Concentration

Concentrations


Our program covers a broad range of content areas, and is therefore organized into 10 concentrations to facilitate cohesiveness in the curriculum. These are informal groupings of coursework that help to students to refine their personal mission in the program. In it's simplest form, a concentration is a group of 4 courses in a common content area. Some concentrations center on faculty research areas, and others are centered on sub-domains of clinical psychology. Some concentrations operate as active social organizations that program events and host invited speakers. Each has a different focus and culture.  Students are free to choose one or more concentrations as needed.

This area of focus prepares students for in-depth understanding of children, families, and developmental processes. This concentration has two fundamental areas of emphasis: a) child development and b) the family in context. This concentration orients students to the challenges of working with children and their families. The ONE requirement is CCPX 5034. Please choose THREE additional courses from the list below. Total = 4 courses/12 credits. Dr. Susan Bodnar is the interim head of this concentration.

Required: CCPX 5034: Child Psychopathology

CCPX 5040: Development & Psychopathology: Atypical Contexts & Populations

CCPX 4126: Mother-Child Matrix: Developmental & Clinical Implications

HUDK 4021: Developmental psychology: Infancy

HUDK 4022: Developmental psychology: Childhood

HUDK 4023: Developmental psychology: Adolescence

HUDK 5121: Children’s Social and Emotional Development in Context

HUDK 6036: Child & Family Policy I

HBSK 5031: Family as a Context for Child Development

ITSF 5005: Interdisciplinary Study of the Family

ITSF 4034: Dynamics of Family Interaction

In this concentration, students will 1) gain the skills to apply technology towards modernizing various fields within psychology, and 2) learn about a wide array of psychology fields to identify where need for modernization is most pressing. There are FOUR required courses for this concentration. These four courses are sufficient to fulfill the concentration credit requirement, but you may also take additional courses from the list below. Total = 4 courses/12 credits. Dr. George Nitzburg is the head of this concentration.

Required: CCPX 4023: Technology, Psychology, and Psychotherapy AND

CCPX 5533: Research Methods: Clinical Psychology AND 

MSTU 4031: Object-oriented theory and programming I AND

MSTU 5031: Object-oriented theory and programming II

CCPX 4040: Introduction to Psychological Testing & Assessment

CCPX 4050: Introduction to Health Psychology

CCPX 4020: Geriatric Mental Health

CCPX 4150: Introduction to Forensic Psychology

CCPX 5010: Introduction to Global Mental Health

This area of focus has been re-envisioned to prepare students to improve services for underserved populations within their specialized contexts. This concentration enables students to seek out work settings that serve the growing numbers of patients facing barriers to mental health treatment due to aging, gender/sexuality, illness/disabilities, incarceration, addiction, poverty, globalization, etc. The TWO requirements are CCPX 4010 and CCPX 4230. Please choose TWO additional courses from the list below. Total = 4 courses/12 credits. Dr. Dinelia Rosa is the head of this concentration.

Required: CCPX 4010: Social Problems for Clinical Psychologists AND

CCPX 4230: Fieldwork and Applied Psychology

CCPX 4050: Introduction to Health Psychology

CCPX 4020: Geriatric Mental Health

CCPX 4040: Introduction to Psychological Testing & Assessment

CCPX 4125: Women & Mental Health

CCPX 4150: Introduction to Forensic Psychology

This concentration prepares students for employment at the MA level in forensic mental health positions and for doctoral-level education in the areas of clinical and forensic psychology.  Coursework from several related concentrations is joined with specialized courses both in child and adult forensic psychology. The THREE required courses for this concentration are CCPX 4150 Introduction to Forensic Psychology, CCPX 4170 Child and Adolescent Forensic Assessment, and CCPX 5160 Forensic Psychology of Child Protection. ONE other course listed below can be selected to complete the requirements of this concentration. David Mantell is the head of this concentration.

Required: CCPX 4150: Introduction to Forensic Psychology AND

CCPX 4170: Child and Adolescent Forensic Assessment AND     

CCPX 5160: Forensic Psychology of Child Protection

ITSF 4034: Dynamics of Family Interaction

CCPX 5533: Research Methods in Clinical Psychology

CCPX 4040: Introduction to Psychological Testing

CCPX 4060: The Psychology of Loss and Trauma

CCPX 4126: Mother-Child Matrix

CPPX 4199: Psychology, Law, and Sexualized Violence

CCPX 4230: Fieldwork in Applied Psychology (Child and Adolescent Forensic Mentorship, 0 or 1 Credit)

HUDM 4120: Methods of Empirical Research

This concentration provides coursework in two closely associated fields: global mental health and trauma. Courses offer exposure to: longitudinal and prospective studies of individuals’ reactions to adversity and their cross-sectional context; risk and protective factors for various forms of resilient outcomes; basic research in cognitive and emotional processes that inform adjustment;assessment of local idioms of distress, mental health needs, and attitudes towards illness and treatment in regions around the world; development and psychometrics of new and validation of existing symptom and functioning scales; definition and development of metrics of individual and community-level resilience; and issues related to policy development and intersectoral collaborationThere are TWO requirements for this concentration: CCPX 5010 and CCPX 4060. Please choose TWO additional courses from the list below. Total = 4 courses/12 credits. Drs. Lena Verdeli and George Bonanno are the heads of this concentration.

Required: CCPX 5010: Introduction to Global Mental Health AND

CCPX 4060: Psychology of Loss and Trauma

CCPX 4037: Introduction to Cognitive Behavior Therapy

CCPX 4075: Psychology at the UN

CCPX 5011: Psychotherapy around the Globe

CCPX 5020: Cognition, Emotion, Culture & Health

ORL 5524: Instrument Design and Validation - Seminar

CCPX 5532: Clinical Issues: Families from Diverse Backgrounds

CCPX 5533: Research Methods in Clinical Psychology I

CCPX 5534: Research Methods in Clinical Psychology II

This area of focus provides students with an understanding of the brain and how it relates to behavior and psychology. Courses will orient students toward neuropsychological research and assessment, as well as add an important dimension to more therapeutic contexts. There are THREE requirements for this concentration: BBSN 4001, BBSN 4002, AND CCPX 4199. Please choose ONE additional course from the list below. Total = 4 courses/12 credits. Dr. Richard Waxman is the head of this concentration.

Required: BBSN 4001: Foundations of Neuroscience I AND

BBSN 4002: Foundations of Neuroscience II AND

CCPX 4199: Neuropsychology

BBSN 4000: Cognitive Neuroscience

BBSN 5080: Affective Neuroscience

BBSN 5122: Psycho-Neuroimmunology and Education

CCPX 5035: Psychopharmacology

BBSN 5199: Human Functional Neuroanatomy

BBSN 5000: EEG Methods

CCPX 4199: Issues of Cognitive Neuroscience of Schizophrenia

BBSN 5044: Current Issues in Neuroscience and Education

CCPX 4900: Research and Independent Study

CCPX 5110: Research Apprenticeship

This area of focus prepares students to deepen their understanding of various psychotherapeutic perspectives. Students will sample theories of contemporary and classical therapeutic orientations so they may one-day train to become psychotherapists. Upon graduation, students may pursue this training within doctoral programs (PsyD programs focus on clinical practice), psychoanalytic institutes (many now have licensure tracks and welcome MA level applicants), or even as an LMHP Licensure track Masters (Licensed Mental Health Practitioner). This concentration is for those who wish to one day focus on direct patient contact and psychotherapeutic treatment. The ONE requirement is CCPX 4038. Please choose THREE additional courses from the list below. Total = 4 courses/12 credits. Dr. Barry Farber is the head of this concentration.

Required: CCPX 4038: Comparative Psychotherapies

CCPX 4035: Personality & Behavior Change

CCPX 4037: Introduction to Cognitive Behavior Therapy

CCPX 4120: Psychotherapy through Fiction and Film

CCPX 4063: Analytic Psychology: Jung to Present

CCPX 4542: Introduction to Contemporary Psychoanalytic Thought

CCPX 5033: The Evolution of Freud’s Psychological Theories

This area of focus prepares students for in-depth understanding of quantitative procedures in psychological research. Courses will focus on the methods of research design and statistical inference/mathematical modeling. This concentration helps students to work as highly competent researchers. The ONE requirement is CCPX 5533 OR CCPX 5534. Either class fulfills the requirement. Please choose THREE additional courses from the list below. Total = 4 courses/12 credits. Dr. Randall Richardson is the head of this concentration.

Required: CCPX 5533: Research Methods in Clinical Psychology I OR

CCPX 5534: Research Methods in Clinical Psychology II

HUDM 4050: Introduction to Measurement

HUDM 4120: Methods of Empirical Research

HUDM 4122: Probability and Statistical Inference

HUDM 5122: Applied Regression Analysis

HUDM 5123: Linear Models and Experimental Design

HUDM 5124: Multidimensional Scaling and Clustering

HUDM 6026: Statistical Treatment of Mass Data

HUDM 6122: Multivariate Analysis I

ITSF 4092: Qualitative Research/Evaluation Intl Ed.

IND 5199: Participatory Methods: Theory and Practice

This area of focus prepares students to envision and implement the next wave of theories and practices to improve well being of persons with a focus on sexuality and gender. Students will sample and apply women, gender, and sexuality theories to better understand the psychological and social lives of understudied groups such as women, LGB, and Transgender persons. This concentration is also relevant to the study of the human development of gender differences and roles (“masculinities/femininities”), sex and intimacy, reproductive and maternal mental health, and violence against women (VAW), among others. The ONE requirement is CCPX 4125 or CCPJ 4180. Please choose THREE additional courses from the list below. You may also find other courses, but email for their approval. Total = 4 courses/12 credits. Dr. Aurélie Athan is the head of this concentration.

Required: CCPX 4125: Women and Mental Health OR

CCPJ 4180: LGBT(Q) Issues

CCPJ 4000: Multicultural Psychopathology

CCPX 4126: Mother-Child Matrix: Developmental & Clinical Implications

CCPX 4036: The Psychology of Human Sexuality & Intimacy

CCPX 4132: Perinatal Mental Health

A&H 4065: Media & Gender

C&T 4032: Gender, Difference & Curriculum

HBSS 4133: Human Sexuality Education

HBSS 4122: Women's Health

This area of focus prepares students for in-depth understanding of the role of spirituality and contemplative practices (e.g. meditation) as contributors to mental health and well-being. This concentration fosters competency in exploring the essential spiritual principles and practices of human experience within the context of illness and healing. The ONE requirement is CCPX 5045. Please choose THREE additional courses from the list below. Total = 4 courses/12 credits. Dr. Lisa Miller is the head of this concentration.

Required: CCPX 5045: Psychotherapy, Religious Diversity, and Spirituality

CCPX 4039: Spiritual & Traditional Treatment

CCPX 5028: Spiritual Development Across the Lifespan

CCPX 4063: Analytic Psychology: Jung to Present

CCPX 4055: Spirit Mind-Body Medicine

CCPX 5510: Research Apprenticeship (Dr. Miller’s Lab)

Note: The Spirituality Mind Body Institute offers various Special Topics courses (CCPX 4199) that may fulfill the concentration requirements. The classes and topics covered vary by semester.

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