2010-2012 Graduate Studies Catalog

Course Descriptions

Psychology
LA 525, (406) 657-2242

PSYC 505 Clinical Research Methods
3 cr. Prerequisite: Graduate standing and consent of the instructor. (odd Su)  Examines important topics in clinical research design.  Familiarizes students with current theories and strategies in designing clinical trials ranging from case studies to more expansive group research designs.

PSYC 510 Advanced Social Psychology
3 cr. Prerequisite: Graduate standing and consent of the instructor. (even F)  Provides an overview of social-psychological perspectives on mental health, adjustment, and self-esteem.  Readings include original empirical and theoretical articles.

PSYC 515 Psychopathology
3 cr. Prerequisite: Graduate standing and consent of the instructor. (odd F)  Uses the DSM-IV as a framework to present current knowledge regarding the identification, classification, and treatment of psychological disorders.

PSYC 520 Human Neuropsychology
3 cr. Prerequisite: Graduate standing and consent of the instructor. (odd F)  Examines brain/behavior relationships with special emphasis on health care issues.  Focuses on neurological disorders and their treatment including epilepsy, Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s and topics such as aphasia, apraxia, and amnesia.  Utilizes an extensive case study approach.

PSYC 525 Psychological Assessment of Cognitive Abilities
3 cr. Prerequisite: Graduate standing and consent of the instructor. (odd F)  Qualifies the advanced student to administer and interpret individual measures of intelligence, memory, academic achievement, and related neuropsychological traits.  Advances understanding of cognitive factors in the diagnosis of mental retardation, learning disabilities, and dementia.

PSYC 527 Psychological Assessment of Clinical Disorders
3 cr. Prerequisite: Graduate standing and consent of the instructor. (even Sp)  Qualifies the advanced student to administer and interpret standardized personality instruments.  Prepares the student to conduct clinical interviews and write professional assessment reports.

PSYC 530 Psychopharmacology
3 cr. Prerequisite: Graduate standing and consent of the instructor. (even F)  Presents an overview of pharmacology with an emphasis on clinical uses of behavior-altering drugs.  Covers all major classes of psychopharmacologic agents, their use in therapy and historical development.

PSYC 535 Techniques of Psychotherapy
3 cr. Prerequisites: Graduate standing or consent of instructor.  Serves as a clinical case conference for student’s work at their practicum sites.

PSYC 537 Psychotherapy Outcomes
3 cr. Prerequisite: Graduate standing and consent of instructor.  Reviews the extensive research literature on how well the major psychotherapy approaches work as treatments for various problems.

PSYC 540 Theories of Psychotherapy
3 cr. Prerequisites: Graduate Standing or consent of instructor. (even Sp)  Surveys the major approaches to psychotherapy, reviewing theories and examining their practical implications for clinical practice.

PSYC 541 Graduate Statistics for Behavioral Sciences
3 cr. Prerequisite: Consent of instructor. (odd Sp)  Provides students with proficiency in using the most common statistical techniques for analyzing research data, including analysis of variance, correlation, regression, and nonparametric statistics.

PSYC 545 Stress and Health
3 cr. Prerequisites: Graduate standing or consent of instructor.  Covers common causes of stress, including life-change, personality, environmental, and job-related factors.  Provides working knowledge of stress-reduction techniques including imagery, biofeedback, relaxation, cognitive, and behavioral techniques.

PSYC 550 Childhood Psychopathology
3 cr. Prerequisite: Graduate standing and consent of instructor. (even Sp)  Engages students in the study of mental health disorders of children and adolescents.  Advances the understanding of developmental factors in psychopathology and introduces the principles of psychological diagnosis and treatment of youth in educational, correctional, and clinical settings.

PSYC 555 Psychology of Religion
3 cr. Prerequisite: Graduate standing and consent of instructor.  Reviews the major psychological theories about religious belief and practice, and surveys research findings on the relations between religiosity and other phenomena such as psychopathology, ethical behavior, and maturity.

PSYC 590 Internship
V cr. Prerequisites: Graduate standing or consent of instructor. (F, Sp)  Provides students pursuing a Master’s thesis the opportunity to conduct original research with a faculty advisor.  Alternatively, clinically oriented students will receive faculty supervision for clinical work at their practicum sites.

PSYC 591 Independent Study
V1-5 cr. Prerequisite: Graduate standing and consent of the instructor, approval of the department chairperson and Dean of Arts and Sciences, and Independent Study contract filed with the Office of Graduate Studies prior to registration. Provides an opportunity for students of superior academic standing to explore material beyond that covered by undergraduate courses in Psychology.

PSYC 592 Seminar
3 cr. Prerequisites: Graduate standing or consent of instructor.  Examines professional and ethical issues confronting clinical psychologists in modern practice.  Provides students an opportunity to discuss issues such as assessment and intervention, confidentiality, publishing and advertising. Introduces students to the APA ethics code and conduct standards.

PSYC 593 Workshop
V1-8 cr.  Provides an opportunity for experimental study at the advanced level in Psychology.

PSYC 596 Cooperative Education/Internship
V1-9 cr.  Provides university credit for graduate work experience in the area of Psychology, supervised by faculty.  Learning agreement must be completed prior to registration (restricted).

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