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Doctor of Psychology (PsyD) Curriculum

The curriculum is designed to satisfy the requirements for doctoral training set forth by the American Psychological Association’s Commission on Accreditation. For more information, please see http://www.apa.org/ed/accreditation/G&P0522.pdf.

Elements of the curriculum include the following:
  • Core courses in basic areas of scientific psychology, including biological aspects of behavior, social aspects of behavior, history and systems of psychology, psychological measurement, research methodology, and techniques of data analysis.
  • Scientific, methodological, and theoretical foundations of practice, including individual differences in behavior, human development, dysfunctional behavior or psychopathology, and professional standards and ethics.
  • Practice-related courses, including diagnostics, assessment, and intervention.
  • Courses focusing on the theme of sustainable health and well-being (SHW) of individuals, families, and communities.
  • Attention to issues of cultural and individual diversity in all of the above courses.
  • Below is the course of study for an individual student. Please see the Chatham University Catalog for course descriptions.
COURSE OF STUDY FOR INDIVIDUAL STUDENT*
Year One:
Fall
PSY 708 Cognitive and Affective Bases of Behavior
PSY 709 Intellectual Assessment
PSY 710 Foundations of Psychological Interventions
PSY 715 Ethical Issues in Counseling Psychology
Spring
PSY 714 Personality Assessment
PSY 804 Vocational Issues in Counseling Psychology
PSY 807 Biopsychology
PSY 746 Practicum I
Summer
PSY 704 Historical and Contemporary Issues in Psychology I
PSY 705 Historical and Contemporary Issues in Psychology II
PSY 707 Social Psychology
PSY 747 Practicum II
Year Two:
Fall
PSY 711 Multicultural Issues in Counseling Psychology
PSY 712 Advanced Research Design
PSY 814 SHW 1: Concepts of Adaptive and Maladaptive Behavior in Individuals
PSY 847 Practicum III
PSY 861 Doctoral Research Project I
Spring
PSY 801 Family-Focused Systemic Interventions
PSY 802
PSY 803
Qualitative OR
Quantitative Research
PSY 815 SHW 2: Concepts of Adaptive and Maladaptive Behavior in Organizations and Communities
PSY 847 Practicum IV
  Doctoral Research Project II
Year Three:
Fall
PSY 806 Supervision, Leadership, and Consultation
PSY 816 SHW 3: Health Psychology Practice
PSY 848 Practicum V
PSY 865 Doctoral Research Project
Spring
PSY 816 SHW 4: Prevention and Positive Psychology
PSY 865 Doctoral Research Project
  Practicum VI (optional)
Year Four:
  Pre-Doctoral Internship

* The curriculum and the sequence of courses may undergo minor revisions as the program develops. This web-page will be updated and students will be kept abreast of all changes in a timely manner.


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