Doctor of Psychology Courses

PSYD  702 - History and Systems of Psychology (2)

This course examines the impact of philosophical thought on the field of clinical psychology and survey the major events and developments in the history of the field, emphasizing the contributions of underrepresented and diverse scholars and theorists.

PSYD  703 - Culture and Mental Health (3)

This course will focus on three major issues: 1) the role of culture in the development of psychological health and psychopathology; 2) variations across cultures in defining and understanding mental health and behavior; and 3) the importance of sociopolitical and cultural context in constructing ways to prevent and/or ameliorate psychological problems. Emphasis is placed on underserved populations in the United States and implications for mental health policy and intervention strategies.

PSYD  704 - Human Development (3)

This course examines theory and research as they contribute to an understanding of human development among diverse populations. An overview of the individual differences and biological, cultural, socioeconomic and environmental factors that influence growth and develpment across the lifespan will be provided.

PSYD  705 - Practicum IA (1)

In this Year 1 Fieldwork course students are oriented to the practice of professional psychology. The focus is on the interviewing skills for joining with the client, understanding and respecting cultural and other contextual aspects, rapport building, and assessment, treatment planning, and referral needs. Competence in triage, awareness of appropriate treatment, provision of informed consent, and ability to recommend alternatives constitute the essence of this experience. Students meet weekly for two hours with a licensed psychologist in secondary supervision away from the clinical site to provide a broad professional perspective as part of their socialization into the profession. Emphasis is on empirically supported intervention procedures.

PSYD  710 - Advanced Psychopathology I: Children and Adolescents (3)

In this first course in a two-semester sequence focusing on psychopathology across the lifespan, students will survey the epidemiology, etiology and diagnostic criteria for child and adolescent psychological disorders. Students will examine biological, developmental, familial, and sociocultural factors involved in child and adolescent psychopathology. as they occur developmentally. Students will critically examine the DSM system of diagnosis and learn to apply it thoughtfully to clinical and empirical work.

PSYD  711 - Advanced Psychopathology II: Adults (3)

In this second course in a two-semester sequence focusing on psychopathology across the lifespan studengs will survey of the epidemiology, etiology, and diagnosistic criteria for disorders that typically manifest themselves during adulthood. Students will examine theories of personality, biological, familial, and sociocultural factors involved in adult psychopathology. Students will critically examine the DSM system of diagnosis and learn to apply it thoughtfully in their clinical and empirical work.

PSYD  712 - Research Design and Methodology (3)

In this first course, focusing on research design and methodology, students will examine the scientific methods needed to critically analyze published research, develop scientifically sound studies and program evaluations, and apply findings to clinical settings. The goal is for students to become critical local scientists, and to evaluate the utility and validity of empirical studies. The course is designed to provide a broad introduction to issues of research methods and design in the social sciences. Students will learn a spectrum of methods available for research in the clinical domain, ranging from basic to applied, including experimental, quasi experimental, and single subject designs as well as strategies used in evaluating the effectiveness of intervention programs in a variety of mental health settings. Quantative and qualitative data analytic techniques, as applied to research evaluatiuon and design, will be examined, and special attention will be given to culturally sensitive approaches to community engagement and dissemination of results. Ethical considerations and best practices for working with diverse populations will be integrated throughout the course. The focus will be on knowing when to use various research designs, what they produce, and how to conduct program inprovement and evaluation projects and interpret results. The emphasis of this introductory course is on breadth rather than depth, on familiarity and critical engagements with concepts.

PSYD  713 - Biological Psychology (2)

In this course brain structure and functioning will be surveyed. The course includes discussion of the general aspects of human physiology and the mechanisms involved in behavioral functioning. The influence of the brain and neurotransmitters on behaviors, thoughts and feelings, sensation and perception, and interaction of biological processes with emotions and cognitions will be examined.

PSYD  714 - Community Psychology and Community Mental Health (2)

In this course students will critically examine socioeconomic and sociopolitical structures that influence health disparities and will focus on individual, group, and social determinants of disproportionate rates of mental and physical disorders among underserved communities. Emphasis will be on specific disorders and groups typically targeted by nonprofit and government agencies.

PSYD  715 - PSYD Practicum 1B (1)

In this Year 1 Fieldwork course students are oriented to the practice of professional psychology. The focus is on the interviewing skills for joining with the client, understanding and respecting cultural and other contextual aspects, rapport building, and assessment, treatment planning, and referral needs. Competence in triage, awareness of appropriate treatment, provision of informed consent, and ability to recommend alternatives constitute the essence of this experience. Students meet weekly for two hours with a licensed psychologist in secondary supervision away from the clinical site to provide a broad professional perspective as part of their socialization into the profession. Emphasis is on empirically supported treatment intervention.

PSYD  721 - Statistics for the Social Sciences (3)

This is the second course in a two-semester sequence. This course will focus on basic statistical literacy relative to the field of psychology and emphasize applied data analysis and interpretation of empirical research. Students will learn the primary data analysis methods and techniques which include descriptive statistics, chi-square, ANOVA, bivariate and multiple regression analysis, correlational analysis and non-parametric statistical tests, among others commonly used in behavioral health research. The course prepoares students to conduct both basic and applied research. Research measurement techniques, chopice of appropriate statistical tests, and data interpretation skills will also be addressed. Throughout the course culturallly sensitive interpretation and dissemination of results will be emphasized.

PSYD  722 - Professional Ethics, Laws, and Standards (2)

This course features the roles and responsibilities of psychologists according to the laws and ethical principles governing all modalities of practice, including consultation, teaching, psychotherapy, psycho education, research, and supervision. Particular emphasis will be given to the APA Guidelines and Principles, family law, and stautes covering mental health practice for psychologists in California, and legal mandates pertaining to behavioral health services involving children and adults. Specific focus will be on the ethical and legal implications of practice in diverse communities.

PSYD  725 - Evidence Based Practice I: Humanistic, Psychodynamic, Interpersonal Psychology (3)

Students will review the clinical and research literature on three approaches to treatment of mental health problems. Major theories and approaches in the humanistic, psychodynamic, and interpersonal traditions of psychological treatment will be examined, as well as the empirical support for such interventions. Cultural factors and application of these interventions with diverse communities will be examined.

PSYD  726 - Cognitive and Affective Bases of Behavior (3)

This course will cover the major theories of learning and cognition, with particular emphasis on their impact on assessment and treatment in current clinical practice. Content will include instrumental (operant) and classical (respondent) conditioning and social learning theory, as well as theories of cognition, memory, and problem solving. Multicultural factors associated with learning theories and procedures will be integrated throughout the course.

PSYD  727 - Behavioral Health Applications in Diverse Settings (3)

This course focuses on theoretical frameworks that examine how health behaviors are developed, influenced, and changed via attitudes within a social and cultural context. Specifically, classic and contemporary theories of attitudes and attitude change, and compliance-gaining strategies and their relationship with changing health behaviors and culture will be covered. Special attention will be given to the understanding and application of these factors to underserved populations and addressing health disparities in behavioral health settings.

PSYD  728 - Integrated Behavioral Health Practice in Primary Care Settings (3)

This course will introduce students to the models and best practices of integrated behavioral health practice with a focus on working with diverse populations in primary care settings. The course will emphasize key aspects of behavioral health practice including assessment, intervention, and consultation. Policy implications related to integrated care, with an emphasis on the Affordable Care Act, will be covered.

PSYD  729 - Practicum 2A (1)

Fieldwork in Year 2 builds upon the first year in practicum and extends exposure and training to include more complex treatment planning and intervention. Severe, chronic disorders, diverse settings and cultural considerations, specialized areas of assessment and empirically supported interventions, and collaboration with allied professionals are integrated into training objectives. Students are involved in community agencies and clinics with multi-problem clients. Diverse skills, including brief psychotherapy, psycho-education, case management, and advocacy are emphasized in 3 hours per week of group supervision.

PSYD  730 - Survey of Clinical Interventions II: Behavioral and Cognitive (3)

Focus on the clinical and research literature on behavioral and cognitive approaches to the treatment of mental health problems. Major theories and approaches in the behavioral, cognitive, and cognitive-behavioral traditions of psychological treatment will be examined, as well as the empirical support for such interventions. Cultural factors and application of these interventions with diverse communities will be highlighted.

PSYD  735 - Survey of Clinical Interventions III: Couple, Family, and Parent-Child (3)

Focus on the clinical and research literature on marital, family, and group treatments of mental health problems. Major theories and approaches in the behavioral, cognitive, and congnitive-behavioral traditions of psychological treatment will be examined with emphasis on the empirical support for such interventions. Cultural factors and application of these interventions with diverse communities will be highlighted.