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PSH 502 Industrial/Organizational Psychology (A). Prerequisite PSH 110. Survey of theory, research, and applications of psychological principles to the world of work. Topics include personnel selection, job analysis, performance management, training and development, work motivation, job attitudes, stress, leadership, and teams. 3 Cr. Every Semester.

PSH 531 (A). Prerequisites: A general psychology course PSH 110 and instructor's permission; PSH 301 highly recommended. This capstone course explores approaches to the study of close relationships across various areas of psychology (developmental, clinical, social, biopsychology, neuropsychology, personality) as well as related disciplines (e.g., anthropology, ethology, counseling, communications) in a writing-intensive, low-enrollment seminar. 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). Prerequisite: PSH 110. This capstone course involves the study of aging from many areas of psychology, all examined from a gerontological perspective, in a writing intensive, low enrollment seminar. Students experience an overview of the psychology of aging, including topics such as research methods in aging; physical changes associated with age, including the psychological impact of physical change; memory changes; retirement; and death and bereavement. 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 Clinical Neuropsychology (A). Prerequisites: PSH 110 and PSH 341 or instructor's permission. This capstone course introduces human neuropsychological function and disorders in a writing intensive, low-enrollment seminar. 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 (A). Prerequisites: PSH 110 and PSH 341 or instructor's permission. This capstone course provides an in-depth look at the field of the eating in a writing-intensive, low-enrollment seminar. Topics include: theories and biological mechanisms of hunger, determinants of food preferences and choices, effects of food on behavior, eating disorders, overeating and obesity. 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 546 Cognitive Development (A). This capstone course explores the development of cognitive processes during infancy and childhood across various areas of psychology in a writing- intensive, low-enrollment seminar. Important theoretical claims, past and present empirical findings, and research methods of relevant topics including perceptual development, memory, language, and social cognition will be critically evaluated. 3 Cr.

PSH 551 Cognitive Neuroscience (A). Prerequisites: PSH 351 or PSH 341, PSH 301 and PSH 341 or PSH 352 and PSH 322 or PSH 351 and PSH 331 or PSH 332 and PSH 384 or PSH 484 and PSH 334 or PSH 486. This capstone course, in a writing-intensive, low enrollment seminar, introduces human cognitive neuroscience. It includes study of cortical functioning, methods of investigation, and the neural basis of cognitive processes, along with principles of neural plasticity and the role of emotion in cognition. 3 Cr.

PSH 557 Creativity (A). Prerequisite: PSH 110. Examines creativity theories, concepts and research from multiple perspectives. Topics include: measuring creativity, creative problem solving, and the influence of society, culture, personality, motivation, and psychopathological and biological factors on creativity. Several eminently creative people are analyzed in depth. 3 Cr.

PSH 579 Contemporary Perspectives on Child Mental Health (A). Prerequisite: PSH110 or PSH 112. This course provides the student with a multifaceted exploration of the influence of society and culture on the contemporary issues pertaining to child mental health. Organized around a variety of themes, topics will include reciprocal influences of parent-child interaction, family systems, stress, socio-cultural influences on aggression and internalizing issues, effects of the media on child mental health as well as utilization of mental health services for youth in the community. Emphasis is on the interplay of child, family, social and cultural influences and individual child outcome. The course may include visits to agencies serving children in western New York. 3 Cr.

PSH 580 Principles of Assessment (A). Prerequisites: PSH 110 and PSH 202 or instructor's permission. Explores methods of assessing people's cognition, emotion, and behavior. Allows students to develop an understanding of assessment procedures, test design, test interpretation, and to become familiar with important intellectual, personality, 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 instructor's permission. Covers the application of conditioning and learning principles and procedures to the assessment and treatment of human behavior problems. Examines both child and adult applications in the home, classroom, and institutional settings. 3 Cr.

PSH 584 Adolescence (A). This course provides an empirical survey of the literature on adolescence. It focuses on the biological, cognitive, and social changes experienced as individuals move from early to late adolescence. The course explores how the social contexts of family, peers, and schools influence developmental processes of early, middle, and late adolescence. It also considers adolescent sexuality, delinquency, and substance use and abuse. 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 586 Psychological Disorders of Children (A). Prerequisite: PSH 110. This course offers a theoretical and empirical framework for understanding the symptoms, causes, and treatment of a range of psychological disorders in childhood and adolescence. Relevant developmental, legal, ethical, and diversity issues will also be discussed. 3 Cr.

PSH 588 Developmental Disabilities (A). Prerequisite: PSH 110. The course will include topics such as: (a) types of developmental disabilities; (b) diagnosis and assessment procedures; (c) causes and prevention; (d) support services and issues across the lifespan; and (e) general treatment approaches and care practices used today and historically. 3 Cr.

PSH 592 Evolutionary Psychology (A). Reviews the fundamental principles of evolution and their application to psychological phenomenon. Topics include group behavior, mating behavior, mental health, parenting, and emotional and cognitive processes. 3 Cr.

PSH 594 The Social Psychology of Prejudice and Discrimination (A). This capstone course is designed to familiarize you with basic psychological research on intergroup relations, prejudice, stereotyping, discrimination, and the experience of stigma, in a writing-intensive, low-enrollment seminar. 3 Cr.

PSH 595 Historical and Systemic Perspectives on Clinical Psychology (A). This capstone course examines the history of ideas from ancient times to the present as they pertain to modern clinical psychology. In a writing intensive, low-enrollment seminar, you will explore historically and currently central concepts and hypotheses of various theoretical and empirical perspectives (philosophical, sociological, respondent, operant, social, developmental, cognitive, affective, biological, cultural, and community/ecological) with respect to their impact on the conceptualization and treatment of psychological disorders. 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 601 Advanced Research Methods in Psychology (A). This course is restricted to students enrolled in the Department of Psychology’s Masters programs and 3+2 program. Instructor permission required. Provides students with in-depth knowledge and skills necessary to evaluate research, as well as to design and conduct psychological research. Focuses on advanced research designs (including both experimental and quasi-experimental designs) and methodologies. In this writing intensive course, students will research, develop, and organize ideas towards composing a major research paper. 3 Cr. Fall.

PSH 602 Applied Multivariate Statistics (A). Covers advanced inferential statistical procedures relevant to psychological research. Enables students to select, conduct, interpret, and evaluate the results of data analytic techniques that can be utilized in the course of independent research. Analysis of variance procedures and multiple regression will be emphasized. The underlying computations and logic of the procedures will be presented simultaneously with computer-aided data analysis. 3 Cr. Fall.

PSH 631 Social Psychology (A). This course will foster an appreciation for, and understanding of social psychological theories and concepts that will enhance students’ understanding of the situational factors that determine human behavior. In addition, this course aims to foster a deeper understanding of the role of diversity in interpersonal interactions, as well as recognition of cross- cultural differences and similarities in reactions to situational factors. 3 Cr. Spring.

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 640 Advance Biopsychology (A). Examines the physiological bases of behavior. Advanced topics in neurophysiology, biological neural networks, and functional neuroanatomy will be emphasized. The structure and function of neurons will be explored, including electrophysiology. In addition, between-cell communication, including synaptic and hormonal functions, will be discussed. Content will also be concerned with the neural bases of perception, learning, emotion, motivation, movement, and internal regulation. 3 Cr. Fall.

PSH 684 Advanced Developmental Psychology (A). An exploration of the major theories and significant claims of the field of Developmental Psychology. Various aspects of psychological functioning and how these aspects change over the course of an individual’s development will be examined. Current and past empirical research will be critically evaluated. The contribution of genes, environment and the interaction to development will be discussed. 3 Cr. Spring.

PSH 698 Independent Readings (A). This course is an independent study designed to require the student to master the research literature upon which his/her thesis is to be based. Specific readings will be identified by the student and his/her mentor. The two final projects are a literature review culminating in a research question to be addressed by the student’s thesis and a formal presentation either to the Psychology Faculty or other public venue such as Scholar’s Day or the Graduate Research Conference. 1-6 Cr. Every Semester.

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 Advanced Applied Behavior Analysis (A). Prerequisite: Instructor's permission. Examines behavioral intervention techniques, particularly as they apply to children and residential populations. 3 Cr. Spring.

PSH 703 Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (A). Prerequisite: Instructor's permission. Examines cognitive and behavioral therapy, focusing upon evidence-based intervention techniques proven useful for treatment of anxiety and mood disorders, schizophrenia, and personality disorders. Also covered are relevant practice issues in mental health and developmental disability in adults and adolescents, e.g. multiaxial diagnosis, formulation of treatment plans, crisis intervention, and ethical issues. 3 Cr. Fall.

PSH 704 Assessment (A). This course is an introduction to psychological assessment. It provides students with an understanding of the assessment process; psychometric theory; relevant theories of intelligence and personality; and the administration, scoring and interpretation of prototypical psychological assessment instruments such as the Wechsler Scales of Adult Intelligence, the NEO-PI, and the Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Inventory. Students will develop skills in clinical interviewing and report writing. The course extensively examines ethical issues in assessment, issues of test fairness and bias, and best practices in the assessment of diverse populations. 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.

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