Dec 09, 2022  
2020-2021 Graduate Catalogue 
    
2020-2021 Graduate Catalogue Archived Catalogue

Psychology, Ph.D.


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Graduate Coordinator: Dr. Kate Nooner

The Department of Psychology offers a doctoral program in psychology with three concentrations.

1) The General Clinical concentration that provides education and training in psychological science and clinical practic to prepare individuals for licensure as doctoral-level psychologists in health-service fields as designated by the American Psychological Association.

2) The Applied Behavior Analysis concentration in which students have the opportunity to engage in coursework (approved by the Behavior Analyst Certification Board, Inc.®) and training designed to provide strong backgrounds in the experimental and applied analyses of behavior and in the methodological and conceptual foundations of behavior analysis.

3) The Psychological Science concentration prepares individuals to work in a broad range of professional domains, including education, health, government and industry. This includes a solid foundation of quantitative and methodological skills pertaining to the science of psychology.

Student Learning Outcomes


  1. Students demonstrate doctoral-level knowledge in the theoretical and empirical frameworks of the science and application of Psychology.
  2. Students demonstrate doctoral-level comprehensive knowledge in research design and quantitative methods.
  3. Students demonstrate effective communication of empirical findings in writing (in the style of the American Psychological Association) and in oral presentations.
  4. Students demonstrate doctoral-level ability to critically evaluate research and to independently develop a research plan based on current empirical findings.
  5. Students demonstrate doctoral-level knowledge, technical skills, and ethical decisions that are appropriate for the student’s particular concentration.

 

Admission Requirements


Students will be admitted to the PhD program by recommendation of the Department of Psychology Admissions Committee based upon eligibility requirements and available resources. Under most circumstances, students admitted to the program will have met the following requirements:

  • Bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited college or university or its equivalent from a foreign institution of higher education accredited university.
  • Major of psychology or at least 21 hr. of psychology with a GPA of at least 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale) with evidence of a grade of at least a B- in a course in statistics and a grade of at least a B in a course in psychology research methods.
  • Official scores on the GRE General Test are required of all applicants. Official score from the GRE Psychology Subject Test is required if bachelor’s degree was not in psychology. Test scores more than 5 years old at the time of the application will not be considered.
  • Three letters of recommendation from professionals in a psychology-related field. At least two letters must be from faculty members.
  • Current curriculum vitae/resume.
  • A 500-800 word statement of interest written in essay form that is composed of research experiences, other psychology-related experiences, research interests to pursue within graduate school, career goals, and any other additional strengths that will make the applicant an excellent candidate for the graduate program.
  • A completed application submitted to the Graduate School.
  • Interview with the Department of Psychology faculty required to determine faculty research match.

 

Overview of Concentrations


General Clinical Concentration


The General Clinical concentration, designed to meet American Psychological Association accreditation standards, embraces a scientist-practitioner training model in preparing individuals for licensure as doctoral-level psychologists in health-service fields that can include children, adolescents, and adults.  The program focuses on the biological, psychological, behavioral, social and cultural influences on the development, assessment, and treatment of mental health, substance use, and behavioral disorders.

Applied Behavior Analysis Concentration


The Applied Behavior Analysis concentration, designed to meet Board Certified Behavior Analyst standards, is a scientific discipline that involves the comprehensive use of the principles of learning to design, implement, and evaluate strategies that promote socially significant improvements in behavior. Students will be trained with an emphasis on empirically supported and individualized assessment and intervention, consistent with outcomes-driven and problem-solving models. Students are also trained in the experimental and applied analyses of behavior underlying effective interventions for vulnerable populations.

Psychological Science Concentration


The Psychological Science concentration emphasizes training skilled researchers who will be prepared to work in a broad range of careers in education, health, and industry. Coursework is designed to provide disciplinary knowledge in the core domains of psychology and a solid foundation of quantitative and methodological skills. Students will engage in faculty-mentored research in one or more of the following areas: behavior analysis, behavioral pharmacology, cognitive, developmental, neuroscience, personality, and social. Students earning their Ph.D. in the Psychological Science concentration will be able to pursue research-oriented careers in academic, industry, or government settings.

Degree Requirements


Below are the degree requirements for each of the 3 concentrations.

General Clinical Concentration


  • The program requires at least 94 post-baccalaureate credit hours of graduate study.
  • Each student will complete an MA degree in Psychological Science in their first 2-3 years, including at least 34 credit hours, and an empirical thesis. Students must successfully present and defend their thesis to their faculty committee.
  • Each student must pass a doctoral qualifying examination.
  • Each student will complete at least 60 credit hour in doctoral-level coursework.
  • Each student must complete and defend a dissertation based on a research program approved by the student’s committee that results in an original, high quality, significant, and substantial body of research. Students must successfully present and defend their dissertation to their committee.
  • Each student will complete a 1-year external internship.
  • All requirements for the degree must be completed within the time frame set forth by the Graduate School.
  • At least 2 of the academic training years must be completed at UNCW.
  • At least 1 year of the program must be completed in full-time residence.
  • All grades for students in The General Clinical concentration must be a B- or higher.

Curriculum


Students will complete requirements for a Master of Arts in Psychology during the first 2-3 years. After obtaining their MA degree, they will complete doctoral requirements.

Requirements for the Master of Arts in Psychology, General Clinical Concentration (34 credits)


I. Discipline-Specific Knowledge


III. Thesis and Dissertation


V. Teaching


Requirements for the Doctor of Philosophy, General Clinical Concentration (60 credts)


II. Research and Quantitative Methods


III. Thesis and Dissertation


V. Internship


VI. Teaching


Applied Behavior Analysis Concentration


  • The program requires at least 93 post-baccalaurate credit hours of graduate study.
  • Each student will complete an MA degree in their first 2-3 years, including at least 53 credit hours, and an empirical thesis. Students must successfully present and defend their thesis to their faculty committee.
  • Each student must pass a doctoral qualifying examination.
  • Each student will complete at least 40 credit hours in doctoral-level coursework.
  • Each student must complete and defend a dissertation based on a research program approved by the student’s committee that results in an original, high quality, significant, and substantial body of research. Students must successfully present and defend their dissertation to their committee.
  • Each student will complete a 1-year external internship.
  • All requirements for the degree must be completed within the time frame set forth by the Graduate School.
  • At least 2 of the academic training years must be completed at UNCW.
  • At least 1 year of the program must be completed in full-time residence.
  • All grades for students in the Applied Behavior Analysis concentration must be a B- or higher.

Curriculum


Students will complete requirements for a Master of Arts in Psychology during the first 2-3 years. After obtaining their MA degree, they will complete doctoral requirements.

Requirements for the Master of Arts in Psychology, Applied Behavioral Analysis Concentration (53 credits)


I. Discipline-Specific Knowledge

II. Research and Quantitative Methods

III. Thesis

V. Internship

VI. Teaching

Requirements for the Doctor of Philosophy, Applied Behavioral Analysis Concentration (40 credits)


II. Research and Quantitative Methods


Completed in MA

III. Dissertation


V. Internship


VI. Teaching


Psychological Science Concentration


  • The program requires at least 66 post-baccalaureate credit hours of graduate study.
  • Each student will complete an MA degree in Psychological Science in their first 2-3 years, including at least 34 credit hours, and an empirical thesis. Students must successfully present and defend their thesis to their faculty committee.
  • Each student must pass a doctoral qualifying examination.
  • Each student will complete at least 32 credit hours in doctoral-level coursework.
  • Each student must complete and defend a dissertation based on a research program approved by the student’s committee that results in an original, high quality, significant, and substantial body of research. Students must successfully present and defend their dissertation to their committee.
  • All requirements for the degree must be completed within the time frame set forth by the Graduate School.
  • At least 2 of the academic training years must be completed at UNCW.
  • At least 1 year of the program must be completed in full-time residence.

Curriculum


Students intending to pursue a PhD in Psychological Science must first complete the requirements for the MA in the Psychological Science Concentration. Students then complete the doctoral-level course requirements and research experiences, including qualifying examinations after successful defense of their MA thesis. Graduates of the program are not eligible for licensure.

Requirements for the Master of Arts, Psychological Science Concentration (34 credits)


II. Discipline-Specific Knowledge (12 credit hours); Select 4 of these courses


III. Elective (3 credits)


  • One elective approved by the Graduate Coordinator    Credits: 3

IV. Thesis (6 credits)


Requirements for the Doctor of Philosophy, Psychological Science Concentration (32 credits)


Must have completed the Master’s degree requirements (see above).

I. Advanced Quantitative Methods (3 credits)


II. Electives (9 credits)


Select from the following; a minimum of 2 Topical Seminars are required; no more than 1 course at the 500 level may be used to fulfill this requirement.

III. Psychological Science Weekly Colloquium (4 credits)


IV. Teaching (1 credit)


V. Research (6 credits)


VI. Dissertation (9 credits)


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