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Required for students admitted with a bachelor's degree, or a master's degree in a field unrelated to psychology, or at the department's recommendation.
PSYC 698 Professional Development Series
PSYC 668 Counseling Theories and Techniques I*
PSYC 669 Counseling Theories and Techniques II*
PSYC 604 Group Process
PSYC 608 Psychopathology
PSYC 663 Psychometrics
PSYC 664 Assessment I: Cognitive
PSYC 695 Clinical Skills Seminar*
PSYC 700 Biological Bases of Behavior
PSYC 701 Cognitive and Affective Bases of Behavior
PSYC 702 Professional Issues and Ethics
PSYC 704 Pre-Practicum Seminar
PSYC 705 Human Development
PSYC 706 Research & Statistics I
PSYC 707 Research & Statistics II
PSYC 708 Advanced Psychopathology
PSYC 710 Cognitive and Behavioral Theories and Therapies
PSYC 711 Psychoanalytic Theories and Therapies
PSYC 712 Client-Centered and Relationship Theories and Therapies
PSYC 713 History and Systems in Psychology
PSYC 714 Practicum and Seminar I
PSYC 715 Practicum and Seminar II
PSYC 716 Practicum and Seminar III
PSYC 717 Practicum and Seminar IV
PSYC 721 Psychology of Human Diversity
PSYC 724 Practicum and Seminar V
PSYC 725 Practicum and Seminar VI
PSYC 726 Practicum and Seminar VII
PSYC 727 Practicum and Seminar VIII
PSYC 729 Assessment II: Personality
PSYC 730 Assessment IV: Advanced Skills
PSYC 731 Assessment V: Neuropsychological
PSYC 740 Clinical Psychopharmacology
PSYC 741 Clinical Supervision, Consultation, and Management
PSYC 745 Social Psychology
PSYC 766 Advanced Neuropsychology**
PSYC 768 Forensic Psychology**
PSYC 786 Internship in Clinical Psychology I
PSYC 787 Internship in Clinical Psychology II
PSYC 788 Internship in Clinical Psychology III
PSYC 790 Dissertation Seminar
PSYC 791 Internship in Clinical Psychology IV
PSYC 792 Internship in Clinical Psychology V
PSYC 793 Internship in Clinical Psychology VI
PSYC 797 Comprehensive Examination
PSYC 798 Doctoral Dissertation I
PSYC 799 Doctoral Dissertation II
PSYC 800 Doctoral Dissertation III
PSYC 000 Dissertation Continuation
*Required for students admitted with a bachelor’s degree or a master’s degree in an unrelated field
** Students admitted with a bachelor’s degree or a master’s degree in an unrelated field must take either PSYC 766 or 768. Permission of the Chair is required to take both classes. Students admitted with a master’s degree in a related field must take either PSYC 766 or PSYC 768. They may take the other course as an elective, or may choose the elective from either PSYC 606- Family Counseling, or PSYC 607-Treatment of Children and Adolescents.
PSYC 786, 787, 788, 791, 792, 793: Students work with the coordinator of the predoctoral internship and practicum to prepare their application and identify internship sites. The full-time internship involves a national application pool for placement slots and is highly competitive.
PSYC 698 Professional Development Series (0)
Required for all first-year students. Students must attend three sessions in the fall and three sessions in the spring. Each session is for one hour. Series covers topics relevant to the practitioner-scholar model, including case presentations, practice, building, and professional scholarship. Open to other PsyD students.
PSYC 668-669 Counseling Theories and Techniques I & II (3, 3)
These courses provide a historical review and evaluation of relevant theories of personality and psychotherapy, including psychodynamic, cognitive-behavioral, and humanistic theories. Counseling attitudes and strategies, including applying theory and technique to child, adolescent and adult populations as well as clients with varying multicultural backgrounds, are reviewed. Students are trained in interviewing skills, case formulation, rapport-building and self-reflection. (Prerequisite: a course in Personality, GEN 503; PSYC 607 or PSYC 608)
PSYC 604 Group Process (3)
A behavior science approach to the study of small group behavior and development; a survey of principles and theories of small group interaction with didactic and experiential focus on the dynamics of group processes in communication. This course focuses on the acquisition of foundation skills and knowledge for facilitating groups in child, adolescent and adult populations. Assessment of prospective members and ethics of group therapy are reviewed. Stages of group development, crisis management and termination are reviewed. Implications for diversity are reviewed and discussed. Intervention strategies are reviewed and discussed. Applications to practice settings are reviewed.
PSYC 608 Psychopathology (3)
Strategies for assessing and formulating clinical and cultural material are examined. Review of moderate and serious pathological and diagnostic schemas including DSM, with secondary emphasis on treatment implications. Students are introduced to symptom clusters which distinguish different mental health problems and are presented with a model for understanding diagnosis within the context of personality styles. Implications for diversity are examined.
PSYC 663 Psychometrics (3)
This course critically examines the issues related to assessing psychological characteristics and educational achievement. Reliability, validity, item analysis, units and levels of measurement theories of aptitude and intelligence, and use of multiple measures in selection, prediction, and diagnosis are explored. Properties and the application of cognitive and personality measures are addressed. Technological issues and applications as they pertain to psychological assessment are discussed. Ethical issues in assessment are explored.
PSYC 664 Assessment I: Cognitive (3)
Students will learn to administer, score, interpret, and report results of various measures of cognitive functioning. Multicultural assessment practices and diversity issues will be reviewed. Educational and clinical applications of individual assessment, diagnostic measures of intelligence, and observation techniques will be examined. Best practices, ethical standards, theoretical frameworks for assessment, and supplemental norm- and criterion-referenced assessment measures and techniques will be reviewed. (Prerequisites: GEN 502, PSYC 663)
PSYC 695 Clinical Skills Seminar (3)
This course focuses on clinical skills and professional socialization, including interviewing, role play, readings, and discussion of topics related to the practice of clinical psychology.
PSYC 700 Biological Bases of Behavior (3)
Overview of neuroanatomy, neurophysiology, brain-mind-behavior relationships; diagnostic and clinical issues. There is also a laboratory component to PSYC 700. Open only to Psy.D. students in Clinical Psychology.
PSYC 701 Cognitive and Affective Bases of Behavior (3)
Review of cognitive psychological processes and paradigms for learning, memory, sensation, decision making, perception, reasoning, and information processing. (Prerequisite: PSYC 700) Open only to Psy.D. students in Clinical Psychology.
PSYC 702 Professional Issues and Ethics (3)
Review of APA ethics code, Pennsylvania psychology and legal issues; specialty guidelines; ethics-law distinction; diversity and professional issues; practice considerations in which students are encouraged to reason through case applications of ethical dilemmas. Open only to Psy.D. students in Clinical Psychology.
PSYC 704 Pre-Practicum Seminar (0)
This is an as-needed course for students beginning practicum on or around July 1.
PSYC 705 Human Development (3)
This course covers some of the major concepts and lines of research and inquiry within the field of human development, mainly for a theoretical and research based perspective. Development is considered as an overarching construct with which to view cognition, affect, social relatedness, etc. Recent theorists and researchers are studied especially for their clinical relevance. Issues related to diversity will be addressed specifically throughout the course. Open only to Psy.D. students in Clinical Psychology.
PSYC 706 Research and Statistics I (3)
This course is the first course in a 2-course series. It prepares students for conducting basic research projects. Topics include strategies for literature reviews, APA 6 formatting, sampling, subject selection, data collection, and development of research questions. Students will gain familiarity with univariate statistical tests, use of computers in conducting research, and an introduction to qualitative research. Will include basis analysis of professional literature, including threats to validity. (Prequisite: PSYC 663). Open only to Psy.D. students in Clinical Psychology.
PSYC 707 Research and Statistics II (3)
This course is the second course in a 2-course series. It is designed to prepare students for conducting more advanced research projects, based on multivariate and experimental designs. Students will gain familiarity with advanced statistical tests, including MANOVA, multi- ple regression, factor analysis, and discriminant analysis. Students will engage in critical analysis of professional literature, with consideration for validity, ethical, and multicultural concerns. (Prerequisite: PSYC 706). Open only to Psy.D. students in Clinical Psychology.
PSYC 708 Advanced Psychopathology (3)
This course first reviews and sharpens skills in diagnostic reasoning using the DSM-5 and critically reviews the DSM-5 categorical approach to psychopathology. A more science-based, in-depth approach to psychopathology will be explored through recent theoretical and empirical advances in developmental psychopathology and affect neuroscience, and through a dimensional and therapeutic approach to assessing personality functioning. Psychopathology is addressed as based in the individual’s context including gender, ethnicity, race, socio-economic and community factors. Implications for the psychotherapy process are also addressed. Open only to PsyD students in Clinical Psychology (Pre-requisite PSYC 608).
PSYC 710 Cognitive and Behavioral Theories and Therapies (3)
Review of history of behavioral, cognitive, and cognitive-behavioral models, including classical and operant conditioning, integrative/eclectic approaches, and cognitive-behavioral applications. Review of relevant literature for cognitive and behavioral formulation and intervention strategies to different populations (e.g., anxiety, depression, social skills). Review of empirically supported treatments. Review of dialectal behavioral therapy. Application to practice settings are reviewed. Assessment of client-model fit is reviewed. Open only to Psy.D. students in Clinical Psychology.
PSYC 711 Psychoanalytic Theories and Therapies (3)
Study of past and current major theoretical issues and treatment strategies in psychoanalytic psychotherapy. The goal of the course is to teach students to apply psychoanalytic formulations and intervention strategies in practice settings. The course discusses major constructs in theory. A developmentally-sensitive model of diagnosis and intervention is presented. The continuum of contemporary models and traditional approaches (e.g., drive theory, ego psychology, object relations theory, self psychology) is discussed from a historical perspective, and the approaches are discussed in relation to each other. Emphasis is placed on the integration of theory, listening skills, clinical formulations, and flexible technical application of supportive-expressive to different clients and settings, including time-limited therapy environments. Therapy process research is reviewed. Implications of psychoanalytic applications to diverse client populations, including ethnic/racial, head trauma, and learning disabled, are also reviewed. Therapy process research is reviewed. (Prerequisite: PSYC 608) Open only to Psy.D. students in Clinical Psychology.
PSYC 712 Client-Centered and Relationship Theories and Therapies (3)
Course reviews basic concepts and applications of the foundations of client-centered theories and therapies. Models include Rogerian, Existential-Humanistic, and recent developments in psychotherapy that build on a client-centered foundation (e.g., Motivational Interviewing). Implications for different client problems, human diversity, ethical psychotherapy practice, and understanding the therapy process and client-therapist relationship are reviewed. The course is taught using different instructional approaches, including lectures, experiential skills practice, discussions, and group activities. Course also includes reading literature that provides empirical support for these models in ways consistent with foundational concepts. Open only to Psy.D. students in Clinical Psychology.
PSYC 713 History and Systems in Psychology (3)
Review of history and systems of psychology, and of how psychology as a profession has developed its identity. Review of history of the Ph.D. and Psy.D. models; diversity; changes in practice climate; origins of contemporary issues in practice, including managed care, information technology, current trends in professional practice, career paths; and the future of psychology. Applications to practice settings are reviewed. Open only to Psy.D. students in Clinical Psychology.
PSYC 714, 715, 716, 717 (3, 3, 3, 3)
250 hrs. minimum in one-semester with academic seminar that includes readings, case conference presentations of assessment and intervention cases. Open only to Psy.D. students in Clinical Psychology. (All subsequent field placements must be taken in numerical sequence: 714, 715, 716, 717, 724, 725, 726, 727 and in accord with prerequisites on program plans. Grading is “Pass” or “Fail” for all practica).
PSYC 721 Psychology of Human Diversity (3)
Examination of the major historical and contemporary social and cultural issues associated with all aspects of diverse populations, and of clinical strategies for addressing mental health needs of these groups. Emphasis on the role and impact of culture on structure, delivery and management of care systems; review of cultural influences and meaning of contextualization. Open only to Psy.D. students in Clinical Psychology.
PSYC 724, 725, 726, 727 (3, 3, 3, 3)
250 hrs. minimum in one-semester with academic seminar that includes readings, case conference presentations of assessment and intervention cases. Open only to Psy.D. students in Clinical Psychology.
PSYC 729 Assessment II: Personality (3)
Introduction to personality assessment. Students learn how to use storytelling techniques and Rorschach, with emphasis on administra- tion, scoring, interpretation and report writing skills. Course also reviews ethical and practice issues, and implications for diversity and treatment planning. (Prerequisite: PSYC 608 and 664). Open only to Psy.D. students in Clinical Psychology
PSYC 730 Assessment IV: Advanced Skills (3)
Examines contemporary assessment issues related to research and practice; assessment competencies in diversity and professional ethics, test selection, scoring and interpretation, report writing and feedback; review of objective and personality measures through discussion and critique. Emphasis on the relationship between assessment and treatment implications for different diagnostic groups and clinical settings. (Prerequisite: PSYC 765) Open only to Psy.D. students in Clinical Psychology.
PSYC 731 Assessment V: Neuropsychological (3)
Review of strategies for assessing neuropsychological dysfunction; ethical and practice issues in neuropsychological assessment. Review of interviewing, test selection, report writing and feedback strategies. (Prerequisites: PSYC 765) Open only to Psy.D. students in Clinical Psychology. PSYC 701 may be taken concurrently.
PSYC 740 Clinical Psychopharmacology (3)
Overview of the major psychotropic agents and their interaction with the physical system; implications for diagnosis and treatment in an interdisciplinary context are reviewed. (Prerequisite: PSYC 700) Open only to Psy.D. students in Clinical Psychology.
PSYC 741 Clinical Supervision, Consultation, and Management (3)
Course addresses roles and expectations of supervisors and consultants, and program managers in clinical practice. A developmental supervision model, a consultation stage model, and issues in program leadership and personnel management are reviewed. Application of assessment, intervention, relational, diversity, ethics and outcome evaluation are reviewed. Strategic and informed approaches are discussed. The course also includes a private practice/practice management module. (Prerequisite: Students must be enrolled in, within one semester of enrolling in, or have completed PSYC 780. Open only to Psy.D. students in Clinical Psychology).
PSYC 745 Social Psychology (3)
Study of the influence of social stimuli on feelings, thoughts, and behaviors. Major topics in social psychology such as conformity, persuasion, social cognition, self justification, human aggression, prejudices and intergroup conflict, affiliation and attraction are explored. Application of social psychological research in different settings. Open only to Psy.D. students in Clinical Psychology.
PSYC 766 Advanced Neuropsychology (3)
This course advances the knowledge base and skills relevant to the practice of clinical neuropsychology. The course will increase understanding of disorders of brain-behavior relationships, specialized assessment and intervention techniques and further develop consultation skills to work effectively and ethically with referral sources and families. Prerequisite: PSYC 731. Open only to Psy.D. students in Clinical Psychology.
PSYC 768 Forensic Psychology (3)
This class covers foundational areas in forensic psychology, including ethical and legal issues, assessment, diagnostic, and intervention strategies related to the criminal justice system, relevant procedural matters, and other topics related to the practice of forensic psychology. Open to Psy.D. students in Clinical Psychology as an alternative to PSYC 767 for students not eligible for the M.A. degree in Clinical Psychology. Students interested in taking both PSYC 767 and PSYC 768 must have the chair's approval. Prerequisite: PSYC 702
PSYC 786, 787, 788, 791, 792, 793 Predoctoral Internship in Clinical Psychology I (9)
PSYC 786, 787, 788, 791, 792, 793 Predoctoral Internship in Clinical Psychology (9)
Students complete APA Accredited and/or APPIC Member Predoctoral Internships, which provide the intern with advanced level supervised clinical experiences and training. This clinical training includes the synthesis of knowledge and skills acquired through coursework and practica, in addition to development of professional roles and identity.
Students may not complete an internship at their place of employment. Open only to Psy.D. students in Clinical Psychology.
Predoctoral internships begin between July and September. Students completing internships enroll in the six courses distributed as 3 credits per semester. The internship is a one-year full-time clinical experience requiring the successful completion of required training hours across the 9-credit sequence. Students meet with the Director of Clinical training approximately 16 months prior to the year that they anticipate beginning their internship. The Director of Clinical Training assists students in determining this sequencing based on the interns’ start and end dates. (Prerequisites: All coursework, including dissertation defense, and comprehensive exams) and departmental approval). Grading is “Pass” or “Fail.”
PSYC 790 Dissertation Research Seminar (3)
This seminar is designed to prepare students for beginning the disserta- tion in the Fall semesters. Students review the Dissertation Handbook, including dissertation requirements, formatting, information technology, committee selection, ethical issues in research and the department’s timeline for completing the dissertation process. Students work in semi- nar format to refine dissertation topics and methodology, and complete a dissertation proposal prospectus. Grading is "Pass" or "Fail." Students take PSYC 790 in the spring semester and must then register for their first section of dissertation (PSYC 798) in the summer semester. Open only to Psy.D. students in Clinical Psychology (Clinical Psychology prerequisite: PSYC 781)
PSYC 797 Comprehensive Examination in Psychology (0)
A culminating experience which assesses the student’s ability to synthesize and integrate knowledge. Eligibility for the Comprehensive Examination requires as prerequisites:
Clinical Psychology Students:
* GEN 701 and 702; PSYC 663 and 718
* PSYC 604, 606, 607, 608, 664, 700, 701, 702, 710, 711, 712, 713, 720, 721, 730 or 731, 740, 745, 765
* Completion of PSYC 781 with "Pass"
* Completion of all courses with a minimum 3.3 G.P.A.
* Concurrent enrollment in or completion of PSYC 782 (with an ongoing caseload)
* Concurrent enrollment in or completion of PSYC 790
PSYC 798-800 Doctoral Dissertation (3, 3, 3)
Student completes dissertation. Grading is "Pass" or "Fail." Students are required to begin dissertation in the fall semester and must register for consecutive semesters of dissertation. (Prerequisite: PSYC 790 and chair’s approval). PSYC 798 involves completion of the dissertation proposal (summer semester). PSYC 799 involves data collection and analysis (fall semester). PSYC 800 involves the preparation of the final draft and dissertation defense (spring semester). Throughout the dissertation process, the student works closely with his or her dissertation chair and has regular contacts with two other committee members. Only full-time faculty are eligible to serve as dissertation chairs. See Dissertation Handbook for further details. Open only to Psy.D. students in Clinical Psychology.
PSYC 000 Dissertation Continuation
Required for students who have completed PSYC 798, 799 and 800 but need additional time to complete the dissertation process. See the section on Continuous Registration in the Graduate Catalog.