Clinical Psychology

The overarching aim of the APA-accredited clinical psychology doctoral program at Suffolk University is to provide broad and general training that prepares students for entry-level practice in clinical psychology. We draw from a scientist-practitioner model that emphasizes the integration of science and practice and underscores the value of practice that is evidence-based, and evidence that is practice informed. Training in the program is sequential, cumulative, and graded in complexity.

In pursuit of this aim, we have articulated the following program requirements that students must complete, and profession-wide competencies they must demonstrate, in order to successfully complete the program.

Questions related to the program’s accredited status should be directed to the Commission on Accreditation:

Office of Program Consultation and Accreditation
American Psychological Association
750 1st Street, NE, Washington, DC 20002.
Phone: (202) 336-5979 E-mail: apaaccred@apa.org
Web: www.apa.org/ed/accreditation

Program Requirements

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Students must successfully complete the following minimum requirements to obtain a PhD in Clinical Psychology from Suffolk University (each requirement is briefly described below and detailed in the Clinical Psychology Doctoral Program Manual). The program in Clinical Psychology consists of a minimum of five years of full-time study. The requirements are summarized below. Please consult the Clinical Psychology Doctoral Program Manual for more detailed information including the recommended order of completion.

1. Completion of 72 Credits of Coursework

There are 24 (3-credit) courses, and three (0-credit) required courses (one online course and two labs) that must be successfully completed within the first three years of the program (see required courses below). To successfully complete a class a minimum grade of B-, or a pass for pass/fail course, is required. Students must also maintain an overall GPA of 3.0 (B) to remain in good standing.

Required Courses

Prerequisites:

Restricted to PhD Clinical students only.

Credits:

3.00

Description:

The goal of this course is to serve as a foundation for clinical practice and research activity in the important area of clinical neuropsychological assessment and psychological assessment. It serves to introduce the student to the techniques methods and theories relevant to the practice of neuropsychological and psychological assessment. The course can roughly be divided into two halves. In the first half general technique theory and individual statistics will be covered. This will start with the procedures for the clinical neuropsychological examination including the interview preparation of the patient and selection of instruments. The nature and structure of cognition factor structure of the neuropsychological battery and a theory of brain-behavior relationships will be covered. This will be followed by coverage of statistics as applied to assessment that is the difference between the inferential form of statistics students are used to (group statistics) and the probabilistic form (individual) of statistics useful in assessment. Subsequent focus will be on clinical decision-making that is the use of test data to respond to the diagnostic and descriptive questions that are the goals of the assessment process. The first half of the class will finish with a focus on individual differences critical to the interpretation psychological test data. The second half of the course will focus on specific cognitive functions assessment of personality and psychopathology and on civil and forensic contexts relevant to assessment. Normally offered yearly.

Prerequisites:

Take PSYCH-705 & PSYCH-706

Credits:

3.00

Description:

This course serves as a foundation for clinical practice and research activity in the important area of clinical neuropsychological assessment. It introduces the student to the techniques methods and theories relevant to the evidence-based practice of clinical neuropsychological assessment. Core topics (not an exhaustive list) include- an overview of the neuropsychological evaluation- purpose goals models consultant role and interpretive logic; behavioral geography of the brain and the relevant clinical disorders; the rationale of "deficit" measurement and the interpretive process and- specific neurocognitive functions (memory language visuo-perceptual and visuo-spatial executive and motor function). Applied/embedded learning experiences will include- in-class observation/demonstration of specific assessment techniques a laboratory component with practice administering key assessment instruments from each domain and class exercises interpreting data and conceptualizing cases.

Credits:

3.00

Description:

This graduate seminar requires students to examine and respond to current thinking and controversies in the conceptualization and categorization of mental disorders generally and adult disorders in particular. Students will acquire foundational knowledge about the diagnostic characterization etiology and epidemiology of the major classes of adult behavior disorders; investigate mental disorders and our current diagnostic system from a variety of different perspectives (clinical research biological sociocultural etc.); gain significant practice critically evaluating scientific research and in articulating thoughtful responses to social and behavioral research on mental disorders. Normally offered yearly.

Prerequisites:

Clinical PhD students only.

Credits:

0.00

Description:

Provides students enrolled in the Ph.D. program in Clinical Psychology an extended introduction and orientation to the program and to the field of clinical psychology. Enrollment by invitation of the DCT only. The lab will be graded P/F. Offered yearly.

Credits:

0.00

Description:

Continues the orientation and early skill development of students enrolled in the Ph.D. program in Clinical Psychology. Provides a lab experience within which to explore and develop initial skills preparatory for practicum experience in year 2. Enrollment by invitation of the DCT only. This lab will be graded P/F. Offered yearly.

Credits:

3.00

Description:

Introduces students to the concept of empirically informed clinical practice. Topics covered include the history of the evidence-based movement in psychology an overview of the methods used in scientifically-informed clinical practice (e.g. case conceptualization treatment planning ongoing assessment of progress) and an introduction to specific evidence-based principles that can be used in psychotherapy (e.g. exposure therapy behavioral activation etc.). Normally offered yearly.

Prerequisites:

Instructor Consent Required. Limited to PhD Clinical students.

Credits:

3.00

Description:

Doctoral students complete an academic year of placement service (9-10 months) at one of the selected practica sites during their second year of academic training. Students complete between 12 and 20 hours per week of placement service to include training in assessment diagnostic interviewing and intakes intervention and applied research with diverse populations. Students will receive on-site supervision by licensed psychologists and other approved professionals. Students participate in a weekly practicum seminar. This didactic portion examines the legal ethical and professional issues currently facing psychologists in practice with diverse populations including confidentiality/mandated reporting informed consent conflicts of interest boundary issues and limits of professional competence. Normally offered every fall semester.

Prerequisites:

PSYCH-738; Instructor Consent Required

Credits:

3.00

Description:

Continuation of Practicum & Ethics IA. Normally offered every spring semester.

Prerequisites:

PSYCH-738, PSYCH-739; Instructor Consent Required. Clinical PhD students only.

Credits:

3.00

Description:

Doctoral students complete an academic year of placement service (9 to 10 months) at one of the selected practica sites during their third year of academic training. Students complete approximately 20 hours per week of placement service to include assessment intervention and consultation with diverse populations. Students receive on-site supervision by licensed psychologists and other approved professionals. All students will concurrently participate in practicum seminars taught by Suffolk University faculty. The didactic supplement provides a foundation in developing students' knowledge in the areas of consultation and supervision along with continued training in cultural and individual diversity. Normally offered every fall semester.

Prerequisites:

PSYCH-738, PSYCH-739, PSYCH-740; Instructor Consent Required

Credits:

3.00

Description:

Continuation of Practicum 2A. Normally offered every spring semester.

Prerequisites:

Doctoral Standing

Credits:

3.00

Description:

Examines theoretical foundations empirical research approaches and ethics of clinical supervision and consultation in professional psychology. Emphasis will also be placed on the integration of theory and empirical findings into the application of skills necessary to work as effective clinical supervisors and psychological consultants. Offered yearly.

Choose one of the following Individual and Cultural Diversity courses:

Prerequisites:

Graduate course for Psychology Ph.D. program, approved by department.

Credits:

3.00

Description:

Introduces students to multicultural issues relevant to psychology. Covers a broad range of cultural diversity (sex age race ethnicity language religion sexual orientations etc.) topics to highlight the role of culture in understanding human behavior and health-related issues. This course intends to strengthen students' multicultural knowledge sensitivity and competence in research/professional practice through their exposure to various theoretical/empirical perspectives media experiential exercises etc. Students will acquire in-depth awareness of self and others' worldviews and a better insight into immigrants/minority groups privilege/oppression health care access/disparity issues interpersonal relationship community health and well being domains.

Credits:

3.00

Description:

Investigates race and ethnicity as ideological categories that both inform group identity and reproduce social inequalities. The course begins with an overview of the social and historical forces that developed these categories with a focus on some of the major ethnic groups in the United States. Explores historical and contemporary roles played by psychologists around these issues. Students learn how to individually and collectively avoid perpetuating injustices in the science and practice of psychology. Course topics exemplify how race and ethnicity are inextricably linked to other identity categories especially gender class and sexual identity. Normally offered alternate years.

Choose two of the following courses to fulfill the clinical elective requirement:

Credits:

3.00

Description:

This course focuses on the origins maintenance and treatment of anxiety and related disorders (e.g. depressive and trauma and stressor-related disorders). The class utilizes a cognitive-behavioral theoretical perspective to explore the development and treatment of anxiety and related disorders. Consistent with the introduction of unified cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) protocols for the treatment of emotional disorders this course uses a transdiagnostic framework to highlight shared etiological and treatment mechanisms common across anxiety and related disorders. Emphasis will be placed on the integration of theory and empirical findings into the application of clinical skills for the treatment of adults with these disorders.

Credits:

3.00

Description:

In this psychotherapy seminar students will learn about dialectical behavior therapy (DBT) an evidence-based treatment for borderline personality disorder (BPD). Students will gain knowledge and experience (via role-plays) in behavioral assessment and in all modes of DBT including individual therapy group skills training telephone coaching and consultation team. Students will explore the theoretical bases of the treatment as well as gain knowledge of the empirical basis for DBT's use with various patient populations including BPD opioid dependent chronically suicidal/self-harming and other populations (inpatients bipolar disorder friends and family of seriously mentally ill etc.). Normally offered alternate years.

Prerequisites:

Restricted to Doctoral students in the Psychology department. Take PSYCH-716 and PSYCH-721.

Credits:

3.00

Description:

This course focuses on etiological theories of addictive behaviors as well as evidence-based transdiagnostic assessment and intervention approaches for the treatment of addictive disorders including substance use and non-substance-related disorders (e.g. compulsive gambling). Emphasis is placed on development of case conceptualization treatment planning and decision-making skills including consideration of readiness to change patient - treatment matching relapse prevention issues related to individual and cultural diversity and cultural adaptation of treatment techniques.

Credits:

3.00

Description:

Examines the principles and practice of psychotherapy with children and adolescents. Delineates the similarities and differences between evidence based intervention approaches with youth as well as the various theoretical perspectives to which they are related. Normally offered alternate years.

Prerequisites:

Clinical PhD students only.

Credits:

3.00

Description:

Examines the contemporary movement integrating acceptance (willingness to experience thoughts emotions physiological sensations and images) and mindfulness (intentional and non-judgmental awareness of the present moment) into traditional cognitive and behavioral approaches to case formulation and treatment. Topics include analysis and discussion of the theoretical underpinnings of this movement examination of specific emerging therapies and exploration of the application of these therapies to a variety of clinical problems. Normally offered alternate years.

The following courses should be completed to ensure acquisition of knowledge in APA's discipline-specific knowledge (DSK) domains.

Take the following course to fulfill the Affective and Cognitive Aspects of Behavior content area as well as the Advanced Integrative Knowledge of Basic Discipline-Specific content area:

Prerequisites:

Doctoral students only.

Credits:

3.00

Description:

Surveys foundational theories of cognitive and affective psychology examines current research on these topics and explores their integration. The core components of cognition will be examined include memory learning information processing theory mediational processes and executive functioning. Additionally the course will consider affect mood and emotion and explore appraisal and constructionist theories of emotion. Finally the course will consider how theory and research on cognition and emotion and their integration inform the practice of clinical psychology.

Take the following course to fulfill the Social and Developmental Aspects of Behavior content areas, as well as the Advanced Integrative Knowledge of Basic Discipline-Specific content area:

Prerequisites:

Restricted to Doctoral students only.

Credits:

3.00

Description:

Examines development across the lifespan including biological cognitive social and emotional development with attention to the role of culture and context. Reviews major theories of development and how such theories provide conceptual frameworks for understanding the development of behavior as well as implications for treatment and prevention. Introduces students to the social bases of behavior and experience through examination of topics from social psychology including: social cognition; self-knowledge; self-presentation; attitude formation and change; attraction and close relations; altruism; aggression; prejudice and stereotypes; and group dynamics. The course also covers advanced integration of key concepts from developmental and social aspects of behavior. Normally offered yearly.

Take the following course to fulfill the Biological Bases of Behavior content area:

Credits:

3.00

Description:

Neuropsychology is the study of the affective behavioral and cognitive consequences of brain injury and clinical neuropsychology is the professional discipline that deals with the methods and techniques of assessing the consequences of brain insult. Clinical neuroscience is a branch of neuroscience that focuses on the scientific study of fundamental mechanisms that underlie diseases and disorders of the brain and central nervous system. It seeks to develop new ways of diagnosing such disorders and ultimately of developing novel treatments. This course will take the assumption that a good way to become a biologically informed practitioner of clinical psychology is to participate in systematic instruction and learning in neuropsychology and the clinical neurosciences. In psychology graduate school you are also becoming the culturally informed clinician the developmentally informed clinician and so forth. Toward that goal the reading and lecture materials for Psychology 792 will bring together the fields of neuroanatomy and functional neuroanatomy neurobehavioral syndromes cellular mechanisms of the central nervous system behavior genetics including epigenetics and psychopharmacology.

Take the following courses to fulfill the Statistical Analysis content area:

Credits:

3.00

Description:

Introduces basic statistical tests such as t tests ANOVA correlation regression Chi Square and power analysis. Students are also required to demonstrate proficiency in computer data analysis using SPSS. Normally offered yearly.

Prerequisites:

PSYCH-722

Credits:

3.00

Description:

Focuses on multivariate statistics and the interaction of research design and statistical analysis. Emphasis on MANOVA multiple regression principle components analysis/factor analysis and logistic regression. Issues involving experimental and statistical control multicollinearity specification error and nesting will be covered. Students learn basic principles of multivariate analysis read journal articles using multivariate techniques analyze data using each main type of analysis covered in the course and write results and tables using APA style. Normally offered yearly.

Take the following course to fulfill the Research Methods content area and to partially fulfill the Psychometrics content area:

Credits:

3.00

Description:

Provides students with foundational skills needed to be both a consumer and producer of psychological research. Topics covered include hypothesis and proposal generation experimental correlational and qualitative designs strategies to minimize bias measurement issues participant selection and recruitment data management grantsmanship and the dissemination of findings. Ethical issues in the conduct of research are emphasized. Normally offered yearly.

Take the following course to partially fulfill the Psychometrics content area:

Prerequisites:

Restricted to PhD students only.

Credits:

3.00

Description:

The seminar aims to introduce you to the theory and practice of evidence-based social emotional and behavioral assessment. To this end specific issues we will cover include psychometric theory cognitive abilities/intelligence testing some classic assessment controversies strengths and weaknesses of various assessment approaches ethical and cultural issues and the psychological assessment of children.

Note: together, PSYCH-705 and PSYCH-718 completely fulfill the Psychometrics content area

Take the following course to fulfill the History and Systems content area:

Prerequisites:

Doctoral students only.

Credits:

0.00

Description:

The primary goal of this self-directed online course is to develop foundational knowledge of the origins and evolution of major ideas within the discipline of psychology. This course is intended for students that have not already completed a documented evaluative educational experience in the history and systems of psychology prior to matriculating at Suffolk University.

Note: students who completed an evaluated educational experience that sufficiently addressed DSK in History and Systems of Psychology prior to matriculation, at the graduate or undergraduate level, are exempt from taking the program’s required History and Systems of Psychology course. To qualify for this exemption, students must provide a copy of the syllabus and evidence of a grade of B- or higher to the DCT for review and approval.

Choose five additional general electives from the following list:

Prerequisites:

ADP and Clinical Psychology Doctoral Students Only

Credits:

3.00

Description:

Explores socioemotional development from infancy to adolescence with an emphasis on early childhood. Using a bio-psycho-social lens different theories of development (e.g. attachment; temperament; moral; gender-role) and current empirical research will be explored. Methodological techniques unique to this topic also will be considered. Finally we will apply our knowledge of developmental research to current issues concerning children.

Prerequisites:

ADP and Clinical Psychology Doctoral Students Only

Credits:

3.00

Description:

Methodology related to developmental systems will include longitudinal research program evaluation and outcome research panel study designs and mixed-methods designs.

Prerequisites:

ADP and Clinical Psychology Doctoral Students Only

Credits:

3.00

Description:

With an eye toward incorporating mixed qualitative-qualitative methodologies this course will provide students with a hands-on learning experience in qualitative study designs and coding approaches. A variety of coding techniques will be explored along with popular computer-based coding systems.

Prerequisites:

ADP and Clinical Psychology Doctoral Students Only

Credits:

3.00

Description:

Advanced statistical platforms including SEM and HLM will be used and explored particularly using large data sets with longitudinal and complex developmental designs. This is a hands-on course; students will leave with basic knowledge of statistical programs used for advanced statistical analyses in the developmental sciences.

Prerequisites:

Credits:

3.00

Description:

Examines child and adolescent psychopathology from an empirically-based developmental perspective. Reviews major developmental theories to elucidate the role of development in understanding the etiology and diagnosis of DSM-IV-TR disorders. Also focuses on theoretical and empirical literature in developmental psychopathology. Changes in the incidence rates of internalizing (e.g. depression anxiety) and externalizing disorders (e.g. conduct disorder attention deficit/ hyperactivity disorder) are addressed. Disorders affecting both behavioral and mental functioning (e.g. autism) are included. Family peer and contextual/environmental influences are also covered. Normally offered yearly.

Prerequisites:

ADP and Clinical Psychology Doctoral Students Only

Credits:

3.00

Description:

Part 1 in a year-long sequence of student writing development including grant-writing professional psychological journal writing and writing for lay/online/journalism print audiences. Students will complete the year with a draft of a grant proposal and at least 1 other writing product in-hand.

Credits:

3.00

Description:

Examines current theory and research on effective teaching of psychology. Surveys a variety of teaching techniques tools and methods for leading discussions lecturing assessment and grading. Additional topics include: learning styles in the classroom student diversity development of critical thinking and ethics in college teaching. Normally offered alternate years.

Prerequisites:

ADP and Clinical Psychology Doctoral Students Only

Credits:

3.00

Description:

Part 2 in a year-long sequence of student writing development including grant-writing professional psychological journal writing and writing for lay/online/journalism print audiences. Students will complete the year with a draft of a grant proposal and at least 1 other writing product in-hand.

Prerequisites:

ADP and Clinical Psychology Doctoral Students Only

Credits:

3.00

Description:

Introduces students to the special issues that children growing up in poverty face. Theory and empirical research will be explored as well as specific contexts common to disadvantaged children (e.g. homelessness and abuse). In addition we will examine individual resilience and the impact of environmental support in mitigating deleterious effects.

Prerequisites:

ADP and Clinical Psychology Doctoral Students Only

Credits:

3.00

Description:

This seminar explores the complex multi-level ecological systems involved in migration and human adaptation to new cultural contexts. With a particular emphasis on children adolescents and families we explore recent developmental topics related to immigration documentation status(es) discrimination as well as national integration policies and refugee experiences. Both risk and resilience frameworks will be emphasized.

Prerequisites:

ADP and Clinical Psychology Doctoral Students Only

Credits:

3.00

Description:

Human sexuality and gender operate at multiple layers of the developmental system: from historical political systems down to the most intimate aspects of biology and behavior. In this seminar students will examine how applied developmental psychology has been used to frame questions and create knowledge about sex gender gender identity sexual orientation sexuality and romantic relationships. The course will take a trans-affirming queer feminist approach rooted in the inherent dignity of all people as we grapple with how the process of scientific knowledge production can help and/or harm the struggle for human rights and freedom from oppression.

Prerequisites:

ADP and Clinical Psychology Doctoral Students Only

Credits:

3.00

Description:

This seminar presents a series of pressing topics readings and reflective writing activities focused on studying under-served and marginalized youth and how systems of oppression continue to impact youth development.

Prerequisites:

ADP and Clinical Psychology Doctoral Students Only

Credits:

3.00

Description:

Systems at the local regional and national level- and the guiding policies that shape resources and access to services- will be explored. Students will learn to write policy briefs and understand their potential role as experts in advocacy for social policy change.

Credits:

3.00- 6.00

Description:

Consists of the intensive study of one aspect of clinical psychology and/or human development in consultation with a faculty member.

Research Project Electives (limited to 9 credits total)

Prerequisites:

PhD students only.

Credits:

3.00- 9.00

Description:

Intended for students who are working on their Early Research Project. This course is graded P/F. Offered every semester.

Prerequisites:

PhD students only.

Credits:

3.00

Description:

Intended for students who are preparing for their dissertation proposal. This course is graded P/F. Offered every semester.

Prerequisites:

PhD students only.

Credits:

3.00- 6.00

Description:

Intended for students who are preparing for their dissertation proposal. This course is graded P/F. Offered every semester.

Note: clinical elective courses not used to fulfill the Clinical Elective Requirement may be completed as general electives.

2. Teaching Apprenticeship

Students are required to serve as Teaching Apprentices (TAPs) for the first 2 semesters of their graduate study. TAPS are paired with advanced graduate student lecturers and professors to receive mentorship and experience in a broad-range of teaching-related skills. Students are not paid to serve as TAPS; the responsibilities associated with the position are designed to prepare students for potential careers as instructors/professors or other forms of scholarship. In addition, there are orientation and teacher training seminars offered during the first semester of graduate studies which all TAPS must attend.

3. Research Training Experiences

A. Supervised Research Laboratory Experience: Students are admitted into the clinical psychology program to work with an identified research mentor who supervises engagement in program-required research (the Early Research Project and Dissertation) and additional optional research activities and helps the student cultivate profession-wide research-related competencies.

B. Early Research Project: This project provides students with an opportunity to apply the knowledge gained in their research and statistics courses by pursuing research under the supervision of a faculty member who serves as the research mentor; on the recommendation of this mentor, students will deliver an oral presentation to the department and submit a written manuscript on their research project. The Master’s degree is conferred when students successfully complete 48 credits of required coursework and the oral and written portions of the Early Research Project.

C. Dissertation: The dissertation is the capstone research-training milestone and its successful completion demonstrates that the student has the substantially independent ability to formulate research or other scholarly activities (e.g., critical literature reviews, dissertation, efficacy studies, clinical case studies, theoretical papers, program evaluation projects, program development projects) that are of sufficient quality and rigor to have the potential to contribute to the scientific, psychological, or professional knowledge base, to conduct research or other scholarly activities, and to critically evaluate and disseminate research or other scholarly activity via professional publication and presentation at the local, regional, or national level.

Dissertation committees, which consist of at least three members evaluate students’ oral and written presentation of a dissertation proposal and the oral and written defense.

4. Clinical Training Experiences

A. Practica: Two years of practicum experience are required of our doctoral students beginning in their second academic year; a third year is optional, but recommended. Students receive weekly supervision by professionals at their practicum sites and attend a weekly practicum seminar at Suffolk where they are able to integrate their practical experiences and educational training within the program. Students receive individual supervision that is consistent with the student’s level of training, contact hours, and case load.

B. Clinical Experiences Portfolio (CEP): Students’ attainment of clinical competencies is systematically evaluated through coursework and biannual student practicum evaluations. The CEP is designed to provide a repository within the department for some of each student's exemplar clinical work. The CEP includes an assessment report, case conceptualization, treatment plan, treatment review, theoretical orientation essay, and evidence of a successful mock internship interview.

5. Demonstration of Additional Profession-Wide Competencies

Across program activities, students must demonstrate that they behave in accordance with the ethical and legal standards of the profession and the general laws of Massachusetts with regard to the registration and licensing of psychologists, demonstrate professional values, attitudes and behaviors, the ability to work effectively with diverse individuals and groups, and the interpersonal effectiveness and communication skills needed to enter professional practice.

6. Successful completion of an APA- or CPA-accredited pre-doctoral clinical internship

Clinical Psychology Graduate Courses

Credits:

0.00

Description:

Provides full-time enrollment status for students who have completed all content courses and who are working on dissertations but who are not on internship. At the discretion of the DCT a practicum course may be taken concurrently with Psych 000. This course is NG (not graded).

Credits:

0.00

Description:

Provides full-time enrollment status for students whose ERPs are one or more semesters overdue. At the discretion of the DCT a single practicum course may be taken concurrently with Psych 001.

Credits:

3.00

Description:

This course focuses on the origins maintenance and treatment of anxiety and related disorders (e.g. depressive and trauma and stressor-related disorders). The class utilizes a cognitive-behavioral theoretical perspective to explore the development and treatment of anxiety and related disorders. Consistent with the introduction of unified cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) protocols for the treatment of emotional disorders this course uses a transdiagnostic framework to highlight shared etiological and treatment mechanisms common across anxiety and related disorders. Emphasis will be placed on the integration of theory and empirical findings into the application of clinical skills for the treatment of adults with these disorders.

Prerequisites:

Restricted to Doctoral students only.

Credits:

3.00

Description:

Examines development across the lifespan including biological cognitive social and emotional development with attention to the role of culture and context. Reviews major theories of development and how such theories provide conceptual frameworks for understanding the development of behavior as well as implications for treatment and prevention. Introduces students to the social bases of behavior and experience through examination of topics from social psychology including: social cognition; self-knowledge; self-presentation; attitude formation and change; attraction and close relations; altruism; aggression; prejudice and stereotypes; and group dynamics. The course also covers advanced integration of key concepts from developmental and social aspects of behavior. Normally offered yearly.

Prerequisites:

Restricted to PhD students only.

Credits:

3.00

Description:

The seminar aims to introduce you to the theory and practice of evidence-based social emotional and behavioral assessment. To this end specific issues we will cover include psychometric theory cognitive abilities/intelligence testing some classic assessment controversies strengths and weaknesses of various assessment approaches ethical and cultural issues and the psychological assessment of children.

Prerequisites:

Restricted to PhD Clinical students only.

Credits:

3.00

Description:

The goal of this course is to serve as a foundation for clinical practice and research activity in the important area of clinical neuropsychological assessment and psychological assessment. It serves to introduce the student to the techniques methods and theories relevant to the practice of neuropsychological and psychological assessment. The course can roughly be divided into two halves. In the first half general technique theory and individual statistics will be covered. This will start with the procedures for the clinical neuropsychological examination including the interview preparation of the patient and selection of instruments. The nature and structure of cognition factor structure of the neuropsychological battery and a theory of brain-behavior relationships will be covered. This will be followed by coverage of statistics as applied to assessment that is the difference between the inferential form of statistics students are used to (group statistics) and the probabilistic form (individual) of statistics useful in assessment. Subsequent focus will be on clinical decision-making that is the use of test data to respond to the diagnostic and descriptive questions that are the goals of the assessment process. The first half of the class will finish with a focus on individual differences critical to the interpretation psychological test data. The second half of the course will focus on specific cognitive functions assessment of personality and psychopathology and on civil and forensic contexts relevant to assessment. Normally offered yearly.

Prerequisites:

Doctoral students only.

Credits:

0.00

Description:

The primary goal of this self-directed online course is to develop foundational knowledge of the origins and evolution of major ideas within the discipline of psychology. This course is intended for students that have not already completed a documented evaluative educational experience in the history and systems of psychology prior to matriculating at Suffolk University.

Prerequisites:

Doctoral students only.

Credits:

3.00

Description:

Surveys foundational theories of cognitive and affective psychology examines current research on these topics and explores their integration. The core components of cognition will be examined include memory learning information processing theory mediational processes and executive functioning. Additionally the course will consider affect mood and emotion and explore appraisal and constructionist theories of emotion. Finally the course will consider how theory and research on cognition and emotion and their integration inform the practice of clinical psychology.

Credits:

3.00

Description:

Provides intensive training in the process of psychology-orientated scientific writing. Topics include identifying knowledge gaps in the extant literature through a critical review of existing research developing a strong rationale for future research basic writing style and structure disciplined writing practices effective revision and peer-review. Normally offered yearly.

Prerequisites:

Graduate course for Psychology Ph.D. program, approved by department.

Credits:

3.00

Description:

Introduces students to multicultural issues relevant to psychology. Covers a broad range of cultural diversity (sex age race ethnicity language religion sexual orientations etc.) topics to highlight the role of culture in understanding human behavior and health-related issues. This course intends to strengthen students' multicultural knowledge sensitivity and competence in research/professional practice through their exposure to various theoretical/empirical perspectives media experiential exercises etc. Students will acquire in-depth awareness of self and others' worldviews and a better insight into immigrants/minority groups privilege/oppression health care access/disparity issues interpersonal relationship community health and well being domains.

Prerequisites:

Take PSYCH-705 & PSYCH-706

Credits:

3.00

Description:

This course serves as a foundation for clinical practice and research activity in the important area of clinical neuropsychological assessment. It introduces the student to the techniques methods and theories relevant to the evidence-based practice of clinical neuropsychological assessment. Core topics (not an exhaustive list) include- an overview of the neuropsychological evaluation- purpose goals models consultant role and interpretive logic; behavioral geography of the brain and the relevant clinical disorders; the rationale of "deficit" measurement and the interpretive process and- specific neurocognitive functions (memory language visuo-perceptual and visuo-spatial executive and motor function). Applied/embedded learning experiences will include- in-class observation/demonstration of specific assessment techniques a laboratory component with practice administering key assessment instruments from each domain and class exercises interpreting data and conceptualizing cases.

Credits:

3.00

Description:

In this psychotherapy seminar students will learn about dialectical behavior therapy (DBT) an evidence-based treatment for borderline personality disorder (BPD). Students will gain knowledge and experience (via role-plays) in behavioral assessment and in all modes of DBT including individual therapy group skills training telephone coaching and consultation team. Students will explore the theoretical bases of the treatment as well as gain knowledge of the empirical basis for DBT's use with various patient populations including BPD opioid dependent chronically suicidal/self-harming and other populations (inpatients bipolar disorder friends and family of seriously mentally ill etc.). Normally offered alternate years.

Credits:

3.00

Description:

This graduate seminar requires students to examine and respond to current thinking and controversies in the conceptualization and categorization of mental disorders generally and adult disorders in particular. Students will acquire foundational knowledge about the diagnostic characterization etiology and epidemiology of the major classes of adult behavior disorders; investigate mental disorders and our current diagnostic system from a variety of different perspectives (clinical research biological sociocultural etc.); gain significant practice critically evaluating scientific research and in articulating thoughtful responses to social and behavioral research on mental disorders. Normally offered yearly.

Credits:

3.00

Description:

Provides students with foundational skills needed to be both a consumer and producer of psychological research. Topics covered include hypothesis and proposal generation experimental correlational and qualitative designs strategies to minimize bias measurement issues participant selection and recruitment data management grantsmanship and the dissemination of findings. Ethical issues in the conduct of research are emphasized. Normally offered yearly.

Prerequisites:

Clinical PhD students only.

Credits:

0.00

Description:

Provides students enrolled in the Ph.D. program in Clinical Psychology an extended introduction and orientation to the program and to the field of clinical psychology. Enrollment by invitation of the DCT only. The lab will be graded P/F. Offered yearly.

Credits:

3.00

Description:

The purpose of this course is to trace the origin and development of psychology as a field of study from its philosophical and scientific roots to present day theories. The emphasis will be on critically examining the various systems of psychology especially as they are translated into psychological practice and their development in relation to sciences and societies. Normally offered yearly.

Credits:

0.00

Description:

Continues the orientation and early skill development of students enrolled in the Ph.D. program in Clinical Psychology. Provides a lab experience within which to explore and develop initial skills preparatory for practicum experience in year 2. Enrollment by invitation of the DCT only. This lab will be graded P/F. Offered yearly.

Credits:

3.00

Description:

Introduces students to the concept of empirically informed clinical practice. Topics covered include the history of the evidence-based movement in psychology an overview of the methods used in scientifically-informed clinical practice (e.g. case conceptualization treatment planning ongoing assessment of progress) and an introduction to specific evidence-based principles that can be used in psychotherapy (e.g. exposure therapy behavioral activation etc.). Normally offered yearly.

Credits:

3.00

Description:

Introduces basic statistical tests such as t tests ANOVA correlation regression Chi Square and power analysis. Students are also required to demonstrate proficiency in computer data analysis using SPSS. Normally offered yearly.

Prerequisites:

PSYCH-722

Credits:

3.00

Description:

Focuses on multivariate statistics and the interaction of research design and statistical analysis. Emphasis on MANOVA multiple regression principle components analysis/factor analysis and logistic regression. Issues involving experimental and statistical control multicollinearity specification error and nesting will be covered. Students learn basic principles of multivariate analysis read journal articles using multivariate techniques analyze data using each main type of analysis covered in the course and write results and tables using APA style. Normally offered yearly.

Credits:

3.00

Description:

Investigates race and ethnicity as ideological categories that both inform group identity and reproduce social inequalities. The course begins with an overview of the social and historical forces that developed these categories with a focus on some of the major ethnic groups in the United States. Explores historical and contemporary roles played by psychologists around these issues. Students learn how to individually and collectively avoid perpetuating injustices in the science and practice of psychology. Course topics exemplify how race and ethnicity are inextricably linked to other identity categories especially gender class and sexual identity. Normally offered alternate years.

Credits:

3.00

Description:

Introduces students to the social bases of behavior and experience through examination of some traditional topics from the field of social psychology. These include: social cognition; self-knowledge; self-presentation; attitude formation and change; attraction and close relations; altruism; aggression; prejudice and stereotypes; and group dynamics. In addition the course may include discussion of cross-cultural approaches to healing and the relationship between culture and mental health. Normally offered alternate years.

Prerequisites:

Instructor Consent Required. Limited to PhD Clinical students.

Credits:

3.00

Description:

Doctoral students complete an academic year of placement service (9-10 months) at one of the selected practica sites during their second year of academic training. Students complete between 12 and 20 hours per week of placement service to include training in assessment diagnostic interviewing and intakes intervention and applied research with diverse populations. Students will receive on-site supervision by licensed psychologists and other approved professionals. Students participate in a weekly practicum seminar. This didactic portion examines the legal ethical and professional issues currently facing psychologists in practice with diverse populations including confidentiality/mandated reporting informed consent conflicts of interest boundary issues and limits of professional competence. Normally offered every fall semester.

Prerequisites:

PSYCH-738; Instructor Consent Required

Credits:

3.00

Description:

Continuation of Practicum & Ethics IA. Normally offered every spring semester.

Prerequisites:

PSYCH-738, PSYCH-739; Instructor Consent Required. Clinical PhD students only.

Credits:

3.00

Description:

Doctoral students complete an academic year of placement service (9 to 10 months) at one of the selected practica sites during their third year of academic training. Students complete approximately 20 hours per week of placement service to include assessment intervention and consultation with diverse populations. Students receive on-site supervision by licensed psychologists and other approved professionals. All students will concurrently participate in practicum seminars taught by Suffolk University faculty. The didactic supplement provides a foundation in developing students' knowledge in the areas of consultation and supervision along with continued training in cultural and individual diversity. Normally offered every fall semester.

Prerequisites:

PSYCH-738, PSYCH-739, PSYCH-740; Instructor Consent Required

Credits:

3.00

Description:

Continuation of Practicum 2A. Normally offered every spring semester.

Prerequisites:

Doctoral Standing

Credits:

3.00

Description:

Examines theoretical foundations empirical research approaches and ethics of clinical supervision and consultation in professional psychology. Emphasis will also be placed on the integration of theory and empirical findings into the application of skills necessary to work as effective clinical supervisors and psychological consultants. Offered yearly.

Prerequisites:

Credits:

3.00

Description:

Examines child and adolescent psychopathology from an empirically-based developmental perspective. Reviews major developmental theories to elucidate the role of development in understanding the etiology and diagnosis of DSM-IV-TR disorders. Also focuses on theoretical and empirical literature in developmental psychopathology. Changes in the incidence rates of internalizing (e.g. depression anxiety) and externalizing disorders (e.g. conduct disorder attention deficit/ hyperactivity disorder) are addressed. Disorders affecting both behavioral and mental functioning (e.g. autism) are included. Family peer and contextual/environmental influences are also covered. Normally offered yearly.

Prerequisites:

Doctoral Standing

Credits:

3.00

Description:

Examines development across the lifespan including biological cognitive social and emotional development with attention to the role of culture and context. Reviews major theories of development and how such theories provide conceptual frameworks for understanding the development adaptive and maladaptive behaviors and trajectories. Also addresses implications for treatment and prevention. Normally offered yearly.

Credits:

3.00

Description:

Presents students with an introduction to the field of psychopharmacology. Topics covered will include: the art of prescribing medication; the psychopharmacology of anxiety and psychotic mental disorders (including pediatric and geriatric psychopharmacology); pharmacotherapy and psychotherapy; biopsychosocial factors in drug abuse and addiction. Normally offered alternate years.

Prerequisites:

Restricted to Doctoral students in the Psychology department. Take PSYCH-716 and PSYCH-721.

Credits:

3.00

Description:

This course focuses on etiological theories of addictive behaviors as well as evidence-based transdiagnostic assessment and intervention approaches for the treatment of addictive disorders including substance use and non-substance-related disorders (e.g. compulsive gambling). Emphasis is placed on development of case conceptualization treatment planning and decision-making skills including consideration of readiness to change patient - treatment matching relapse prevention issues related to individual and cultural diversity and cultural adaptation of treatment techniques.

Prerequisites:

PhD students only.

Credits:

3.00

Description:

Investigates theories regarding the function and experience of emotion. This course will survey the historical concepts of emotion in psychology and current theories of emotion including motivational cognitive and physiological aspects. The course will also describe research methods used in the study of emotion including psychophysiology and neuroimaging as well as clinical implications. Normally offered alternate years.

Prerequisites:

ADP and Clinical Psychology Doctoral Students Only

Credits:

3.00

Description:

Part 1 in a year-long sequence of student writing development including grant-writing professional psychological journal writing and writing for lay/online/journalism print audiences. Students will complete the year with a draft of a grant proposal and at least 1 other writing product in-hand.

Credits:

3.00

Description:

Examines current theory and research on effective teaching of psychology. Surveys a variety of teaching techniques tools and methods for leading discussions lecturing assessment and grading. Additional topics include: learning styles in the classroom student diversity development of critical thinking and ethics in college teaching. Normally offered alternate years.

Prerequisites:

ADP and Clinical Psychology Doctoral Students Only

Credits:

3.00

Description:

Part 2 in a year-long sequence of student writing development including grant-writing professional psychological journal writing and writing for lay/online/journalism print audiences. Students will complete the year with a draft of a grant proposal and at least 1 other writing product in-hand.

Credits:

3.00

Description:

Examines the principles and practice of psychotherapy with children and adolescents. Delineates the similarities and differences between evidence based intervention approaches with youth as well as the various theoretical perspectives to which they are related. Normally offered alternate years.

Prerequisites:

PSYCH 741 and approval from Director of Clinical training. PhD Clinical students only.

Credits:

1.00

Description:

Consent of DCT is required to enroll. Concurrent enrollment in other content courses or Psych 000 is permitted. This course is graded P/F.

Prerequisites:

Clinical PhD students only.

Credits:

3.00

Description:

Examines the contemporary movement integrating acceptance (willingness to experience thoughts emotions physiological sensations and images) and mindfulness (intentional and non-judgmental awareness of the present moment) into traditional cognitive and behavioral approaches to case formulation and treatment. Topics include analysis and discussion of the theoretical underpinnings of this movement examination of specific emerging therapies and exploration of the application of these therapies to a variety of clinical problems. Normally offered alternate years.

Prerequisites:

PhD students only.

Credits:

3.00- 9.00

Description:

Intended for students who are working on their Early Research Project. This course is graded P/F. Offered every semester.

Credits:

3.00

Description:

Intended for students who are preparing for comprehensive exams. This course is graded P/F. Offered every semester.

Prerequisites:

PhD students only.

Credits:

3.00

Description:

Intended for students who are preparing for their dissertation proposal. This course is graded P/F. Offered every semester.

Prerequisites:

PhD students only.

Credits:

3.00- 6.00

Description:

Intended for students who are preparing for their dissertation proposal. This course is graded P/F. Offered every semester.

Prerequisites:

ADP and Clinical Psychology Doctoral Students Only

Credits:

3.00

Description:

Introduces students to the special issues that children growing up in poverty face. Theory and empirical research will be explored as well as specific contexts common to disadvantaged children (e.g. homelessness and abuse). In addition we will examine individual resilience and the impact of environmental support in mitigating deleterious effects.

Credits:

3.00

Description:

Neuropsychology is the study of the affective behavioral and cognitive consequences of brain injury and clinical neuropsychology is the professional discipline that deals with the methods and techniques of assessing the consequences of brain insult. Clinical neuroscience is a branch of neuroscience that focuses on the scientific study of fundamental mechanisms that underlie diseases and disorders of the brain and central nervous system. It seeks to develop new ways of diagnosing such disorders and ultimately of developing novel treatments. This course will take the assumption that a good way to become a biologically informed practitioner of clinical psychology is to participate in systematic instruction and learning in neuropsychology and the clinical neurosciences. In psychology graduate school you are also becoming the culturally informed clinician the developmentally informed clinician and so forth. Toward that goal the reading and lecture materials for Psychology 792 will bring together the fields of neuroanatomy and functional neuroanatomy neurobehavioral syndromes cellular mechanisms of the central nervous system behavior genetics including epigenetics and psychopharmacology.

Credits:

3.00

Description:

Researchers from the Boston Veterans Administration Hospital lecture on various topics including: neuropsychological assessment; plasticity in development; aphasia; apraxia; attention deficit disorder; aging; memory; dementia; bilingualism; epilepsy; and pain. Held at the Boston Veterans Administration Hospital in Jamaica Plain. Normally offered yearly.

Credits:

3.00

Description:

Continuation of PSYCH 795 at the Boston Veterans Administration Hospital in Jamaica Plain. Normally offered yearly.

Credits:

3.00

Description:

Provides students with a comprehensive overview of functional neuroanatomy as well as an introduction to neuropathology neuroepidemiology and the neurobehavioral consequences of congenital and acquired neurological diseases and disorders. Teaching strategies will include lectures human brain lab directed readings and neurosciences software programs. Held at Boston University School of Medicine. Normally offered yearly.

Prerequisites:

Instructor Consent Required. Restricted to Clinical PhD students.

Credits:

1.00

Description:

Provides full-time enrollment status for students who are on pre-doctoral internships. This course is graded P/F.

Credits:

1.00

Description:

Provides full-time enrollment status for Respecialization students who have completed all content courses and who are pursuing additional practicum training prior to predoctoral internship. Consent of DCT is required to enroll. Concurrent enrollment in other courses is not permitted. This course is graded P/F.

Credits:

3.00- 6.00

Description:

Consists of the intensive study of one aspect of clinical psychology and/or human development in consultation with a faculty member.