Graduate Courses

All courses numbered 6000 or higher in this department are restricted to graduate students in psychology. All other graduate students or post-baccalaureate students must have the approval of the instructor prior to registration. Courses are punctuated as follows:

an ASTERISK (*) preceding a course number indicates that the course has been approved by the University's appropriate governance body and is pending approval by the Coordinating Board, Texas College and University Systems.

a COLON (:) following a course number indicates that the course may be taken as an independent one-semester course. This also applies when two course numbers are separated by a colon.

a COMMA (,) between course numbers indicates that both courses must be taken before credit is received for either, but the second course may be taken first.

a HYPHEN (-) between course numbers indicates that both courses must be taken before credit is received for either, and the courses must be taken in the sequence in which they are shown.

a SEMICOLON (;) between course numbers indicates that the first course may be taken and justify credit without completion of the second course, but the second course cannot be taken without the first as a prerequisite.

These course listings are for informational purposes only. Available courses are subject to change and are not offered every semester. Please check with the department's Academic Affairs Office 713-743-8508 or ptolar@uh.edu) to verify course offerings before designing your course schedule.

Department Core Courses

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PSYC  6300:  
  Statistics for Psychology   (Credit 3)
  The origins of inferential statistics. Emphasis is placed on understanding the uses of statistical concepts in psychological research.
 
PSYC  6301:  
  Psychological Theory: History and Systems   (Credit 3)
  Survey of topics in philosophy of science and technology: rational (rule-governed) and paradigmatic (arbitrary) components of natural science, contemporary psychological research and practice, logical structure, and cognitive status of scientific theory.
 
PSYC  6302:  
  Experimental Design   (Credit 3)
  Review of basic principles and design models. Concentration on multivariate factorial designs, both parametric and nonparametric, including analysis of variance, co-variance, Latin and Greco-Latin squares, and trend analysis.
 

General Courses

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PSYC  6100:  
  Psychological Research Data Analysis   (Credit 1)
  Instruction and practice in data analysis using large and small computer systems. Emphasis on use of packaged software.
 
PSYC  6397:7396:  
  Selected Topics in Quantitative Methods   (Credit 1-3)
  Prerequisite: PSYC 6300 or consent of instructor
May be repeated for credit when topics vary. Examples of topics are factor analysis, test theory, Bayesian methods, and computer simulations.
 
PSYC  6198:6298:6398:6498:6598:  
  Special Problems   (Credit 1-5)
  Prerequisite: Approval of chair
Individual student projects conducted in conjunction with a faculty member.
 
PSYC  6303:  
  Foundations of Clinical Intervention I   (Credit 3)
  History and scope of clinical interventions; major theoretical models.
 
PSYC  6304:  
  Foundations of Developmental Psychology   (Credit 3)
  Examines major theories and research findings that characterize a developmental perspective.
 
PSYC  6306:  
  Foundations of Cognitive Psychology   (Credit 3)
  Advanced introduction to basic concepts, current issues, and applications of cognitive psychology. Areas represented are information processing, language, judgment, memory, and thinking.
 
PSYC  6308:  
  Neuropsychology I: Foundations   (Credit 3)
  Review of current status of research and theory of brain functioning in normal and abnormal behavior for the non-specialist; introduction to nomenclature, concepts, and clinical and research techniques.
 
PSYC  6309:  
  Motivation and Emotion   (Credit 3)
  The development of the concepts of motivation and emotion: current views as to their status and as to models of motivational and emotional processes.
 
PSYC  6313:  
  Multivariate Methods   (Credit 3)
  Prerequisite: PSYC 6300 or consent of instructor
Application of multiple regression and correlation to psychological data; introduction to discriminant analysis, canonical correlation, multivariate analysis of variance, and the general linear model.
 
PSYC  6314:  
  Factor Analysis   (Credit 3)
  Exploratory and confirmatory factor analysis. Emphasis on theoretical understanding and practical use of major software packages.
 
PSYC  6315:  
  Microcomputing in Psychological Research   (Credit 3)
  Role of microcomputers in psychological research. Emphasis on data acquisition, management, and analysis.
 
PSYC  6338:  
  Foundations of Social Psychology   (Credit 3)
  An advanced introduction to the basic concepts, current issues, and applications of social psychology.
 
PSYC  6370:  
  Foundations of Industrial Organizational Psychology   (Credit 3)
  Survey of the major content areas of I/O psychology as well as the relevant journals, the roles played by I/O psychologists, and the major ethical issues.
 
PSYC  6391:  
  Selected Topics in Teaching of Psychology   (Credit 3)
   
 
PSYC  6397:  
  Selected Topics in Psychology   (Credit 3)
   
 
PSYC  6399-7399:  
  Master's Thesis   (Credit 3-3)
   
 
PSYC  7301:  
  Applied Data Analysis   (Credit 3)
  Advanced forum for students to explore unusual problems in data analysis or statistical alternatives for exploring hypothesis that are difficult to analyze with traditional techniques.
 
PSYC  7302:  
  Data Acquisition in Psychology   (Credit 3)
  Methods of data acquisition in psychological research. Provides an opportunity for student initiated research.
 
PSYC  7303:  
  Data Management in Psychology   (Credit 3)
  Techniques for management of data bases for psychological research.
 
PSYC  7305:  
  Structural Equations In Psychological Analysis   (Credit 3)
  Estimation, testing, and assessment of fit using LISREL are examined for path analytic, confirmatory factor, and latent variable models.
 
PSYC  7342:  
  Biological Bases of Behavior   (Credit 3)
  The biological neurological and physiological aspects of behavior as they are relevant to psychology.
 
PSYC  7389:  
  History of Psychology   (Credit 3)
  The history of psychology as a scientific and human enterprise is considered, including its major figures, theoretical systems, and historical and social contexts.
 
PSYC  7397:  
  Categorical Data in Psychology   (Credit 3)
  Models and methods for working with categorical data, from joint probability and two-way contingency tables through log-linear models and their application to higher order tables.
 
PSYC  7392:  
  Psychology Practicum   (Credit 3)
  Prerequisite: Consent of instructor, enrollment limited
Faculty supervised field work in clinical, industrial, and institutional settings.
 
PSYC  7393:  
  Field Practicum in Psychology   (Credit 3)
  Prerequisite: Consent of instructor, enrollment limited
Supervised field work in clinical, industrial, and institutional settings.
 
PSYC  8399:8699:8999:  
  Doctoral Dissertation   (Credit 3-6-9)
   
 

Cognitive Courses

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PSYC  6352:  
  Human Memory   (Credit 3)
  Prerequisite: PSYC 6306 or consent of instructor
An informational processing approach to the analysis of empirical evidence and theoretical issues regarding human memory, its development and demise. Topics include short-term memory, long-term memory, autobiographical memory, automatic and control processes. Various theoretical perspectives are examined in detail.
 
PSYC  6397:  
  Cognition and Emotion   (Credit 3)
  Prerequisite: Approval of graduate advisor
Examines the relationship between "normal" emotions (e.g., anxiety, happiness, sadness) and cognitive processes involved in memory, attention, and problem-solving. Research and theory from both the adult and developmental literatures are considered.
 
PSYC  7394:  
  Selected Topics in Cognitive Psychology   (Credit 3)
  Prerequisite: Approval of graduate director
May be repeated for credit when topics vary. Example topics are semantic memory, search strategies, judgmental heuristics, and computer models.
 
PSYC  7397:  
  Selected Topics in Applied Cognitive Psychology   (Credit 3)
  Prerequisite: Approval of graduate advisor
May be repeated for credit when topics vary. Example topics are: applications of cognitive perspectives to law enforcement, education, curriculum development, and medical compliance.
 

Clinical Courses

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PSYC  6316:  
  Interventions in Clinical Psychology II   (Credit 3)
  Problem-specific techniques and therapeutic strategies based on functional analytic and cognitive-behavioral perspectives.
 
PSYC  6317:  
  Psychopathology I   (Credit 3)
  Major theoretical formulations associated with functional disorders.
 
PSYC  6318:  
  Psychopathology II   (Credit 3)
  Major theoretical formulations of behavior disorders in childhood; systemic and alternative perspectives on psychopathology.
 
PSYC  6320:  
  Clinical and Research Team   (Credit 3)
  Enrollment limited. May be repeated. Practical introduction to clinical research activities.
 
PSYC  6330:  
  Psychopathology   (Credit 3)
  Major theoretical formulations associated with functional disorders.
 
PSYC  6331:  
  Neuropsychology II   (Credit 3)
  Study of behavioral and cognitive concomitants of damage to various structures and systems in the central nervous system.
 
PSYC  6333:  
  Foundations of Clinical Assessment   (Credit 3)
  Test standards, the history of assessment, basic measurement theory, dependability of data, models of prediction, decision theory.
 
PSYC  6334:  
  Techniques of Clinical Assessment   (Credit 3)
  Enrollment limited. Required for clinical psychology concentration. For others, consent of Program Director. Rationale, administration, scoring, and interpretation of basic intellectual, personality and behavioral assessment instruments.
 
PSYC  6340:  
  Neuropsychology Rehabilitation   (Credit 3)
  Theory and implementation of specific psychological techniques in the retraining of neurological patients, including cognitive training, behavior modification, biofeedback, and training under drug states.
 
PSYC  6341:  
  Perception   (Credit 3)
  Concerned with visual perception and other sense modalities. Topics include sensory organization and processes, space perception, constancies and illusions, pattern recognition, contributions of neurophysiology, perceptual learning and development, visuo-motor coordination.
 
PSYC  6342:  
  Psychophysiology   (Credit 3)
  A study of central electrical activities of the brain and peripheral autonomic processes including recording techniques and clinical applications.
 
PSYC  6343:  
  Behavioral Psychopharmacology   (Credit 3)
  Electrical activity of the brain and synaptic transmitter systems. Manipulation by endogenous and exogenous chemicals and drugs, and their operation in various brain pathologies.
 
PSYC  6345:  
  Developmental Neuropsychology   (Credit 3)
  Survey of development and maturation processes related to abnormal brain function.
 
PSYC  6346:  
  Intervention in Neuropsychology   (Credit 3)
  Survey of interviewing, counseling, and therapeutic techniques used with various pathologies.
 
PSYC  6347:  
  Structure and Function of the Abnormal Brain   (Credit 3)
  Study of structural, electrical, and chemical central nervous system abnormalities, including various brain damage, epilepsy aphasias, drug effects, and learning disabilities. Consideration will be given to research and assessment techniques.
 
PSYC  6349:  
  Neuropsychological Assessment of Adults   (Credit 3)
  Prerequisite: PSYC 6330 and consent of instructor
A survey of neuropsychological tests and diagnostic procedures for adults.
 
PSYC  6350:  
  Neuropsychological Assessment of Children   (Credit 3)
  Prerequisite: PSYC 6330 or consent of instructor
Survey of neuropsychological tests and diagnostic procedures for children.
 
PSYC  6356:  
  Clinical Assessment I   (Credit 3)
  Test standards, the history of assessment, basic measurement theory, dependability of data, models of prediction, decision theory, Cognitive Assessment.
 
PSYC  6357:  
  Clinical Assessment II   (Credit 3)
  Enrollment limited. Required for clinical psychology concentration. Rationale, administration, scoring, and interpretation of basic, personality, and behavioral assessment instruments.
 
PSYC  6373:  
  Intervention in Clinical Psychology   (Credit 3)
  Role of psychologist in psychotherapy: clinical interviewing; major approaches in intervention.
 
PSYC  6392:  
  Clinical Practicum   (Credit 3)
  May be repeated. Enrollment limited. Supervised field work in clinical psychology.
 
PSYC  6393:  
  Clinical Research Practicum   (Credit 3)
  Prerequisite: PSYC 6330 and 6302 and consent of instructor
May be repeated for a maximum of nine semester hours. Clinical research involving experimental design, data collection, quantitative analysis, and preparation of research reports.
 
PSYC  6397:  
  Neuropsychology of Psychopathology   (Credit 3)
   
 
PSYC  7320:  
  Family Therapy   (Credit 3)
  May be repeated for a maximum of six semester hours. The family as a focus for problems and a medium for change; theory, assessment and intervention.
 
PSYC  7321:  
  Head Injury   (Credit 3)
  Prerequisite: PSYC 6305 or consent of instructor
Research and clinical issues in pathophysiology, epidemiology and neurobehavioral sequelae of head injury.
 
PSYC  7322:  
  Issues in Community Psychology   (Credit 3)
  May be repeated for a maximum of six semester hours.
 
PSYC  7323:  
  Research in Personality and Clinical Psychology   (Credit 3)
  Major concepts and methods of study of personality and clinical psychology.
 
PSYC  7324:  
  Memory Disorders   (Credit 3)
  Prerequisite: Consent of instructor
An overview of the neurobiology of memory and the clinical and experimental literature on various memory disorders having structural of functional etiologies. Rehabilitation techniques are also discussed.
 
PSYC  7325:  
  Aphasiology   (Credit 3)
  Prerequisite: Consent of instructor
Historical and current approaches to the study of aphasia are discussed. Topics include localization of function, group versus case study methodology and the analysis of deficits in syntactic and phonological components of language.
 
PSYC  7326:  
  Professional Problems in Applied Psychology   (Credit 3)
  Issues involved in service delivery and service delivery systems (ethics, program administration, inter-professional relationships, etc.).
 
PSYC  7328:  
  Group Processes   (Credit 3)
  May be repeated for a maximum of nine semester hours. Dynamics, leadership styles, and therapies in groups.
 
PSYC  7329:  
  Seminar in Clinical Psychology   (Credit 3)
  May be repeated.
 
PSYC  7333:  
  Experimental Techniques in Human Neuropsychology   (Credit 3)
  Behavioral and physiological techniques for studying human brain function.
 
PSYC  7335:  
  Dementia   (Credit 3)
  Prerequisite: Consent of instructor
The etiology, prevalence, neuropathology and clinical aspects of major dementing disorders are discussed. Emphasis is placed on behavioral symptomatology, differential diagnosis, especially with regard to neuropsychological testing and in the context of normal aging.
 
PSYC  7336:  
  MHS-I: Research & Services for the Severely & Chronically Mentally Disabled   (Credit 3)
  Prerequisite: Second year or beyond in clinical psychology program and /or consent of instructor
An advanced seminar in clinical psychology covering research requirements, problems, and empirically validated structures and procedures for effective programs with psychotic and other chronic mental disorders.
 
PSYC  7337:  
  MHS-II: Assessment and Diffusion of New Technologies   (Credit 3)
  Prerequisite: PSYC 7336 and/or consent of instructor
An advanced seminar in clinical psychology extending MHS-I to in-depth coverage of assessment and decision-making practices in service delivery systems and research requirements, problems, and principles for effective dissemination of new technologies.
 
PSYC  7390:  
  Psychophysiology   (Credit 3)
  A study of central electrical activities of the brain and peripheral autonomic processes including recording techniques and clinical applications.
 
PSYC  7390:  
  Selected Topics in Neural Mechanisms   (Credit 3)
  May be repeated for a maximum of nine semester hours. Various topics relevant to central processing of information, e.g., localization and hemispheric functioning, predictability and control of stressors, state dependent learning, brain models of memory, motivational, and cognitive processing.
 
PSYC  7390:  
  Introduction to Neuropsychology Practicum   (Credit 3)
  A discussion of professional issues, including ethics, licensing, and accreditation. Introduction to interviewing, mental status examination, report writing, and consultation.
 
PSYC  7395:  
  Topics on Clinical Research   (Credit 3)
  May be repeated.
 
PSYC  7397:  
  Personality Assessment   (Credit 3)
  An advanced course on objective and projective methods of personality assessment. Basic techniques, including Rorschach, TAT, and MMPI are reviewed in terms of administration, scoring and interpretation.
 
PSYC  8321:8621:8921:  
  Clinical Psychology Internship   (Credit 3-6-9)
  May be repeated (three terms required for completion of the program requirement).
 
PSYC  8394:  
  Selected Topics in Psychopathology   (Credit 3)
   
 
PSYC  8395:  
  Selected Topics in Neuropsychology   (Credit 3)
  May be repeated when topics vary.
 

Developmental Courses

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PSYC  6304:  
  Foundations of Developmental Psychology   (Credit 3)
  Examines major theories and research findings that characterize a developmental perspective.
 
PSYC  6360:  
  Child and the Family   (Credit 3)
  Comprehensive review of current research in developmental psychology on children and their families. The course is organized chronologically from infancy to adolescence.
 
PSYC  6361:  
  Social Development   (Credit 3)
  Prerequisite: PSYC 6304 or consent of instructor
Considers in greater detail the bearing of developmental theory and research on social relations and the socio-emotional aspects of knowledge and conduct.
 
PSYC  6362:  
  Cognitive Development   (Credit 3)
  Prerequisite: PSYC 6304 or consent of instructor
Considers in greater detail the bearing of developmental theory and research of the problem of knowledge acquisition and its relationship to action. Readings include Piaget, Vygotsky, and information-processing researchers.
 
PSYC  6396:  
  Topics in Applied Developmental Psychology   (Credit 3)
  Prerequisite: PSYC 6304 or consent of instructor
May be repeated when topics vary. Examination of issues of public concern such as daycare, impact of television, parent education, child advocacy programs from the perspective of developmental theories and empirical research.
 
PSYC  6396:  
  Behavioral Genetics   (Credit 3)
  Prerequisite: Consent of instructor
Introduces students to the field of behavioral genetics and to provide students with the knowledge and skills to evaluate behavioral genetic research. The course focuses on our knowledge of genetics in cognitive abilities and disabilities, psychopathology, personality, social relationships, and topics related to bridging the "nature-nurture gap".
 
PSYC  6396:  
  Psychology of Humor   (Credit 3)
  Prerequisite: Consent of instructor
Addresses the development of humor as well as how the study of humor intersects with more mainstream developmental and interpersonal themes such as cognition, temperament and personality, mental health and well-being, stress and coping, and social relationships.
 
PSYC  6397:  
  Developmental Research Methods   (Credit 3)
  Provides students with a basic understanding of concepts related to measurement, design and sampling in developmental research. Both general issues (e.g., reliability and validity) and issues especially salient in developmental research (e.g., measurement equivalence and the age-period-cohort model) are addressed.
 
PSYC  7311:  
  Applied Developmental Psychology   (Credit 3)
  Prerequisite: PSYC 6304 and either PSYC 6397 (Methods) or PSYC 6362 (Social Development) or consent of the instructor
Considers what developmental theory and research are and how they might be used to affect institutions and programs for children and social policy. An attempt is also made to provide students with an appreciation of professional and marketplace issues.
 
PSYC  8396:  
  Selected Topics in Developmental Psychology   (Credit 3)
  Prerequisite: PSYC 6304 or consent of instructor
May be repeated when topics vary. Intensive study of selected topics that are central to the field or current interests of faculty and students.
 
PSYC  8397:  
  Developmental Colloquium   (Credit 3)
  Prerequisite: PSYC 6304 or consent of instructor
May be repeated for credit since topics vary continuously. Ongoing seminar involving program and adjunct faculty and student research presentations; professional and ethical issues are also addressed (e.g., Human Subject Protection).
 

Industrial Organizational Courses

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PSYC  6351:  
  Research Methods in Industrial-Organizational Psychology   (Credit 3)
  Designed to provide experience in the process of research in industrial/organizational psychology. Students evaluate research in terms of conceptualization, hypothesis proposals.
 
PSYC  6371:  
  Seminar in Personnel Psychology   (Credit 3)
  Theory and application of principles of individual differences and psychological measurement to the study of behavior in organizational settings. Applied emphasis is on employee selection and development.
 
PSYC  6374:  
  Organizational Change and Development   (Credit 3)
  Diagnostic and intervention strategies concerned with social processes in organizational functioning.
 
PSYC  6390:  
  Topics in Current Literature in Industrial-Organizational Psyc   (Credit 3)
  May be repeated for a maximum of six semester hours with approval of Program Director. Review of present psychological knowledge on topics broadly related to work behavior. The aim is to define future research needs. Topics are determined by instructor and student research interests.
 
PSYC  7304:  
  Survey Methods in Psychology   (Credit 3)
  Design and use of surveys to assess attitudes in organizations; use of the data as organizational feedback.
 
PSYC  7361:  
  Organizational Effectiveness   (Credit 3)
  Overview of the literature including measuring effectiveness, the role of productivity in effectiveness, and research needs.
 
PSYC  7362:  
  Interviewing   (Credit 3)
  Theory, research and legal issues involved in the use of the interview in personnel selection.
 
PSYC  7363:  
  Seminar in Organizational Psychology   (Credit 3)
  Research methodologies and theories related to social processes in organizations.
 
PSYC  7364:  
  Legal Issues   (Credit 3)
  Overview of the influence of law, government regulations and guideline, and professional principles and standards on the practice of Industrial-Organization Psychology. Primary focus is on fair employment and ethical issues.
 
PSYC  7365:  
  Leadership   (Credit 3)
  Theories, issues, and research in organizational leadership. Reviews basic paradigms of leadership, controversies among theories and studies, and difficulties in measuring leadership processes in organizations.
 
PSYC  7366:  
  Work Motivation   (Credit 3)
  Theories, issues, and research in work motivation, factors and processes influencing effort, intentions, performance, and other job behaviors such as work needs, motives, and values.
 
PSYC  7360:  
  Seminar in Training   (Credit 3)
  Training needs-analysis, development of training programs, evaluation of training outcomes.
 
PSYC  8320:  
  Field Work in Organization Development   (Credit 3)
  Skill-building for OD field work. Emphasizes process facilitation, communication, group problem solving, and organizational diagnosis skills.
 
PSYC  8393:  
  Selected Topics in Industrial-Organizational Psychology   (Credit 3)
  May be repeated for a maximum of nine semester hours with approval of Program Director. Topics will be described and posted in the Psychology Department prior to registration.
 

Social Courses

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PSYC  6378:  
  Social Cognition   (Credit 3)
  Prerequisite: Graduate standing or consent of instructor
The course is designed to explore perspectives and research on social cognition that both reflect and challenge mainstream assumptions in the field.
 
PSYC  6380:  
  Personal Relationships: Theory and Research   (Credit 3)
  Prerequisite: Graduate standing or consent of instructor
This course is designed to help students acquire greater knowledge about how research on relationships is approached and to critically analyze theory and research in the field.
 
PSYC  6381:  
  Social Psychological Methodology   (Credit 3)
  Various methodological orientations pertaining to experimental and quasi-experimental research in the social sciences.
 
PSYC  6389:  
  History and Theory of Social Psychology   (Credit 3)
  Prerequisite: Graduate standing in Psychology or consent of instructor
Survey of major historical and theoretical antecedents of modern social psychology.
 
PSYC  6394:  
  Selected Topics in Social Psychology   (Credit 3)
  May be repeated when topics vary. In-depth coverage of special topics in social psychology. (Past topics have included: Behavioral Medicine - Health Psychology, Grantsmanship, Social Learning, Experimental Social Psychology, Measurement in Social Psychology.)
 
PSYC  7331:  
  Psychological Research in Health Care Settings   (Credit 3)
  Health research topics and perspectives presented by selected faculty and other medical/health professionals.
 
PSYC  7332:  
  Program Evaluation   (Credit 3)
  May be repeated for a maximum of six semester hours. Design and evaluation of treatment and educational programs.
 
PSYC  7391:  
  Research in Personality and Social Contexts   (Credit 3)
  Systematic examination of topics relating personality factors and dimensions of social contexts.