Typical Sequence of Classes

First Year
Second Year
Third Year

-HPSC510 Psychological Statistics I and Lab

-HPSC520 Descriptive Psychopathology

-HPSC755 Ethical issues & Professional Standards in Clinical Psychology I

-HPSC500 Clinical Practicum Supervision

-HPSC560 Cognition and Cognitive Assessment

-HMTD515 Interprofessional Teams

-HPSC576 Essentials of Physiological Psychology and Behavioral Neuroscience
      -Advanced Physiology, Psychology
       & Neuropsychology Seminar – Lab

-HPSC669 Theories of Counseling and Psychotherapy

-HPSC784 Professional Seminar in Clinical Fundamentals

-HPSC690 Cognitive and Behavioral Interventions

-HMTD515 Culture in Healthcare

-HPSC511 Psychological Statistics II and Lab

-HPSC515 Experimental Design & Program Evaluation


-HPSC500 Clinical Practicum Supervision

-HPSC668 Theories of Personality and Emotion

-HPSC754 Lifespan Development

-HPSC575 Social Psychology

-HPSC664 Personality Assessment

-HPSC751 Health psychology: Cognitive, Affective and Physiological Bases for Behavior

-HPSC574 Neuropsychological Models of Cognition and Emotion

-HPCC503 Cognitive and Behavioral Therapy:  Child and Adolescent

-HPSC567 Neuropsychological Assessment



-HPSC577 Socio and Cultural Basis of Behavior

-HPSC541 History and Systems

-HPSC501 Advanced Specialty Track- Psychopathology (Clinical Practicum Supervision)

-HPSC502 Advanced Specialty Track-Health Psychology (Clinical Practicum Supervision)

-HPSC503 Advanced Specialty Track-Neuropsychology (Clinical Practicum Supervision)

-HPSC521 Theoretical Psychopathology

-HPSC756 Ethical Issues and Professional Standards II
-HPSC573 Health Psychology: Psychological Comorbidities of Physical Illness


Descriptions of Core Classes

HPSC 500 Clinical Practicum Supervision
Provide students with additional clinical supervision to help them in their current clinical practicum placement.  Students will develop conceptualization and formulation skills as well as refine assessment and therapy skills.  Any difficulties students are experiencing in their placement will be dealt with in a timely manner.  The Director of Clinical Training will be able to identify any difficulties individual students are having in their clinical work and provide remedial action in a timely manner.  Students will learn to participate, provide and  benefit from peer supervision. (1 credit)

HPSC501 Advanced Specialty Track:  Psychopathology (clinical practicum supervision)
The general objective of the course is to improve the students’ clinical skills by strengthening their clinical assessment and case analysis abilities as well as their understanding of empirically supported interventions. Students will improve their case conceptualization skills as well as increase their knowledge of disorder-related psychological assessment and therapy. Students’ knowledge of disorder-related etiological theories will increase and as will their understanding evidence-based treatment for specific conditions. Students’ knowledge about relationships between etiological processes and the mechanisms responsible for disorder development and continuation will be enhanced. (1 credit)

HPSC502 Advanced Specialty Track: Health Psychology (clinical practicum supervision)
This course is designed as an advanced seminar for students with interests in health psychology.  The course will address applied clinical and research issues in the field of health psychology, using a combination of readings, student presentations, and faculty presentations. Specific course objectives include:  1) 
 Improving student case conceptualization skills in health psychology treatment; 2) Improving student skills in critically evaluating published and in progress research in the domain of health psychology; 3) Assisting students in developing an advanced understanding of evidenced based approaches to assessment and treatment in health psychology; and 4) Providing students with exposure to practical issues in working as a health psychologist across various settings. (1 credit)

HPSC503 Advanced Specialty Track: Neuropsychology (clinical practicum supervision)
This course is designed as an advanced seminar for student with interests in clinical neuropsychology. The format will be flexible, based on student input, and will include (but are not limited to) the following topics: 
Advanced case conceptualization;  Professional issues; Research; and Clinical topics. (1 credit)

HPCC 503 Cognitive and Behavioral Therapy:  Child and Adolescent
This course will emphasize the use of empirically supported therapeutic methodologies to facilitate behavior change for a variety of clinical problems in children and adolescents. The application of different learning principles and specific techniques of therapeutic change will be covered including parent-training interventions. The student will learn to solve problems encountered in practical application of cognitive and behavioral techniques. Emphasis will be placed on methods and procedures effective in the elimination of inappropriate behaviors and the acquisition and maintenance of appropriate behaviors. (4.5 units)

HPSC 510 Psychological Statistics I

Introduction to the methods of modern statistical analysis and their use in drawing conclusions from data collected in surveys and in the laboratory.  Topics covered include descriptive statistics, probabilities, confidence interval estimation of population parameters, tests of significance, correlation and regression, and analysis of variance.  (5 credits)

HPSC 511 Psychological Statistics II

Topics to be covered include correlational techniques, partial correlation, regression analysis, analysis of variance, simple and complex experimental design, analysis of covariance, multivariate analysis.  (4 credits)

HPSC 515 Experimental Design and Program Evaluation

This course provides an overview of research design in psychology with emphasis both on the implementation and the evaluation of psychological research studies.  Specific topics include: the scientific process, external validity, construct validity, internal validity, experimental, quasi-experimental and non-experimental designs and conclusion validity.  The goal is to establish a firm foundation in the fundamentals of research design that will allow students to both design their own research projects as well as critically evaluate studies in the psychological literature. (4 credits)

HPSC 520 Descriptive Psychopathology

In-depth analysis of diagnostic criteria for major categories of psychopathology which covers the concept of illness, schizophrenia, affective disorders, anxiety disorders, organic brain disease and personality disorders.  This course also introduces neurological evaluations.  (4.5 credits)

HPSC 521 Theoretical Psychopathology

In-depth analysis of contemporary, psychosocial, cognitive and biological theories concerning the major forms of psychopathology will be examined.  Emphasis is placed on recent empirical findings regarding the etiology of mental disorders.  (3 credits)

HPSC 541 History and Systems

Historical antecedents through contemporary positions involving philosophy and clinical developments are analyzed and critiqued in the framework of current knowledge, problems and future directions.  (2 credits)

HPSC 560 Cognition and Cognitive Assessment and Lab

Theoretical and practical issues of test construction and measurement are considered in depth along with issues of development, standardization and validation of psychological tests.  Theory of assessment of adult intellectual functioning and practical application of the WAIS-IV are included.  (4 credits)

HPSC 567 Neuropsychological Assessment

Use of psychological tests in the evaluation of the relationship between brain and behavior will be discussed.  The goal of this course is to acquaint students with modern neuropsychological approaches to normal and abnormal behavior along with methods of assessing the neurological basis of behavioral problems.  (4 credits)

HPSC 573 Health Psychology: Psychological Comorbidities of Physical Illness
This course is an introduction to the psychological disorders that are frequently co-morbid with physical health conditions.  The etiology of select physical conditions, their psychological correlates, assessment, and specific interventions will be discussed.  (4 credits)

HPSC 574 Neuropsychological Models of Cognition and Emotion
This course provides a survey of the current theories on the neurological basis of human behavior, normal and pathological.  Evidence relevant to these models will be examined including traditional clinical lesion approach and more recent neuroimaging findings.  Discussion of these models are framed in the context of selected clinical syndromes.  The importance of individual differences (e.g., sex, culture) genetic factors, and environmental context will be integrated with the neurological perspective in the examination of the cognition and emotion over the lifespan.  (3 credits)

HPSC 575 Social Psychology

In depth discussion of theory and research contribution to social functioning, development, and organizational issues.  The utilization of social psychological principles in applied settings will be examined.  (3 credits)

HPSC 576 Essentials of Physiological Psychology and Behavioral Neuroscience
This course provides an overview of how the nervous systems controls behavior.  We begin by examining the intrinsic properties of neurons and how these cells enable information to flow through the nervous system.  Topics include organization of the nervous system, structure and function of neurons, and neural communication.  We then examine relevant methods for investigating the nervous system including relevant anatomical behavioral, cellular, imaging, and neurophysiological approaches in animal and human behavior.  The course concludes with an overview of how neurons work together regionally and as part of the system or circuit to support higher-order phenomena such a sensory perception, motor control, emotion and cognition.  (4 credits)

HPSC 577 Socio and Cultural Basis of Behavior
Using a systems approach, this course will examine the impact of privilege on students’ perception of culture, diversity, and identity.  Students’ will explore their own culture, and their reactions to and perception of persons who are different.  The course specifically examines class, ableness, gender roles, ethnicity and sexual orientation, and the interaction between those statuses and clinical issues.  Strong emphasis will be placed on the constructions, meaning, and experiences of difference in an effort to prepare students to function as culturally responsive, ethical psychologists, plus some social foundations of behavior curriculum.  (4.5 credits)

HPSC 664 Personality Assessment

Theory and application of objective psychological tests for the assessment of personality and personality development.  (4 credits)

HPSC 668 Theories of Personality & Emotion
Major personality theories are covered, with an emphasis on current approaches and empirical bases. In addition, this course will review different approaches to the study of emotion.  The course will cover research methodology, current controversies, and implications for clinical practice. Current research on the impact of personality traits and emotional responses on behavior and relationships between normal and abnormal personality traits are reviewed.  (3 credits)

HPSC 669 Theories of Counseling & Psychotherapy
Introduction to the major systems of psychotherapy and counseling.  The implications of psychotherapy systems for case formulation and the similarities and differences between different psychotherapy systems are reviewed.  The course places special emphasis on the key assumptions of various applied theories, the role and basic methods of clinical assessment, the stages of therapy, the role of the therapeutic relationship, and the goals and strategies to effect change.  Units on gender-sensitive psychotherapy and culture-sensitive psychotherapy are included.  Research bearing on and based on these systems is considered.  (4.5 credits)

HPSC 690 Cognitive and Behavioral Interventions

The course is structured to provide the student with a comprehensive overview of contemporary cognitive-behavioral clinical psychology, intervention models strongly connected to the empirically supported treatments for specific disorders.  Learning theories as they apply to interventions promoting behavior change are studied.  Behavioral principles, social learning models, and cognition and learning are established as foundations for contemporary cognitive-behavioral models and newer integrative treatments (“third wave” interventions).  The core phenomenology of specific disorders is reviewed, and the mechanisms posited to play a role in the etiology or maintenance of disorders discussed.  The focus in the course is how multi-component interventions address etiologic processes and maintaining factors, and the effectiveness of current treatments.  Emphasis in the course is placed on learning clinical intervention procedures with the best empirical support for treatment of specific disorders. (5 credits)

HPSC 751 Health Psychology: Cognitive, Affective, and Physiological Bases for Behavior

An overview of representative content areas and conceptual approaches to behavioral genetics with reference to temperament and psychopathology; basic emotion theories and neural substrates of emotion regulation; psychophysiology of stress; impact of social support, appraisal and coping on incidence of cardiovascular disease, cancer, and obesity; concepts of pain from nervous system, immune and endocrine perspectives. (4 credits)

HPSC 754 Life Span Development

The course is a basic developmental course covering the entire life span from biological, social, and cognitive perspectives.  Special emphasis will be placed on the unique methodological features of developmental research.  The course will complement training in all three aspects of the program, namely clinical, health, and neuropsychology.  (4.5 credits)

HPSC 755 Ethical Issues and Professional Standards in Clinical Psychology I

The course is designed to introduce the doctoral student to professional training in clinical psychology.  A broad range of topics are reviewed including professional training, specialization within clinical psychology, professional ethics, and career development.  Emphasis is placed on the student’s development of a comprehensive understanding of ethical principles and issues affecting the practice of contemporary clinical psychology.  (1 credit)

HPSC 756 Ethical Issues and Professional Standards in Clinical Psychology II

The course examines practice guidelines including the Clinical Psychologist Licensing Act.  It also examines ethical and legal guidelines for advertising, confidentiality, custody, malpractice and other forensic issues.  (3 credits)

HPSC 784 Professional Seminar in Clinical Fundamentals – Therapy

Objectives: Prepare for therapy practicum in the second year; Through practice, discover basic clinical strengths and areas of growth; Learn specific systemic issues relevant to particular practicum sites; Increase knowledge, awareness, and skill in working with diverse populations; Understand the importance of professionalism, such as boundaries, limits of  competence, and limits of confidentiality.  Learn the fundamental of interviewing.  Develop an understanding of formulations based cognitive behavior therapy.  (3 credit)

HPSC 850 Research Practicum
Individual research practicum with faculty members of the department of psychology along with research experiences with clinical faculty and affiliated institutions.  The duration of these experiences typically encompass the entire year.  (credit to be arranged)

HPSC 890 Dissertation Research
This designation is utilized for students who have completed all course and research requirements but are continuing with thesis/dissertation work. (12 credits)

HPSC 891 Internship
This designation is utilized for students who have completed all course and research requirements but are continuing with thesis/dissertation work while on Internship. (12 hours)

HPSC 800 Clinical Practicum
Clerkship in clinical inpatient and outpatient psychiatric, psychological and medical settings.  Under direct supervision of psychologists (or in selected instances psychiatrists), this typically takes place throughout the student curriculum.  (credit to be arranged)

HMTD 515 Interprofessional Teams and Culture in Health Care
Interprofessional Teams and Culture in Health Care is an experiential learning opportunity for students to interact in interprofessional health care teams which extends through the fall and winter of the first year. This interactive course is intended to help prepare the health care professional student to provide effective patient-centered health care through small group discussion and problem solving activities. Topics include: team interaction, communication, service learning, information literacy, quality improvement, healthcare professions, diversity in society, the impact of culture, ethnicity and religion on communication and the provision of services, disparities in the healthcare delivery system, and awareness of the impact of a provider’s own wellness and illness beliefs on the decisions he/she makes for patients. Interprofessional teams of students develop and participate in significant community based service learning projects. (1 credit per quarter/total = 2 credits)

Elective Courses

 HPSC 512:  Psychological Statistics III
Focus on statistical analysis of longitudinal data common in psychological research, especially utilizing longitudinal structural equation modeling.  Topics may include measurement invariance, growth curves, latent difference score models, dynamic factor analysis, and multilevel structural equation models.  Use of software (e.g., Mplus, R) is required, but no background in software is assumed.  (4 credits)

HPSC 571 Independent Study
Independent study course which would involve students to typically work one on one with instructor.  This course would typically involve the reading of articles, meeting with the instructor to gain more knowledge in a certain area, and possibly mini quizzes, etc.  (1-3 credits)
MNSC 501 Medical Neuroscience

A multidisciplinary approach to the structure and function of the nervous system is presented by faculty from the Departments of Biological Chemistry and Structure, Cell Biology and Anatomy, Neurology, Pharmacology and Molecular Biology and Physiology and Biophysics.  This course provides a broad introduction to modern neurobiology by lecture, laboratory demonstration and conference sessions.  The goal of the course is to correlate the structure with the function of the nervous system in man and other animals under normal, as well as drug- or disease-modified conditions.  (8 credits)

HPSC-600 Substance Abuse Assessment and Treatment (IDFPR Substance Abuse)
This course examines substance use and abuse as clinical problems. The psychological and physical effects of drug use and abuse will be examined and the process of addiction development will be explored. The role of socio-cultural factors in substance abuse and addiction will be discussed. Diagnostic criteria and empirically based treatment approaches will be reviewed. (4.5 units)

HPCC-601 Group Dynamics and Counseling (IDFPR Group Dynamics, Processing and Counseling)
This course reviews the primary theoretical approaches to group therapy/counseling. Students will learn when to apply different group therapy techniques and how to address individual differences within the group therapy context. (4.5 units)

HPCC-602 Career Counseling and Development (IDFPR Lifestyle and Career Development)
This course reviews career development theories and decision-making models across the lifespan. Assessment instruments and techniques will be reviewed. Emphasis will be placed on client engagement, exploration of potential, decision strategies, preparation, and implementation strategies. Sources of occupational information and career guidance programs will be evaluated. (4.5 units)

 HPSC 783 Family Systems and Therapy

In this course students are introduced to major models of family therapy.  Primary theorists and techniques of each model will be considered.  Lectures, class discussion and small group interactions are included.  Students will gain a working knowledge of some of the major family systems models; they will also explore and understand the theories and techniques applicable to each model; explore a variety of family systems with an emphasis on understanding cultural, gender, and sexual orientation differences as they relate to family therapy; understand and complete assessment procedures with particular emphasis on genogram construction and interpretations and finally examine ethical issues as they relate to the practice of family therapy. (3 credits)

HPSC 788 Forensic Psychology
This course will offer a survey of the history of forensic psychology, landmark cases, relevant American law, frequently used statutes and guidelines in criminal cases (e.g., sanity, competency and diminished capacity) and hybrid criminal/civil matters (e.g., sex offender commitment), ethical guidelines and professional issues. (2 credits)