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1 Master of Science in Psychology

2 Master of Science in Psychology at Southern New Hampshire University As the 21st century unfolds, the importance of behavior as a factor in addressing social issues is becoming increasingly obvious. Globalization is closing the barriers and gaps in communication, and technology is transforming how people interact with one another and think about themselves. Consequently, employers are seeking out individuals with a psychology background to tackle issues in education, business, criminal justice, safety and security, decision making, risk assessment, rehabilitation and prevention. Globalization is closing the barriers and gaps in communication, and technology is transforming how people interact with one another and think about themselves. Consequently, employers are seeking out individuals with a psychology background to tackle issues in education, business, criminal justice, safety and security, decision making, risk assessment, rehabilitation and prevention. The 36-credit Master of Science in Psychology at Southern New Hampshire University and the concentrations in Child and Adolescent Development Psychology, Industrial-Organizational Psychology and Forensic Psychology prepare students to analyze the connections between classic psychology theories and contemporary research/issues as well as develop high-level qualitative and quantitative skills through application-based learning. The M.S. in Psychology degree at SNHU and its companion concentrations were developed by doctorally prepared faculty and veteran psychology experts. The psychology programs were designed to meet core competencies as determined by the American Board of Professional Psychology and the Society for Industrial & Organizational Psychology, with a special emphasis on the real-world benefits of the application of psychological principles. SNHU has an 80-year history of making higher education both affordable and accessible. As an institution, SNHU makes a commitment to student success, from the time students inquire through their entire career. Academic counselors act as guides, advising them on course path and assisting as they successfully navigate to online learning. Career services prepares students new to the workforce and assists with job searches, networking opportunities and career changes. Admission Requirements The M.S. in Psychology degree program requires individuals to have earned a BA/BS in Psychology or a bachelor s degree in another discipline and have completed undergraduate course work in the following two areas: Social Science Statistics Social Science Research Methods GRE and GMAT scores are not required. Students who do not meet this criteria may be provisionally accepted and complete the recommended course work before beginning their graduate classes. SNHU may accept up to 6 credits toward an M.S. in Psychology when transferring from another school. Tuition and Financial Aid The online M.S. in Psychology at SNHU has a low tuition rate of $627 per credit, or $1,881 per course. The total cost for this 36-credit program is $22,572 and financial aid is available to those who qualify. SNHU works closely with employment reimbursement programs and offers active-duty military discounts. Master of Science in Psychology 2

3 Online Psychology Master s Degree Options In addition to the M.S. in Psychology, we also offer the following online master s degree in psychology programs: M.S. Psychology Concentrations Child & Adolescent Development Psychology Industrial-Organizational Psychology Forensic Psychology M.S. in Psychology The Master of Science in Psychology is a 36-credit online degree program that is grounded in the perspective that psychology has direct applications in the day-to-day realities of individuals, communities and organizations. Students will deepen their understanding of psychology in critical areas such as research methods, cognitive psychology, social psychology, personality, learning theory, and ethical practice in psychology. The program was developed by doctoral-level faculty and industry experts, with coursework that places an emphasis on the practical application of psychological research to real-world contexts. Students hone their skills as they work through case studies relevant to psychological theories and methods. The M.S. in Psychology includes a seven-course core that features courses in psychology research, measurement, ethics and more. Students choose electives in psychology and other areas, tailoring their education to an area of interest. This may include one of the concentration areas: Child and Adolescent Development Psychology, Industrial-Organizational Psychology and Forensic Psychology. This approach extends students knowledge and expertise in the discipline, effectively preparing them to apply their skills in a wide variety of professions and contexts. The rapidly changing professional landscape of the 21st century has led to a growing demand for individuals with the formal psychology background that the M.S. in Psychology provides. Industries such as business, marketing, education, health services, criminal justice, sport management and information technology are increasingly seeking out individuals with these credentials to help improve performance, motivation and general well-being within organizations. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics has projected that the need for psychologists with grow by 22 percent through the year While the online M.S. in Psychology and its concentrations do not lead to licensure or certification, the courses align with industry standards and guidelines to provide the skills needed to apply psychology principles in businesses and organizations or pursue doctoral-level course work. Master of Science in Psychology 3

4 M.S. in Psychology Curriculum Code Course Name Term Credits Prerequisites 510 Research Methods in Psychology I Advanced Social Psychology Research Methods in Psychology II 2 3 RSCH Method I 540 Advanced Cognitive Psychology Theories of Personality Measurement and Assessment 3 3 RSCH I & II 570 Ethical Practice in Psychology 4 3 Elective 4 3 Elective 5 3 Elective 5 3 Elective Capstone in Psychology 6 3 All Coursework Total Credit Hours 36 M.S. Psychology Electives: Choose four courses from the following list, at least two of which need to be 600-level courses: Any 500-level or 600-level PSY course EDU 543 Learning Theories and Instruction JUS 603 Law, Ethics, and Justice System JUS 621 Contemporary Issues in Homeland Security OL 675 Leadership and Ethics OL 676 Women in Leadership SPT 510 Sport and Society WCM 510 Negotiation and Advocacy in the Workplace WCM 610 Introduction to Organizational Conflict Management WCM 620 Managing Difficult Conversations at Work Foundation Courses: For those who do not meet the minimum requirements, the following courses may be required: SCS 501 Foundations in Statistics SCS 502 Foundations in Research Methods Master of Science in Psychology 4

5 Some careers that SNHU s M.S. in Psychology will prepare you for include: Academic advisor Behavioral health specialist Care coordinator Case manager Human resource manager Market researcher Social service manager Health project coordinator Research assistant Clinical specialist Instructor Intake counselor Mental health worker Program coordinator Social services worker Supervised visitation coordinator Victim s advocate M.S. in Psychology Outcomes Graduates of the M.S. in Psychology degree program will have developed subject matter expertise, empathy, reflectivity, communication, collaboration and an appreciation for alternative perspectives as a fundamental part of the course work. The curriculum is designed to bridge the gap between theory and practice. SNHU s M.S. in Psychology enables graduates to: Advocate for and extend psychology s role and responsibility in promoting agency and the psychological well-being of individuals, communities and organizations. Adapt to shifting demands and ill-structured problems by critically evaluating the relevance, priority and appropriateness of various pieces of information and potential courses of action. Design, conduct and evaluate research through the lens of its potential to advance knowledge in the field and the psychological well-being of individuals, communities and organizations. Integrate psychological theories, methods and research to generate new knowledge. Incorporate empathy, reflectivity, and an appreciation for collaboration and diversity of perspectives into efforts to promote agency and the psychological well-being of individuals, communities and organizations. Protect the integrity and professional responsibility of psychology through the demonstration of ethical comportment in all aspects of the profession. This program does not prepare you for state licensure. SNHU does not guarantee job placement. Occupations listed are representative sample positions that the M.S. in Psychology degree may qualify students for. Master of Science in Psychology 5

6 The Bureau of Labor Statistics projects that the growth in child psychology positions will be higher than average expansion rates of up to 15% are expected. Child and Adolescent Development Concentration The Child and Adolescent Development Psychology concentration is grounded in the perspective that psychology has direct applications in the day-to-day realities of individuals, communities and organizations. You ll be empowered to serve as change agents in professions that work with children and their families. And the job outlook is good: the Bureau of Labor Statistics projects that the growth in child psychology positions will be higher than average expansion rates of up to 15 percent are expected. Five child psychology specialty courses provide in-depth study of advanced developmental psychology, cognitive neuropsychology and intervention strategies, all required competencies for a quality master s degree in child psychology. The program was built on the following American Board of Professional Psychology Child and Adolescent Psychology Core Competencies: Science Base and Application Assessment Intervention Consultation Supervision/Teaching/Management Interpersonal Interactions Individual and Cultural Diversity Ethical and Legal Foundations Professional Identification The Child and Adolescent Development Psychology concentration includes a capstone and seminar course in which students integrate all they have learned into a faculty- and peer-reviewed project that focuses on a contemporary issue in child psychology. Master of Science in Psychology 6

7 Child and Adolescent Development Concentration Curriculum Code Course Name Term Credits Prerequisites 510 Research Methods in Psychology I Advanced Social Psychology Research Methods in Psychology II 2 3 RSCH Method I 540 Advanced Cognitive Psychology Theories of Personality Measurement and Assessment 3 3 RSCH I & II 570 Ethical Practice in Psychology Advanced Developmental Psychology Cognitive Neuropsychology Intervention Strategies Seminar in Child & Adolescent Psychology Capstone in Psychology 6 3 All Coursework Total Credit Hours 36 Foundation Courses: For those who do not meet the minimum requirements, the following courses may be required: SCS 501 Foundations in Statistics SCS 502 Foundations in Research Methods Some careers that SNHU s Child and Adolescent Development Psychology Concentration will prepare you for include: Youth counselor Behavior development specialist School social worker Day care administrator Youth advocate Parent educator Family crisis case manager Behavioral therapist Child development center program manager Child and Adolescent Development Concentration Outcomes Upon completion of the Child and Adolescent Development Psychology concentration, you will develop specialized skills in addition to the knowledge learned in the M.S. in Psychology curriculum: Develop assessment, intervention and consultation strategies that address the unique individual, cultural and psychological needs of children and families. Apply psychological theories and methods in the assessment, intervention and prevention of psychological, emotional, psychophysiological and behavioral disorders in children and adolescents. This program does not prepare you for state licensure. SNHU does not guarantee job placement. Occupations listed are representative sample positions that the M.S. in Psychology degree may qualify students for. Master of Science in Psychology 7

8 The U.S. Department of Labor s Occupational Outlook Handbook states that Industrialorganizational psychologists will be in demand to help to boost worker productivity and retention rates in a wide range of businesses. I-O psychologists will help companies deal with issues such as workplace diversity and anti-discrimination policies. Companies also will use psychologists expertise in survey design, analysis and research to develop tools for marketing evaluation and statistical analysis. Industrial-Organizational Concentration Designed to align to the standards and competencies of the Society for Industrial-Organizational Psychology (SIOP), the Industrial-Organizational Psychology concentration will empower you to serve as a change agent in any organization. This concentration is a focus on workplace behavior, employee satisfaction, leadership development and other factors areas of psychology that have direct applications in the day-to-day realities of individuals, communities and organizations. The career outlook for this field is good: The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics has projected that I-O psychology will be the fastest-growing specialty in the field, which was echoed in a recent Wall Street Journal article entitled Hot Jobs for Five industrial and organizational psychology courses will deepen your understanding in critical areas such as motivation in the workplace, psychology of leadership, and organizational consulting. The Industrial-Organizational Psychology concentration includes a capstone and seminar course in which students integrate all they have learned into a faculty- and peer-reviewed project that focuses on a contemporary issue in I-O psychology. Master of Science in Psychology 8

9 Industrial-Organizational Concentration Curriculum Code Course Name Term Credits Prerequisites 510 Research Methods in Psychology I Advanced Social Psychology Research Methods in Psychology II 2 3 RSCH Method I 540 Advanced Cognitive Psychology Theories of Personality Measurement and Assessment 3 3 RSCH I & II 570 Ethical Practice in Psychology Motivation in the Workplace Psychology of Leadership Organizational Consulting Seminar in IOP Capstone in Psychology 6 3 All Coursework Total Credit Hours 36 Some careers that SNHU s Industrial-Organizational Psychology Concentration will prepare you for include: Advertising & marketing analyst Corporate trainer Public affairs liaison Health services coordinator Human resources manager Organizational developer Talent manager Employee relations director Career planner Evaluator and assessor Leadership development Product design and testing Behavior analyst Foundation Courses: For those who do not meet the minimum requirements, the following courses may be required: SCS 501 Foundations in Statistics SCS 502 Foundations in Research Methods Industrial-Organizational Concentration Outcomes Upon completion of the Industrial-Organizational Psychology concentration, you will develop specialized skills in addition to the knowledge learned in the M.S. in Psychology curriculum: Adapt psychological theories and methods for their appropriate and effective application in industrial-organizational settings. Design, develop and evaluate performance and training initiatives that adhere to best practices of industrial organizational psychology and effectively address the unique needs and goals of organizations. This program does not prepare you for state licensure. SNHU does not guarantee job placement. Occupations listed are representative sample positions that the M.S. in Psychology degree may qualify students for. Master of Science in Psychology 9

10 The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that other psychologists, which includes forensic psychologists, earned a median salary of $90,020 in Employment in this field is projected to increase 11 percent from 2012 to SOURCE: Bureau of Labor Statistics. Forensic Psychology Concentration Enhance your master s in psychology and your professional skillset with a concentration in forensic psychology. Learn how psychology research methods, findings and theories have practical applications in the legal and criminal justice system with SNHU s 12-course, 36-credit online forensic psychology degree curriculum. Emphasis is placed on critical thinking and problem solving in complex, ill-structured environments. Through the forensic psychology-focused coursework, you ll gain an understanding of the forensic psychologist s role by practicing and applying forensic psychological theories and methods. Explore the responsibilities of the field and how they relate to legal, ethical and diversity issues. The Forensic Psychology concentration includes both a seminar and a capstone course. Students integrate all they have learned into a faculty- and peer-reviewed project that focuses on a contemporary issue in forensic psychology. Upon completing your Master of Science in Forensic Psychology, you ll be prepared to pursue other graduate programs and licensing opportunities to gain the experience you need to become a licensed forensic psychologist. Master of Science in Psychology 10

11 Forensic Psychology Concentration Curriculum Code Course Name Term Credits Prerequisites 510 Research Methods in Psychology I Advanced Social Psychology Research Methods in Psychology II 2 3 RSCH Method I 540 Advanced Cognitive Psychology Theories of Personality Measurement and Assessment 3 3 RSCH I & II 570 Ethical Practice in Psychology Forensic Psychology Assessment for Forensic Psychology 5 3 PSY Intersection of Law and Psychology 5 3 PSY Psychology in the Courtroom 6 3 PSY Capstone in Psychology 6 3 All Coursework Total Credit Hours 36 Foundation Courses: For those who do not meet the minimum requirements, the following courses may be required: SCS 501 Foundations in Statistics SCS 502 Foundations in Research Methods SNHU s Forensic Psychology concentration will prepare you to work in a variety of settings, including: Colleges and universities Correctional facilities Federal government Hospitals Judicial court system Law enforcement agencies Private practices Research firms Forensic Psychology Concentration Outcomes Courses in SNHU s online forensic psychology degree concentration enable graduates to: Adapt psychological theories and methods for their appropriate and effective application in forensic psychology settings Evaluate the impact of the law on the field of forensic psychology and the roles of a forensic psychologist Adapt to shifting demands and ill-structured problems by critically evaluating the relevance, priority and appropriateness of various information and potential courses of action Design, conduct and evaluate research through the lens of its potential to advance knowledge in the field and the psychological well-being of individuals, communities and organizations Integrate psychological theories, methods and research to generate new knowledge Protect the integrity and professional responsibility of psychology through the demonstration of ethical comportment in all aspects of the profession This program does not prepare you for state licensure. SNHU does not guarantee job placement. Occupations listed are representative sample positions that the MS in Psychology degree may qualify students for. Master of Science in Psychology 11

12 Course Descriptions M.S. in Psychology Core Courses: Enroll in seven courses that encompass the core of the M.S. in Psychology, and a capstone course that integrates all coursework and practical experience into a project on your chosen subject. PSY 510 Research Methods in Psychology I In this course, students will have the opportunity to incorporate the methods commonly used in psychological research. As part of these methods, students learn how to gather and analyze data across a variety of settings. These newly acquired skills and techniques will be reinforced by application to a contemporary issue in social psychology. PSY 520 Research Methods in Psychology II In this course, students will develop a deeper understanding of the research process and data analysis by applying skills learned in PSY 510 and building on them with new skills and techniques including advanced research design and use/interpretation of higher-level statistical tests (ANOVA, regression, etc.). These newly acquired skills and techniques will be reinforced by application to a contemporary issue in cognitive psychology. PSY 530 Advanced Social Psychology This course expands on the student s knowledge of social psychology and includes major topics from that field. The focus of this course is on contemporary social psychology issues and research related to people s interactions with the environment, technology, and society, as well as classic studies and theories in the field including those related to conformity, obedience, identity, and attitudes that remain relevant. Students will evaluate the perspectives, relevancy, and usefulness of social psychology to real world issues and problems. PSY 540 Advanced Cognitive Psychology This course expands on the student s knowledge of cognitive psychology and includes major topics from that field. The focus of this course is on contemporary cognitive psychology issues and research related to people s mental processes and how these impact their interactions with the environment, technology, and society, as well as classic studies and theories in the field including those related to memory, language, attention, learning, and decision-making that remain relevant. Students will evaluate the perspectives, relevancy, and usefulness of cognitive psychology to real world issues and problems. PSY 550 Measurement and Assessment In this course, students will have the opportunity to learn and apply psychometric techniques commonly used in psychology. This course will instruct students on measurement techniques and strategies for psychological purposes, as well as the analysis and assessment of gathered data. PSY 560 Theories of Personality This course will emphasize contemporary theories, research, and approaches in personality psychology, connecting these to classic theorists such as Freud as well as other historical traditions and perspectives. The past and present impact of these theories within the everchanging field of psychology will be explored, as well as the impact they have on culturally diverse clients and special populations. Master of Science in Psychology 12

13 PSY 570 Ethical Practice in Psychology This course provides a comprehensive overview of the principles of ethical practice within the field of psychology. Topics include experimentation, confidentiality, respect, resolving ethical dilemmas, professional standards of conduct, and the psychology of ethical behavior. Concentration Courses: PSY 545 Forensic Psychology This course focuses on the foundational knowledge of forensic psychology, including its historical roots and current trends with a focus on the evolution of practical and research based approaches in clinical settings. It will explore the roles and responsibilities of specialty areas in forensic psychology and how they unfold related to legal, ethical and diversity issues. PSY 612 Motivation in the Workplace This course will cover the psychological theories of motivation and how they relate to the workplace as well as the field of industrial organizational psychology. It will explore factors that motivate individuals in organizational settings, strategies to identify motivation problems, and ways to address those issues using psychological techniques. PSY 614 Psychology of Leadership This course combines theory and practice by addressing contemporary issues and connecting them to psychological theories in the field of organizational leadership. It will utilize research, case studies, and real-world situations to teach students how psychological practices can be used to assess and improve leadership in organizations. PSY 616 Organizational Consulting This course will explore the relevant skills needed for a successful organizational consultation by an industrial organizational psychologist. Students will study how to diagnose an organization using psychological methods (measurement), how to develop a strategy to address any issues (assessment), and how to practically carry out that plan (application). PSY 618 Seminar in IOP This course is a culmination of the student s work in industrial organizational psychology. It will bring together the skills learned in the previous courses and requires that students demonstrate their proficiency in the areas of motivation, organizational leadership and consulting. PSY 622 Assessment for Forensic Psychology This course tackles topics in forensic assessment, including historical context, relevant theories, techniques, tools and procedures. Students will analyze criminal justice, family and child custodial law, and pathology-based case study data sets using contemporary assessment approaches to gain practical insights. Students will be required to consider ethical, multicultural and age-based variables while interpreting case-based results. Master of Science in Psychology 13

14 PSY 624 Intersection of Law and Psychology This course focuses on the crossroads at which the legal system and psychology meet. The forensic psychologist s roles and challenges within the legal system will be covered as well as ethical dilemmas. It will explore how psychologists can impact court proceedings with respect to providing expert testimony and determining mental states of the witnesses or the accused. This course will also review U.S. Supreme Court cases that influence current policies that influence the mental and physical well being of incarcerated persons. PSY 626 Psychology in the Courtroom This course is a seminar in which students will synthesize their learning from the three previous concentration courses to gain a full understanding of the forensic psychologist s roles in trial consulting, jury selection and assessing eyewitness account integrity in the courtroom. Students will demonstrate mastery of concentration in content through a comprehensive project. M.S. in Psychology students who do not choose a concentration must choose four courses from the M.S. in Psychology Electives list or Concentration courses, at least two of which need to be 600-level courses. PSY 632 Advanced Developmental Psychology This course expands on the student s knowledge of developmental psychology and includes major topics from that field. Research and theoretical perspectives are used to help students understand contemporary topics central to childhood and adolescent development, including cognition, biology, social factors, and emotions. Students will evaluate the perspectives, relevancy, and usefulness of developmental psychology to real world issues and problems. PSY 634 Cognitive Neuropsychology This course covers the neuropsychological approach in examining the connection between the brain and cognitive processes, as well as dysfunctions, from birth to adolescence. It will explore the techniques used to study the brain and behavior as well as contemporary research and issues in the field. PSY 636 Intervention Strategies This course introduces students to the major intervention strategies in child and adolescent development. Contemporary strategies will be covered, and traditional approaches and strategies of the field will be examined as needed. Students will also practice applications of the strategies to real-world scenarios. PSY 638 Seminar in Child & Adolescent Psychology This course is a culmination of the student s work in child and adolescent psychology. It will bring together the skills and knowledge learned in the previous courses and requires that students demonstrate their proficiency in the areas of developmental psychology, cognitive neuropsychology, and intervention strategies. PSY 790 Capstone in Psychology This capstone course integrates previous coursework and practical experience with a focus on contemporary issues in the student s chosen specialization in psychology. This course focuses on helping students produce a thesis or action research plan on their chosen subject as a culmination of their studies in this graduate program. Master of Science in Psychology 14

15 M.S. in Psychology Electives: EDU 543 Learning Theories and Instruction This course studies the role of contemporary learning theories and their application to educational practice, including issues of readiness, motivation, problem solving, and the social context of learning. Students will understand how to apply scientifically based instructional strategies to promote learning. JUS 603 Law, Ethics and Justice System An inquiry into the interplay of law, morality, ethical reasoning and Western legal tradition. The course exposes the tradition and foundations of the American legal system with special emphasis on its jurisprudential foundations. Questions of right, justice, equity, law as moral command and order, natural law reasoning and the dignity of the human person are central to the instruction. The course delivers a critical look at how our legal and justice institutions have come about and provides a method for dealing and delving into perennial legal and moral problems that plague cultures. Students receive an overview of the major legal theories about the nature of law and its place in the political system. Among the issues considered is the origin of law, its relationship with divine law, obligations of obedience and disobedience, and the relationship between political sovereignty and law. JUS 621 Contemporary Issues in Homeland Security This course is designed to exam current issues and concerns with the ever-shifting Homeland Security policy and its impact upon the practice in the field. Innovations and reactions from politicians, citizens and practitioners will serve to offer students insight into the challenges of implementing and maintaining homeland security. OL 675 Leadership and Ethics Leadership and Ethics is a course that focuses on the ways current and emerging leaders assess the values that influence their actions. The course draws on the rich tradition of great thinkers as well as the extensive body of leadership literature to examine the critical role ethics plays in leadership. The course, conducted in seminar format, is a process course. It is only through thoughtful reading, reflections, writing, and discussion that students are able to recognize and shape the qualities they see valuable for their own leadership roles, both personally and professionally. OL 676 Women in Leadership This course is designed to create a supportive environment where both women and men can learn about challenges and opportunities facing women in the workplace. Historically, women have had less access to leadership positions; however, over the past 50 years they have made tremendous strides to succeed in all levels of organizations. Topics will include why women matter and reasons for inequities in the workforce; the historical context of women and leadership; do men and women lead differently; work/life/family balance issues; professional skill development (networking, mentoring, negotiation, risk-taking); entrepreneurship and executive leadership; advancing societies by advancing women; and strategies and tactics for women to act as change agents. Master of Science in Psychology 15

16 SPT 510 Sport and Society Students investigate the interrelationships between sport, culture and society in an attempt to better understand the role and function of sport in contemporary society. Students receive a broad overview of selected socio-cultural factors that influence participation in sports. Major ethical issues of sport in society will be explored. WCM 510 Negotiation and Advocacy in the Workplace This course introduces the processes and practice of negotiating and advocating effectively in settings where continuation and strengthening of the relationship matter. Course content will include the uses, strengths, and weaknesses of distributive and integrative bargaining; the sources and uses of power in negotiation; and gender and cultural influences on negotiation style and practice. WCM 610 Introduction to Organizational Conflict Management This survey course introduces the analysis, interpretation, and management of conflict in contemporary organizational settings. Using interdisciplinary lenses, the course explores systemic, interpersonal, and other causes of conflict; conflict s influence on workplace communication and decision-making; and the relationship between conflict, leadership and career advancement. WCM 620 Managing Difficult Conversations at Work The art and practice of dialogue building is the act of engaging conflict effectively and transforming difficult conversations into better decisions, healthier work relationships and stronger organizations. This course examines approaches for de-escalating conflict conversations, choosing if and when to intervene, tapping the creative potential in conflict, and creating workplace environments that foster constructive conflict engagement. For those who do not meet the minimum degree admissions requirements, the following courses may be required. Foundation Courses: SCS 501 Foundations in Statistics The focus of this course is to develop a foundation of basic statistical literacy in students. Students will be able to assess the role of statistics in quantitative research and mixed methodology as well as develop the competency to perform basic statistical calculations. An awareness of the changing relationship between computation and interpretation will be addressed. Students will focus on the analysis of real-world data and research situations to illustrate the process of interpreting the meaning underlying the data, and how statistics can be utilized to address important questions. SCS 502 Foundations in Research Methods In this course, students will examine both the theoretical and applied aspects of research methods and experimental design at the graduate level, which includes qualitative, quantitative, and mixed methods that are commonly utilized in social science research. Students will investigate procedures used to gather and analyze data and acquire real-world skills required to design and conduct research in future courses. Master of Science in Psychology 16

17 Faculty Bios Dr. Peter Frost Professor of Psychology, Department Chair Dr. Peter Frost, who has been teaching psychology at SNHU since 2001 and chairs the psychology department, believes that if he can encourage students to pursue their own research interests, they will learn the concepts. Frost uses a variety of teaching techniques visuals, lectures, discussions, and activities to ensure every student grasps the concepts. Frost s teaching and research interests include cognitive psychology and neuroscience. His current publications examine the relationship between personality and false memory susceptibility. In 2007, he was awarded the Excellence in Teaching Award by SNHU and Outstanding Instructor in Frost is the faculty advisor for the Psychology Student Association and a member of the School of Arts and Sciences Scholarship Committee. Frost is a past president of New England Psychological Association and current member of their steering committee. His editorial activity includes work as a reviewer of American Journal of Psychology Consciousness and Cognition, and the Journal of Experimental Psychology: Learning, Memory and Cognition Memory. Publications include Frost, P.J., Adie, M., Denomme, R., Lahaie, A., Sibley, A. & Smith, E. (2010). Application of the Implicit Association Test to the Study of Deception. American Journal of Psychology, 123(2), Frost has presented at various conferences, including Frost, P., Kingsley, V., Nussbaum, G. & Loconto, T. (2011). False memory through imagination inflation: State or trait? Paper presented at the New Hampshire Psychological Association Student Convention, Durham, New Hampshire. Education: B.A., Framingham State College M.A. and Ph.D., Baylor University Master of Science in Psychology 17

18 Dr. Michelle G. Hill Associate Dean of Psychology Subject Matter Expert for Advanced Cognitive Psychology Michelle Gumbrecht Hill joined SNHU in 2008 as an instructional designer. In the span of four years, she designed over 50 courses for our online graduate and undergraduate programs, including business, education, justice studies, marketing, organizational leadership, psychology and sport management, as well as helped to expand the course development team to more than quadruple its original size. During her last year as instructional designer, Hill focused specifically on social science course development and served as a subject matter expert for the development of our M.S. psychology program. She and her colleagues also presented on the evolution of SNHU s College of Online and Continuing Education course model at the 18th Annual Sloan Consortium International Conference on Online Learning. Before coming to SNHU, Hill completed her graduate work in cognitive psychology and psycholinguistics. She conducted interdisciplinary research that spanned psychology, communication, media use, human-computer interaction and user testing. She has presented at Psychonomic Society and the Cognitive Science Society conferences as well as published in Communications of the ACM and Information Visualization. She also served as a reviewer for a number of journals and conference publications, including Journal of Computer-Mediated Communication, Cognitive Science Society, Computer-Human Interaction (CHI) Conference: Notes and Works-in-Progress, and Studies in Communication Sciences. Education: B.S., Stony Brook University M.A. and Ph.D., Stanford University Dr. Sharon R. Grimes Adjunct Instructor Sharon Grimes joined SNHU in 2011 as an adjunct instructor and has taught Introduction to Psychology. She served as a subject matter expert for the development of our M.S. psychology program. Before coming to SNHU, Grimes completed her graduate work in counseling and educational psychology. She has conducted research in the field of substance abuse and mental health as a research assistant with the National Clinical Trials Network. She also has extensive experience working as a counselor in the juvenile justice system. Education: B.A., Armstrong Atlantic State University M.A., Argosy University Ph.D., Capella University Master of Science in Psychology 18

19 Dr. Mary Ann O Grady Adjunct Instructor Subject Matter Expert for Foundations in Statistics and Foundations in Research Methods Mary Ann O Grady joined SNHU in 2012 as an adjunct instructor and has taught Introduction to Psychology in an online format since joining the SNHU faculty. She has taught a variety of psychology classes, research methods and conflict analysis and resolution classes in traditional and online environments since 2007 while also serving as an alternative dispute resolution practitioner, consultant and dissertation coach. In addition, she provides international training workshops that are specifically tailored for the participants individual and organizational needs. O Grady began her filicide research while in the undergraduate psychology program at Florida Atlantic University and published her master s thesis utilizing an evolutionary psychology perspective. As a doctoral student at Nova Southeastern University, she expanded her topic to address this form of child homicide from a novel conflict resolution perspective, which was recently solicited and published by a German firm. In July 2012, O Grady presented at Oxford (U.K.) on the topic of Revenge. Her presentation was published in December 2012 as a chapter in a book originating as a result of that conference. A third book, currently in its final draft, is a facilitation manual titled Facilitating Authentic Diversity, which will be utilized in trainings, workshops, seminars and/or academic classes and contains a unique section addressing conflict resolution in a virtual environment. Education: B.A. and M.A., Florida Atlantic University Ph.D., Nova Southeastern University Dr. Amanda L. Scott Adjunct Instructor Subject Matter Expert for Research Methods in Psychology I and II Amanda Scott joined SNHU in 2011 as an adjunct instructor and has taught Social Psychology and Introduction to Psychology. She has taught psychology and business courses both in brick-and-mortar classrooms and online since Her regular day job is as a senior researcher for a small consulting firm in Columbus, Ohio. In that position, she designs, implements and reports custom research designs for clients in the public, private and not-for-profit sectors. While completing her graduate degrees at one of the top-ranked social psychology programs in the country, Scott conducted research on stereotyping and prejudice, especially in a legal context. She also directed a major survey research project at the Port Columbus Airport and supervised several honors projects conducted by undergraduates. She has presented at the Midwestern Psychological Association, the Society for Personality and Social Psychology and the American Association of Public Opinion Researchers (AAPOR). Her work has been published in the Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin and in the Journal of Experimental Social Psychology. She is a member of several professional organizations, including AAPOR and APA Division 2, The Society for the Teaching of Psychology and is a licensed foster and adoptive parent. Education: B.S., Ohio Wesleyan University M.A. and Ph.D., Ohio State University Master of Science in Psychology 19

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