GRADUATE PSYCHOLOGY COURSES

 

Courses not offered this academic year (fall/winter terms) are indicated by the words "NOT OFFERED THIS YEAR" below the course description. Nevertheless, students should refer to the Timetable as a final check.

The following courses are offered for Master's and PhD programs. The prerequisite for all courses: Permission of the Department.

(Information about Course Numbering System)

Psychology 5011
Correctional Psychology
Introduction to current research and clinical practice in correctional psychology with an emphasis on the Canadian scene. Typical topics include Canada's system of justice, training in correctional psychology, correctional rehabilitation, assessment of offender risk/needs, probation and parole, correctional institutions, juvenile offenders, anti-social personality disorder, recidivism, Ontario's Ministry of Correctional Services, Correctional Services Canada, juvenile homicide, sex offenders, forensic, psychological assessment, the insanity defense, criminal justice associations.
NOT OFFERED THIS YEAR

Psychology 5035
Health Psychology
Health psychology can be defined as the aggregate contribution of psychological science to the maintenance of health, the prevention of illness and the identification of etiologic, diagnostic and therapeutic processes in illness and related dysfunction. This course presents students with the major theories, hypotheses and data sets which bridge the realms of health/illness and behaviour. In addition, the methodologies and practices employed by health psychologists in their investigative and clinical endeavours will be discussed.
NOT OFFERED THIS YEAR

Psychology 5055
Eating Disorders and Obesity
An in-depth survey of eating disorders from a biopsychosocial perspective. Students will learn about the nature and treatment of the spectrum of disturbances in eating behaviour and body image. Specific topics include: regulation of eating and weight; dieting and body image; measurements; classification epidemiology, etiology and course of eating disorders; physiological aspects of eating disorders and obesity; treatment of these conditions.
NOT OFFERED THIS YEAR

Psychology 5071
Family and Marital Therapy
Introduction to relationship issues in couples and families. A selection of current theory, research and practice will be covered including models and techniques of family therapy, schizophrenia in the family, marital intimacy, couple counselling, extradvadic relations, separation and divorce, human sexology, sexual dysfunctions and sexual counselling. Throughout the course students will be referred to resources for ongoing education and training.
NOT OFFERED THIS YEAR

Psychology 5075
Mood Disorders
Provides students with an advanced-level knowledge of mood disorders. The course will cover the assessment and classification of mood disorders, etiologic factors, and treatment. Specific topics will include historical considerations, current issues in diagnosis, the role of genetics, course and outcome, the neurobiology of mood, cognitive models, the role of stress and life events, developmental factors, personality factors, suicide, biological treatment, and psychological treatment.

Psychology 5091 (9091)
Master's Practicum
Clinical MA candidates are required to complete a 400 hour practicum. Settings for practicums are designated and approved by the department, and supervision is provided by faculty members who are registered psychologists or other registered doctoral-level psychologists who are approved by the department.
Non-credit required course.

Psychology 5110
Interpersonal Behaviour and Psychopathology
An examination of the nature and role of interpersonal behaviour in various forms of psychopathology, including depression, shyness and social anxiety, personality disorders, eating disorders, schizophrenia, antisocial behaviour, and marital distress. Interpersonal perceptions, behaviour and communication are examined in family, peer, marital and client-therapist relationships.

Psychology 5111
Cognitive Neuropsychology
0-0; 3-0
A lecture/seminar course based on research in cognitive neuropsychology with the aim of understanding cognitive processes from a neuropsychological perspective. Included is research that involves a merging of interests of clinical neuropsychology and cognitive psychology. Selected research will demonstrate how the study of cognitive disorders can illuminate theories of both normal and impaired cognitive functioning.
NOT OFFERED THIS YEAR

Psychology 5130
Social Cognition
3-0; or 3-0
Provides students with an advanced understanding of the principles of social cognition through review of empirical research in the field. The course will cover how people perceive, think about, and remember social information, as well as how basic features of social cognition influence social behaviour and other psychological processes (e.g. depression, relationships, and discrimination). Specific topics will include knowledge representation, schemas, automaticity, judgmental biasses, affect and motivation, the self, and stereotyping.

Psychology 5151
Multivariate Statistics for Behavioural Research
This course will focus on various advanced statistical techniques that can be used in psychological research. Topics will include multiple regression, factor analysis, cluster analysis, structural modeling, discriminant function analysis, multivariate analysis of variance, meta-analysis, canonical correlation, sequential analyses, and loglinear modeling.

Psychology 5201
Clinical Assessment Techniques
Prerequisite: Psychology 3201 and permission of the Department
This course is designed to familiarize students with various assessment techniques and psychological tests. Several tests will be examined and the student will be required to demonstrate proficiency in their use. The research literature on these tests will be examined and other selected topics relevant to assessment will also be considered.

Psychology 5211
Psychogerontology
An examination of behavioural, cognitive, and psychosocial issues associated with potential vulnerability, disability, and disease in later life. The emphasis is on modes of adaptation, compensation, and choices of action that facilitate more effective solutions to the problems facing vulnerable seniors. The topics include assessment and intervention procedures that are appropriate for elderly residents of institutional and community settings.

Psychology 5250
Evaluation in a Health and Social Service Context
An examination of evaluation methodology relevant to the health and social services. The methods include evaluations ranging from process to outcome, which may be taken at the levels of the system, individuals or groups. The measures include self-report, reports by trained raters, observational data, and administrative data. Discussion of psychometric issues concerning assessment and evaluation across different sectors of health and social care. The use of indicators from administrative data is also discussed, including implications for policy decisions.
NOT OFFERED THIS YEAR

Psychology 5271
Ethical and Professional Issues
Ethical and legal issues arising from research and practice in clinical psychology will be examined. A.P.A., C.P.A. and COP standards are studied with reference to case material and issues drawn from a variety of areas of practice. Students will be assisted in preparing for registration as a Psychologist by provincial or state boards. Laws relating to practice, such as Child Abuse and Family Reform, will be studied in detail.

Psychology 5311
Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy
An overview of the science and practice of cognitive-behavioural therapy. Theoretical underpinnings, putative mechanisms of change, and therapeutic efficacy will be studied with reference to those psychological disorders for which this form of psychotherapy indicated. Students will also become familiar with specific CBT therapeutic interventions and practice issues.
Students who have previously taken Psychology 5301 may not take Psychology 5311 for credit.

Psychology 5415
Learning Disabilities
Prerequisite or co-requisite: Psychology 5201
Both theoretical and practical aspects of learning disabilities are covered. The emphasis is on diagnostic and remedial procedures for auditory, visual, language and non-verbal disabilities. Diagnostic procedures include the use of standardized tests, and techniques for analyzing children's deficits in reading, spelling and arithmetic. Remedial practices for each are discussed.

Psychology 5471
Psychopharmacology
3-0; 0-0
An overview of the biological bases of psychopharmacology. Some of the topics will include gross anatomical structures and function of the CNS, neuroanatomy, neurophysiology, neuroendocrinology, pharmacokinetics, pharmacodynamics and behavioural mechanisms of drug action. By the end of this course, the student should have a working knowledge of the various physiological mechanisms and pathways known to mediate behaviour, and show mastery of the psychopharmacology of therapeutic and nontherapeutic drug classes.
NOT OFFERED THIS YEAR

Psychology 5475
Behavioural Endocrinology
3-0; or 3-0
An in-depth review of the field of behavioural endocrinology, the study of how hormones affect behaviour and neural substrates. Specific topics will include basic concepts in endocrinology (e.g., the major classes of hormones, hormone synthesis, storage, release, transport, and deactivation), an examination of research methods used in the study of hormones and behaviour in both humans and animals, and a critical examination of research on hormonal effects on human behaviour (e.g., hormones and mood, hormones and memory, effects of hormone-like environmental toxins).

Psychology 5491
Clinical Psychopharmacology
0-0; 3-0
Prerequisite: Psychology 5471 or permission of the instructor
The foundations provided in Psychology 5471 will be developed, with particular emphasis on practical clinical issues. The student will gain sufficient knowledge to allow him/her to interact effectively and intelligently in a multidisciplinary treatment team environment. This knowledge will assist the clinician in assessment (e.g., differentiating symptoms from side-effects), treatment planning, monitoring the effectiveness of treatment, and collaborating in medication studies.
NOT OFFERED THIS YEAR

Psychology 5551
Clinical Interviewing
An introduction to a number of practice issues and skills that are necessary for practitioners in clinical psychology. Students will acquire interviewing skills that are common to most forms of contemporary psychotherapy. Interviewing skills for psychological diagnosis will also be acquired through role-play and videotaped mock interviews. Professional ethics, standards of conduct, multicultural and client diversity issues will also be explored.

Psychology 5571
Psychotherapy
This course will critically examine mainstream approaches to individual psychotherapy, such as psychoanalytic, humanistic, behavioural, family, feminist, and cognitive therapies. The emphasis will be on bridging the gap between theory and practice. Case discussions, role-plays of therapeutic styles, and critical analyses of recorded therapy sessions may be used to demonstrate the distinctive features of each theory. The research evidence for each approach will also be examined, and professional and ethical issues are discussed.

Psychology 5600
Research Seminar
All Psychology graduate students must register in this course in each year of their MA or MSc, and in each of the first three years of the PhD program. Any exceptions must be approved by the Area Director. Students are required to attend departmental colloquia and present their MA or MSc Thesis and PhD Dissertation proposals to faculty and students in the graduate program.
Non-credit required course.

Psychology 5711
Research Methods and Program Evaluation
An in-depth and critical review of topics in research methodology, philosophy of science, research problem formulation, and program evaluation.
NOT OFFERED THIS YEAR

Psychology 5731 (ST)
Special Topics in Psychology
Systematic and detailed study of specific topics in psychology at an advanced level. Selection of topics may vary from year to year.

Psychology 5751
Topics in Biological Psychology
Topics will vary from year to year, but will include, in different years, topics such as Animal Behaviour or Visual Perception.
NOT OFFERED THIS YEAR

Psychology 5801
Specialized Readings and Research Techniques
A course of specialized readings and/or research techniques may be arranged between students and faculty members. Topics generally relate to those areas of psychology in which faculty members have specific expertise or research experience. Before registering in this course, students must obtain the written permission of the professor who will direct their work, as well as written approval of the departmental Graduate Studies Committee.

Psychology 5811
Specialized Readings and Research Techniques
A course of specialized readings and/or research techniques arranged between students and faculty members. Topics generally relate to those areas of psychology in which faculty members have specific expertise or research experience. Before registering in this course, students must obtain the written permission of the professor who will direct their work, as well as written approval of the departmental Graduate Studies Committee.

Psychology 5901 (9901)
Master's Thesis

Psychology 6090 (9090)
PhD Practicum
Clinical PhD candidates are required to complete a 600 hour practicum. Settings for practicums are designated and approved by the department, and supervision is provided by faculty members who are registered psychologists or other registered doctoral-level psychologists who are approved by the department.
Non-credit required course.

Psychology 6092 (9092)
Internship
Clinical PhD candidates are required to complete a twelve-month (2000 hour) internship. Internship settings are designated and approved by the department, and supervision is provided by registered doctoral-level psychologists who are approved by the department. Students are encouraged to apply for CPA accredited internships and to use the APPIC matching service. Students should be aware that acquiring more than the minimum of 2000 hours can be of benefit when applying for professional registration or employment.
Non-credit required course.

Psychology 6211
Psychopathology of the Adult
The classifications systems for emotional and mental disorders will be studied together with a detailed analysis of the behaviours associated with various disturbances. The theoretical and experimental literatures relating to the etiology, maintenance, and therapy for these disturbances will be reviewed.
NOT OFFERED THIS YEAR

Psychology 6231
Psychopathology of Childhood and Adolescence
Atypical development of the child in the cognitive, language, social and emotional areas will be studied. A review will be made of autism, developmental delays, and learning disabilities, and the etiology, presentation, and treatment of the various disorders common to children and adolescents.

Psychology 6251
Advanced Assessment Techniques
Prerequisite: Psychology 5201
A study of the theoretical and applied aspects of psychological assessment. This course will include a practicum in interviewing skills and report writing, and will focus on advanced work on the interpretation of tests of intelligence, memory, personality, vocational aptitude and interest. Students will gain a working familiarity with the various software programs available for the interpretation of psychological tests using personal computers.

Psychology 6331
Psychosocial Problems Across the Life Span
The course will review theory and research on human social development across the life span, with a focus on psychosocial problems of children, adults, and the family, such as caregiver depression, child abuse, adolescent drug abuse, divorce, and elder abuse.
NOT OFFERED THIS YEAR

Psychology 6531
Community and Rural Psychology
This course will examine issues relevant to clinical practice in northern and underserviced areas. General principles of community psychology will be related to northern environments. The roles of government and community organizations in rural mental health will be studied, with special attention to the reports of various ministries and task forces. The research literature on recruitment and retention will be reviewed. Professional and ethical issues arising from practice in northern and underserviced regions will be covered.
NOT OFFERED THIS YEAR

Psychology 6751
Cultural Issues for Clinical Psychologists
Promotes the understanding of human diversity, which includes but is not limited to variability in culture, religion, race, nationality, sexual orientation, mental ability, lifestyle and gender. Research will be reviewed that is relevant to special problems such as violence, alcohol and substance abuse, suicide and unemployment. Where possible special attention will be devoted to issues related to the provision of clinical and consulting services to Indigenous peoples. Acculturation, Native values, test-fairness, Native self-government, and Native self-help examined in a clinical context. Where practical the course will include field training in these issues.

Psychology 6811
Clinical Practice Comprehensive Exam
An examination of the student's knowledge concerning competent and ethical clinical practice. Evaluation consists of a half-day sit-down written examination in which students are presented with clinical scenarios, for which they explicate issues regarding psychopathology, assessment, treatment and ethics that need to be considered in the care of the client.
Non-credit required course.

Psychology 6812
Science Comprehensive Exam
An evaluation of the student's understanding of research methodology in the field of Psychology. It involves a major paper or written examination outside the student's area of dissertation research to be determined in consultation with the Dissertation Advisory Committee. It is expected that a comprehensive paper will make a substantive and original contribution to knowledge in this area.

Psychology 6901 (9900)
PhD Dissertation


 

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