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Course Descriptions

PSYC 8050. Topics in Psychological Treatment. (3 Credits)
Prerequisite: PSYC 8151. A topical course which will focus on issues in treatment, alternative treatment perspectives, special client populations. May be repeated for credit with departmental permission.

PSYC 8099. Topics in Psychology. (3 Credits)
A discussion of selected topics in psychology.

PSYC 8102: Research Design and Quantitative Methods I (4 Credits)
Prerequisites: Math 1222 and Psyc 2102 or equivalent.
An overview AN overview of basic experimental and covariation research designs and the application of descriptive and inferential statistics to the designs. The focus will be on univariate designs, including simple and complex group comparisons, and basic correlations and linear regression strategies. (Replaces PSYC 6102)

PSYC 8103: Research Design and Quantitative Methods II (3 Credits)
Prerequisite: Psyc 8102
An introduction to advanced experimental and covariation research strategies. The focus will be on the application of complex statistical strategies such as multiple regression, discriminant analysis, multivariate analysis of variance, and structural equation modeling.

PSYC 8107. Ethical and Professional Issues in Psychology. (2 Credits)
Roles and responsibilities of psychologists, including ethical standards in professional practice, testing and research; expectations and problems confronting psychologists in industrial, clinical and professional organizations.

PSYC 8112. Applied Behavior Analysis. (3 Credits)
Use of behavior principles in applied settings. Topics include: behavioral assessment, positive and negative reinforcement, punishment, extinction, stimulus control, maintenance and generalization of behavior change. Each student will design and carry out a behavior change project. (On demand)

PSYC 8141. Intellectual Assessment. (4 Credits)
Theories of intelligence and methods of intellectual assessment, including practice in administering intelligence tests, interpreting results, and writing evaluation reports. Three lecture hours and one two-hour lab per week.

PSYC 8142. Personality Assessment. (4 Credits)
Prerequisite: PSYC 8151, 8141 or permission of department. Theories and methods used in the assessment of personality and psychopathology, including practice in administering personality tests, interpreting results and writing evaluation reports. Three lecture hours and one two-hour lab per week.

PSYC 8145. Applied Research Design and Program Evaluation. (3 Credits)
Prerequisite: PSYC 8102. Models of evaluative research; also techniques, designs and administration of program evaluation. Topics include role conflicts, entry issues, goal setting, research for program planning and implementation and examples of actual program design and evaluation.

PSYC 8150. Introduction to Psychological Treatment. (4 Credits)
Prerequisite: PSYC 8151. Major approaches to psychological intervention, including psychodynamic, behavioral, humanistic and cognitive-behavioral systems. Emphasis on practical therapy considerations, including crisis intervention, client behaviors at various stages of therapy, handling difficult clients and ethical and professional issues. Three lecture hours and one two-hour lab per week.

PSYC 8151. Behavior Disorders. (4 Credits)
Diagnostic systems in current use and the implications of these systems for psychologists; several perspectives on psychological processes, behavior disorders and diagnosis including psychodynamic, behavioral and social models; practice in diagnostic interviewing. Three lecture hours and one two-hour lab per week.

PSYC 8155. Community Psychology. (3 Credits)
Research, intervention techniques and settings associated with major approaches in community psychology including the mental health, organizational, ecological and social action models.

PSYC 8200: Health Psychology I (3 Credits)
Intensive review of the contributions of the discipline of psychology to the promotion and maintenance of health, the prevention and treatment of illness, and the examination of health behaviors. The course will present an historical overview of psychosomatic medicine and behavioral medicine. The focus will be on biological, cognitive, affective, social and developmental approaches to health and illness experiences. Topics will include stress, coping, adherence to treatment, pain, chronic disease, psychoneuroimmunology and health behavior change. The course will emphasize the biopsychosocial model in understanding health and disease.

PSYC8201: Health Psychology II (3 Credits)
Prerequisite: Psyc 8200
This course is a continuation of Health Psychology 1.

PSYC 8203: Research Seminar (1 Credit)
An introduction to a focused research area related to Health Psychology. Research areas include social psychology, personality, developmental psychology, cognition and emotion, sensation and perception, learning and memory, and physiological psychology. May be repeated for credit.

PSYC 8243: Diversity Issues in Health Psychology (3 Credits)
A review of the impact of factors such as gender, age, cultural factors, socioeconomic status and sexual orientation on individuals' physical and mental health. This course will examine important considerations for prevention, intervention, and service delivery. Topics may include: methodological issues in conducting research with diverse populations, developmental health psychology, child and adolescent health, gender differences in health, chronic disease and psychological adjustment, quality of life, health disparities, the role of culture in illness perception and adjustment to illness among others.

PSYC 8245. Supervision and Consultation in Psychology (3).Prerequisite: doctoral graduate standing or permission of the instructor. This course explores major theories, approaches, and techniques in clinical supervision and consultation in professional psychology.  Students are provided with the knowledge and skills necessary to work as effective clinical supervisors and psychological consultants. (Every other year)

PSYC 8255: Community Interventions (3 Credits)
Strategies and methods for development, implementation and evaluation of interventions in organizations and communities, including preventive interventions. Strategies and methods for development, implementation and evaluation of interventions in organizations and communities, including preventive interventions.

PSYC 8260. Topics in Health Psychology. (3 Credits)
Prerequisite: PSYC 8200. An examination of selected topics in Health Psychology. May be repeated for credit with departmental approval

PSYC 8316: Cognitive Neuroscience (3 Credits)
This course will present an advanced examination of the biological basis of consciousness and the neurobiology of mental processes by which we perceive, act, learn, and remember; representation of mental processes from electrophysiological and brain imaging techniques, clinical neurology, and computational science.

PSYC 8355: Community Research Practicum (3 Credits)
Methods for conducting applied community research. Students will develop and implement applied research project.

PSYC 8450. Practicum in Clinical Psychology. (1-3 Credits)
Prerequisites: PSYC 8150 and permission of department. Experience in clinical assessment and/or psychotherapy with clients at local agencies under supervision from a faculty member on campus. May be repeated for credit with departmental approval.

PSYC 8455. Practicum in Community Psychology. (1-3 Credits)
Applications of the principles of community psychology to special problems within an organization or community setting. The project might include, but would not be limited to, consultation, program development, training, community education or program evaluation. May be repeated for credit with departmental approval.

PSYC 8899. Readings and Research in Psychology. (1-4 Credits)
Prerequisite: permission of instructor and department to be obtained in the semester preceding the semester in which the course is to be taken. Individual study in psychology which may take the form of conducting empirical research or formulating a critique and synthesis of existing research. May be repeated for credit.

PSYC 8950: Internship (6 Credits)
Requires approval of plan by program coordinator. One year, full-time position that meets Psychology Board internship requirements for Licensed Psychologists in North Carolina.

PSYC 8999: Dissertation (1-9 Credits)
Execution of original research that addresses a topic in health psychology. Requires successful completion of comprehensive examination and approval of research by Dissertation Committee.

 

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The Health Psychology Program is located on the 4th floor of Colvard