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. Corequisite: GPSY 819.
GPSY-815 Psychology of Women
Gender differences in development. Effects of sex role and power role and power on clinical training and practice. Prerequisite: GPSY 814; GPSY 721 or GPSY 816; and GPSY 819.
GPSY-819 Human Diversity Laboratory
Three hours per week of skills practice, consciousness raising and community participation. Corequisite: GPSY 814.
Selected clinical problems and diagnostic categories in research and practice. Problems and issues in diagnostic classification using the current official nomenclature.
GPSY-821 Assessment I: Intelligence
Preparatory course in clinical assessment with emphasis on theory, administration, scoring and interpretation. Demonstration, practice, and test report writing. Prerequisite: GPSY 720.
GPSY-822 Assessment II: Objective
Development and theory of objective personality tests. Emphasis on MMPI-2 and PAI interpretation, with example cases, practice profiles and test report writing. Prerequisite: GPSY 720 and GPSY 821.
GPSY-823 Projective Assessment
Survey of projective measures. Theory, administration, scoring, and interpretation of Rorschach (Comprehensive System). Examples and practice, report writing. Prerequisite: GPSY 720, GPSY 821, and GPSY 822.
GPSY-824 Neuropsychological Assessment
Discussion of central nervous system disorders. Demonstration and practice in the administration, scoring and interpretation of tests of central nervous system functions. Emphasis on preparation of comprehensive psychological reports. Prerequisite: GPSY 720, GPSY 811, and GPSY 821. Corequisite: GPSY 834. Instructor's consent required.
GPSY-825 Psychodynamic Psychotherapy
Theory and practice of psychodynamic therapy approaches, emphasizing psychoanalysis. Historical development and contemporary applications. Discussion of case material and dynamic process techniques. Prerequisite: GPSY 721 or GPSY 816.
GPSY-826 Cognitive Behavior Therapy
Survey of theory and practice. Behavioral assessment and treatment of a variety of common clinical problems. Emphasis on more recent cognitive behavior therapy approaches. Prerequisite: GPSY 721 or GPSY 816. Instructor's consent required.
GPSY-829 LGBT Psychotherapy
Course objectives are the following: for students to understand the biological, social, and cultural foundations of gender, gender identity, gender role, and sexual orientation; to critically examine theoretical perspectives on gender identity, gender role, and sexual orientation and challenge assumptions; to understand the impact of socio-cultural and socio-political structures on the lived experiences of sexual minorities; to examine multiple identities of sexual minorities and the impact of prejudice, heterosexism, and homophobia; and to acquire basic knowledge regarding the concerns of sexual minorities, examine relevant diagnostic and mental health issues, and to deliver LGBT-affirmative psychological services. Prerequisite: GPSY 811, GPSY 812, GPSY 813, GPSY 814, and GPSY 189.
GPSY-830 Cross-Cultural Psychology
Cross-cultural competence, services and service- delivery to underserved and minority populations, including Asian Americans, African Americans, Hispanic Americans and Native American Indians. Prerequisite: GPSY 814; GPSY 721 or GPSY 816; GPSY 819; and GPSY 821.
GPSY-832 Multicultural Assessment
Discussion of psychopathology and neuropsychological assessment of diverse groups, including ethnicity minorities, non-English speaking clients, and individuals with motor or perceptual disabilities. Demonstration and practice in administration, scoring, and interpretation of tests of psychopathology and cognitive functioning. Emphasis on the communication and application of findings, with particular emphasis on the expression and meaning of disorders across cultures. Prerequisite: GPSY 720, GPSY 811, GPSY 821, GPSY 822, GPSY 824 & GPSY 834.
GPSY-834 Neuropsychological Assessment Lab
Administration and scoring of a neuropsychological test battery is demonstrated in weekly lab sessions during the first four weeks of the term. For the remainder of the term, students administer two complete neuropsychological test batteries to volunteers and score them. These test protocols are submitted to and reviewed by the teaching assistant who provides feedback about test administration and scoring. Prerequisite: GPSY 720, GPSY 811, and GPSY 821. Corequisite: GPSY 824. Instructor's consent required. Pass/No Pass.
GPSY-835 Juvenile Forensic Psychology
This course will provide the student with an overview of juvenile forensic psychology. The major emphasis will be on discussing various psychological evaluations for the legal system, including child custody, child abuse/neglect matters, and juvenile evaluations. In addition, the course will discuss testifying and ethical issues related to forensic work. Instructor's consent required.
GPSY-836 Adult Forensic Psychology
Major domains of law reviewed (e.g., criminal, civil, family, and juvenile). Special topics within each domain that involve psychological decision making explored (e.g., insanity, dangerousness, psychological injury, child custody visitation, child abuse, delinquency vs. dependency, and adolescent waiver to adult court). Professional practice issues addressed. Instructor's consent required.
GPSY-841 Assessment of Children
Overview of major disorders of childhood and of assessment techniques, including evaluation methods for cognitive, personality, and adaptive functioning. Prerequisite: GPSY 820, GPSY 821, and GPSY 822. Instructor's consent required.
GPSY-843 Human Sexuality and Clinical Issues
Clinical issues in sexual behavior: emphasis on contemporary issues, assessment and treatment of sexual dysfunction and disorder, and inclusion of client sexuality in clinical practice.
GPSY-845 Family Therapy
Exploration of contemporary approaches to understanding and working with family problems, including communication, systems theory and structural methods. Prerequisite: GPSY 721 or GPSY 816; and GPSY 817. Instructor's consent required.
GPSY-846 Child Psychopathology & Interviewing
Overview of the major theories and current research related to the development of psychological disorders of childhood and adolescence. Applied basic interviewing skills to the diagnostic process with children and adolescents. Prerequisite: GPSY 727 or GPSY 740 for AS students. Instructor's consent required.
GPSY-847 Treatment of Chemical Dependency
Current theory and practice in assessment and treatment of chemical dependency. Topics include acute and chronic drug effects, relapse prevention, effects of chemical dependency on the family system, and denial and developmental arrest as core features of chemical dependency. Instructor's consent required.
GPSY-850 Health Psychology
Theory and practice of working with medical disabilities and in medical service settings. Instructor's consent required.
Psychotropic medications, their uses and general effects. Behavioral effects of medications in common usage, drug interactions, and the psychological impact of the use of medication in a therapeutic setting. Prerequisite: GPSY 811 and 820. Instructor's consent required.
GPSY-852 Clinical Geropsychology
An introduction to principles of diagnosis, assessment and treatment in geropsychology including ethical, conceptual, and methodological issues. Prerequisite: GPSY 721 or GPSY 816; and GPSY 821.
GPSY-853 Mindfulness-Based Interventions
An introduction to the concept of mindfulness meditation, its historical context, its contemporary scientific status, and application of mindfulness practices in clinical interventions.
GPSY-855 Gestalt Therapy
Theory and practical application of Gestalt therapy. Practical demonstrations and role playing. Prerequisite: GPSY 721 or GPSY 816.
GPSY-856 Child Treatment Seminar I
The first of a two course sequence that focuses on advanced treatment and intervention techniques with children and adolescents. Instructor consent required. Prerequisite: GPSY 817. Instructor's consent required.
GPSY-857 Child Treatment Seminar II
The second of a two course sequence that focuses on advanced treatment and intervention techniques with children and adolescents. Prerequisite: GPSY 817 and GPSY 856. Instructor's consent required.
GPSY-858 Brief Psychotherapies
History and development of brief therapy approaches. Emphasis on techniques, selection criteria, outcome evaluation, and issues in time-limited treatment. Prerequisite: GPSY-721 or GPSY 816.
GPSY-870 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. 3 credits.
GPSY-873 Supervision Practicum
Supervised experience in practicing supervision skills. Prerequisite: GPSY 871. Instructor's consent required. Pass/No Pass.
GPSY-876 Business of Psychology
Covers the basic financial, business, and legal issues surrounding practice as a psychologist; including financial management, legal forms of organization (proprietor, partnerships, corporation), planning, budgeting, and organizing, information management, quality control, contract negotiation and credentialing, third party systems and managed care. The variety of roles and venues of practice are considered including private and group practice, public and private agencies, and institutions.
GPSY-883 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. Prerequisite: GPSY 880 and GPSY 881.
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. Prerequisite: GPSY 880 and GPSY 881.
GPSY-887 Practicum I
A minimum of 500 training hours of which approximately one third to one half are in direct service, one fourth in supervisory and training activities, and the remainder in administrative duties related to the above. The three terms of practica are served in the Psychological Service Center or in other approved agencies. See department for details. Instructor's consent required. Pass/No Pass.
GPSY-888 Practicum II
A minimum of 500 training hours of which approximately one third to one half are in direct service, one fourth in supervisory and training activities, and the remainder in administrative duties related to the above. Practicum II training is available in the Psychological Service Center or in other approved agencies with the agreement of the Director of Clinical Training and the student's advisor. Prerequisite: GPSY 887. Instructor's consent required. Pass/No Pass.
GPSY-889 Clinical Consultation
This course provides consultation to students who are currently seeing patients for psychotherapy. The instructor will provide theory-based support to students in a variety of ways. Students will present cases, provide feedback to other students, and examine client, therapist, and relationship issues. This consultation experience will support the student's clinical work with their assigned supervisor. Prerequisite: GPSY 887 (may be taken concurrently). Pass/No Pass.
A minimum of one year full-time or two years half- time of 1800 hours of supervised clinical experience in a facility approved by the faculty, covering a range of activities in psychological assessment and intervention with a variety of clients. Participation in program administration, development of supervisory skills and opportunity for interdisciplinary collaboration. Prerequisite: Clinical Competency Examination passed, dissertation proposal passed, GPSY 887, and GPSY 888. Pass/No Pass.
GPSY-891 Clinical Fieldwork
Supervised clinical fieldwork by special arrangement. Instructor's consent required. Pass/No Pass.
GPSY-892 Organizational Fieldwork
Students will conduct consultation work with various organizations, particularly non-profits, to assist their functioning, and to gain valuable experience working with clients outside the clinical realm. Students will receive supervision on an ongoing basis throughout each project. Instructor's consent required. Pass/No Pass.
GPSY-894 Independent Study
Independent Study enables the student to pursue specialized, unique, elective interests that are not part of the regular curriculum. It supplements curriculum offerings at the same level of difficulty and sophistication as regular courses. The amount of effort per credit hour should generally be comparable to that of classroom credit hours. Not to be used as an alternative to the required courses or for supervised clinical experience. No more than two credits of Independent Study is allowed in a term and no more than five credits of Independent Study may be applied to the elective credits required for graduation. Instructor's consent required.
GPSY-899 Special Topic
A specialized topic in professional psychology explored in depth. Students may re-enroll for credit only when different topics are covered. Instructor's consent required.
GPSY-902 Self-Care & the Science and Practice of Mindfulness
Experiential and didactic introduction to mindfulness and related mind-body practices. Students participate in a mindfulness-based training program with an emphasis on personal self-care, and receive classroom instruction in contemporary research issues in mindfulness.
Students complete a scholarly project supervised by a faculty member. Students take a total of 12 credits. Open to Ph.D. students only. Instructor consent required.
GPSY-930 Evidence-Based Therapies with Children and Adolescents
Specific emphasis on evidence-based treatment of children and adolescents, including behavioral, cognitive-behavioral, and mindfulness-based treatments. Course material covers a wide variety of child and adolescent disorders that are likely to be encountered in a treatment setting. Treatment manuals and protocols for evidence-based interventions are reviewed.
GPSY-931 Evidence-Based Therapies with Adults
Specific emphasis on evidence-based treatments of adults and older adults, including behavioral, cognitive-behavioral, and mindfulness-based treatments. Course material covers treatment of a wide variety of adult disorders that are likely to be encountered in a treatment setting. Treatment manuals and protocols for evidence-based interventions are reviewed.
GPSY-940 The Role of Psychologist in Integrated Healthcare
Examination of the role of the psychologist in the research and clinical aspects of integrated healthcare. Students receive training in evaluating and support existing programs to make mental and behavioral health services an integral part of care in primary care and other health care services.
GPSY-950 Program Evaluation and Administration
Program evaluation and administration strategies and techniques. Needs assessment, goal clarification, outcome and activity evaluation; management information systems, accountability. All students gain experience in completing an external grant application.
Psychotropic medications, their uses, and general effects are reviewed, as well as biological mechanisms, pharmacodynamics, and pharmacokinetics. Additional topics include behavioral effects of medications in common usage, drug interactions, and the psychological impact of the use of medication in a therapeutic setting.
Examination of a professional problem by means of literature search, conceptualization, use of data and written exposition, including a variety of methods. Students take a total of 18 credits. Prerequisite: GPSY 920. Open to Ph.D. students only. Instructor's consent required.
GPSY-980 Advanced Statistics in Psychology I
This first course in the sequence focuses on basic statistical techniques as applied to design and interpretation of experimental and observational research, with special emphasis on sampling distributions, statistical inference and estimation, statistical power, and sample size estimation for common statistical tests. Methods include measures of association, t-tests, ANOVA, and chi-square, and includes the use of statistical computer software.
GPSY-981 Advanced Statistics in Psychology II
This second course in the sequence 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. Includes the use of statistical computer software.
GPSY-982 Research Design & Methodology
The focus of this course is research methodology and scientific thinking. It covers basic experimental designs (between and within groups), single subject experiments, group experimental designs, and non-experimental designs (correlational research, case studies). Validity issues in research (internal and external) and research ethics are emphasized throughout.
GPSY-990 Seminar in Teaching of Psychology
Instruction in topics such as syllabus and lecture preparation, lecture styles, and text selection. Students also receive ongoing supervision of their teaching. Students must be the instructor of record for a course to enroll and instructor approval is required.