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Chairperson and Assistant Professor: Melissa M. Brown, PhD, Indiana University; Dean of Letters and Sciences and Professor: Stuart Appelle, PhD, George Washington University; Associate Professors: David Abwender, PhD, University of Miami; Stacy Birch, PhD, University of Illinois; Kelly Brennan-Jones, PhD, SUNY Buffalo; Lori-Ann B. Forzano, PhD, SUNY Stony Brook; Janet F. Gillespie, PhD, Southern Illinois University; Susan Shonk, PhD, University of Rochester; Assistant Professors: John C. Chelonis, PhD, SUNY Stony Brook; Marcie Desrochers, PhD, University of Manitoba; Herbert C. Fink, PhD, University of Rochester; Sara J. Margolin, PhD, University of Florida; Laurel McNall, PhD, SUNY Albany; Matthew K. Mulvaney, PhD, University of New Hampshire.
Master of Arts in Psychology
Admission will be based on scores from the Graduate Record Examination General Test (including verbal, quantitative and analytical writing), academic transcripts from all undergraduate and graduate course work, letters of recommendation, a completed application form, and a personal interview. Only matriculated students in the program are permitted to enroll in the program’s required 700-level courses. Once matriculated, a student may proceed on a part-time basis, as long as reasonable progress is made toward the degree. (Students must enroll for six credits or more per semester.) Applicants will be considered for fall admission only. Contact the Office of Graduate Admissions for further information, or visit www.brockport.edu/graduate for details on the application deadlines for this program.
A minimum of 42 graduate credits is required, including 30 credits of course work and 12 credits of supervised practicum experience in a local placement. Specific requirements are:
|PSH 701||Evaluation and Research Methods||3|
|PSH 702||Intervention Skills I||3|
|PSH 703||Intervention Skills II||3|
|PSH 704||Assessment I||3|
|PSH 705||Assessment II||3|
Note: Applicants must demonstrate the degree of ethical conduct and responsibility appropriate for a professional service provider, along with the personal characteristics essential for effective clinical involvement. The Department of Psychology has the professional responsibility to deny admission or continuation in the program to any student whose level of performance and/or personal characteristics do not adequately meet academic or professional standards.PSYCHOLOGY COURSES
PSH 502 Industrial/Organizational Psychology (A). Prerequisite PSH 110 or PSH 112. Survey of theory, research and applications in major topical areas of Industrial/Organizational Psychology. Topics include work motivation, job attitudes, teams and teamwork, leadership, performance appraisal, training and development, and personnel selection. PSH 202 or an equivalent statistics course is recommended. 3 Cr. Every Semester
PSH 531 Close Relationships (A). Prerequisites: A general psychology course (PSH 110 or 112) and instructor’s permission; PSH 301 highly recommended. Investigates various approaches to the study of close relationships. Explores theories of attachment, evolutionary psychology, communications, and extant social/psychological approaches, including interdependence theory, that are useful in understanding close relationships. Examines the best means of characterizing close relationships, including the development of a single, integrative framework. 3 Cr.
PSH 532 Psychology of Social Issues (A). Prerequisites: PSH 110 or PSH 112. Covers psychological factors related to contemporary social issues, and provides evaluation of research. 3 Cr.
PSH 536 Psychology of Aging (A). Prerequisites: PSH 110 or PSH 112. Provides an overview of adult development, including genetics and longevity, sexual changes with age, cognitive processes and intelligence, social change, work and retirement, sex roles, moral development and mental health, and mental disorders associated with aging. 3 Cr.
PSH 537 Psychology and Jewish Studies (A). Examines the psychological factors related to anti-Semitism, the Arab-Israeli conflict and the Holocaust. 3 Cr.
PSH 541 Introduction to Clinical Neuropsychology (A). Prerequisites: either PSH 110 or PSH 112, and PSH 341 or instructor’s permission. Introduces human neuropsychological function and disorders. Emphasizes methods of neuropsychological investigation and the links between specific brain regions/structures and higher psychological functions. Explores disorders of emotion, motor and social behavior, speech, memory, and visual-spatial abilities associated with organic brain impairments, including Alzheimer’s disease, head trauma, stroke, and other neurologic, psychiatric and medical illnesses. 3 Cr.
PSH 542 Psychology of Eating and Drinking (A). Prerequisites: either PSH 110 or PSH 112, and PSH 341 or instructor’s permission. Provides an in-depth look at the field of eating and drinking. Draws on research from a variety of sub-disciplines within psychology, including biopsychology, learning and motivation, personality, sensation and perception, and social psychology. Includes theories and mechanisms of hunger and thirst, determinants of food preferences and choices, effects of food on behavior, eating disorders, overeating and obesity, and alcohol use and abuse. 3 Cr.
PSH 545 Psychopharmacology (A). Prerequisites: either PSH 110 or PSH 112, and PSH 341 or instructor’s permission. Covers the effects of psychoactive substances on the central nervous system, behavior and mood, with emphasis on the role of neurotransmitter systems and receptor sites in the mechanism of drug actions. Includes the pharmacology of recreational drugs as well as those used in the treatment of psychiatric and neurological disorders. 3 Cr.
PSH 557 Creativity (A). Prerequisites: PSH 110 or PSH 112. Examines anecdotal biographical, observational, questionnaire, and experimental evidence and theory from the arts, humanities and sciences; discusses relevance of creativity to education and to healthy personal growth; explores the possibility of training for creativity. 3 Cr.
PSH 580 Principles of Assessment (A). Prerequisites: either PSH 110 or PSH 112, and PSH 202 or instructor’s permission. Explores methodological and ethical issues in assessing individuals and groups. Enables students to develop a basic understanding of assessment procedures, test design, test interpretation, and familiarity with selected intellectual, academic, employment and neuropsychological tests. 3 Cr.
PSH 582 Community Psychology (A). Prerequisites: either PSH 110 or PSH 112, and PSH 336 or instructor’s permission. Examines the discipline of community psychology, which deals with theory and practice in the prevention of socioemotional disorders and promotion of psychological well-being. Includes historical background of community psychology (e.g., the community mental health movement), the role of stressful life events/life transitions in adjustment, issues and programs in promotion of social competence, and social policy applications of psychology. 3 Cr.
PSH 583 Applied Behavior Analysis (A). Prerequisites: PSH 110 or PSH 112 or instructor’s permission. Covers the application of conditioning and learning principles to the treatment of human behavior problems. Examines both child and adult applications in home, classroom and institutional settings. 3 Cr.
PSH 584 Adolescence (A). Recommended: A general psychology course (PSH 110 or 112). Covers the application of general principles and theories of development to the adolescent period. Includes physiological changes, cognitive development, social relations, identity and other issues of adolescence. 3 Cr.
PSH 585 Advanced Behavior Analysis (A). Prerequisites: either PSH 112 or PSH 110, and PSH 583 or instructor’s permission. Investigates a number of specific areas in which the basic principles and techniques of applied behavior analysis have been successfully applied. Includes areas of study such as education, business and industry, institutional behavior, family living and interpersonal relationships. 3 Cr.
PSH 588 Developmental Disabilities (A). Prerequisite: Instructor’s permission. Provides in-depth coverage of selected topics of contemporary relevance to theory and practice in the field of developmental disabilities. Issues include community integration of persons with developmental disabilities; prevention; advocacy; and special populations such as autism, behavior disorders, sensory impairments and epilepsy. 3 Cr.
PSH 599 Independent Study in Psychology (A). Prerequisite: Instructor’s permission. Investigates theoretical and/or empirical investigations into special topics in psychology. Arranged in consultation with the instructor. 1-6 Cr. By Arrangement
PSH 631 Advanced Personality Psychology (A). Prerequisite: Instructor’s permission. Provides an in-depth account and critical evaluation of major theoretical perspectives and current research on human personality (attachment, evolution, traits, genetics and neurobiology). Allows students to work toward integrating these ideas into a single framework and, along the way, fosters their ability to think critically and write coherently about the personality literature. 3 Cr.
PSH 634 Psychopathology (A). Prerequisite: Instructor’s permission. Covers theory and research in psychopathology, including the issue of continuity versus discontinuity of normal to pathological behavior. Offers a comprehensive review and critical evaluation of behavioral disorders under the DSM-IV. Examines etiological, diagnostic and treatment/intervention considerations. 3 Cr. Fall
PSH 636 Seminar in Child Psychopathology (A). Prerequisite: Instructor’s permission. Provides an empirical survey of childhood psychopathology. Explores theoretical, treatment and research issues through lectures, readings, seminar exercises and discussions. Develops a basic understanding of historical, ethical, developmental, assessment and treatment issues in child psychopathology; characteristics and causes of disorders; and the therapeutic efficacy of various treatment methods. 3 Cr.
PSH 699 Independent Study (A). Prerequisite: Instructor’s permission. Investigates theoretical and/ or empirical topics in psychology. Arranged in consultation with the instructor. Enrollment normally limited to students matriculated in master’s degree program in psychology. 1-6 Cr. By Arrangement
PSH 701 Evaluation and Research Methods (A). Prerequisite: Instructor’s permission. Provides an overview of research methods and evaluation, along with associated statistical considerations relevant to applied human services. Focuses on issues such as evaluating and assessing behavior change, empirical means of obtaining data on treatment (intervention) outcomes, research design options in evaluation of outcomes, critical evaluation of research, and ethical issues in research in applied settings. 3 Cr.
PSH 702 Intervention I (A). Prerequisite: Instructor’s permission. Examines behavioral intervention techniques, particularly as they apply to children and residential populations. 3 Cr. Spring
PSH 703 Intervention II (A). Prerequisite: Instructor’s permission. Covers the theory, research and application of selected intervention methods used principally with adults. Includes these topics: progressive relaxation, systematic desensitization, cognitive self-control techniques, assertion training, rational-emotive therapy and others. 3 Cr. Fall
PSH 704 Assessment I (A). Prerequisite: Instructor’s permission. Provides students with a basic understanding of psychometric theory, test design, and techniques of behavioral observation, clinical interviewing and intellectual assessment. Through lectures and lab experiences, enables students to develop beginning-level skills in behavioral analysis, test administration and developing rapport with clients. Extensively examines ethical issues in conducting assessments and the use of tests. 3 Cr. Spring
PSH 705 Assessment II (A). Prerequisite: PSH 704. Continues to build on assessment skills and knowledge gained in PSH 704. Includes topics such as report writing, projective and objective methods of personality assessment, neuropsychological assessment, and the relationship between assessment and treatment planning. Allows students to learn to design, conduct, interpret and write comprehensive psychological assessment batteries. 3 Cr. Fall
PSH 709 Pre-Practicum (A). Prerequisite: Successful completion of all course work. PSH 710 may be taken concurrently. Refines and develops skills necessary for successful practicum placement experience. 3 Cr. Every Semester
PSH 710 Practicum (A). Prerequisite: Successful completion of all course work. PSH 709 may be taken concurrently. Provides practical experience in a human service agency. Practicum placements developed individually, based on the specific student and agency involved. Practicum is supervised by an agency staff member and a faculty member from the Department of Psychology. 1-9 Cr.
PSH 798 Masters Thesis (A). Prerequisite: Instructor’s permission. Research project to be arranged in consultation with faculty advisor and Thesis Committee. 1-6 Cr. By Arrangement
The information in this publication was current as of Summer 2007 when the text was compiled. Changes, including but not restricted to, tuition and fees, course descriptions, degree and program requirements, policies, and financial aid eligibility may have occurred since that time. Whether or not a specific course is scheduled for a given term is contingent on enrollment, budget support and staffing. The College reserves the right to make any changes it finds necessary and may announce such changes for student notification in publications other than the College catalogs. For the purposes of degree and program completion, students are bound by the requirements in effect as stated in the printed catalog at the time of their matriculation at SUNY Brockport. Students matriculated in summer are bound by the catalog in effect the following fall semester. Inquiries on the current status of requirements can be addressed to the appropriate College department or office. Also refer to the Brockport Web site home page at www.brockport.edu for current information. Printed Summer 2007