Graduate School Bulletin - Spring 2005

PSYCHOLOGY

The department offers one Ph.D. degree in psychology in two programs: clinical psychology and experimental psychology, the latter subdivided into cognitive/developmental studies, behavioral neuroscience/psychopharmacology, and social psychology. The major goal of the doctoral programs in psychology is to prepare the student for a career in research in both academic and non-academic settings and in teaching.

The area of specialization in clinical psychology provides academic courses, practica, and internships which permit students to combine their teaching and research activities with a clinical career in the mental health field. Special areas of expertise among clinical faculty include psychological assessment, child clinical psychology, health psychology, neuropsychology, personality, psychopathology and diagnosis, psychotherapy, research methodologies, and substance abuse. Clinical training is facilitated by early placement of students at a variety of settings including various medical settings, a federal corrections facility, community mental health centers, state and private psychiatric hospitals, and the department's own psychological clinic. The clinical program is fully accredited by the American Psychological Association.

The concentration in behavioral neuroscience and psychopharmacology is designed to train students broadly, through integrated course work and individualized training, in the general theoretical principles and technical approaches used to investigate the biological and behavioral mechanisms of alcohol and drug abuse. Psychopharmacological approaches to understanding basic principles of learning are also emphasized.  Numerous collaborative efforts exist between faculty including those in other departments and these are strongly encouraged. Students receive a concentrated laboratory experience ranging from cell culture models, animal models (birds, mice or rats) or human subjects.

The cognitive/developmental studies area provides integrated course work and individualized training designed to prepare students for a career in research and teaching. Emphasis is placed on theoretical analysis and empirical studies involving adult cognition, cognitive development, the application of cognitive theories to everyday cognition, typical and atypical development in human infancy and childhood, and animal cognition. Scholarship in basic theory is the primary focus of training, but students interested in applying their training to nonacademic settings (e.g., business, law) may do so.

The area in social psychology is designed to provide intensive experience in research with members of the social psychology faculty, with the aim of developing in the student a strong theoretical and research competence with complex social phenomena. Traditions of both experimental laboratory research and naturalistic study are utilized; emphases include theoretical and applied significance of research. Each student's course of study is individually designed to fit that student's particular needs and interests. Research experience in related behavioral sciences (for example, communication, marketing, behavioral sciences) is encouraged.

During the first year of the doctoral program, students in all areas gain experience in the major content areas of psychology and in psychological statistics. Thereafter, the student and the advisor construct a program of study consistent with the academic interests and professional goals of the student.

The M.A. and M.S. degrees are awarded under Plan A only, as one component of doctoral training.

Admission Requirements

The minimum departmental standards for admission to graduate work in psychology include an undergraduate overall average of B or better, a satisfactory score on the verbal and quantitative portions of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) and three letters of recommendation. All admissions are on a competitive basis. For additional information concerning the program in psychology and such matters as financial support, contact the Director of Graduate Studies, Department of Psychology or see <www.uky.edu/ArtsSciences/Psychology> on the Web.

GRADUATE COURSES

PSY 533 ABNORMAL PSYCHOLOGY (3)

PSY 534 CHILD PSYCHOPATHOLOGY (3)

PSY 535 PSYCHOLOGICAL TESTING (3)

PSY 552 ANIMAL BEHAVIOR (4)

PSY 558 BIOLOGY OF MOTIVATION (3)

PSY 561 ADVANCED TOPICS IN FOUNDATIONS OF CLINICAL PSYCHOLOGY (SUBTITLE REQUIRED) (3)

PSY 562 ADVANCED TOPICS IN COGNITIVE PSYCHOLOGY (SUBTITLE REQUIRED) (3)

PSY 563 ADVANCED TOPICS IN DEVELOPMENTAL PSYCHOLOGY (SUBTITLE REQUIRED) (3)

PSY 564 ADVANCED TOPICS IN LEARNING (SUBTITLE REQUIRED) (3)

PSY 565 ADVANCED TOPICS IN NEUROSCIENCE (SUBTITLE REQUIRED) (3)

PSY 566 ADVANCED TOPICS IN SOCIAL PSYCHOLOGY (SUBTITLE REQUIRED) (3)

PSY 603 PSYCHOPATHOLOGY (3)

PSY 610 PSYCHOMETRICS (3)

PSY 611 PSYCHOLOGICAL RESEARCH (3)

PSY 613 BEHAVIORAL ECOLOGY AND COMPARATIVE NEUROBIOLOGY (SAME AS BIO/ENT/PGY/ANA 613) (2)

PSY 614 TECHNIQUES IN BEHAVIORAL ECOLOGY AND COMPARATIVE NEUROBIOLOGY (SAME AS BIO/PGY/ENT/ANA 614) (2)

PSY 616 RESEARCH DESIGN IN CLINICAL PSYCHOLOGY (3)

PSY 620 PROSEMINAR IN HISTORY AND SYSTEMS OF PSYCHOLOGY (SAME AS EDP 615) (3)

PSY 621 PROSEMINAR IN LEARNING (3)

PSY 622 PROSEMINAR IN PERSONALITY (3)

PSY 623 PROSEMINAR IN SENSATION AND PERCEPTION. (3)

PSY 624 PROSEMINAR IN SOCIAL PSYCHOLOGY (3)

PSY 625 PROSEMINAR IN DEVELOPMENTAL PSYCHOLOGY (3)

PSY 626 SURVEY OF HEALTH PSYCHOLOGY (SAME AS BSC 626) (3)

PSY 627 PROSEMINAR IN PHYSIOLOGICAL PSYCHOLOGY (SAME AS PGY 627) (3)

PSY 628 PROSEMINAR IN COGNITIVE PROCESSES (3)

PSY 629 INTRODUCTION TO CLINICAL PSYCHOLOGY (2)

PSY 630 CLINICAL METHODOLOGY I (2)

PSY 631 PRACTICUM IN CLINICAL METHODOLOGY I (2)

PSY 632 CLINICAL METHODOLOGY II (2)

PSY 633 PRACTICUM IN CLINICAL METHODOLOGY II (2)

PSY 636 SYSTEMS OF PSYCHOTHERAPY (3)

PSY 637 PRACTICUM IN PSYCHOLOGICAL ASSESSMENT AND INTERVENTION (1-3)

PSY 638 DEVELOPMENTAL NEUROBIOLOGY (SAME AS BIO/ANA/PGY 638) (3)

PSY 708 INTERNSHIP IN CLINICAL PSYCHOLOGY (0)

PSY 710 TOPICAL SEMINAR IN CLINICAL PSYCHOLOGY (3)

PSY 748 MASTER'S THESIS RESEARCH (0)

PSY 749 DISSERTATION RESEARCH (0)

PSY 767 TOPICAL SEMINAR IN BEHAVIORAL NEUROSCIENCE (SAME AS PGY 767) (3)

PSY 768 RESIDENCE CREDIT FOR THE MASTER'S DEGREE (1-6)

PSY 769 RESIDENCE CREDIT FOR THE DOCTOR'S DEGREE (0-12)

PSY 772 TOPICAL SEMINAR IN LEARNING (3)

PSY 776 SEMINAR IN DEPENDENCY BEHAVIOR (SAME AS BSC/SOC/ANT 776) (3)

PSY 778 TOPICAL SEMINAR IN DEVELOPMENTAL PSYCHOLOGY (3)

PSY 779 TOPICAL SEMINAR IN SOCIAL PSYCHOLOGY (SAME AS SOC 779) (3)

PSY 780 PROBLEMS IN PSYCHOLOGY (1-3)

PSY 781 RESEARCH PARTICIPATION (1)

PSY 790 RESEARCH IN PSYCHOLOGY (1-12)

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