Psychological & Brain Sciences

  • GRS PS 840: Developmental Behavioral Genetics
    This course provides an overview of human behavioral genetic theory, methods, and research as they relate to behavioral development and other psychological issues. Current research examining genetic and environmental contributions to individual differences in behavior will be discussed and critically evaluated.
  • GRS PS 843: Life Span Development
    Examines human development throughout the life span and focuses on numerous domains of physical, cognitive, and psychosocial development in order to gain a better understanding of the multifaceted constructs and transitions between developmental stages that characterize human development.
  • GRS PS 844: Theories of Development
    Comparative examination of theories of psychological development and their usefulness in interpreting behavioral phenomena. Major consideration to theories of Freud, Piaget, and Werner.
  • GRS PS 847: Atypical Development
    Focus on the nature of developmental disabilities (e.g. mental retardation, autism, sensory, motor, and communication disorders, learning disabilities), on how studying atypicality can broaden our understanding of normal development, and on how developmental theory can guide study of disorders.
  • GRS PS 860: Child Therapy
    Child therapy cases and processes are explored from a multitheoretical perspective including systems, analytic, and cognitive-behavioral theories. Empirical research on therapies for specific disorders (e.g., conduct disorders, eating disorders, etc.) are also discussed.
  • GRS PS 874: Seminar: Psychotherapy
    Basic clinical concepts of psychotherapy and their application in the treatment of personality and behavior disorders. Case materials from the students' and instructor's therapeutic work used to illustrate special problems.
  • GRS PS 875: Advanced Psychopathology
    This seminar presents an introductory overview to specific clinical disorders and syndromes. Neurobiological, psychoanalytic, behavioral, and social perspectives are emphasized. It is recommended that students have some preparation in physiological psychology.
  • GRS PS 879: The Scientist Practitioner
    Graduate Prerequisites: Doctoral students in clinical psychology only.
    To acquaint first year doctoral students in clinical psychology with the role of the scientist-practitioner as a guiding philosophical underpinning to the practice of clinical psychology. A focus will be on the crucial role of the scientist-practitioner in our emerging behavioral healthcare system.
  • GRS PS 880: Empirically Supported Treatments of Psychological Disorders
    The goal of this seminar is to become familiar with the efficacy and effectiveness of some of the most important state-of-the-art treatments for various psychological problems. Each participant is expected to present a paper discussing the theory, efficacy, and clinical utility of the selected psychosocial interventions.
  • GRS PS 881: Psychological Perspectives on Addictive Behavior
    Examines the psychological theories of addiction and their implications for prevention, treatment, and health policy. Topics include craving, self-control, biological and psychosocial factors that influence addiction and recovery, and approaches to addiction treatment.
  • GRS PS 882: Empirically Supported Child and Family Treatments
    Graduate Prerequisites: graduate standing and coursework in developmental and abnormal psychology.
    Explores the status of individual- and family-based psychological treatments for childhood psychopathology that are empirically supported (i.e., whose efficacy has received at least preliminary scientific support). Rationale and controversies are discussed, and specific treatment models are illustrated through case examples.
  • GRS PS 901: Directed Study in Psychology
    Doctoral candidates are encouraged to undertake special projects.
  • GRS PS 902: Directed Study in Psychology
    Doctoral candidates are encouraged to undertake special projects.
  • GRS PS 909: Professional Issues in Psychological Science 1
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: advanced doctoral student in psychology.
    Prepares advanced doctoral students in psychology for the next stages of their career. Issues covered include conducting research; writing papers; reviewing for journals; ethical issues in conducting research; time management; teaching; mentoring; grant writing; presenting research at conferences; and career planning.
  • GRS PS 910: Professional Issues in Psychological Science 2
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: advanced doctoral student in psychology.
    Prepares advanced doctoral students in psychology for the next stages of their career. Issues covered include conducting research; writing papers; reviewing for journals; ethical issues in conducting research; time management; teaching; mentoring; grant writing; presenting research at conferences; and career planning.
  • GRS PS 951: Special Topics in Clinical Psychology
    Graduate Prerequisites: PS Clinical PhD students only.
    Clinical or laboratory research of clinical faculty and invited speakers, ethical isues in research and clinical practice, professional responsibilities and concerns.
  • GRS PS 973: Clinical Practicum
    Graduate Prerequisites: PS Clinical PhD students only.
    Open to advanced candidates in clinical psychology, behavioral medicine, nursing, education, and health sciences. Students participate in psychological programs of approved practicum centers, reporting and evaluating their experiences in seminar conferences. Work is directed toward increasing competence in the duties expected in clinical behavioral medicine.
  • GRS PS 974: Clinical Practicum
    Graduate Prerequisites: PS Clinical PhD students only.
    Open to advanced candidates in clinical psychology, behavioral medicine, nursing, education, and health sciences. Students participate in psychological programs of approved practicum centers, reporting and evaluating their experiences in seminar conferences. Work is directed toward increasing competence in the duties expected in clinical behavioral medicine.
  • GRS PS 978: Laboratory and Research Practicum
    Open to advanced doctoral candidates in psychology. A review of contemporary research in selected areas. Issues of experimental design, execution, and data analysis are examined in the context of pursuing dissertation research.
  • GRS PS 979: Clinical Internship
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: dissertation proposal defended; completion of all course requirements; approval of clinical faculty.
    For clinical doctoral students only. Students complete a one-year clinical internship as part of the requirements for the Ph.D. degree in clinical psychology.