Graduate Catalog 2021-2022

Department of Psychological Sciences

Department website: http://www.wku.edu/psychological-sciences

Kelly Madole, Department Head
Kelly Thompson Hall 1039
(270) 745-3918
psychsciences@wku.edu

Faculty

Professor

Gordon C. Baylis PhD (Neuroscience), University of Oxford, 1985

Amy M. Brausch PhD (Psychology), Northern Illinois University, 2008

Reagan D. Brown PhD (Psychology), Virginia Tech, 1997

Kelly L. Madole PhD (Psychology), University of Texas at Austin, 1992

Andrew S. Mienaltowski PhD (Psychology), Georgia Institute of Tech, 2008

James F. Norman PhD (Psychology), Vanderbilt University, 1990

Associate Professor

Leslie L. Baylis PhD (Experimental Psychology), University of Oxford, 1990

Lance W. Hahn PhD (Psychology), University of Texas at Austin, 1994

Diane M. Lickenbrock PhD (Psychology), University of Notre Dame, 2010

Matthew C. Shake PhD (Educational Psychology), University of Illinois at Urbana-Champa, 2009

Aaron L. Wichman PhD (Psychology), The Ohio State University Main Campus, 2005

Assistant Professor

Katrina A. Burch PhD (Industrial/Organizational Psychology), University of Connecticut, 2018

Xiaowen Chen PhD (Industrial/Organizational Psychology), Florida Institute Technology, 2020

Jenni B. Teeters PhD (Psychology), University of Memphis, 2017

Matthew J. Woodward PhD (Psychology), University of Memphis, 2017

Psychological Sciences Courses

PSYS 423G    Psychology of Adult Life and Aging    3 Hours

Psychological processes in adulthood and aging. Emphasis on contemporary theories, methodological issues, and interactions of psychological, biological, social, and environmental factors in adulthood and aging.

Recent Term(s) Offered: winter 2019; summer 2019; spring 2020; fall 2021

PSYS 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.

Equivalent(s): PSY 424G

Recent Term(s) Offered: None

PSYS 431G    Psychology of Language    3 Hours

Overview of scientific study of human language abilities, with primary emphasis on individual psychological mechanisms. Note: A research methods course required.

Prerequisite(s): permission of instructor

Recent Term(s) Offered: None

PSYS 440G    Abnormal Psychology    3 Hours

Introduction to abnormal psychology emphasizing forms of abnormal behavior, etiology, developmental factors, interpretations, behavioral manifestations and treatment programs.

Prerequisite(s): (PSY 100 or PSYS 100) or permission of instructor

Equivalent(s): PSY 440G

Recent Term(s) Offered: None

PSYS 450G    Psychology of Personality    3 Hours

Overview of the major theoretical approaches to the study of personality, including historical as well as contemporary theorists, avenues of analysis, and concepts.

Prerequisite(s): PSY 100 or PSYS 100

Recent Term(s) Offered: None

PSYS 453G    Psychology of Women    3 Hours

Scientific study of the behavior and mental processes of girls and women. Topics include gender differences and similarities, inclusion of females in psychological research, psychological development of girls and women, sexuality, and mental health issues.

Recent Term(s) Offered: fall 2021

PSYS 465G    Psychopharmacology    3 Hours

Examination of psychoactive drugs and their effects upon the brain and neural mechanisms responsible for mind and behavior.

Prerequisite(s): permission of instructor

Recent Term(s) Offered: fall 2019; fall 2020; fall 2021

PSYS 473G    Training in Business and Industry    3 Hours

Theories, research and methods of training needs analysis, program design, implementation, and evaluation.

Prerequisite(s): (PSYS 370 or MGT 311) or permission of instructor

Recent Term(s) Offered: None

PSYS 510    Advanced Research Methods in Psychology    3 Hours

Examination of methodological concepts and issues in the conduct of psychological research.

Restriction(s): Enrollment is limited to students in Psychology (0469)

Recent Term(s) Offered: fall 2019; fall 2020

PSYS 512    Analysis of Variance    3 Hours

Examines the theory behind and application of between- and within-subjects designs, mixed designs, and other data analytic techniques with an emphasis on analysis of variance.

Restriction(s): Enrollment is limited to students in Psychology (0469)

Recent Term(s) Offered: spring 2019; spring 2020; spring 2021

PSYS 513    Correlation and Regression Analysis    3 Hours

Advanced analysis techniques appropriate to psychological research. Emphasizes regression analysis, partial correlation, moderated multiple regression, and analysis of covariance.

Restriction(s): Enrollment is limited to students in Psychology (0469)

Recent Term(s) Offered: fall 2019; fall 2020; fall 2021

PSYS 518    Statistics and Psychometric Theory    3 Hours

Introduction to psychometric theory. Emphasis on statistical techniques and construction of psychological measurement instruments.

Restriction(s): Enrollment is limited to students in Psychology (0469)

Recent Term(s) Offered: spring 2019; spring 2020; spring 2021; fall 2021

PSYS 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.

Recent Term(s) Offered: None

PSYS 521    Advanced Child Developmental Psychology    3 Hours

Particular emphasis on a critical review of current research in child development.

Recent Term(s) Offered: fall 2019

PSYS 530    Conditioning and Learning    3 Hours

Advanced discussion and critical analysis of theoretical approaches to associative learning with particular emphasis on experimental studies of Pavlovian and instrumental conditioning, motivation, and affect.

Restriction(s): Enrollment is limited to students in Psychology (0469)

Recent Term(s) Offered: None

PSYS 533    Advanced Topics in Cognition    3 Hours

Advanced overview of human cognition. Covers theory and research on the topics of learning, memory, attention, judgment and decision making, and problem-solving.

Restriction(s): Enrollment is limited to students in Psychology (0469)

Recent Term(s) Offered: fall 2019; fall 2021

PSYS 552    Advanced Social Psychology    3 Hours

Behavior of the individual in relation to social contexts. Topics include group dynamics, attitude formation and change, social influence processes, socialization, and language use in communication.

Restriction(s): Enrollment is limited to students in Psychology (0469) or Psychology (092)

Recent Term(s) Offered: spring 2020

PSYS 565    Cognitive Neuroscience    3 Hours

Graduate level introduction to the functional role of brain structure and activity in cognition and behavior.

Recent Term(s) Offered: spring 2019; spring 2021

PSYS 567    Advanced Physiological Psychology    3 Hours

Anatomy of the nervous system, relationships among the components of the nervous system and psychological functioning.

Restriction(s): Enrollment is limited to students in Psychology (0469) or Psychology (092)

Recent Term(s) Offered: fall 2020

PSYS 570    Job Analysis and Compensation    3 Hours

Overview of the I/O discipline with an emphasis on job analysis and compensation.

Recent Term(s) Offered: fall 2019; fall 2020; fall 2021

PSYS 571    Personnel Psychology    3 Hours

Employee selection procedures, with emphasis on criterion and validity issues. Direct involvement in data collection and analysis.

Prerequisite(s): PSYS 570

Recent Term(s) Offered: spring 2020; spring 2021

PSYS 572    Organizational Psychology    3 Hours

Selected topics relevant to work organizations. Emphasizes current theories and research practices.

Prerequisite(s): PSYS 570

Recent Term(s) Offered: spring 2019; spring 2020; spring 2021

PSYS 579    Internship in Industrial-Organizational Psychology    1-3 Hours (repeatable max of 6 hrs)

Internship experience for IO psychology graduate students. Student is required to locate appropriate internship site; site must be approved by faculty prior to registration.

Prerequisite(s): PSYS 570 and PSYS 571 and PSYS 572

Recent Term(s) Offered: winter 2019; spring 2019; summer 2019; summer 2020; summer 2021; fall 2021

PSYS 581    Professional and Ethical Issues in Psychological Sciences    3 Hours

Professional and ethical issues for basic and applied psychological sciences.

Recent Term(s) Offered: spring 2019; fall 2019; spring 2020; fall 2020; spring 2021; fall 2021

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

Individual readings or research.

Prerequisite(s): permission of instructor

Equivalent(s): PSY 590

Recent Term(s) Offered: spring 2019; fall 2019; spring 2020; summer 2020; spring 2021; summer 2021; fall 2021

PSYS 595    Practicum in Psychological Sciences    1-3 Hours (repeatable max of 4 hrs)

Supervised practical experience in a research setting.

Restriction(s): Enrollment is limited to students in Psychology (0469)

Recent Term(s) Offered: spring 2019; fall 2019; fall 2020; spring 2021; fall 2021

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

New developments and special topics in contemporary psychological research.

Equivalent(s): PSY 597

Recent Term(s) Offered: None

PSYS 599    Thesis Research/Writing    1-6 Hours (repeatable max of 6 hrs)

Research hours dedicated to the completion of psychology graduate program thesis.

Restriction(s): Enrollment is limited to students in Psychology (0469)

Equivalent(s): PSY 599

Recent Term(s) Offered: spring 2019; summer 2019; fall 2019; spring 2020; summer 2020; fall 2020; spring 2021; summer 2021; fall 2021

PSYS 600    Maintaining Matriculation    1 Hour (repeatable max of 6 hrs)

Maintaining matriculation.

Restriction(s): Enrollment is limited to students in Psychology (0469)

Recent Term(s) Offered: spring 2019; summer 2019; fall 2019; spring 2020; summer 2020; fall 2020; spring 2021; summer 2021

PSYS 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): PSY 640

Recent Term(s) Offered: fall 2020

PSYS 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): PSY 641

Recent Term(s) Offered: spring 2020

PSYS 670    Equal Employment Opportunity, the Law, and Ethical Considerations    3 Hours

Issues relevant to providing equal employment opportunity: EEOC and FEA guidelines regarding selection practices; review of major court decisions and their implications for the conduct of selection; professional and ethical considerations in the practice of I/O psychology.

Prerequisite(s): PSYS 570

Recent Term(s) Offered: spring 2020; spring 2021; fall 2021

PSYS 673    Advanced Training in Business and Industry    3 Hours

Theories, research and methods of training needs analysis, program design, implementation, and evaluation.

Prerequisite(s): PSYS 571 or permission of instructor

Recent Term(s) Offered: fall 2019; fall 2020; fall 2021

PSYS 771    Human Resources Management and Personnel Decisions for Organizational Leaders    3 Hours

Survey of leadership roles in managing human resources in organizations to achieve both individual and organizational objectives and ensure effective work practices in dynamic work environments. Topics include selection and placement of employees, evaluation of employee performance, compensation and benefits, and effective utilization of human capital.

Restriction(s): Enrollment is limited to students in Educational Leadership (0010)

Recent Term(s) Offered: None