2018-2019 Graduate Bulletin

Psychology

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Mail Code: 2155 S. Race St., Denver, CO 80208
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Web Site: www.du.edu/psychology

The Psychology PhD program in the department of psychology is oriented toward training qualified students to pursue careers in research, teaching and professional practice. Concentrations include: Affect, Social and Cognitive, Clinical Psychology, and Developmental Psychology. We also offer a specialization in Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience (DCN).

DOCTOR OF PHILOSOPHY IN PSCYHOLOGY WITH A CONCENTRATION IN AFFECT, SOCIAL AND COGNITIVE

The ASC PhD program will prepare you for research and teaching careers in affective science, social or cognitive psychology. You will work closely with faculty and fellow students in labs using psychophysiological measurement, social cognition paradigms, behavioral measures and neuroscience tools such as fMRI. As a student in the ASC program, you will choose an emphasis: Affect, Social, or Cognitive Psychology. Depending on your emphasis area, there are slight variations in how requirements are completed.

Doctor of Philosophy in Psychology with a concentration in Clinical Psychology

The graduate program in Clinical Psychology focuses on the etiology, treatment and prevention of child psychopathology.

Doctor of Philosophy in Psychology with a concentration in Developmental Psychology

The graduate program in Developmental Psychology focuses on human developmental processes—including biological, cultural, social and psychophysiological factors.

Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience

The specialization in Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience is open to students in any of the graduate programs in Psychology.  It is designed to equip students with advanced knowledge and training in an interdisciplinary approach to neuroscience and psychology. The coursework covers diverse fields and research methods including neuroimaging, computational modeling, eye-tracking, psychophysiology, neuropsychology, neuroendocrinology, and behavioral genetics. The program prepares students to be leaders in collaborative science approaches.

PhD in Psychology With a Concentration in Affect, Social and Cognitive Psychology, Clinical Psychology, and Developmental Psychology

Application Deadlines

  • Fall 2018 Final Submission Deadline: December 1, 2017

Admission Requirements

  • Online admission application
  • $65.00 Application Fee
  • University Minimum Degree and GPA Requirements
  • Transcripts: One official transcript from each post-secondary institution.
  • GRE: The Graduate Record Examination (GRE) is required. Scores must be received directly from the appropriate testing agency by the deadline. The institution code for the University of Denver is 4842.
  • GRE Subject: Clinical Child applicants are encouraged to take the Psychology subject test, but it is not required.
  • Letters of Recommendation: Three (3) letters of recommendation are required. Letters should be submitted by recommenders through the online application.
  • Personal Statement: Please prepare approximately 2-3 pages of typewritten, double-spaced autobiographical material which will be considered confidential. Please be aware that the review committees may contain graduate student representatives. Indicate the source of your interest in psychology and the reasons why you wish to pursue graduate studies in your chosen area of specialization. If you have had practical experience (work or volunteer) in psychology, please describe it. If you have been in another area of academic study or employment, discuss your change. When and how was your attention directed to our graduate program? Indicate how the specific features of our training program would facilitate your professional goals. In your biographical statement, please state which faculty member(s) you would like to do your research with. Explain why the faculty’s research interests represent a match with your own training goals and your career plans. Please type the name(s) of your proposed mentor(s) on a separate line at the end of your biographical statement so as to facilitate screening. Mentors are typically faculty in the student's program, but our program allows cross-program mentors. So, for example, clinical child applicants may list a faculty mentor that is not a member of the clinical child faculty. If there is one person you are primarily interested in, name one; if there are two who you are interested in, name two. There is no advantage to naming just one person or naming two people. What is important is the rationale for your choice.
  • Diversity Statement: Applicants to the clinical child program are required (and other applicants are invited) to include a one-page, double-spaced essay describing how their thinking about research and clinical work is influenced by considerations of diversity (broadly defined).
  • Résumé: Please submit a résumé that includes publications, professional presentations, awards and scholarships, professional experience (both research and clinical), and membership in professional organizations.

Additional Standards for Non-Native English Speakers

Official scores from the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), International English Language Testing System (IELTS) or Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE) are required of all graduate applicants, regardless of citizenship status, whose native language is not English or who have been educated in countries where English is not the native language. The minimum TOEFL/IELTS/CAE test score requirements for the degree program are:

  • Minimum TOEFL Score (paper-based test): 550
  • Minimum TOEFL Score (internet-based test): 80 (including a minimum of 26 on the speaking section)
  • Minimum IELTS Score: 6.5 (including a minimum of 8 on the speaking section)
  • Minimum CAE Score: 169 (including a minimum of 200 on the speaking section)
  • English Conditional Admission Offered: No, this program does not offer English Conditional Admission.
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Read the English Language Proficiency policy for more details.

Read the English Conditional Admission (ECA) policy for more details.

Read the Required Tests for GTA Eligibility policy for more details.

Additional Standards for International Applicants

Per Student & Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP) regulation, international applicants must meet all standards for admission before an I-20 or DS-2019 is issued, [per U.S. Federal Register: 8 CFR § 214.3(k)] or is academically eligible for admission and is admitted [per 22 C.F.R. §62]. Read the Additional Standards For International Applicants policy for more details.

Financial Aid

There are many different options available to finance your education. Most University of Denver graduate students are granted some type of financial support. Our Office of Financial Aid is committed to helping you explore your options.

Doctor of Philosophy in Psychology with a Concentration in aFFECT, sOCIAL AND cognitive

Students earn a master’s degree on their way toward obtaining the PhD; however, students are not required to obtain an official master’s degree. All students are required to fulfill the requirements for the master’s degree, regardless of whether or not they apply for graduation for an official master’s degree. Completion of master’s degree requirements is required in order to be advanced to preliminary doctoral candidacy.

Degree requirements

Coursework requirements

I. Master's degree requirements
The Department requires a master's degree as part of the Ph.D. program. To earn an official master's degree, complete at least 28 credits of the 45 minimum number of credits in content coursework which excludes Independent Study and Independent Research credits.
PSYC 4920Ethics-Psych & Rsrch Practice 12
Total credits for master's degree45
II. PhD requirements
Statistics Requirements
PSYC 4295Research Design & Inference4
PSYC 4300Correlation and Regression4
Advanced Stat Course (1 from below):
PSYC 4330Analysis of Variance4
PSYC 4350Structural Equation Modeling for the Social Sciences4
PSYC 4355Multilevel Modeling for the Psychological Sciences: Theory and Applications4
Core coursework requirements
Complete one course from four of the five categories (Cognitive Psychology, Neuroscience, Social/Personality/Emotions, Developmental Psychology, and Clinical Science)
A. Cognitive Psychology
PSYC 4002Prosem in Memory and Cognition4
B. Neuroscience
PSYC 4526Prosem in Cog Neuroscience4
PSYC 4525Prosem in Develop Neuropsych4
PSYC 4262Affective Neuroscience4
C. Social/Personality/Emotions
PSYC 4011Proseminar in Emotion4
PSYC 4021Prosem in Social Psychology4
PSYC 4020Proseminar in Personality4
Note: ASC students must take one core course in affect (Proseminar in Emotion or Proseminar in Affective Neuroscience), one in social (Proseminar in Social Psychology), and one in cognitive psychology (Proseminar in Memory and Cognition or Proseminar in Cognitive Neuroscience), and one additional core course
D. Developmental Psychology
PSYC 4032Developmental Proseminar: Social-Emotional4
PSYC 4033Devel Proseminar: Biological4
E. Clinical Science
PSYC 4512Prosem in Psychopathology4
PSYC 4565Systems of Psychotherapy4
Ethics
Complete the following course:
PSYC 4920Ethics-Psych & Rsrch Practice2
Tool requirement8
Specialty Seminars
Students are expected to take at least 2 specialty seminars in their program (or another, pending approval of their advisor) whenever they are offered
Total Credits120

Minimum number of credits required for the degree: 120

Non-coursework requirements:

  • Master’s research paper or thesis and oral defense

  • Teaching

  • Conceptual Analysis of Dissertation Area (CADA) paper or Comprehensive Exam

  • Dissertation Prospectus and Prospectus Meeting

  • Dissertation and Oral Defense

Doctor of Philosophy in Psychology with a Concentration in Clinical Psychology

Degree Requirements

Coursework Requirements

Students earn a master’s degree on their way toward obtaining the PhD; however, students are not required to obtain an official master’s degree. All students are required to fulfill the requirements for the master’s degree, regardless of whether or not they apply for graduation for an official master’s degree. Completion of master’s degree requirements is required in order to be advanced to preliminary doctoral candidacy.

I. Master's degree requirements
The Department requires a master's degree as part of the Ph.D. program. To earn an official master's degree, complete at least 28 credits of the 45 minimum number of credits in content coursework which excludes Independent Study and Independent Research credits.
PSYC 4920Ethics-Psych & Rsrch Practice 12
Total credits for master's degree45
II. PhD requirements
Statistics Requirement
PSYC 4295Research Design & Inference4
PSYC 4300Correlation and Regression4
Advanced Stat Course (1 from below):
PSYC 4330Analysis of Variance4
PSYC 4350Structural Equation Modeling for the Social Sciences4
PSYC 4355Multilevel Modeling for the Psychological Sciences: Theory and Applications4
Core coursework requirements
Complete five cores from each of the categoriess (Cognitive Psychology, Neuroscience, Social/Personality/Emotions, Developmental Psychology, and Clinical Science)
A. Cognitive Psychology
PSYC 4002Prosem in Memory and Cognition4
B. Neuroscience
PSYC 4526Prosem in Cog Neuroscience4
PSYC 4525Prosem in Develop Neuropsych4
PSYC 4262Affective Neuroscience4
C. Social/Personality/Emotions
PSYC 4011Proseminar in Emotion4
PSYC 4021Prosem in Social Psychology4
PSYC 4020Proseminar in Personality4
Note: Clinical Child students must take the PSYC 4021 Proseminar in Social Psychology
D. Developmental Psychology
PSYC 4032Developmental Proseminar: Social-Emotional4
PSYC 4033Devel Proseminar: Biological4
Note: Clinical Child students must take either PSYC 4032 (Social/Emotional) or PSYC 4033 (Biological Processes)
E. Clinical Science
PSYC 4512Prosem in Psychopathology4
PSYC 4565Systems of Psychotherapy4
Note: Clinical Students are required to complete both courses.
Ethics
Complete the following courses:
PSYC 4920Ethics-Psych & Rsrch Practice2
PSYC 4925Clinical Ethics and Professional Issues in Psychology3
Multicultural Competency
PSYC 4571Multicult Issues & Ment Health4
Clinical Assessment
PSYC 4411Child Assessment-Cognition2-5
PSYC 4413Child Assessment-Personality4
Tool requirement8
Total Credits120

Minimum number of credits required for the degree: 120

Non-coursework Requirements

  • Master's research paper or thesis and oral defense

  • Dissertation Prospectus and Prospectus Meeting

  • Dissertation and Oral Defense

  • Clinical Competencies

  • Clinical Training

    • Clinical Practicum

    • Successful Completion of an Externship

    • Successful Completion of an APA approved internship

Doctor of Philosophy in Psychology with a Concentration in Developmental Psychology

Degree Requirements

Coursework Requirements

Students earn a master’s degree on their way toward obtaining the PhD; however, students are not required to obtain an official master’s degree. All students are required to fulfill the requirements for the master’s degree, regardless of whether or not they apply for graduation for an official master’s degree. Completion of master’s degree requirements is required in order to be advanced to preliminary doctoral candidacy.

I. Master's degree requirements
The Department requires a master's degree as part of the Ph.D. program. To earn an official master's degree, complete at least 28 credits of the 45 minimum number of credits in content coursework which excludes Independent Study and Independent Research credits.
PSYC 4920Ethics-Psych & Rsrch Practice 12
Total credits for master's degree45
II. PhD requirements
Statistics Requirement
PSYC 4295Research Design & Inference4
PSYC 4300Correlation and Regression4
Advanced Stat Course (1 from below):
PSYC 4330Analysis of Variance4
PSYC 4350Structural Equation Modeling for the Social Sciences4
PSYC 4355Multilevel Modeling for the Psychological Sciences: Theory and Applications4
Core coursework requirements
Complete one course from four of the five categories (Cognitive Psychology, Neuroscience, Social/Personality/Emotions, Developmental Psychology, and Clinical Science)
A. Cognitive Psychology
PSYC 4002Prosem in Memory and Cognition4
B. Neuroscience
PSYC 4526Prosem in Cog Neuroscience4
PSYC 4525Prosem in Develop Neuropsych4
PSYC 4262Affective Neuroscience4
C. Social/Personality/Emotions
PSYC 4011Proseminar in Emotion4
PSYC 4021Prosem in Social Psychology4
PSYC 4020Proseminar in Personality4
D. Developmental Psychology
PSYC 4032Developmental Proseminar: Social-Emotional4
PSYC 4033Devel Proseminar: Biological4
Note: Developmental Students are required to complete both courses.
E. Clinical Science
PSYC 4512Prosem in Psychopathology4
PSYC 4565Systems of Psychotherapy4
Ethics
Complete the following course:
PSYC 4920Ethics-Psych & Rsrch Practice2
Tool requirement8
Total Credits120

Minimum number of credits required for degree: 120

Non-coursework Requirements

  • First-Year Project or Paper
  • Master's research paper or thesis and oral defense
  • Developmental Comprehensive Exams
  • Presentation Requirement
  • Dissertation Prospectus and Prospectus Meeting
  • Dissertation and Oral Defense

Specialization: Development Cognitive Neuroscience Requirements

Requirements

The following requirements for the DCN program are in addition to the student's area requirements. The DCN minor mainly affects how students meet Core and Tool requirements. DCN students in each of the four Areas of the Department have additional Core requirements listed below. It also affects Advanced Clinical requirements for Clinical DCN students and elective requirements for non-clinical DCN Students (see below). The Neuroscience methods courses listed fulfill the student's Tool Requirement; students are not required to fulfill their area's tool requirements.

Any entering student in DCN must demonstrate competency in basic neurobiology (i.e. have taken an undergraduate class in physiological psychology, basic neurobiology, etc.). Otherwise, they need to take Introduction to Neurobiology in the Biology Department.

Coursework requirements

Four required Core Courses (any 4)
PSYC 4002Prosem in Memory and Cognition4
PSYC 4033Devel Proseminar: Biological4
or PSYC 4031 Developmental Proseminar: Cognition & Perception
PSYC 4045The Developing Brain4
PSYC 4262Affective Neuroscience4
PSYC 4526Prosem in Cog Neuroscience4
PSYC 4660Perception: A Cognitive Neuroscience Approach4
Two of the following tool/method courses:
PSYC 4085Stress & Health4
PSYC 4255Imaging the Mind4
PSYC 4254Intro to Neural Network Models4
PSYC 4360Programming Psychology: Experiment Building with Matlab4
PSYC 4365Programming Psychology: Model-Fitting and Analysis4
PSYC 4525Prosem in Develop Neuropsych4
PSYC 4688Clinical Psychopharmacology4
Genetics (available at IBG at CU Boulder; check with Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience Area Head about how to enroll.)
Build your own tool (Please see DCN Area Head for details)

 MASTER OF ARTS IN PSYCHOLOGY WITH A CONCENTRATION IN AFFECT, SOCIAL AND COGNITIVE, CLINICAL PSYCHOLOGY, OR DEVELOPMENTAL PSYCHOLOGY

Degree requirements

Coursework requirements 

The MA in Psychology is considered an interim MA for the students enrolled in the PhD in Psychology.  To earn an official master's degree, complete at least 28 credits of the 45 minimum number of credits in content coursework which excludes Independent Study and Independent Research credits.  

Required Course
Ethics-Psych & Rsrch Practice
Total Credits45

Minimum number of credits required for the degree: 45

Non-coursework Requirements

  • Master's research paper or thesis and oral defense

Courses

PSYC 3020 Adolescence (4 Credits)

Development, behavior, special problems, and characteristics of early and late adolescence. Prerequisites: PSYC 2070 or equivalent, must be major or minor in psychology, must have junior standing.

PSYC 3029 Imaging the Mind (4 Credits)

Imaging the Mind is an introductory course to the basic theory and data analysis techniques used in functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI). It will cover basic brain anatomy, the basic physics of MRI, experimental design, data processing and the issues associated with data processing, and interpretation of fMRI data. Students in this course will receive hands-on experience in processing a data set from start to finish. They will apply different image preprocessing techniques, statistical design parameters, and statistical models to determine how these factors influence the outcome of the data and how these factors influence the interpretation of that data. In this manner, each student will be exposed individually to the decision issues and interpretation pitfalls involved in fMRI data analysis. In class, students will use the smart-to- the-seat classroom. Cross listed with PSYC 4255. Prerequisites; PSYC 2031, must be major or minor in psychology, must have junior standing. Permission of the instructor required.

PSYC 3032 Introduction to Neural Networks (4 Credits)

Introduction to basic principles and computational methods in artificial neural network modeling; neural models of cognitive and psychological processes examined and evaluated. Cross listed with PSYC 4254. Must be major or minor in psychology. Must have junior standing. Permission of instructor required.

PSYC 3035 Seminar: Cognitive Neuroscience (2 Credits)

This seminar is for students in the cognitive neuroscience specialization, a joint program with Biological Sciences. The goal of the seminar is to provide an opportunity for senior-level cognitive neuroscience majors to apply the knowledge and skills they have acquired in other courses to current cutting-edge topics in the field. Prerequisites: PSYC 2031, must have cognitive neuroscience concentration, must have senior standing.

PSYC 3150 Senior Honors Research Seminar (1-5 Credits)

In conjunction with senior research thesis. Prerequisites: PSYC 2750, PSYC 2751 and PSYC 2752.

PSYC 3151 Senior Honors Research Seminar (1-5 Credits)

In conjunction with senior research thesis. Prerequisites: PSYC 2750, PSYC 2751 and PSYC 2752.

PSYC 3152 Senior Honors Research Seminar (1-5 Credits)

In conjunction with senior research thesis. Prerequisites: PSYC 2750, PSYC 2751 and PSYC 2752.

PSYC 3350 Cultural Psychology (4 Credits)

This seminar examines how people's sociocultural context shapes their thoughts, feelings, and behaviors. To approach this question, we read and discuss classic as well as recent theoretical and empirical articles from the field of cultural psychology. Topics include defining culture; dimensions of cultural variation; culture-biology interactions; methodological considerations; cultural influences on cognition, emotion, the self, moral judgment, and health; cultural neuroscience; cultural approaches to race and ethnicity; and mechanisms of cultural influence. Throughout, this course emphasizes sociocultural diversity in psychological processes. Students are encouraged to develop empirically tractable ways of asking and answering questions relating to cultural psychology and to apply concepts of cultural psychology to their own research. Prerequisite: PSYC 2740, must be a major or minor in psychology, must have junior standing.

PSYC 3440 Gender and Society (4 Credits)

Prerequisites: PSYC 1001, must be a psychology major or minor, must have at least junior standing.

PSYC 3666 Brain Development & Cognition (4 Credits)

Examines what the brain tells us about development and what development tells us about the brain. Topics include subcortical and cortical developments to the acquisition of language and drawing. Prerequisites: PSYC 2070 or equivalent, must be major or minor in psychology, must have junior standing.

PSYC 3701 Topics in Psychology (1-4 Credits)

Prerequisites: PSYC 1001, must be major or minor in psychology, must have junior standing.

PSYC 3702 Topics in Psychology (4 Credits)

Prerequisites: PSYC 1001, must be major or minor in psychology, must have junior standing.

PSYC 3760 Field Experiences in Psychology (1-2 Credits)

Students meet weekly with professor and complete an unpaid internship at a community organization. Prerequisites: PSYC 2500 or equivalent, 21 years old by October 1, must be major in psychology, must have junior standing. Permission of the instructor required. Corequisite: PSYC 3759.

PSYC 3761 Field Experiences in Psychology (3-5 Credits)

Students meet weekly with professor and complete an unpaid internship at a community organization. This class has a service learning component. Prerequisites: PSYC 2500 or equivalent, PSYC 3759, PSYC 3760, 21 years old by October 1, must be major in psychology, must have junior standing. Permission of the instructor required.

PSYC 3762 Field Experiences in Psychology (1-5 Credits)

Students meet weekly with professor and complete an unpaid internship at a community organization. This class has a service learning component. Prerequisites: PSYC 2500 or equivalent, PSYC 3759, PSYC 3760, PSYC 3761, 21 years old by October 1, must be major in psychology, must have junior standing. Permission of the instructor required.

PSYC 3991 Independent Study (1-10 Credits)

Maximum of 5 hours per quarter not to exceed a total of 10 quarter hours.

PSYC 3992 Directed Study (1-10 Credits)

PSYC 3999 Psychology Senior Assessment (0 Credits)

This course involves a required assessment of graduating psychology majors' knowledge of the discipline based on coursework taken one quarter prior to graduation. Prerequisites: at least any four of the following courses required for the major: PSYC 1001 or equivalent, PSYC 2300, 3050, PSYC 2500, PSYC 2070, PSYC 2031, PSYC 2740, and at least 163 total credit hours or at least 30 credits of psychology hours.

PSYC 4002 Prosem in Memory and Cognition (4 Credits)

Theory/research on thinking, problem solving, language, creative thought, other aspects of knowing process.

PSYC 4011 Proseminar in Emotion (4 Credits)

Social/physiological aspects of emotions, including motivation, physiological processes, basic emotions, cognitive appraisal, cross-cultural issues, empathy, effects of emotions.

PSYC 4020 Proseminar in Personality (4 Credits)

Personality structure/dynamics, theory and findings, interrelationships between personality and socio-cultural determinants of behavior.

PSYC 4021 Prosem in Social Psychology (4 Credits)

Major theoretical issues and empirical research in social psychology; topics include cultural, social structure, cognitive consistency, social neuroscience, social cognition, person perception, the self, social influence, attitudes, relationships, emotion, coping.

PSYC 4028 Social Cognition (4 Credits)

Social cognition describes how people make sense of themselves and others. The emphasis on “how” is important—social cognition research focuses on perceptual, cognitive, and affective processes that help people think about themselves and others. You will learn about the theories, findings, and methods in a specific area of study.

PSYC 4031 Developmental Proseminar: Cognition & Perception (4 Credits)

Problems/theories in developmental psychology including Piagetian theory, language, emotional, perceptual, personality development, learning, biological bases of behavior, genetic influences.

PSYC 4032 Developmental Proseminar: Social-Emotional (4 Credits)

Problems/theories in developmental psychology including Piagetian theory, language, emotional, perceptual, personality development, learning, biological bases of behavior, genetic influences.

PSYC 4033 Devel Proseminar: Biological (4 Credits)

This course provides an overview of major biological processes during development and their effects on physical, cognitive, and social development. Specific topics will include: history, concepts, and central themes of developmental psychology; theoretical and biological models of human development (e.g., developmental psychobiological systems view); brain development and plasticity; behavioral genetics; sleep and circadian rhythms; sexual differentiation and hormonal influences on behavior; stress and the HPA axis; effects of nutrition and toxic substances.

PSYC 4043 Clinical Approaches: Communitn (4 Credits)

Community psychology; major theoretical/conceptual issues, assessment/intervention techniques.

PSYC 4045 The Developing Brain (4 Credits)

This course presents an overview of current research and methods in the field of developmental cognitive/affective/social neuroscience. The course examines what the brain tells us about development and what development tells us about the brain. Topics include sensitive periods for neuroplasticity, pediatric neuroimaging methods, attention, language, affective and social development. Cross-listed with course 3045. Prerequisite: Instructor permission.

PSYC 4050 Cultural Psychology (4 Credits)

This seminar examines how people's sociocultural context shapes their thoughts, feelings and behaviors. To approach this question, we read and discuss classic as well as recent, theoretical as well as empirical articles form the field of cultural psychology. Topics include: (1) defining culture; (2) dimensions of cultural variation; (3) culture-biology interactions; (4) methodological considerations; (5) cultural influences on cognition, emotion, the self, moral judgment, and health; (6) cultural neuroscience; (7) cultural approaches to race and ethnicity; and (8) mechanisms of cultural influence. Throughout, this course emphasizes sociocultural diversity in psychological processes. Students are encouraged to develop empirically tractable ways of asking and answering questions relating to cultural psychology and to apply concepts of cultural psychology to their own research.

PSYC 4055 The Neuroscience and Psychology of Parenthood and Parent-Child Relationships (4 Credits)

This course explores the theory, research and issues relevant to parenthood and parent-child relationships. The course overviews the evolutionary, neurobiological, and psychological perspective of parent-child relationships with a focus on the understanding of recent advances in neuroscience research. Topics include neuroplasticity of parental brain, maternal vs. paternal biology for parenting, and social and biological determinants of parent-child relationships. Emphasis is placed on discussion of current research, evaluation of the findings, and proposals and ideas of new research in the field. The goal is not to memorize facts but rather to learn to think like a developmental cognitive/social neuroscientist. Cross-listed with course PSYC 3055. Prerequisite: Instructor permission.

PSYC 4060 History and Systems of Psych (4 Credits)

General nature of scientific progress throughout history as relates to evolution of psychology as scientific/academic discipline; history explored by asking whether prevailing Zeitgeist, the appearance of the "Great Mind," or some combination of both factors was responsible for pivotal changes seen throughout psychology's history.

PSYC 4085 Stress & Health (4 Credits)

This course will serve as an introduction to the field of psychoneuroimmunology, with a focus on stress and development. The first section of the course will review basic immunology including immune system components and functions, and relations between the immune system and other systems. The later portion of the course will focus on effects of stress for different disease mechanisms (infection, allergy, cancer etc).

PSYC 4235 Teaching Psychology (1-5 Credits)

Experiential approach to learning techniques for teaching psychology.

PSYC 4241 Seminar-Discourse Processes (4 Credits)

PSYC 4249 Prosem in Reading and Language (4 Credits)

PSYC 4254 Intro to Neural Network Models (4 Credits)

Cross listed with PSYC 3032.

PSYC 4255 Imaging the Mind (4 Credits)

Imaging Cognition is an introductory course to the basic theory and data analysis techniques used in functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI). It will cover basic brain anatomy, the basic physics of MRI, experimental design, data processing and the issues associated with data processing, and interpretation of fMRI data. Students in this course will receive hands-on experience in processing a data set from start to finish. They will apply different image preprocessing techniques, statistical design parameters, and statistical models to determine how these factors influence the outcome of the data and how these factors influence the interpretation of that data. In this manner, each student will be exposed individually to the decision issues and interpretation pitfalls involved in fMRI data analysis. In class, students will use the smart-to-the -seat classroom. Cross listed with PSYC 3029.

PSYC 4256 Seminar:Cognitive Neuroscience (4 Credits)

Neural systems underlying human perception, memory, language, pathological syndromes that result from damage to these systems.

PSYC 4257 Psychophys & Neuroscience Lab (4 Credits)

PSYC 4258 Social Neuroscience (4 Credits)

PSYC 4260 Psychophysiology (4 Credits)

This course will serve as an introduction to the field of psychophysiology, with a focus on autonomic psychophysiology (e.g., measures of the electrodermal and the cardiovascular system). Such measures uniquely allow researchers to answer questions about mind-body interactions, emotions, cognition, and health, among others. The first section of the course will review theory of psychophysiology and relevant physiological systems as well as introduce students to the basics of psychophysiological measurement. The second section of the course will be hands-on, allowing students either to write a study proposal involving psychophysiological measurement or to use the psychophysiology lab to design and execute their own study using physiological measures.

PSYC 4262 Affective Neuroscience (4 Credits)

Affective neuroscience is the study of emotions in the brain. In this course, we explore how new frontiers in emotion research, from brain scans to psychoactive drugs to monkey colonies, have changed the way we think about emotions and moods. We aim to learn how scientists ask these new questions: how and what can we learn about emotion from animal models, patient studies, genetic studies, brain scans, and drugs? We learn and debate different theories about what emotions are: when are emotions helpful and harmful? Why do we have them? How many are there? Can we control how we feel? Finally, we learn how to think about emotions scientifically: What kind of evidence matters? How do emotion scholars talk about their work? What kind of questions can we ask, and what kind can we hope to answer?.

PSYC 4265 Social Perception and Communication (4 Credits)

The way that people look and communicate evoke immediate and sometimes automatic responses from other people. Accordingly, this course includes topics such as facial structure and function, nonverbal communication, social categorization, behavioral mimicry, and thin-slices.

PSYC 4270 Seminar-Social Cognition (4 Credits)

Theory research in cognitive social psychology, including social knowledge structures, categorization of social information, social memory, judgment and inference, cognition-emotion links, effects on social behavior.

PSYC 4295 Research Design & Inference (4 Credits)

PSYC 4300 Correlation and Regression (4 Credits)

Theory/computational methods of major parametric/ nonparametric correlation techniques.

PSYC 4330 Analysis of Variance (4 Credits)

Complex analysis of variance, other quantitative methodologies. Prerequisite: PSYC 4300 or instructor's permission.

PSYC 4350 Structural Equation Modeling for the Social Sciences (4 Credits)

This advanced course covers the basics of structural equation modeling and how this flexible approach to statistical analysis can be applied in the social sciences. Specific techniques that will covered will include testing for mediation, path analysis, confirmatory factor analysis, and the analysis of longitudinal data, as well as other related topics. There will be an emphasis on applying these techniques to students' own research through hands-on demonstrations and homework assignments and an emphasis on interpreting and critiquing structural equation models in published research. A course on correlational methods and regression is a pre/co-requisite.

PSYC 4355 Multilevel Modeling for the Psychological Sciences: Theory and Applications (4 Credits)

This advanced course covers the basics of multilevel (hierarchical) linear modeling and how this flexible approach to statistical analysis can be applied to theory and data in the psychological sciences. Specific techniques that will be covered include the analysis of nested data, family and dyadic data, and longitudinal data as well as mediation and moderation. There will be an emphasis on applying these techniques to students' own research through hands-on demonstrations and homework assignments. There will also be an emphasis on interpreting and critiquing multilevel modeling analyses in published research. Courses on analysis of variance as well as correlational methods and regression are pre/corequisites.

PSYC 4360 Programming Psychology: Experiment Building with Matlab (4 Credits)

This graduate-level course provides an introduction to computer programming. The goal of the course is to help psychology students develop practical coding skills that will allow them to design and create complex, computer-based experiments. Students will also learn to analyze and plot data in Matlab. No previous experience with programming is required (or expected). The course begins with an introduction to basic principles of programming and the Matlab environment. From there, students learn to code by solving challenges specific to the design/construction of a psychological/vision-based experiment. The class is highly interactive— each class includes a mixture of lecture, group-based problem solving, and coding in teams or alone. This class is highly recommended for students who wish to improve their programming proficiency before enrolling in Psych 4365, although it is not a prerequisite.

PSYC 4365 Programming Psychology: Model-Fitting and Analysis (4 Credits)

An introduction to creating, fitting, and performing statistical inference using computational models with an emphasis on binary choice data. The aims of this course include familiarizing students with the mathematical basis of model-fitting, learning the value of taking a variety of approaches to fitting trial-by-trial data, and giving students practical hands-on experience with maximum likelihood fitting methods. This course will use both MATLAB and R. Though not a prerequisite, this course is intended to follow Programming Psychology: Experiment Building in MATLAB (PSYC 4360), and so will assume students already have a basic knowledge of coding in MATLAB (including debugging, scripts, functions, loops, and plotting). This course is open to graduate students outside of the Department of Psychology.

PSYC 4411 Child Assessment-Cognition (2-5 Credits)

PSYC 4413 Child Assessment-Personality (4 Credits)

Overview of evidence-based psychological assessment (emotional, behavioral, and social) of children and adolescents with a focus on integrating theory, research, and clinical practice.

PSYC 4511 Prosem in Psychopathology (4 Credits)

Theories of behavioral/personality disorders on children; survey of clinical/experimental literature.

PSYC 4512 Prosem in Psychopathology (4 Credits)

PSYC 4518 Readings in Family Therapy (4 Credits)

This course will survey major historical and contemporary theories from the field of family therapy. Basic family therapy techniques will be covered, and integrated with other modes of therapy (e.g. individual, marital). In the second half of the course, students will work with families and receive group supervision.

PSYC 4525 Prosem in Develop Neuropsych (4 Credits)

Normal brain development, functional neuroanatomy, clinical conditions that can affect brain functioning in children, adults.

PSYC 4526 Prosem in Cog Neuroscience (4 Credits)

This is a graduate-level introduction to cognitive neuroscience. It covers basic theories of cognition and their neurological support.

PSYC 4540 Adv Topics in Cognitive Devel (4 Credits)

Varying topics; theory/research in cognitive development including Piagetian work. Prerequisite: graduate status or instructor's permission.

PSYC 4545 Memory Dvlpmt:Nature & Nurture (4 Credits)

Theory & research in the field of memory development, with particular emphasis on neurobiological perspectives of memory development. Considers the role of biology (nature), as well as the socio-cultural context (nurture) in which memory develops. Specific topics in memory development will include: early memory development & infantile amnesia, infant visual recognition memory, procedural memory, episodic memory, autobiographical memory, and trauma & memory development. Since the course covers topics in systems level neuroscience (i.e., a class in behavioral or cognitive neuroscience). Classes that fulfill this prerequisite include PSYC 4255, PSYC 4256, PSYC 4257, PSYC 4525 or PSYC 4526 or instructor approval.

PSYC 4565 Systems of Psychotherapy (4 Credits)

The course provides an introduction to evidence-based treatment for children and adolescents. Conceptual and empirical underpinnings of youth therapies are examined. Treatments for three prominent child and adolescent disorders - disruptive behavior problems, depression, and anxiety disorders - are highlighted. Demonstration and practice of specific treatment components is included.

PSYC 4566 Systems of Psychotherapy II (4 Credits)

Conceptual/empirical foundations of interventions for clinical problems, including (but not limited to) parasuicidality, Borderline Personality Disorder, and substance abuse.

PSYC 4571 Multicult Issues & Ment Health (4 Credits)

Theory, research, and practice issues related to the mental health of racial/ethnic minority and other diverse groups.

PSYC 4579 Research Design (4 Credits)

PSYC 4587 Workshop in Marital Therapy (4 Credits)

PSYC 4612 Marital Conflict (1-10 Credits)

PSYC 4620 Advan in Couples Intervention (4 Credits)

PSYC 4625 Marital/Couples Thrpy-Div Popl (4 Credits)

This course will cover the complexities in couples research and intervention that are the focus of current investigations in labs around the world. The major issues revolve around the role that marital problems play in the development, maintenance and treatment of a variety of child and adult problems and vice versa. These will include, adult sexual problems, alcohol and drug use and abuse, anxiety disorders, depression, medical problems, and that marital discord and destructive conflict are generic risk factors for a wide range of child and adult mental health problems and that marital health is a protective factor.

PSYC 4660 Perception: A Cognitive Neuroscience Approach (4 Credits)

An introduction to human perception with a strong emphasis on visual perception. This course evaluates the current understanding of how neural activity in the brain allows people to perceive basic sensory features (e.g., brightness, color, size, position, depth, movement, loudness and pitch) as well as recognize and discriminate complex perceptual patterns (e.g., 2D-shapes, 3D-objects, faces, and scenes). The underlying mechanisms are discussed on the basis of behavioral, neurophysiological, and computational evidence.

PSYC 4688 Clinical Psychopharmacology (4 Credits)

This course offers an in-depth examination of medications used to treat mental disorders, including the neurobiology of these medications. Different options available for each disorder will be discussed, along with issues related to the effective use of psychiatric medications. Prerequisites: Instructor approval required.

PSYC 4920 Ethics-Psych & Rsrch Practice (2 Credits)

Ethical issues on psychological research. Teaching, practice.

PSYC 4925 Clinical Ethics and Professional Issues in Psychology (3 Credits)

Ethical topics related to clinical psychology; professional topics in clinical psychology such as supervision and consultation. Instructor permission required.

PSYC 4930 Psychology Practicum-Clinical (1-5 Credits)

On-the-job training in clinical psychology. May be repeated for a maximum of 24 quarter hours. Prerequisite: Admission to doctoral program.

PSYC 4931 Psychology Practicum-Teaching (1-5 Credits)

On-the-job training in teaching psychology. May be repeated for a maximum of 24 quarter hours. Prerequisite: Admission to doctoral program.

PSYC 4932 Psychology Practicum-Research (1-5 Credits)

On-the-job training in research psychology. May be repeated for a maximum of 24 quarter hours. Prerequisite: Admission to doctoral program.

PSYC 4934 Practicum: DCN Neuropsychology (1-10 Credits)

PSYC 4992 Directed Study (1-10 Credits)

PSYC 5991 Masters Independent Study (1-10 Credits)

PSYC 5995 Masters Independent Research (1-10 Credits)

PSYC 6981 APA Internship (8 Credits)

1 Year APA approved Internship in clinical psychology - the course is not graded.

PSYC 6991 Ph.D Independent Study (1-10 Credits)

PSYC 6995 Ph.D Independent Research (1-10 Credits)

Faculty

Anne DePrince, Professor and Department Chair, PhD, University of Oregon

Janette Benson, Associate Professor, PhD, Clark University

G. Nicholas Braucht, Professor, Emeritus, PhD, University of Colorado

Kimberly Chiew, Assistant Professor, PhD, Washington University

Elysia Davis, Professor, PhD, University of Minnesota

Julia Dmitrieva, Associate Professor, PhD, University of California at Irvine

Wyndol Furman, Professor, PhD, University of Minnesota

Susan Harter, Professor, Emerita, PhD, Yale University

Jill Holm-Denoma, Clinical Professor, PhD, Florida State University

Janice Keenan, Professor, Emeritus, PhD, University of Colorado Boulder

Pilyoung Kim, Associate Professor, PhD, Cornell University

Paige Lloyd, Assistant Professor, PhD, Miami University

Erika Manczak, Assistant Professor, PhD, Northwestern University

Howard Markman, Professor, PhD, Indiana University

Lauren McGrath, Assistant Professor, PhD, University of Denver

Daniel McIntosh, Professor, PhD, University of Michigan

Kateri McRae, Associate Professor , PhD, University of Arizona

Pamela Miller, Teaching Associate Professor, PhD, University of Texas at Austin

Angela Narayan, Assistant Professor, PhD, University of Minnesota

Bruce Pennington, Professor, Emeritus, PhD, Duke University

George Potts, Professor, Emeritus, PhD, Indiana University

Charles Reichardt, Professor, PhD, Northwestern University

Aimee Reichmann-Decker, Teaching Professor, PhD, University of Denver

Galena Rhoades, Research Professor, PhD, University of Denver

Christy Rossi, Teaching Associate Professor, PsyD, University of Colorado at Denver

Michelle Rozenman, Assistant Professor, PhD, San Diego State University

Stephen Shirk, Professor, PhD, The New School for Social Research

Peter Sokol-Hessner, Assistant Professor, PhD, New York University

Scott Stanley, Research Professor, PhD, University of Denver

Daniel Storage, Teaching Assistant Professor, PhD, University of Illinois

Timothy Sweeny, Assistant Professor, PhD, Northwestern University

Leanne Ten Brinke, Assistant Professor, PhD, University of British Columbia

Sarah Enos Watamura, Associate Professor, PhD, Cornell University

Norman Watt, Professor, Emeritus, PhD, The Ohio State University

Max Weisbuch, Associate Professor , PhD, University of California, Santa Barbara

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