Graduate Courses | Psychology | SIU

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Courses in the Psychology Department cover a full range of topics within psychology.

  • 507 - Advanced Social Psychology
  • 509 – History and Systems of Psychology
  • 511 – Principles of Learning and Memory
  • 513 – Human Psychophysiology
  • 514 – Neurobiological Bases of Behavior
  • 515 – Theory and Research in Cognitive Psychology
  • 516 – Human Clinical Neuroanatomy
  • 517 – Aging, Memory and Cognition
  • 518 – Psychopharmacology and Behavior
  • 522 – Experimental Design and Analysis
  • 523 – Research Methods in Applied & Professional Psychology
  • 524 – Multivariate Methods of Psychology
  • 525 – Psychological Measurement
  • 526 – Research in Counseling Psychology
  • 528 – Decision Analysis
  • 529 – Structural Equation Modeling
  • 530 – Theories of Counseling and Psychotherapy
  • 531 – Community and Institutional Field Placement
  • 532 – Experimental Approaches to Personality
  • 534 – Principles of Behavior Therapy
  • 535 – Psychopathology
  • 536 – Fundamentals of Counseling
  • 537 – Advanced Treatment Planning
  • 538 – Theory and Practice of Group Facilitation
  • 539 – Experimental Approaches to Psychotherapy
  • 540 – Psychological Assessment
  • 542 – Principles and Problems in Personality Assessment
  • 543 – Advanced Child Assessment
  • 544 – Advanced Adult Assessment
  • 545 – Introduction to Neuropsychological Assessment
  • 546 – Human Clinical Neuropsychology
  • 548 – Vocational Psychology and Career Development
  • 549 – Behavioral Assessment
  • 550 – The Psychological Construction of Gender
  • 552 – Advanced Developmental Psychology
  • 553 – Cross-Cultural Psychology
  • 554 – Life-Span Developmental Psychology
  • 555 – Language and Cognition
  • 556 – Child Psychotherapy
  • 558 – Personality and Social Development of Adults
  • 559 – Behavioral Child Therapy
  • 560 – Couples and Marital Therapy
  • 561 – Supervision of Psychotherapy
  • 564 – Program Evaluation
  • 565 – Research in Organizational Psychology
  • 566 – Health Psychology
  • 569 – Applied Research Consultants
  • 571 – Proseminar in Applied Psychology
  • 572 – Proseminar in Brain and Cognitive Science
  • 575 – Computational Modeling
  • 585 – Advanced Seminar
  • 586 – Clinical Research Seminar
  • 590 – Readings in Psychology
  • 593 – Research in Psychology
  • 594 – Practicum in Psychology
  • 595 – Internship
  • 596 – Behavior Therapy Practicum
  • 597 – Pre-professional Training
  • 598 – Ethical and Professional Problems in Psychology
  • 599 – Thesis
  • 600 – Dissertation
  • 601 – Continuing Enrollment

507 (3 credits) - Advanced Social Psychology.  Review of new and traditional theories and research findings within social psychology.  Provides an overview of major areas of study and consideration of more recent topics of study.  Topics include (but are not limited to) cultural and evolutionary perspectives in social psychology, motivation, social cognition, self-knowledge, person-perception, cognitive consistency, attitudes, intergroup relationships, stereotyping, and group behavior.

509 (3 credits) – History and Systems of Psychology. A review of conceptual and empirical antecedents of modern psychology. Students research and summarize topics on 20th Century systematic developments. Prerequisite: graduate status in Psychology.

511 (3 credits) – Principles of Learning and Memory. Reviews principles of learning and memory. Covers both human and animal research literature from experimental and theoretical perspectives.

513 (3 credits) – Human Psychophysiology. Physiology, instrumentation, and methodology of psychophysiological measurements including both autonomic and central nervous systems. Attention will be given to basic and applied research. Prerequisite: graduate standing.

514 (4 credits) – Neurobiological Bases of Behavior. An advanced study of neuroanatomical and neurophysiological principles underlying behavior. Topics covered include structure and function of neurons, synaptic transmission, sensory processing, motor control, development and plasticity of the nervous system and other current topics in neurobiology. Prerequisite: Psyc 302 or equivalent and consent of instructor.

515 (3 credits) – Theory and Research in Cognitive Psychology. A detailed survey of current studies of attention, short-term memory, and thought processes. Prerequisite: consent of instructor.

516 (3 credits) – Human Clinical Neuroanatomy. Basic functioning of the nervous system, detailed gross anatomy and dissection of the human brain, functional disorders following brain damage, noninvasive cranial nerve examination. Prerequisite: graduate standing.

517 (3 credits) – Aging, Memory and Cognition. A detailed survey of current methodology, research and theory dealing with cognitive and memory processes in later adulthood. Topics covered include attention, memory, reasoning and problem solving, language processing and inference and age-associated pathologies affecting cognition and memory. Prerequisite: consent of instructor.

518 (4 credits) – Psychopharmacology and Behavior.  A detailed survey of the effects of drugs on the normal and abnormal behaviors of human and animals. A primary focus is upon understanding drug influences on behavior in relation to actions on the nervous system, endocrine system and behavior pathology. Students review and summarize original research in the area. Prerequisite: graduate status in psychology or permission of instructor.

522 (4 credits) – Experimental Design and Analysis. In-depth coverage of the rationale underlying the design and analysis of complex experimental designs used in psychological research. Prerequisite: psychology graduate student and Educational Psychology 506 or equivalent.

523 (3 credits) – Research Methods in Applied & Professional Psychology. Discussion of problems of experimental and quasi-experimental design, control and analysis that are encountered by researchers in applied and professional psychology. The course covers critical evaluation of internal, construct, and external validity and the application of randomized and non-randomized designs for causal inference. Passive-observational and qualitative designs are covered at the instructor's discretion. Examples of current research practice from applied, counseling and clinical psychology are reviewed. Prerequisite: graduate status in psychology or consent of instructor.

524 (3 credits) – Multivariate Methods of Psychology. Detailed treatment of multiple-factor analysis and multiple regression analysis. Also includes introduction to other multivariate methods such as discriminant analysis and cluster analysis. Prerequisite: Psyc 522 and Psychology graduate status.

525 (3 credits) – Psychological Measurement. Intensive coverage of such topics in test theory as item analysis, reliability, validity, problems of weighting in differential prediction, and problems in selection and classification. Prerequisite: Psyc 421 or consent of instructor.

526 (3 credits) – Research in Counseling Psychology.  This course provides a basic foundation of research skills. The course includes extensive reading in counseling psychology research and coverage of research design, specific research techniques, technical writing and research ethics.

528 (3 credits) – Decision Analysis: Techniques for Aiding Decisions. A survey of formal methods for making decisions, based on subjective probability and multiattribute utility assessments. Students will be given practice in using methods of decision analysis for solving decision problems. Prerequisite: Psyc 522 or consent of instructor.

529 (3 credits) – Structural Equation Modeling.  This course will introduce structural equation modeling as a data analysis tool.  Matrix algebra and then path analysis will be presented, with the rest of the semester spent in exploring ways in which this method is useful in various research paradigms.  The most current release of LISREL will be the program used in applying structural equation modeling.  Some background in statistics, including correlation and regression analyses, is essential for this course.

530 (3 credits) – Theories of Counseling and Psychotherapy. A survey of the major theories of personality and systems of counseling and psychotherapy. Stresses relationship between theory and application. Prerequisite: consent of instructor.

531 (3 to 6 credits) – Community and Institutional Field Placement. Introduction to a variety of area agencies with each student affiliating with two agencies at least two days per week. Individual and group supervision with special attention to the variety of clinically related problems and approaches to treatment encountered in the course of their activities. Required for clinical students. Prerequisite: Psyc 530, psychology graduate in clinical or counseling.

532 (3 credits) – Experimental Approaches to Personality. Presentation of conceptual formulations and research data from representative experimental approaches to personality. Students will be expected to carry out a research project during the course. Prerequisite: Psyc 530 or consent of instructor.

534 (3 credits) – Principles of Behavior Therapy. (Same as Rehabilitation 554.) A presentation of the clinical techniques and research findings associated with the various behavior therapies (including desensitization, assertive training, modeling, operant techniques, aversive conditioning, “cognitive” behavior therapy). Prerequisite: graduate standing in the psychology Department (clinical/counseling) or consent of instructor.

535 (3 credits) – Psychopathology. Surveys the following issues and content areas in psychopathology models and definitions of psychopathology, anxiety states, depression, schizophrenia, neurosis, behavior genetics. the mental hospital and the classification of psychopathology. This course required for all clinical students within their first two years. Prerequisite: psychology graduate student or consent of instructor.

536 (4 credits) – Fundamentals of Counseling. An introduction to counseling psychology as a professional specialty. Professional and ethical issues in the training and work of counseling psychologists are examined. Basic counseling skills are acquired through practice interviewing. Prerequisite: psychology graduate student or consent of instructor.

537 (3 credits) – Advanced Treatment Planning.  Presentation of systematic treatment selection approaches and formal treatment planning.  A detailed survey of various empirically supported psychotherapy treatments, particularly brief therapy approaches, will be provided, with focused training in one empirically supported treatment.  Students will be expected to generate formal treatment plans during the course.  Prerequisite: Psychology graduate status.

538 (3 credits) – Theory and Practice of Group Facilitation. Didactic presentation of group dynamics and group counseling/therapy. Theories coordinated with facilitation of psychology 101 groups. Prerequisite: graduate status.

539 (3 credits) – Experimental Approaches to Psychotherapy. A review and evaluation of empirical research related to the amelioration of maladjustment. Emphasis is on measurement and methodological problems. Prerequisite: Psyc 530 or consent of instructor.

540 (4 credits) – Psychological Assessment. Basic theory, practice, underlying assumptions and research data on psychological assessment. Methods include intelligence testing, objective personality scales, interviews and observations. Includes one hour laboratory section. Prerequisite psychology graduate status

542 (3 credits) – Principles and Problems in Personality Assessment. Critical review of research related to such topics as scale construction strategies, response styles, trait attribution, judgmental accuracy, and judgmental processes. Prerequisite: consent of instructor.

543 (3 credits) – Advanced Child Assessment. Basic theory, research, and practice in the psychological assessment of children's learning and emotional problems. Prerequisite Psyc 540, consent of instructor and psychology graduate standing.

544 (3 credits) – Advanced Adult Assessment. Practical experience at conceptualizing psychopathology from a standard clinical test battery and in writing clinically meaningful test reports. Prerequisite: Psyc 540, consent of instructor and Psychology graduate standing.

545 (3 credits) – Introduction to Neuropsychological Assessment. Overview of the development of neuropsychology from signs to test batteries and methodology. Prerequisite Psyc 540, consent of instructor and psychology graduate status.

546 (3 credits) – Human Clinical Neuropsychology.  This course will familiarize students with the basic concepts, empirical foundations, and clinical applications of human clinical neuropsychology. The neurobehavioral manifestations of both acute and chronic conditions will be covered. Prerequisite Psyc 540, psychology graduate status and consent of instructor.

548 (3 credits) – Vocational Psychology and Career Development. Introduces students to vocational psychology as an area of academic inquiry. The topics covered include theories of career development, occupational information, computer applications, research issues, and vocational counseling techniques, Prerequisite: consent of instructor.

549 (3 credits) – Behavioral Assessment. A didactic and practicum course concerned with principles and methods of behavioral assessment including behavioral interviewing, questionnaires, self-monitoring, naturalistic and structured observation and psychophysiological assessment.  

550 (3 credits ) – The Psychological Construction of Gender. (Same as Women's Studies 550). Focuses on the psychology of gender within a feminist perspective and using a feminist approach. Consideration of politics, discrimination, the history of science, the history of patriarchy, the development of theory and ideas in general and the development of feminism in particular, and objective vs. subjective views of science.

552 (3 credits) – Advanced Developmental Psychology. Consideration of current methods, research, and theory in developmental psychology with particular attention to social and personality development, and parent-child relations. Prerequisite: consent of instructor.

553 (3 credits) – Cross-Cultural Psychology.  Examines different topics in areas such as psychopathology social and developmental psychology from a cross-cultural perspective. Prerequisite consent of instructor.

554 (3 credits) – Life-Span Developmental Psychology.  Theories of human development, as well as current research trends and methodologies, will be examined from a life-span perspective.

555 (3 credits) – Language and Cognition. Current theoretical problems in language and cognitive developments are investigated from the perspective of psychology, physiology, linguistics and computer simulations prerequisite consent of instructor.

556 (3 credits) – Child Psychotherapy. Survey and analysis of traditional and contemporary approaches to individual child psychotherapy. Includes psychodynamic, humanistic-nondirective, hypnotherapy-imagery and other perspectives as well as therapy outcome research. Prerequisite: consent of instructor and psychology graduate status.

558 (3 credits) – Personality and Social Development of Adults. A lecture-discussion course which presents the major theoretical and empirical literature in the area of adult personality and social development. Students are encouraged to apply normal developmental constructs to understand individual adults, as well as to gain competence in research methods in this area. Prerequisite: psychology graduate student or consent of instructor.

559 (3 credits) – Behavioral Child Therapy.  Survey and analysis of behavioral and cognitive-behavioral approaches to the treatment of child psychopathology. Prerequisite: consent of instructor and psychology graduate status.

560 (3 credits) – Couples and Marital Therapy. This course is designed to provide doctoral level psychology students the basic theoretical and technical background necessary before beginning to work in supervised marital/couples therapy clinical practice. Prerequisite: Psychology graduate status or consent of instructor.

561 (3 credits) – Supervision of Psychotherapy.   Presentation of the theories and techniques of psychotherapy supervision, as well as cultural, ethical, and legal issues of supervision.  Students will provide individual supervision to beginning counselors and receive supervision of their supervision. Prerequisite: Psychology graduate status.

564 (3 credits) – Program Evaluation. Review of experimental and quasi-experimental designs for assessment of program impact. Discussion of design, logistic, and political implementation problems. Detailed examination of a number of attempts at program evaluation. Prerequisite: 500-level statistics course.

565 (3 credits) – Research in Organizational Psychology. In depth examination of theoretical and research literature in organizational psychology. Topics include, but are not limited to, theory and research literature on work motivation, job attitudes, leadership, group processes, organizational stress and women and minorities in the work place. Prerequisite: graduate status in psychology or permission of instructor.  

566 (3 credits) – Health Psychology.  This course explores the interface between psychological theory and research and health issues including health behavior, prevention and intervention, stress and coping, management of chronic and terminal illness, health care service utilization, and patient/provider interaction.  Prerequisite: graduate standing.

569 (1 to 3 credits) – Applied Research Consultants.  Consulting firm which provides applied research experiences for advanced graduate students on planning, data gathering, evaluation, and decision making projects for units of university and area agencies and businesses. Students exercise decision making power in all aspects of the firm:  project solicitation, fee setting, expenditures. Graded S/U only. Prerequisite: Psyc 571 or consent of instructor.

571 (6 credits, 2 per semester) – Proseminar in Applied Psychology. A survey of the problem areas to which applied experimental psychology is applicable and of the principal methods employed by applied experimental psychologists.  Integration of these approaches within a comprehensive metatheory. Case studies apply the information to actual and simulated application problems. Graded S/U.

572 (1 credit) – Proseminar in Brain and Cognitive Science. Discussions of various research topics within the brain and cognitive sciences.  Presentations of current research by faculty and graduate students.

575 (3 credits) – Computational Modeling. Introduction to computational modeling of cognitive processes. Covers theoretical and methodological issues in computational simulations of psychological behavior. Lectures and practical simulation assignments. Prerequisite: consent of instructor.

585 (1 to 18 credits) – Advanced Seminar.  Seminars of varied content for advanced students. Prerequisite: consent of instructor.

586 (1 credit) – Clinical Research Seminar. Required seminar for students enrolled in the Clinical Psychology program. Prerequisite: Psychology graduate status and classified status in Clinical Program.

590 (1 to 12 credits) – Readings in Psychology. Readings in selected topics in psychology under staff supervision. Graded S/U only. Prerequisite: consent of instructor.

593 (1 to 24 credits) – Research in Psychology. Research under staff supervision in selected areas of psychology. Graded S/U only. Prerequisite: consent of instructor.

594 (1 to 16 credits) – Practicum in Psychology. Practicum experience in a professional setting is offered under staff supervision in the following areas: (a) Applied psychology; (c) Clinical skills. Introduction to the professional skills and issues of clinical psychology including ethics, interviewing, change processes, diversity issues. (f) Counseling psychology; (I) Teaching of psychology. Graded S/U only. Prerequisite: consent of instructor.

595 (1 to 12 credits) – Internship.     Placement in an approved setting required of all students in clinical, bio-clinical, and counseling psychology. Graded S/U only. Prerequisite: psychology graduate student.

596 (3 credits) – Behavior Therapy Practicum. Practicum experiences with a variety of behavior therapies in a variety of settings. Experiences may include operant and non-operant therapies in the clinic, school, institution, home or community. Prerequisite: Psyc 534, Psyc 549.

597 (1 to 15 credits) – Pre-professional Training. Experience given in research, teaching, or clinical or counseling activities. One hour required each semester of residence. Graded S/U only. Prerequisite: psychology graduate student.

598 (3 credits) – Ethical and Professional Problems in Psychology. The code of ethics in professional practice, in teaching and research; problems and issues of the field are discussed; and relations to other professions and the public are considered. Prerequisite: consent of instructor.

599 (1 to 6 credits) – Thesis.

600 (1 to 24 credits) – Dissertation.

601 (1 credit per semester) – Continuing Enrollment For those graduate students who have not finished their degree programs and who are in the process of working on their dissertation, thesis, or research paper. The student must have completed a minimum of 24 hours of dissertation research, or the minimum thesis, or research hours before being eligible to register for this course. Concurrent enrollment in any other course is not permitted. Graded S/U or DEF only.