Courses

The Department of Psychology offers an array of courses in the field of psychology for our matriculated students. Unfortunately, non-degree students are unable to take graduate courses in psychology at this time.

PSYC 504 COGNITIVE PSYCHOLOGY (3)

This course provides students with in-depty exposure to classic and contemporary theories and research in cognition. The specific topics to be covered include neuroscience, attention, perception, memory, knowedge representation, language, reasoning & decision-making, and natural and artificial intelligence.

PSYC 506 PROFESSIONAL ISSUES IN MULTICULTURAL PSYCHOLOGY (3)

This course is designed to expose students in school psychology to multicultural issues which are central to theory, practice, and research. The course has an awareness, knowledge, and skills focus. Awareness is centered on understanding multiple value systems and world views and gaining insight into one's own cultural socialization and inherent biases. Knowledge focuses on acquiring accurate understanding of the various cultural groups with whom one will work. Skills relate to specific culturally appropriate and tailored interventions. The course incorporates multicultural modes of learning and performance evaluation.

PSYC 510 RESEARCH METHODS IN PSYCHOLOGY (3)
This course provides the essentials needed to read, understand and critically evaluate research reports. Students will also learn how to carry out the entire research process, starting with identifying the research problem and ending with a thesis or research report. Factorial analysis of variance and the major multiple correlational designs are explained.

PSYC 520 HUMAN EXPERIMENTAL PSYCHOLOGY (4)
Students survey methods and topics in human experimental psychology by conducting, analyzing, and reporting on experiments on topics to be drawn from cognition, memory, language, perception, learning, sensation, and neuropsychology.
 

PSYC 550 QUANTITATIVE AND STATISTICAL METHODS (3)
This course presents the theory and use of simple and factorial anova, regression, and covariance to analyze representative psychological data. The use of computer packages for analysis is included.

PSYC 551 MENTAL HEALTH ISSUES OF HISPANICS (3)
This course will familiarize the student with the personal, social, cultural and institutional forces that affect the mental health of Hispanics and Hispanic Americans and how these impact on treatment issues. The course will explore the heterogeneity of the Hispanic groups in the United States and how these groups respond in unique ways to the various services offered in community mental health settings.  

PSYC 552 GENERAL SOCIAL PSYCHOLOGY (3)
This course surveys and analyzes the theoretical and empirical literature of modern social psychology. Among topics dealt with are the social psychology of the psychology experiment, attitude development and change, group processes and conflict, role theory, ecological psychology, socialization, organizations and work places, and a number of other themes and issues focused on the individual’s relationship to the larger social structure.

PSYC 559 PERSONNEL SELECTION: ISSUES & PROCEDURES (3)
This course will address organizational selection processes and Equality in Employment in organizations. Students will learn about testing and job analysis and how they are important in the selection process and will cover how employees are recruited and selected and how these processes relate to organizational success. The course will take an in depth look at anti-discrimination legislation and its influence in organizational functioning. Students will learn about measurement and assessment of organizational applicants and employees and how this assessment must be conducted in order to be fair and successful. Students will present research on various topics in the field and will be responsible for teaching their classmates about different topics in the area of EEO Law and Selection. Students will be responsible for gaining entrance into an organization and collecting the information necessary to develop a selection system for that organization.

PSYC 560 ADVANCED EDUCATIONAL PSYCHOLOGY (3)
A comprehensive treatment of the cognitive and affective characteristics of the learner and the processes of learning and teaching provide the framework for this course. Behavioral, cognitive and information-processing theory are presented and their applicability to instructional strategies and classroom dynamics is discussed. Other areas included are the origins of individual differences including heredity and environment, early childhood education, cultural differences, student motivation, classroom management, measurement and evaluation, exceptional children and other topics.  

PSYC 561 DEVELOPMENTAL PSYCHOLOGY (3)
Philosophical, conceptual, theoretical and research issues pertinent to human development from prenatal life to adulthood are presented. The core conceptual issues of development, such as the nature-nurture controversy, the continuity-discontinuity issue, and the issue of stability-instability, are discussed, and their relationships to the major theories in developmental psychology are examined.  

PSYC 563 THEORIES OF LEARNING (3)
The aim of this course is to provide the student with an understanding of modern learning theory, its historical context, theoretical ideas, research, and applications. To this end, the theoretical ideas of the major schools of learning - behaviorism, gestalt, cognitivism, and information-processing - are reviewed.  

PSYC 565 CHILD AND ADOLESCENT PSYCHOPATHOLOGY (3)
This course emphasizes the diagnosis of psychological disorders usually first evident in infancy, childhood or adolescence. Topics to be covered include but are not limited to affective disorders, anxiety disorders, conduct disorders, substance abuse, sexuality/ gender identity disorders, pervasive developmental disorder and behavioral aspects of developmental disabilities. Students will be expected to understand DSM-IV categories. Each student is expected to be familiar with developmental psychology and personality development. Issues associated with evaluation, classification and diagnosis will be
discussed extensively. Guidelines for appropriate interventions will be provided.
 

PSYC 566 INTERVENTIONS FOR EFFECTIVE ORGANIZATIONS (3)
This course combines applied methodologies with content areas in Industrial Organizational Psychology. Emphasis on needs assessment and program evaluation of personnel and organizational behavior functions. Sampling techniques and quasi-experimental designs are applied to training, performance appraisal, employee attitudes, and organizational research activities.

PSYC 568 PSYCHOLOGY OF GROUP DYNAMICS (3)
This course presents theories of group dynamics and illustrative application to understand personal, marital, political, industrial and professional life. Personal participation by the student in a group interactive process is required. The course is designed especially to help group leaders understand the complex underlying dynamic forces that influence our behavior in groups.

PSYC 571 ORGANIZATIONAL PSYCHOLOGY (3)
This course examines the psychological aspects of organizational behavior. Emphasis on the organization effected by individual psychological processes and behavior. Areas covered include social norms, group and team processes, leadership and power, motivation, job attitudes and satisfaction, and organizational change.  

PSYC 573 BEHAVIORAL NEUROSCIENCE (3)
The physiological bases of normal and abnormal behavior with emphasis on the anatomy, physiology , and pathology of the human nervous system are discussed. Starting with the nerve cell, the course progresses through the receptors, spinal cord, cortical and subcortical structures, psychosurgery, biofeedback, and other topics.  

PSYC 574 COGNITIVE ASSESSMENT  (3)
Students learn how to administer, score and interpret individual intelligence tests. Theories of intelligence and the appropriateness of the tests to specific populations are discussed. Students administer and report on the three Wechsler Intelligence Scales and the Stanford-Binet (4th Edition), Development Achievement Scales, Adaptive Behavior Scales, and other cognitive assessment techniques.

PSYC 575 PERSONALITY ASSESSMENT (3)
The basic instruments of projective testing, particularly the Bender Visual Motor Gestalt Test, DAP, HTP, TAT, TEMAS, and Sentence Completion Tests are studied. Students will also understand how cultural diversity impacts on assessment. Instruments are reviewed from the standpoints of basic research and the mechanics of administration and scoring.

PSYC 577 PRACTICUM I (1)
This course represents the first in a series of three one-credit semester practicum experiences at Montclair State's Psychoeducational Center for School Psychology Students. This initial practicum for School Psychology students is taken in conjunction with PSYC 575. It is a supervised observation of the practicum work of advanced students from the School Psychology program and Learning Disabilities Teacher Consultant program. Students in Practicum I will be observing advanced students who are involved in planning administration of evaluation procedures and assessing clients; analyzing results; making decisions regarding eligibility for special education; and collaborating as members of the Child Study Team for clients referred to Montclair State's Psychoeducational Center. Students will observe assessments via a one-way mirror and meet with the professor to discuss and process their observations. In this way students will directly observe the role and function of the School Psychologist, will come to appreciate the importance of collaboration by interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary teams, and will develop a sense of ethical practice in the profession.
 
PSYC 578 PSYCHOLOGICAL TESTS AND MEASUREMENTS (3)
This course surveys the theory, construction and application of psychological tests. Topics include the statistical concepts underlying measurement; reliability and validity; critical analyses of selected intelligence, ability and personality tests; evaluation and interpretation of test data in practical situations; and the role of testing in clinical, educational and remedial settings.

PSYC 579 PRACTICUM II (1)
This course represents the second in a series of three one-credit semester practicum experiences at Montclair State University's Psychoeducational Center for School Psychology Students. During this course, students function as intern members of Child Study Teams conducting assessments of children, adolescents, and their families. Close supervision is provided by university faculty while these practicum students conduct intakes, assessments, observations, interviews, consultations with teachers and parents as well as writing reports. These assessments will yield a decision regarding the client's eligibility for special education. Students meets with their supervisors after each stage of the process and meet on a regular basis with their teammates from Montclair State University's Learning Disabilities Teacher Consultant program. Students will be required to interpret and communicate the results of their assessments in a culturally sensitive manner to families and school personnel who are clients at Montclair State University's Psychoeducational Center.

PSYC 584 PERFORMANCE MANAGEMENT (3)
This course will address how we motivate and manage individual and group performance in organizations through performance management systems. Students will learn about how performance is managed, methods of collecting performance feedback, using performance management for evaluation and development purposes, and biases and consistency issues in performance appraisals. This course will also cover criterion measurement and development, the use of motivational theory in performance management, sources of performance feedback, and communicating performance feedback. Students will present research on various topics in the field and will be responsible for teaching their classmates about different topics in the area of performance management. Students will be responsible for gaining entrance into an organization and collecting the information necessary to develop a performance management system for that organization.
Prerequisites: PSYC 550 or another graduate level statistics course.

PSYC 592 GRADUATE SEMINAR IN HEALTH PSYCHOLOGY (3)
The theoretical, empirical, and clinical aspects of Health Psychology will be explored and discussed. The relation of Health Psychology with other areas of Psychology and various scientific disciplines will be discussed. The historical development of the field, its research methodologies, theoretical models and exemplary interventions will be described. A specific emphasis will be placed on applications in regards to education, industry and other organizations as they relate to the various master's programs offered by the Department of Psychology.
Prerequisite: A graduate research methods course, and at least one other graduate psychology course, or departmental approval.  

PSYC 593 CLINICAL INTERVIEWING (3)
This course integrates the theory and practice of clinical interviewing. The goals of this course are to facilitate the development of the student’s listening, diagnostic, and therapeutic interviewing skills.
Prerequisites: Departmental approval, and 12 graduate credits in psychology or related fields.  

PSYC 594: PSYCHOTHERAPEUTIC INTERVENTIONS IN THE SCHOOLS (3)
This course is designed to assist students in developing skills in planning and implementing school based psychotherapeutic intervention for children, adolescents and their families. The course will present theory and techniques to intervene effectively with children, adolescents, and their families in the context of the overall school and classroom settings. The course will focus on interview techniques, treatment strategies for depression, anxiety, trauma (including abuse, exposure to violence, and bereavement), and anger/aggression. Various theoretical models and their treatments strategies will be discussed, including psychodynamic, cognitive and cognitive-behavioral therapy, family systems therapy, play therapy, and interpersonal therapy. Cultural factors involved in diagnosis and treatment will be addressed throughout the semester.
 

PSYC 609 PRACTICUM III- DIAGNOSTIC CASE STUDIES (1)
The student receives supervised experience in assessment, counseling and consultation procedures. The course is designed to increase the student's competence in psychological skills required in school settings.

PSYC 610 DIAGNOSTIC CASE STUDIES(3)
This course provides integration of assessment and diagnostic skills within the context of school psychological services. Theoretical and practical issues of differential diagnosis are reviewed in depth. Communication of findings through written reports and oral feedback to significant parties is stressed. The development of intervention plans, including the individual educational program, are reviewed. Instructional design, consultation techniques, cousneling, intervention linked assessment, and functional assessment will be integrated into the course content. In addition to other assignments, students work as supervised members of child study teams at Montclair State's Psychoeducational Center.

PSYC 611 INTERNSHIP IN APPLIED PSYCHOLOGY (6)
Students attend a one-semester seminar to review the research process, develop individual project proposals for investigation of a problem in an applied setting under the supervision of faculty, present their proposals to the seminar, implement their proposals after approval by a faculty committee, report their completed work in a written report for the M.A. degree, and take an oral examination upon completion of the project. Students normally attend the seminar in a semester preceding registration for this course.

PSYC 612 SPECIAL DIAGNOSTIC TECHNIQUES (3)

This course is designed for students who are already competent in basic individual assessment theory and methods. Recent advances in assessment theory and practice are discussed and the knowledge is applied through the administration of test batteries, the development of intervention strategies, and the writing of reports.

PSYC 613 RESEARCH METHODS IN FORENSIC PSYCHOLOGY (3)

This course introduces students to methods and techniques used to generate empirical research within the discipline of forensic psychology. Emphasis is placed on experimental, quasi-experimental, and case study designs. Students will be introduced to the major data analytic strategies found in forensic research, as well as the ethical and legal challenges faced by forensic researchers. This course will equip students to be educated consumers of the forensic psychological literature, and will enable students to evaluate the merits of such research for its integration into forensic practice.

PSYC 620 FORENSIC PSYCHOLOGY IN CRIMINAL PROCEEDINGS (3)

An examination of the substantive criminal law in America stressing analysis of the justification of punishment, the definition of offense, the Constitutional limits, the significance of resulting harm, group criminality, and methods of exculpation or defense that impact the practice of clinical forensic psychology.

PSYC 622 FORENSIC PSYCHOLOGY IN FAMILY PROCEEDINGS (3)

Children in the last few decades have been given special recognition and increased protection under state, federal, and international law. But doctrines and beliefs developed in periods when the social value of children was low and the legal duties of parents and the state was minimal, continue to influence the way the law views children. This course will survey various areas of the law concerning children and examine their sources and influences. Topics to be covered are: (1) the responsibilities of the state and family in the care of the child, including education; (2) the legal treatment of abused and neglected children; (3) rules concerning the medical treatment of children; (4) adoption, surrogacy, and parentage; (5) the treatment of children accused of crimes in the juvenile justice system; (6) children's disabilities; and (7) government entitlement programs for children. The course will also examine the International Convention on the Rights of the Child, a treaty that seeks to render universal certain rules respecting the treatment of children.

PSYC 626 EXPERT TESTIMONY (3)

A study of the law and rules (with particular attention given to the Federal Rules of Evidence) governing the proof of disputed issues of fact in criminal and civil trials, including the functions of judge and jury; relevancy; real and demonstrative evidence; authentication and production of writings; the examination, competency, and privileges of witnesses; hearsay; impeachment; and burden of proof, presumptions, and judicial notice in the practice of clinical forensic psychology.

PSYC 650 SEMINAR IN DEVELOPMENTAL PSYCHOPATHOLOGY I (3)

This course examines psychological disorders that occur in the course of forensic assessment and involes review, critical evaluation, and integration of current scientific literature regarding diagnosis, phenomenology, and etiology. Issues in the application of the multiaxial diagnostic system of the DSM-IV in clinical practice are discussed. This course explores relevant state and federal constitutional, statutory, and case law regulating mental health professionsal practice. Topics include: assessment of risk, violence and predatory behavior, sexual offense, pre-sentencing evaluations, competence and insanity, civil commitment, confidentiality and privilege, duty to protect third parties from harm, psychiatric hospitalization of inmates, and state licensing requirements.

PSYC 658 SEMINAR IN INDUSTRIAL ORGANIZATIONAL PSYCHOLOGY (3)
This course covers the most recent advances, issues and problems in Industrial and Organizational Psychology through relevant professional journals, technical literature, legislation and judicial decisions, advanced research techniques, and consulting practice in order to prepare students for continued education or applied practice of their field. Students critique professional journals and review the development of topics in their field.

PSYC 659 SPECIAL TOPICS SEMINAR IN PSYCHOLOGY (3)
This course provides an in-depth view of important theoretical and methodological issues in various areas of psychology. It is designed to permit faculty with particular interests and expertise to provide students with a comprehensive analysis of a selected contemporary issue (or issues) in psychology.
 

PSYC 660 CURRENT TOPICS IN EDUCATIONAL PSYCHOLOGY (3)
Several important contemporary theoretical, applied and methodological issues in various areas of educational psychology are selected by the class for inclusion in the course. Seminar discussions focus on the critical evaluation of the recent literature in the
areas selected.

PSYC 661 PRACTICUM IN SCHOOL PSYCHOLOGY (3)
The student receives supervised experience in assessment, counseling and consultation procedures. The course is designed to increase the student's competence in psychological skills required in school settings.

PSYC 662 SCHOOL PSYCHOLOGY EXTERNSHIP (6)
Students serve as apprentice psychologists in cooperating school districts. A certified school psychologist, employed in the cooperating district, serves as the student's on-site supervisor. Students meet weekly with the university supervisor who teaches the course. Full year course.

PSYC 663 INDEPENDENT STUDY (1 - 3)
The student conducts an individual project under the supervision of a professor in the department.

PSYC 664 SEMINAR IN FORENSIC ASSESSMENT I (3)

This course examines issues related to conducting assessments for the criminal courts. Students review and critique current research in forensic psychology as well as devleoping case law. Current assessment practices including objective, subjective & projective and actuarial measures will be taught. Emphasis is placed on constructing the written report and on the ethical issues often faced in the forensic forum. This course will include a practicum component in which students perform forensic assessments with the instructor and/or clinical supervisor in the areas of assessment of risk, violence, and predatory behavior, sexual offense, pre-sentencing evaluations, competence and insanity, civil commitment, confidentiality and privilege, duty to protect third parties from harm, psychiatric hospitalization of inmates, and state licensing requirements.

PSYC 665 SEMINAR IN FORENSIC ASSESSMENT II (3)

This course examines issues related to conducting assessments for the civil courts. Sutdents review and critique current resarch in forensic psychology as well as developing case law. Current assessment practices including objective, subjective, & projective and actuarial measures will be taught. Emphasis is placed on constructing the written report and on the ethical issues often faced in the forensic forum. This course will include a practicum component in which students perform forensic assessments with the instructor and/or clinical supervisor in the areas of child abuse and neglect, risk and safety assessments, domestic violence, medical neglect, family law in divorce and dissolution, custody and parenting time and terminiation of parental rights.

PSYC 667 ABNORMAL PSYCHOLOGY (3)
This course focuses on theoretical models and selected research in psychopathology. Topics include contemporary nosology, diagnostic problems, schizophrenia, anxiety and affective disorders, social deviance, somatoform and psychophysiological syndromes, and therapeutic intervention.
 

PSYC 668 CONSULTATION METHODS IN PSYCHOEDUCATIONAL SETTINGS (3)
This course is designed to provide students with theory and practice about the consultation process. The course will identify a collaborative, problem-solving model of consultation in psychoeducational settings and define the intrapersonal, interpersonal and systemic factors associated with successful consultation. Students will locate consultation cases and function under direct supervision and monitoring. Cross listed with Curriculum and Teaching, SPED 668.
 

PSYC 670 INTRODUCTION TO PSYCHOTHERAPY (3)
This course surveys theories, research and practices in individual and group psychotherapy, and introduces the student to various treatments for emotional maladjustment and behavioral pathology.


PSYC 679 FAMILY SYSTEMS AND CHILDHOOD DISORDERS: A MULTICULTURAL APPROACH (3)
This course will use a multicultural lens to examine the various family therapy approaches such as structural, Bowenian, behavioral, strategic and paradoxical approaches and their corresponding techniques. Special emphasis will be placed on applying these approaches to the prevailing childhood DSM diagnoses (e.g., Childhood Depression and Anxiety, substance abuse, eating disorders, ADHD, developmental disorders, Oppositional Defiant Disorder and Conduct Disorder). A segment of the course will focus on special topics and their relevance to family functioning (e.g., trauma, incest/sexual abuse, domestic violence, illness/death, poverty and parental psychopathology).

PSYC 680 EXTERNSHIP IN CLINICAL PSYCHOLOGY (3)
This course is a supervised, two semester, clinical experience designed to provide the skills necessary for professional practice in Mental Health Clinics or other settings where there is a significant Hispanic clientele. On-site supervision will take place under the direction of a fully licensed clinical psychologist (the field-based supervisor) in close cooperation with the Bilingual Clinical Program Director at Montclair State. The student will also meet with a Montclair State faculty supervisor on a weekly basis. At least one of the supervisors will be a bilingual/bicultural individual. A contract will be signed between the student intern, field-based supervisor and the Montclair faculty supervisor before the start of the internship.

PSYC 698 MASTER'S THESIS (4)
Independent research project done under faculty advisement. Students must follow the Montclair State University Thesis Guidelines, which may be obtained from the Graduate School. Students should take PSYC 699 if they don't complete PSYC 698 within the semester.

PSYC 699 MASTER'S THESIS EXTENSION (1)
Continuation of Master's Thesis Project. Thesis Extension will be graded as IP (In Progress) until thesis is completed, at which time a grade of Pass or Fail will be given.