Graduate Psychology Course Information

This page lists all graduate psychology courses. They are also listed in the University Catalog

Graduate students in other departments may enroll in psychology graduate courses if they obtain the permission of the instructor and department chairperson.

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PSY 501 - Behavioral Neuroscience (5) 

Prerequisites & Notes: Admission to the M.S. or M.Ed. in program in psychology

Examines the basic anatomy, physiology, and chemistry of the vertebrate nervous system within the context of both abnormal and normal behaviors. Topics vary but include sensory and motor systems, reward pathways, substance abuse, neural correlates of major mental illness, and regeneration/recover of function in the central nervous system.

PSY 502 - Adult Psychopathology (5) 

Prerequisites & Notes: Admission to the M.S. or M.Ed. in program in psychology

Consideration of theories relevant for understand adult psychopathology. Current research into classification, etiology, description, diagnosis, and treatment of behavioral and mental disorders. Overall orientation is to seek integration of cultural, social, psychology, and physiological processes into resultant patterns of personal, social, and behavioral maladaptation. Course content selected on basis of greatest utility for preparation for Master's level counselors in training.

PSY 503 - Cognition (5)

Prerequisites & Notes: Admission to the M.S. or M.Ed. in program in psychology or instructor permission

Provides an overview of theories, research and applications of cognitive psychology. Topics covered range from basic perception through higher mental processes.

PSY 504 - Lifespan Psychological Development (5) 

Prerequisites & Notes: Admission to the M.S. or M.Ed. in program in psychology or instructor permission

An overview of the major theories and principles in developmental psychology. Theories, issues and principles are highlighted through an analysis of various topics across the lifespan as they affect the psychological development of the individual. 

PSY 505 - Social Psychology (5)

Prerequisites & Notes: Admission to the M.S. or M.Ed. in program in psychology or instructor permission

Designed to provide a thorough background in social psychology and to motivate a continuing exploration of theoretical problems and issues in the field. Students will be exposed to historical and contemporary theories and methods in social psychology.

PSY 512 - Correlation Methods and Data Analysis (5) 

Prerequisites & Notes: Admission to M.S. in program in psychology or instructor permission

Covers topics in bivariate and multivariate correlation and regression. Students learn to design correlation studies and to analyze correlational data involving one dependent variable and one or more independent variables. Indices covered include regression coefficients, bivariate product-moment correlations and their special cases, partial and semi-partial correlations, and multiple correlations/regression. Use of computer-based statistical software packages for data analysis and interpretation is stressed. 

PSY 513 - Experimental Methods and Data Analysis (5) 

Prerequisites & Notes: PSY 512

Introduces ANOVA models as special cases of the General Linear Model using a model building approach. Course addresses basic topics in experimental research design and data analysis, highlighting theoretical mathematical issues of most importance in publishing research. Topics include within and between subjects one-way and factorial designs, post hoc and a priori comparisons among multiple group means, contrasts and effect sizes, best practices in handling missing data, examining assumption, and reporting results. Use of computer-based statistical software packages for data analysis and interpretation is stressed.

PSY 515 - Multivariate Analysis (3) 

Prerequisites & Notes: PSY 513

Topics in advanced multivariate analysis including canonical analysis, discriminant functions analysis, cluster analysis and factor analysis. Logical and geometric properties of multivariate techniques and interpretation on research results are stressed. 

PSY 516 - Structural Equation Modeling (3) 

Prerequisites & Notes: PSY 515 or instructor permission

Topics in restricted latent variable analysis including path analysis and structural equation modeling. Course will cover theoretical bases and computations of these procedures as well as the use of statistical software packages, with emphasis on interpreting and reporting results. 

PSY 517 - Advanced Multivariate Modeling (5)

Prerequisites & Notes: PSY 512 and PSY 513

Topics in advanced multivariate modeling, including advanced multiple regression techniques, path analysis, multilevel modeling, and structural equation modeling. Course will cover theoretical bases and computations of these procedures as well as the use of statistical software packages, with emphasis on interpreting and reporting the results.

PSY 532 - Cross-Cultural Counseling (3) 

Prerequisites & Notes: Admission to M.S. or M.Ed. in program in psychology

This seminar is a basic introduction to the cross-cultural perspective in psychology. History of the modern cross-cultural movement will be covered along with a selection of a number of conceptual and methodological issues and problems. Topics will include perception, cognition and emotion, developmental topics, social psychological variables, testing and measurement, personality and psychopathology, and virtually all areas of psychology mediated by culture and ethnicity. Some emphasis given to professional applications such as counseling.

PSY 542 - Developmental Psychopathology (5)

Prerequisites & Notes: Admission to M.S. or M.Ed. in program in psychology and PSY 502 or instructor permission

Overall working model of mental disorders diathesis-stress model. Presentation of diverse theories (e.g., attachment, family systems, genetic, physiological, individual difference, social cognition). Review of current research literature on assessment, diagnosis and treatment of childhood mental disorders within a developmental framework. Ethical considerations in clinical research and therapy with children highlighted.

PSY 550 - Research Methods in Counseling (5)

Prerequisites & Notes: Admission to M.S. Mental Health Counseling or M.Ed. School Counseling Program and PSY 512

Covers content and research methods relevant in counseling. Includes basic statistics, research methods, program evaluation, psychometrics, and the selection and evaluation of assessment tools.

PSY 551 - Developmental School Counseling (4) 

Prerequisites & Notes: Admission to M.S. Mental Health Counseling or M.Ed. School Counseling Program; general psychology program students with instructor permission

A comprehensive overview of professional school counseling with particular emphasis upon recent advances in counseling program development, organization, evaluation, and service delivery models. 

PSY 553 - Theories of Counseling and Psychotherapy (5) 

Prerequisites & Notes: Admission to M.S. Mental Health Counseling or M.Ed. School Counseling Program; General Psychology program students with instructor permission

Basic orientation to counseling theories including the history and development of theories of counseling; comparison of the theories in terms of goals, process, methods; evaluation and research in counseling; information about how to select theories and integrate them; meta-theoretical and trans-theoretical issues, and applying theories across diversity variables.

PSY 555 - Occupations and Career Development (34 

Prerequisites & Notes: Admission to M.S. Mental Health Counseling or M.Ed. School Counseling program and PSY 553

Critical examination of major theories of career development and vocational counseling. Sources of occupational materials and analysis of their use and distribution in counseling practice. Selection, administration, and use of assessments in career counseling.

PSY 556 - The Role of the School Counselor (2) 

Prerequisites & Notes: Admission to M.S. Mental Health Counseling or M.Ed. School Counseling program and PSY 551 and PSY 555

An advanced seminar in school counseling focusing on the professional roles and responsibilities of the counselor in elementary, middle/junior, and high school settings. Particular emphasis placed upon a systems orientation to consultation services within the context of a developmental school counseling program. 

PSY 557 - Testing and Appraisal in Counseling (5) 

Prerequisites & Notes: Admission to M.S. Mental Health Counseling program or M.Ed. School Counseling program

The evaluation and use of various psychological and educational tests commonly used in mental health settings and the public schools. Emphasis is on the practical application of psychological assessment in counseling. Focus on the evaluation, scoring, and interpretation of case data for making decisions about the intervention. 

PSY 558 - Family and Couple Counseling (3) 

Prerequisites & Notes: Admission to M.S. Mental Health Counseling or M.Ed. School Counseling program and PSY 553 and PSY 564

A review of major theories, techniques, and research in psychological counseling with families. Emphasis is on parent-child developmental problems and the role of interpersonal relationships within the total family. Students are involved in limited supervised family counseling experiences. 

PSY 561 - Seminar: Professional, Legal and Cultural Issues (3) 

Prerequisites & Notes: Admission to M.S. Mental Health Counseling or M.Ed. School Counseling program

Consideration of the professional, cultural, ethical, and legal issues and special problems in the application of psychological theories and research in educational settings, community clinics and private practice. 

PSY 564 - Individual Counseling Techniques (4-5) 

Prerequisites & Notes: Admission to M.S. Mental Health Counseling or M.Ed. School Counseling program or M.S. in Kinesiology

Skill development in individual counseling, psychotherapy, and behavior modification techniques using actual interviews, simulations, videotape, and other laboratory procedures. Prerequisite to practicum in individual counseling and psychotherapy. 

PSY 565 - Group Processes in Counseling (2-4) 

Prerequisites & Notes: Admission to M.S. Mental Health Counseling or M.Ed. School Counseling program

Current group counseling and psychotherapy techniques. Covers task-directed, encounter, decision-making and communication techniques. Repeatable up to 4 credits including the original course.

PSY 567 - Professional Practice of Counseling (2)

Prerequisites & Notes: Admission to M.S. Mental Health Counseling or M.Ed. School Counseling program

A comprehensive overview of the history, philosophy, credentialing, and the development of professional organizations in counseling. Professional roles and topics for counselors such as consultation, outreach, prevention, advocacy, program evaluation, medication, and economic considerations such as funding, managed care, and private practice will also be addressed.

PSY 568 - Crisis Intervention (5)

Prerequisites & Notes: Admission to the M.S. Mental Health Counseling or M.Ed. School Counseling program; General Psychology program students with instructor permission

This course is specifically designed to give the counselor a theoretical and practical background in crisis intervention in both school and community settings.

PSY 570 - Practicum (1-10) 

Prerequisites & Notes: Admission to M.S. Mental Health Counseling or M.Ed. School Counseling program

Professional practice under assigned departmental supervision. Repeatable to a maximum of 15 credits. S/U grading. 

PSY 581 - Practicum in College Teaching of Psychology (1-12) 

Prerequisites & Notes: Instructor permission. Repeatable to a maximum of 12 credits. S/U grading

PSY 582 - Practicum in Research in Psychology (1-12) 

Prerequisites & Notes: Instructor permission.

Student initiates and conducts a project under faculty supervision. Repeatable to a maximum of 12 credits. S/U grading

PSY 584 - Research Design (3)

Prerequisites & Notes: Admission to M.S. or M.Ed. program in psychology or instructor permission.

This course focuses on psychological research methods and the logic of research design.

PSY 585 - Scholarship and Communication 1: Presenting Research (3)

Prerequisites & Notes: PSY 584

This course focuses on verbal communication of student research, including organization, preparation, and delivery of scholarship for varying contexts.

PSY 586 - Scholarship and Communication 2: Writing Research (3)

Prerequisites & Notes: PSY 585

This course focuses on written communication of research by focusing on the discipline and style of scientific writing.

PSY 661 - Advanced Seminar in Professional Issues in Counseling Practice (1-4) 

Prerequisites & Notes: Admission to M.S.Mental Health Counseling or M.Ed. School Counseling program, certification in school counseling, or instructor permission

An advanced seminar in professional, cultural, ethical and legal issues in counseling. For M.S. and M.Ed. counseling students who are seeking advanced certification in Washington State. Repeatable for credit with different topics. S/U grading. 

PSY 670 - Internship (1-12) 

Prerequisites & Notes: Admission to M.S. Mental Health Counseling or M.Ed. School Counseling program

An extension of PSY 570 with increasingly independent responsibilities for practice in a professional setting. Primary supervision is by appropriate staff in the cooperating agency. Repeatable to a maximum of 30 credits. S/U grading.

PSY 690 - Thesis (1-12)

Prerequisites & Notes: Advancement to candidacy. S/U grading.

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