Psychology and Social Intervention

Degree Requirements

Degree Requirements

Students take 72 credits.  Requirements for program completion include:

  • Core courses in Psychology and Social Intervention (e.g., Theories of Change in Applied Psychology, Understanding and Measuring Social Contexts, and Development and Prevention Science)
  • Core design, methodology, and statistics sequence (e.g., Research Design and Methods in the Behavioral Sciences, Methods for the Analysis of Change, Multi-level Modeling, and Research Using Mixed Methods)
  • Intervention-research or Policy-Research practica (two semesters)
  • Psychology and Social Intervention elective courses (at least three)
  • Participation in a weekly seminar
  • Completion of a 2nd year empirical paper
  • Completion of a two part comprehensive examination.  Part A is Methodology, Part B is Theoretical
  • Completion of a one-year practicum in social intervention
  • Completion of an independent empirically-based dissertation
Sample Psychology and Social Intervention Curriculum
Course of Study: PSSI (Ph.D)    
       
Course No. Course Title
Credits
Required 
       
Department Requirement (3 points)  
3.0
APSY-GE 3009 Theories of Change in Applied Psychology 
3.0
 
Foundations (6 points)    
6.0
APSY-GE 2825 Understanding and Measuring  the Social Contexts of Development
3.0
 
APSY-GE 2826 Intervention and Social Change
3.0
 
Research (15-18 points)  
15.0-18.0
APSY-GE 2073 Research Design and Methods in the Behavioral Sciences
3.0
 
RESCH-GE 2003 Intermediate Quantitative Methods: The General Linear Model
3.0
 
RESCH-GE 2004 Advanced Quantitative Methods: A Survey of Multivariate Analysis
3.0
 
PSYCH-GA 2248 Methods for the Analysis of Change OR Multi-level Modeling I
3.0
 
RESCH-GE 2140 Qualitative Field Research 
3.0
 
  May select one of the following (not required):    
PSYCH-GA 2239 ANOVA
3.0
 
PSYCH-GA 2247 Structural Equation Methods
3.0
 
APSY-GE 2140 Measurement and Evaluation: Psychometric Theory  
3.0
 
APSY-GE 2141 Measurement: Modern Test Theory 
3.0
 
RESCH-GE 2012 Causal Inference
3.0
 
Specialized Research Methods (3 points)  
3.0
APSY-GE 2835 Research Using Mixed Methods
3.0
 
Departmental Seminar (12 points)  
12.0
* Students must enroll each term for 3 points per term     
APSY-GE 2830 Advanced Seminar in Psychology and Social Intervention 
3.0
 
Specialization (15 points)  
15.0
APSY-GE 2827 Practicum in Intervention or Policy Research I
3.0
 
APSY-GE 2828 Practicum in Intervention Policy Research II
3.0
 
  Three of the following:    
APSY-GE 2832 Child Development and Social Policy 
3.0
 
APSY-GE 2527 Development of Immigrant Origin Youth 
3.0
 
APSY-GE 2833 Special Issues in the Social Development of African American Children
3.0
 
  Developmental and Prevention Sciences
3.0
 
APSY-GE 2834 Program Evaluation
3.0
 
APSY-GE 2450 HIV Prevention and Counseling
3.0
 
APSY-GE 2022 Health Psychology in Human Development
3.0
 
APSY-GE 2041 Women and Mental Health 
3.0
 
APSY-GE 2831 Families and Schools
3.0
 
Cognate/Electives (6-9 points)  
6.0-9.0
* 2-3 doctoral level courses anywhere in the university that enhance students' expertise in their area of specialization. Should be chosen with advisor approval.    
   
  Doctoral Cognate 1
3.0
 
  Doctoral Cognate 2
3.0
 
  Doctoral Cognate 3 (optional)
3.0
 
Pre-dissertation Research Seminar (6 points)  
6.0
   * Must enroll for 2 semesters    
APSY-GE 2838 Project Seminar
3.0
 
Dissertation Proposal Seminar (3 points)  
3.0
APSY-GE 3001 Dissertation Research 
3.0
 
Other Requirements      
  2nd Year Empirical Paper    
  Comprehensive Exam    
  Independent Empirically-based Dissertation    
       
  Total Number of Credits*  
72.0
* Students are expected to consult with their advisors to formulate a course of study that equals 72 points   
Areas of research focus may include:
  • The analysis and change of human service and community organizations
  • Consequences of poverty, social exclusion and discrimination
  • The analysis and restructuring of ecological transitions (e.g., between neighborhoods, between school and work)
  • The design and evaluation of prevention and promotion programs
  • Analysis and evaluation of public policies relevant to health, education, and well-being
  • Experiences of racial, ethnic, sexual, immigrant, and other minorities in organizational, community, and transnational contexts
  • Setting level influences on intergroup disparities or relationships
IES-funded Pre-doctoral Interdisciplinary Research Training

Prospective students applying to the Department of Applied Psychology are eligible for the IES-funded Pre-doctoral Interdisciplinary Research Training (IES-PIRT) program, a fellowship program designed to train students to become outstanding researchers in the educational sciences. Prospective doctoral applicants interested in a 4-year fellowship: Please click here for further information regarding the IES-PIRT program. We recommend that you make your interest in the IES-PIRT fellowship program clear in your application materials to the department to which you are applying. Learn more about this program.