Oct 16, 2018  
2017-2018 Graduate Bulletin 
2017-2018 Graduate Bulletin [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Department of Psychology


Rose Mary Webb, Chair

Twila Wingrove, Program Director for Psychology, Experimental Concentration

Denise Martz, Interim Program Director for Psychology, Clinical Concentration

Timothy Huelsman, Program Director for Industrial-Organizational Psychology and Human Resource Management

Pamela Kidder-Ashley, Program Director for School Psychology

Industrial-Organizational Psychology and Human Resource Management: The Department of Psychology participates jointly with the Department of Management to offer an interdisciplinary Master of Arts degree in Industrial-Organizational Psychology & Human Resource Management. This interdisciplinary M.A. degree is designed to equip students with advanced specialized training in human resource management. Students will have the opportunity to develop knowledge of theories, methods, and research findings and to acquire skills in applying this knowledge to organizational activities such as employee recruitment, selection, motivation, training and development, and performance appraisal. The program consists of 51 semester hours that include required course work in both the Psychology Department and the Management Department. Either an internship or a thesis is required.

Psychology: The Master of Arts in Psychology has two concentrations: Clinical and Experimental.

Note: The Master of Arts Program in Psychology will be not be considering students for the clinical concentration beginning in Fall 2018 as our faculty awaits potential approval of a PsyD program from the UNC system.

The primary purpose of the Clinical concentration is to prepare the student to function competently in a variety of applied psychological, medical or integrative health care settings by developing evidence-based clinical skills. Through a program of course work, research training, and strong experiential learning requirements (practica and an internship), students develop multiple applied competencies, including diagnostic interviewing, cognitive and personality assessment, and prevention and intervention skills (e.g., psychotherapy, behavioral medicine, community level). Using a scientist-practitioner model, graduates are prepared for professional practice with eligibility for licensure as Licensed Psychological Associates in North Carolina, and are also prepared to pursue doctoral training.

The primary purpose of the Experimental concentration is to provide a sound program of intensive course work and independent research beyond the bachelor’s degree, based on a mentoring model with student - faculty academic and research relationships as a central component. Upon completion of this program, the student is prepared to pursue various scientific and applied activities. Most students choose to pursue doctoral work at other institutions.

School Psychology: The School Psychology program has been approved by the National Association of School Psychologists since 1991. Our program provides learning experiences grounded in the scientist-practitioner model that enable our students to become well-rounded, effective school psychologists. Our graduates are prepared to work with diverse populations in a variety of education-related settings and to practice competently, ethically, and from a scientific perspective in the major domains of school psychology practice, including consultation, assessment, prevention, intervention, training, diversity, home-school collaboration, and applied research. The program consists of 72 semester hours and requires three years of full-time study, including a year-long, full-time internship and completion of the PRAXIS-II exam in School Psychology. Upon successful completion of all program requirements, graduates earn Master of Arts and Specialist in School Psychology degrees and are eligible for licensure by the NC Department of Public Instruction as Level II School Psychologists and for the Nationally Certified School Psychologist credential; they also may apply for NC licensure as Licensed Psychological Associates.

For more information about the programs offered, please refer to: http://psych.appstate.edu/students/graduate