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Concentration in Applied Research


The concentration in applied research is designed for students interested in pursuing a Ph.D. in various areas of psychology with an emphasis on applied research, such as sport psychology, police psychology, positive psychology, motivational psychology, multi-cultural psychology and clinical psychology.


Faculty and students in the Applied Research concentration apply diverse methods and findings from psychological science to solve practical problems of the human experience. Students will work in their mentor's specific area of applied psychology throughout their two years of course work, scholarly studies, and research.

Program Curriculum (36 hours)

Information on required courses for the program.
Methodology and Research Core (15 credit hours) Credit Hours
PSYC 605. Intermediate Inferential Statistics 3
PSYC 608 - Multivariate Statistical Methods in Psychology 3
PSYC 700 - Thesis 6
One course chosen from the following:
  • PSYC 602 - Psychological Research Methods
  • PSYC 606 - Measurement Theory
  • PSYC 805 - Single Case Experimentation
  • PSYC 836 - Hierarchical Linear Models
  • PSYC 840 - Mixed methods
Content Courses (9 credit hours chosen from the following and approved by adviser)
PSYC 610 - Applied Behavior Analysis 3
PSYC 613 - Cognitive Science 3
PSYC 616 - Social Psychology 3
PSYC 624 - Neuroscience 3
PSYC 625 - Human Neuropsychology 3
PSYC 628 - Introduction to Psychopharmacology 3
PSYC 690 - Experimental Analysis of Behavior 3
PSYC 855. Assessment and Consultation Practice 3
Concentration and Elective Courses (12 credit hours)
PSYC 695 – Practicum 3
Electives (9 credit hours approved by adviser) 9
Total Credit Hours: 36

Other experiences

In addition to course work and other requirements of the psychological sciences program (e.g., Apprenticeship, Research Roundtable), students participate in a monthly concentration meeting where faculty and students discuss published research and professional issues related to applied psychology.