Department of Psychology

http://www.wku.edu/psychology

Steve Wininger and Pitt Derryberry, Co-Department Heads
Gary A. Ransdell Hall 3012
(270) 745-2695
psychology@wku.edu

Faculty

Professor

Joseph P. Cangemi, EdD (Higher Education), Indiana University at Bloomington, 1974

Pitt Derryberry, PhD (Educational Psychology), University of Alabama, 2001

Frederick G. Grieve, PhD (Psychology, Clinical Psychology), University of Memphis, 1996

Carl L. Myers, PhD (Psychology), Iowa State University, 1995

Ronda C. Talley, PhD (Educational Psychology), Indiana University System, 1979

Steven R. Wininger, PhD (Educational Psychology, Sports Psychology), Florida State University, 1998

Associate Professor

Lisa C. Duffin, PhD (Educational Studies, Educational Psychology), Purdue University Main Campus, 2009

Anthony R. Paquin, PhD (Psychology), Texas A M University, 1997

Qin Zhao, PhD (Educational Psychology), University of Florida, 2008

Assistant Professor

Ryan L. Farmer, PhD, University of Memphis, 2015

Thomas J. Gross, PhD (Educational Psychology), Oklahoma State University Main Campus, 2013

Adam B. Lockwood, PhD (Educational Psychology), Northern Arizona University, 2015

Sarah E. Ochs, PhD (School Psychology), University of Houston, 2017

Jenni L. Redifer, PhD (Educational Psychology), University of Florida, 2012

Pedagogical Associate Professor

Krisstal Clayton, PhD (Psychology), New Mexico St University Main Campus, 2009

Instructor I

James R. Prather, PhD (Experimental Psychology), University of Louisville, 1997


Psychology Courses

PSY 412G   Psychology of Motivation and Emotion    3 Hours

A study of the principal theories of motivation and emotion. Examination of needs, cognition, and social aspects. Includes a critical review of research and application of these theories to human behavior.
Prerequisite(s): PSY 100 or PSYS 100.
Recent Term(s) Offered: summer 2017

PSY 421G   Psychology of Early Adolescence    3 Hours

Focuses on theory and research related to cognitive, personality, and social development in early adolescence. Theories are applied to important developmental contexts such as peers, families, and learning environments. Designed for students planning to meet middle grades certification requirements. Either PSY 421 or PSY 422, but not both, may be taken to satisfy the requirements of the psychology major or minor. PSY 421 may not be used to satisfy the Developmental Course Category restricted elective requirement for the major.
Prerequisite(s): PSY 100 or PSYS 100.
Recent Term(s) Offered: fall 2015

PSY 422G   Adolescent Psychology    3 Hours

Introduction to behavior and development from early adolescence to adulthood, emphasizing a critical review of research and literature.
Prerequisite(s): PSY 100 or PSYS 100.
Recent Term(s) Offered: spring 2015

PSY 424G   Topics in Developmental Psychology    3 Hours (repeatable max of 6 hrs)

A consideration of special topics to acquaint students with theoretical and research issues of particular interest in developmental psychology.
Prerequisite(s): graduate standing.
Recent Term(s) Offered: None

PSY 432G   Psychology of the Gifted and Creative    3 Hours

The course covers identification of gifted children and adults with an emphasis upon the development of educational programs which maximize the development of giftedness. Included will be a critical review of research and literature in the areas of giftedness and creativity.
Prerequisite(s): PSY 100 or PSYS 100.
Recent Term(s) Offered: spring 2015; fall 2015; spring 2016; summer 2016; fall 2016; spring 2017; summer 2017; fall 2017

PSY 435G   Moral Development and Education    3 Hours

An in-depth study of and reflection upon psychological theories of morality, moral development, moral functioning, and current models of moral education and professional identity.
Prerequisite(s): PSY 100 or PSYS 100 or equivalent and graduate standing.
Recent Term(s) Offered: None

PSY 436G   Applied Cognitive Psychology    3 Hours

Focus on the application of empirical cognitive findings to real-world memory tasks, reasoning, and problem solving. Topics covered include attentional processes applied to distracted driving, memory formation and retrieval as they relate to eyewitness testimony and recovered memories, and strategies for compensating for our limited short-term memory capacity.
Prerequisite(s): Permission of instructor.
Recent Term(s) Offered: None

PSY 440G   Abnormal Psychology    3 Hours

Introduction to abnormal psychology emphasizing forms of abnormal behavior, etiology, developmental factors, interpretations, behavioral manifestations and treatment programs.
Equivalent(s): PSYS 440G.
Recent Term(s) Offered: spring 2015; spring 2016; fall 2017

PSY 441G   Psychological Aspects of Alcoholism    3 Hours

Intensive study of theories and research regarding alcoholism; emphasis on application of psychological theories to the treatment of alcoholism.
Recent Term(s) Offered: None

PSY 442G   Beginning Skills in Psychological Interviewing    3 Hours

Paraprofessional skills for conducting structured and unstructured interviews in non-therapy settings. Emphasizes skills development but also covers some theoretical material.
Prerequisite(s): Six hours in psychology including PSY 100 or PSYS 100 and permission of instructor.
Recent Term(s) Offered: None

PSY 443G   Behavior Modification    3 Hours

Introduction to theory and application of behavior modification techniques. Emphasizes the use of behavior modification in education, child rearing, clinics and self modification. Course activities or assignments may require the individual to disclose personal information.
Prerequisite(s): Six hours of psychology including PSY 100 or PSYS 100, and permission of instructor.
Recent Term(s) Offered: summer 2015; spring 2016

PSY 470G   Psychology and Law    3 Hours

Psychological knowledge that is pertinent to the legal system. Emphasis on how human characteristics and psychological factors influence attitudes, decisions, and behavior throughout the legal process. Field trips to off-campus locations will be required. Students are responsible for arranging their own transportation.
Prerequisite(s): PSY 100 or PSYS 100 or equivalent and graduate standing.
Recent Term(s) Offered: None

PSY 499G   Senior Seminar in Psychology    3 Hours (repeatable max of 6 hrs)

Seminar in which major concepts and issues in psychology are considered. Directed reading, guest lectures, field trips, and/or oral reports by students are utilized.
Recent Term(s) Offered: None

PSY 505   Statistical Software for Behavioral Scientists    3 Hours

Develops proficiency in use of statistical software for mainframe and personal computers. Emphasis on SPSS. Data base management for the PC also addressed.
Prerequisite(s): Three hours of undergraduate statistics and graduate standing or permission of instructor.
Recent Term(s) Offered: None

PSY 510   Advanced Educational Psychology    3 Hours

Application of psychological and developmental theories to teaching and learning. Examination of cognitive, social, and moral development, learner diversity, learning theories, motivation, effective classroom management, productive instructional practices, and assessment.
Recent Term(s) Offered: spring 2015; summer 2015; winter 2016; spring 2016; summer 2016; spring 2017; summer 2017; fall 2017

PSY 511   Psychology of Learning    3 Hours

Theories of learning including conditioning, social learning, reinforcement, problem solving, motivation, and structure of the learning situation.
Recent Term(s) Offered: fall 2015; fall 2016; fall 2017

PSY 514   Program Evaluation    3 Hours

Examination of program accountability. Emphasizes all phases of evaluation. Also covers decision making processes.
Recent Term(s) Offered: fall 2015; fall 2016; fall 2017

PSY 519   Psychological Perspectives on Classroom Behavior    3 Hours

Strategies and techniques designed for coping with problem behaviors in the classroom. Covers both preventative and problem encounter measures.
Recent Term(s) Offered: spring 2015; spring 2016; spring 2017

PSY 520   Individual Differences and Human Diversity    3 Hours

Research and theory in aspects of human diversity, including intelligence, motivation, personality, achievement, and aptitudes. Both individual and group differences are addressed, and sources of diversity are explored.
Equivalent(s): PSYS 520.
Recent Term(s) Offered: summer 2015; summer 2016; summer 2017

PSY 540   Behavior Problems of Childhood and Adolescence    3 Hours

The major forms of psychopathology in children and adolescents, with emphasis upon recent research, classification systems and developmental patterns. Also covers clinical and school treatment of behavior problems encountered in the school setting.
Recent Term(s) Offered: summer 2015; summer 2016; summer 2017

PSY 541   Professional Issues and Ethics in Psychology    3 Hours

Ethics codes, professional behaviors, and legal issues in applied psychology
Recent Term(s) Offered: winter 2015; winter 2016; winter 2017

PSY 545   Clinical Child Psychology: Theory and Practice    3 Hours

For psychology or mental health profession students desiring to work with mental health problems in children and adolescents.
Prerequisite(s): PSY 540 or PSY 640 or permission of instructor.
Recent Term(s) Offered: fall 2015; fall 2016; fall 2017

PSY 560   Assessment of Individual Intellectual Functioning:Theories and Issues    3 Hours

Review of the theory and development of individually administered cognitive assessments used as basic tools in education and clinical diagnosis. Includes examination of issues in their use and interpretation.
Prerequisite(s): Permission of instructor.
Recent Term(s) Offered: fall 2015; fall 2016; fall 2017

PSY 561   Advanced Assessment in Educational Settings    3 Hours

Interpretation and integration of assessment information for use in educational settings. Includes tests, behavior ratings scales, ecological analysis, systematic observations, and functional behavioral assessment.
Prerequisite(s): PSY 560 and permission of instructor.
Recent Term(s) Offered: fall 2015; fall 2016; summer 2017; fall 2017

PSY 562   Practicum in Psychological Assessment    1-3 Hours (repeatable max of 6 hrs)

Supervised experience in the administration and interpretation of instruments and practices used in the assessment of intellectual abilities and learning problems in educational or clinical settings. Field experiences in appropriate off-campus settings may be required. Students are responsible for arranging their own transportation to designated or assigned sites.
Prerequisite(s): Permission of instructor.
Recent Term(s) Offered: spring 2015; fall 2015; spring 2016; fall 2016; spring 2017; fall 2017

PSY 590   Readings of Research Psychology    1-3 Hours (repeatable max of 9 hrs)

Individual readings or research. Arrangements must be made before enrollment.
Prerequisite(s): Departmental permission only.
Equivalent(s): PSYS 590.
Grade Mode: Pass/Fail
Recent Term(s) Offered: spring 2015; summer 2015; fall 2016; summer 2017; fall 2017

PSY 591   Internship in College Teaching    3 Hours

Problems and methods of teaching at the college level. Students enrolled in this course will concurrently teach a course in introductory or general psychology.
Recent Term(s) Offered: None

PSY 592   Psychology Internship    3 Hours (repeatable max of 6 hrs)

Applied supervised experiences for clinical and school psychologists. Students must meet minimum hour requirements as specified by the programs. Students are responsible for their own transportation to internship sites.
Prerequisite(s): Permission of instructor.
Recent Term(s) Offered: spring 2015; fall 2015; spring 2016; fall 2016; spring 2017; fall 2017

PSY 597   Trends and Scientific Approaches in Psychological Thinking    1-3 Hours (repeatable max of 6 hrs)

New developments and special topics in contemporary psychological research.
Equivalent(s): PSYS 597.
Recent Term(s) Offered: spring 2015; summer 2016

PSY 599   Thesis Research    1-6 Hours (repeatable max of 6 hrs)

Thesis research and writing directed by faculty committee.
Grade Mode: Pass/Fail
Recent Term(s) Offered: spring 2015; fall 2015; spring 2016; fall 2016; spring 2017; summer 2017; fall 2017

PSY 600   Maintain Matriculation    1-6 Hours (repeatable max of 6 hrs)

Continued enrollment for thesis completion.
Grade Mode: Non-graded
Recent Term(s) Offered: summer 2015; fall 2015; fall 2016; spring 2017; fall 2017

PSY 625   Seminar in School Psychology    3 Hours (repeatable max of 6 hrs)

Readings and discussion on current issues in the field of school psychology.
Prerequisite(s): Acceptance to the school psychology program or by permission of instructor.
Recent Term(s) Offered: spring 2015; spring 2016; spring 2017

PSY 637   Theories of Addiction    3 Hours

This course involves introduction to theoretical, philosophical and historical premises of addictions. Topics include professional ethics, diversity, family roles and relationships, and dual diagnosis.
Prerequisite(s): Admission to or completion of approved graduate program in helping profession, and instructor's permission.
Equivalent(s): CNS 637, SWRK 637.
Recent Term(s) Offered: None

PSY 640   Psychopathology    3 Hours

Major forms of child and adult psychopathology with emphasis upon recent research, classification systems, the modification of deviant behavior and developmental patterns of learning and motivation variables.
Equivalent(s): PSYS 640.
Recent Term(s) Offered: fall 2015; fall 2016; fall 2017

PSY 641   Theories of Psychotherapy    3 Hours

Selected theories and techniques of psychotherapy and counseling. Also covers group therapy, clinical topics, and professional and ethical issues.
Prerequisite(s): Permission of instructor.
Equivalent(s): PSYS 641.
Recent Term(s) Offered: spring 2015; spring 2016; spring 2017

PSY 642   Clinical Interviewing and Psychotherapy    3 Hours

Continuation of PSY 641 with emphasis on group, family, and marital psychotherapy.
Prerequisite(s): PSY 641 and permission of instructor.
Recent Term(s) Offered: fall 2015; fall 2016; fall 2017

PSY 643   Academic Assessment and Intervention    3 Hours

Diagnostic instruments and procedures for assessing educationally-related disabilities. Emphasis on current laws and regulations regarding special education, academic interventions, and Individualized Education Programs. Field experiences in appropriate off-campus settings may be required. Students are responsible for arranging their own transportation to designated or assigned sites.
Prerequisite(s): PSY 560, PSY 561 and permission of instructor.
Recent Term(s) Offered: spring 2015; spring 2016; spring 2017

PSY 645   Consultation in Educational and Mental Health Settings: Theory and Practice    3 Hours

Designed to provide theory and practice to mental health professionals. Theories and methods of mental health consultation in depth. Field experiences in appropriate off-campus settings may be required. Students are responsible for arranging their own transportation to designated or assigned sites.
Recent Term(s) Offered: spring 2015; spring 2016; spring 2017

PSY 646   Social Psychology for Applied Practice    3 Hours

Examines the impact of situations, relationships, and attributions on behavioral health and disorder development, diagnosis, and treatment. Explores the application of social psychological theories to the practice of clinical and school psychology.
Prerequisite(s): Permission of instructor.
Recent Term(s) Offered: spring 2016; spring 2017

PSY 647   Addictions: Assessment, Diagnosis, and Treatment Planning    3 Hours

This course involves the selection, administration, and interpretation of assessment methods and techniques used to diagnose addiction disorders, as well as the development of appropriate treatment plans and issues involved in treatment planning.
Equivalent(s): CNS 647, SWRK 647.
Prerequisite(s): Admission to or completion of approved graduate program in a helping profession, and instructor permission.
Recent Term(s) Offered: None

PSY 651   Clinical Neuropsychology for Applied Psychologist    3 Hours

Basic neural anatomy and functioning and biological systems will be presented along with the effect those systems have on behavior. Effective applied interventions for people who have neurological problems will be covered.
Prerequisite(s): Acceptance to a graduate program in the Department of Psychology or by permission of instructor.
Recent Term(s) Offered: spring 2016; spring 2017

PSY 660   Assessment of Personality and Socio-Emotional Functioning    3 Hours

Personality diagnosis using objective and projective techniques with emphasis on current research interpretation, and communication of assessment information.
Prerequisite(s): PSY 560 and permission of instructor.
Recent Term(s) Offered: spring 2015; spring 2016; spring 2017

PSY 662   Practicum in Psychology    1-3 Hours (repeatable max of 6 hrs)

Supervised practice in schools, clinics, specialized training centers, hospitals, industry, and research settings. Field experiences in appropriate off-campus settings may be required. Students are responsible for arranging their own transportation to designated or assigned sites.
Prerequisite(s): Permission of instructor.
Recent Term(s) Offered: spring 2015; fall 2015; spring 2016; fall 2016; spring 2017; fall 2017

PSY 667   Counseling Substance Abusers and Their Families    3 Hours

Counseling issues related to substance abuse diagnosis, treatment and aftercare program.
Equivalent(s): CNS 647, SWRK 647.
Recent Term(s) Offered: None

PSY 699   Specialist Project    1-6 Hours (repeatable max of 6 hrs)

Specialist project research and writing directed by faculty committee.
Grade Mode: Pass/Fail
Recent Term(s) Offered: spring 2015; summer 2015; fall 2015; spring 2016; summer 2016; fall 2016; spring 2017; fall 2017

PSY 700   Maintain Matriculation    1-6 Hours (repeatable max of 6 hrs)

Continued enrollment for specialist project completion.
Grade Mode: Non-graded
Recent Term(s) Offered: spring 2015; summer 2015; spring 2016; summer 2017

PSY 701   History and Systems of Applied Psychology    3 Hours

Survey of the history of clinical and school psychology with an emphasis on the theories and systems that drove the creation of these professions. Current trends in current clinical and school psychology and their impact on the fields will be examined.
Prerequisite(s): Admission to the Applied Psychology Psy.D. Program or permission of instructor.
Recent Term(s) Offered: summer 2016; summer 2017

PSY 741   Family Systems in Therapy    3 Hours

Reviews theories of family systems and the implications for therapy and working with families. Applies family systems assessment and therapy techniques to referral concerns.
Prerequisite(s): Admission to the Applied Psychology Psy.D. Program or permission of instructor.
Recent Term(s) Offered: fall 2016

PSY 751   Clinical Psychopharmacology    3 Hours

Overview of clinical psychopharmacology, including medication side effects and signs, contemporary prescribing practices, and working with medical professionals. Students will learn theoretical and biological bases of psychotropic medications.
Prerequisite(s): Acceptance to the PsyD in Applied Psychology Program or by permission of instructor.
Recent Term(s) Offered: spring 2016; fall 2017

PSY 766   Assessment of Autism Spectrum Disorder    3 Hours

Examines methods, instruments, and skills of assessing Autism Spectrum Disorder. Supervised practice with assessment instruments. Students are responsible for their own transportation to assessment sites.
Prerequisite(s): Admission to the Applied Psychology Psy.D. Program or permission of instructor.
Recent Term(s) Offered: summer 2016

PSY 777   Foundations of Supervision    3 Hours

Examination of theories, ethics and issues in clinical supervision. Field experiences in appropriate off-campus settings may be required. Students are responsible for arranging their own transportation to designated or assigned sites.
Prerequisite(s): Acceptance to the PsyD in Applied Psychology Program or by permission of instructor.
Recent Term(s) Offered: fall 2015; fall 2016; fall 2017

PSY 785   Doctoral Seminar in School Psychology    3 Hours

Readings and discussion on current issues in the field of psychology relevant to doctoral level school psychologists, such as systems level consultation, supervision, and private practice.
Prerequisite(s): Admission to the Applied Psychology Psy.D. Program or permission of instructor.
Recent Term(s) Offered: fall 2016

PSY 791   Advanced Psychology Practice    1,3 Hour

Advanced field experience (200 TO 600 clinical and supervision hours) for doctoral students. Applied Students are responsible for their own transportatlion to practicum sites.
Prerequisite(s): Acceptance to the PsyD in Applied Psychology Program or by permission of instructor.
Recent Term(s) Offered: spring 2017; fall 2017

PSY 792   Advanced Practicum in School Interventions    1,3 Hour

Supervised practice (200 to 600 clinical and supervision hours) in development of advanced problem-solving strategies and competencies for intervening with children and adolescents. Students are responsible for their own transportation to practicum sites.
Prerequisite(s): Admission to the Applied Psychology Psy.D. Program or Permission of Instructor.
Recent Term(s) Offered: None

PSY 799   Dissertation in Psychology    1,3 Hour (repeatable max of 6 hrs)

Research undertaken to complete requirements for the doctorate in applied psychology.
Prerequisite(s): Acceptance to the Psy.D. Applied Psychology Program and by permission of instructor.
Grade Mode: Pass/Fail
Recent Term(s) Offered: spring 2016; spring 2017; summer 2017

PSY 801   The Profession of Clinical Psychology    3 Hours

Survey of the issues and opportunities in the applied practice of psychology. The legal, financial, professional, and ethical issue of applied practice will be addressed.
Prerequisite(s): Admission to the Applied Psychology Psy.D. Program or Permission of Instructor.
Recent Term(s) Offered: spring 2017

PSY 862   Advanced Psychotherapy Interventions    3 Hours (repeatable max of 6 hrs)

Practice in evidence-based, contemporary psychotherapy techniques. Students will learn advanced and emerging techniques to complement existing therapeutic skills.
Prerequisite(s): Acceptance to the Doctor of Psychology in Applied Psychology Program or by permission of instructor.
Recent Term(s) Offered: fall 2016; fall 2017

PSY 877   Advanced Clinical Supervision    3 Hours

Advanced topics in supervision including specialized settings, challenging supervisees, and technology and supervision. Students are responsible for arranging their own transportation to designated or assigned sites.
Prerequisite(s): Acceptance to the PsyD Applied Psychology Program, PSY 777 or by permission of instructor.
Recent Term(s) Offered: spring 2016; spring 2017

PSY 895   Pre-Doctoral Internship    1-3 Hours (repeatable max of 6 hrs)

Full-time applied psychology internship following the guidelines for the American Psychological Association. Taken at end of doctoral training coursework.
Prerequisite(s): Acceptance to the Psy.D. Applied Psychology program and by permission of instructor.
Grade Mode: Pass/Fail
Recent Term(s) Offered: fall 2017