School of Psychology

Areas of Interest

A unique feature of the program is the opportunity for students to develop an area of interest in children and adolescent psychology, health care psychology across the lifespan (HCPALS), and individuals with severe and chronic psychopathology problems (ISCPP). The areas of interest are designed to expose students to basic issues and methodologies in working with populations that are presently underserved in our society. All students are required to take eight elective courses. Four of these eight are specified as the student's "Area of Interest". The other four electives are chosen by the student in consultation with their advisor. Practicum experiences are also available in the specific area of interest.

Children and Adolescents

Students who choose this focus include interests in pediatric psychology, autism and spectrum disorders, the effects of physical and emotional abuse, body image disturbances, and juvenile offenders. Courses in this area include:

  • Child and Adolescent Psychopathology
  • Assessment: Child and Adolescent
  • Intervention Techniques: Child and Adolescent

Health Care Psychology Across the Lifespan (HCPALS)

Courses in this area include:

  • Interprofessional Education
  • Psychology in Primary Care
  • Clinical Health Psychology
  • Pediatric Psychology
  • Health Issues in Geropsychology

Individuals with Severe and Chronic Psychopathology Problems (ISCPP)

Students who select this focus include interests in working with individuals with schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, and borderline personality disorder. Courses in this area include:

  • Foundations in Psychotic Spectrum and Associated Disorders
  • Alcohol and Substance Abuse
  • Intervention Techniques: Group Therapy
  • Intervention Techniques: Dialectical Behavior Therapy

Additional Electives

Additional electives include the following:

  • Intervention Techniques: Dialectical Behavior Therapy
  • Intervention Techniques: Acceptance and Commitment Therapy
  • Intervention Techniques: Marital and Family Therapy 
  • Psychopharmacology
  • Introduction to Clinical Neuropsychology
  • Alcohol and Substance Abuse
  • Forensic Psychology
  • Organizational Psychology
  • Training and Development in Organizations