1 UWM Department of Psychology Graduate Programs Academic Year Table of Contents General Information... 1 Overview of Department of Psychology Graduate Programs... 1 Information for UWM Graduates and Alumni... 1 Teaching Assistantships... 2 Support for Studies in Behavior Analysis... 2 Major Professor... 2 Information for Students with Master s Degrees in Psychology... 2 Time Limits... 2 Attrition Information... 2 Admission Criteria... 3 How Many Students are Admitted?... 3 GPA and GRE Information of Recently Admitted Students... 3 Information for Students who did not Major in Psychology... 3 Information for UWM Undergraduates and Alumni... 3 Application Process... 4 Application Part One: Graduate School Application... 4 Application Part Two: Department of Psychology Application Deadlines... 6 Interviews for Clinical Applicants... 6 Special Guidelines for International Students... 6 Doctoral Program in Clinical Psychology... 7 Administration... 7 Financial Support... 7 Applicants with Advanced Degrees... 7 Coursework... 8 Waiver of Coursework for Applicants with Prior Graduate Work... 8 Clinical Training and Program of Excellence Training in Scientifically Validated Interventions 9 Master s Thesis... 9 Doctoral Preliminary Examination... 9 Dissertation... 9 Clinical Internship... 9 Time Limits... 9 Doctoral Program in Experimental Psychology About the Major in Behavior Analysis About the Major in Health and Social Psychology About the Major in Neuroscience Financial Support Coursework Waiver of Coursework for Students with Prior Graduate Work Master s Thesis Doctoral Preliminary Examination Dissertation Time Limits and Residency Requirements Terminal Master s Program in Experimental Psychology: Specialization in Health Psychology Terminal Master s Program in Experimental Psychology: Specialization in Behavior Analysis Other Important Information about the Psychology Department Master s Programs Description of Faculty Please Note: The information presented in this brochure is meant to assist you in your graduate studies application process. A Graduate Student Handbook will be distributed to students admitted to our graduate programs, containing full program requirements. Deadlines All Psychology Department application materials must be received by: Clinical and Experimental Ph.D. Programs: DECEMBER 1, 2014 M.S. Programs: DECEMBER 31, 2014, and later applications may be considered if openings are available
2 Page 1 General Information Thank you for inquiring about graduate study in psychology at the University of Wisconsin- Milwaukee (UWM)! UWM is located in a vibrant urban setting on Milwaukee s North Shore close to Lake Michigan. It serves approximately 28,000 undergraduate and graduate students, with the most diverse population of any school in the UW system. UWM is among the nation's major research universities. It is ranked by the Carnegie Foundation in the top group of institutions of higher education (one of only 148 nationally): Doctoral/Research Universities- Extensive. The Psychology Department places a premium on excellence in teaching and scholarly research. As a result, we are one of the most dynamic and productive departments on the UWM campus. The faculty are recognized experts in their various disciplines as well as accomplished teachers. Our clinic provides psychotherapy and assessment services to both the UWM campus and the greater Milwaukee community. Perhaps the best indicator of our success, however, is the quality of our students. Our graduate students have been extraordinarily successful in research and scholarship. Together with faculty, they publish cutting-edge research. They successfully compete for national scholarships, grants and awards. They consistently secure postgraduate positions at some of the most prestigious universities in the country as well as employment in industry, government and academia. Overview of Department of Psychology Graduate Programs The Psychology Department offers four graduate programs (two doctoral programs, both of which include earning a master's degree, and two terminal master's degree programs). Detailed program descriptions begin on p. 7 of this brochure. Ph.D. in clinical psychology (accredited by the American Psychological Association), which includes earning the M.S. degree Ph.D. in experimental psychology, with a choice of three areas of emphasis (Behavior Analysis, Health and Social Psychology, and Neuroscience), and which includes earning the M.S. degree Terminal M.S. in experimental psychology with a specialization in Behavior Analysis Terminal M.S. in experimental psychology with a specialization in Health Psychology Note that our doctoral programs are actually combined M.S./Ph.D. programs (although applicants with advanced degrees are also encouraged to apply; see pp. 2, 7 and 11 for more information for students with advanced degrees). All programs train students in the facts, methodologies, and theories of psychology, with special emphasis on developing research competence. The department has well-equipped laboratories and an on-campus training clinic. The city of Milwaukee provides additional opportunities for training at such facilities as hospitals, social service agencies, and the Medical College of Wisconsin. The department refers students interested in Counseling Psychology or School Psychology to the Department of Educational Psychology ( in the School of Education. Information for UWM Undergraduates and Alumni We believe that it is important for graduate students to learn and work with a range of faculty during their training. Therefore, students with bachelor's degrees from UWM who majored in psychology are not eligible to apply for admission to our doctoral programs unless they have earned a master's degree at a different institution. Similarly, those who double-majored in psychology and another subject at UWM are not eligible to apply to our doctoral programs. However, UWM undergraduates who majored in psychology are eligible to apply for admission to the terminal master's programs. In addition to the information in this brochure, information about our programs and faculty can be found at our website: www4.uwm.edu/letsci/psychology/
3 Teaching Assistantships Most of the students in the clinical and experimental doctoral programs are funded via academic-year teaching assistantships (or, sometimes, research assistantships or project assistantships), which require approximately 20 hours of work per week. Teaching assistants usually lead discussion or laboratory sessions. Teaching assistants are paid a stipend (approximately $11,838 per academic year, with no payments in the summer). In addition to their stipends, teaching assistants receive full remission of tuition as well as benefits such as health insurance. Please note that due to insufficient funds, the department does not offer teaching assistantships or other assistantships to students in the terminal master's programs. Support for Studies in Behavior Analysis John and Lynn Schiek Stipends and Research Awards. John and Lynn Schiek, alumni of our department, generously provide stipends to support students entering the experimental psychology programs in behavior analysis. Two students admitted to the doctoral program are eligible for $5,000 stipends (in addition to departmental teaching assistantships); two students admitted to the terminal master s program are eligible for $2,500 stipends. Besides underwriting stipends, John and Lynn Schiek support research projects in behavior analysis. Each award is about $1,000. Corrine Russell Donley Fellowship in Applied Behavior Analysis. Corrine Russell Donley, Ed.D., Columbia University Teachers College, has established an endowment that provides a $1000 fellowship for students seeking to become Board Certified Behavior Analysts or Board Certified Associate Behavior Analysts. Dr. Donley was responsible for the early childhood program for children with disabilities at UW-Oshkosh and is a behavior analytic consultant in NE Wisconsin. Although the fellowship is open to all students seeking to become applied behavior analysts, special consideration is given to applicants who will serve the people of NE Wisconsin, particularly the people of Fond du Lac, Outagamie, and Winnebago counties. Major Professor All graduate students must have a major professor (adviser) to oversee their progress and to supervise their research. It is, therefore, important that potential major professors be considered very carefully on the departmental application. Entering students will be assigned to one of the major professors they have chosen during the admissions process. The department also has a Graduate Program Coordinator who advises students about courses and programs of study. Information for Students with Master's Degrees in Psychology Students admitted to the doctoral program in clinical or experimental psychology who already have a master's degree in psychology that included an empirically based master's thesis are exempt from the requirement of having to earn the M.S. at UWM. Students admitted with a master's degree in psychology that did not include a thesis must complete a thesis or thesis-equivalent at UWM. In most cases, students admitted to the doctoral program with master's degrees in psychology are allowed to waive some of their UWM coursework based on courses they took in their master's programs. Time Limits Departmental regulations stipulate that students in the clinical and experimental doctoral programs must be full-time students; no part-time study is allowed. Doctoral students must earn the M.S. within three years of enrolling (by March 10 of their third year for most favorable consideration within the teaching assistant priority system), and they must earn the Ph.D. within seven years of enrolling (exclusive of the internship year for clinical students). The terminal master's programs in behavior analysis and health psychology have a time limit of seven years for earning the M.S. to allow for the possibility of part-time study. Attrition Information In the last five years, including the academic year, 68 students have been admitted to our doctoral programs. Of these, 2 have graduated with the Ph.D., 5 have dropped out after earning the M.S., 3 have dropped out without earning any degree, and the remaining 58 are continuing students. In the last five years, including the academic year, 20 students have been admitted to our master's specialization programs. Of these, 5 have graduated with the M.S., 7 have applied to and been accepted into our doctoral programs before earning the M.S., 2 have dropped out without earning any degree, and the remaining 6 are continuing students. Page 2
4 Admission Criteria Page 3 Admission is very competitive. It is based on the evaluation of an applicant's entire record. In evaluating each application, the Admissions Committee examines such factors as GPAs, GRE scores, courses taken, research record, and letters of recommendation (three letters are required). See below for the average GPA and GRE scores of recently admitted students. To be considered for admission, an applicant must also meet the Graduate School's general admission requirements. How Many Students Are Admitted? Students work in close association with their major professors. The student:major professor ratio is about 5:1. Given this ratio, the department has room for approximately 90 graduate students, with about 12 new students admitted each year to the doctoral programs (6 in clinical and 6 in experimental). About 6 students are admitted each year to each of the terminal M.S. programs (3 in behavior analysis and 3 in health psychology). A total of 169 students applied to the clinical doctoral program and 52 applied to the experimental doctoral program for the Fall, Fifteen applicants were accepted to the doctoral programs as follows: a) 7 females, 8 males; b) 6 clinical, 9 experimental; c) 5 applicants with master s degrees. GPA and GRE Scores of Recently Admitted Students The Graduate Admissions Committee is often asked about requirements for admission into the graduate program, in particular whether there is a minimum grade-point average and Graduate Record Examination score. Below are summary statistics on students recently admitted to the doctoral programs. Average scores are included. CLINICAL EXPERIMENTAL GPA, all courses, 4 yrs GRE, Verbal GRE, Quantitative GRE, Writing 4 4 Information for Students Who Did Not Major in Psychology Students without an undergraduate major in psychology may be considered for admission provided the following courses are completed: psychological statistics, a laboratory course in research methods in psychology, and an advanced laboratory course in psychology. Students with one of these courses may be considered for admission, but the remaining two courses must be completed within three semesters of enrollment. No course credits earned in making up deficiencies may be counted as program credits required for the degree. Students satisfying only this very minimal requirement should understand that additional work may be required to enroll in specific graduate level courses. Information for UWM Undergraduates and Alumni As was stated on p. 2, students with bachelor's degrees from UWM who majored in psychology are eligible to apply for admission to the terminal master's programs, but are not eligible to apply for admission to the doctoral programs unless they have earned a master's degree in psychology at a different institution. Double-majoring in psychology and another subject as an undergraduate at UWM does not make a student eligible to apply to the doctoral programs.
5 Application Process Page 4 Beginning students are accepted for the Fall Semester. Prospective students must apply both to the psychology department and the Graduate School. The departmental materials include: description of our programs, three application forms (one for use by those applying to the Clinical Ph.D. program, one for use by those applying to the Experimental Ph.D. program, and one for use by those applying to either of the terminal master's programs), and letter of recommendation forms. These materials are available at our website: In the departmental application you should indicate whom you would like to serve as your major professor. If you are admitted, every effort will be made to honor your first request as to choice of major professor, but it is not always possible to do so. Most students in the clinical doctoral program choose clinical faculty as advisers; however, some students combine study and research in a non-clinical specialty with the clinical program and, therefore, choose a major professor from the experimental faculty. Students applying to the experimental doctoral program usually choose an adviser from the list of experimental faculty, but are free to choose an adviser from the list of clinical faculty. Because graduate study in psychology is highly individualized, applicants should read the material carefully and identify potential faculty advisers whose interests are compatible with their own. Do not hesitate to , write, phone, or if possible, visit a potential major professor/ adviser. Information regarding academic rules and regulations, financial assistance, student services, etc., can be located on the Graduate School web site: How to Apply You must complete two separate applications Graduate School application Psychology Department application Please Note: Students currently enrolled in a Masters or Ph.D. program within the department who wish to switch to a different Masters or Ph.D. program within the department are required to reapply to both the Graduate School and the Department. Application Part One: Graduate School Application The graduate school application can be completed at this address online: Send official transcripts, and a $56 check payable to University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee ($96 if transcripts from non-us institutions are included) to: Graduate School University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee P.O. Box 340 Milwaukee, WI Application Part Two: Psychology Department Application A Psychology Departmental Application Form and THREE letters of recommendation must be submitted. You can submit your Part Two materials via either an online application or a paper application. The mailing address for paper application materials is: Chairperson, Graduate Admissions Committee Department of Psychology University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee P.O. Box 413 Deadlines All Psychology Department application materials must be received by: Clinical and Experimental Ph.D. Programs: DECEMBER 1, 2014 M.S. Programs: DECEMBER 31, 2014, and later applications may be considered if openings are available
6 Application Process (continued) Page 5 Application Part Two: Psychology Department Application As was stated on p. 1, the department offers four graduate programs. These are the Ph.D. program in clinical psychology (includes earning the M.S.), the Ph.D. program in experimental psychology (includes earning the M.S.), the terminal M.S. program in experimental psychology with a specialization in behavior analysis, and the terminal M.S. program in experimental psychology with a specialization in health psychology. Only students in the clinical program receive clinical training. Complete the appropriate doctoral application (Clinical or Experimental) if you intend to earn both the M.S. and Ph.D. at UWM or if you already have earned a master's degree in psychology and intend to earn the Ph.D. at UWM. Everyone admitted to either of our doctoral programs will receive academic-year financial support, usually in the form of teaching assistantships, and sometimes in the form of project or research assistantships, for at least the first three years. Complete the master's application if you intend to earn only the M.S. at UWM. We do not offer teaching assistantships or other assistantships to students in the master's programs. The following materials are required by the department: Completed APPLICATION FOR GRADUATE STUDY IN PSYCHOLOGY, (Clinical doctoral, Experimental doctoral, or master's): Pay special attention to the section requesting you to list faculty members with whom you wish to work. Admission to the program requires sponsorship by a faculty member who will serve as your major professor. It is important that you select individuals whose teaching and research interests are compatible with yours. You can learn about the faculty and their interests by referring to pp of this brochure and by contacting faculty members directly. Only those individuals listed on the last page of the Psychology department application have openings for new students for the coming year. Applicants should select three individuals. One copy of all transcripts of college and/or university work (can be a photocopy of transcripts sent to the student): Send these directly to the psychology department. Three letters of recommendation: We are particularly interested in your academic competence, motivation, and ability to undertake the independent study and research required of graduate students. Letters from psychology professors who are familiar with your work in small classes or who have worked directly with you are preferred. The individuals writing the letters should be those you list on the departmental application. If there are changes, it is important you notify us so we can keep accurate records. Submit letters of recommendation on the forms enclosed or as a letter with the form attached. You must complete the section of the recommendation form pertaining to your rights to inspect the letter as granted by the Higher Education Act of Letters without this information will not be used and will be returned to their authors. The person should seal the envelope, sign the back of the envelope as indicated, and return the envelope to you. Additional information: If there is other information that may be useful in evaluating your application, please include it in a letter addressed to the Admissions Committee. An official report of the Graduate Record Examination: Verbal, Quantitative and Writing scores are required. A photocopy of scores can be sent and reviewed until official scores are received. (Note: the Psychology Subject Test is not required.) To make sure your GRE scores are sent directly to the psychology department, complete the GRE registration form as indicated below: Institution: Graduate or Professional School: Department: University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee College of Letters & Science Psychology
7 Page 6 Deadlines Those applying to the Clinical or Experimental Ph.D. program should mail their complete application to the department so that it is received by December 1, Applicants to the Experimental M.S. programs should mail their complete application to the department so that it is received by December 31, Applicants who meet these deadlines and are accepted into the program can typically expect to receive information about their acceptance as early as late February to as late as late April. Notification of non-acceptance is usually made by May 1. Interviews for Clinical Applicants Finalists who are being considered for admission to the Ph.D. program in clinical psychology will be interviewed. Inperson interviews will be held in late January, Invitees who cannot attend these interviews will be contacted by telephone at approximately the same time as the in-person interviews. Only top candidates will be interviewed. Special Guidelines for International Students International students are required to follow additional instructions that are listed at this web page:
8 Doctoral Program in Clinical Psychology Page 7 Core Faculty Shawn Cahill W. Hobart Davies Bonnie Klein-Tasman Christine Larson Han Joo Lee Krista Lisdahl Christopher Martell David Osmon Robyn Ridley The Ph.D. program in clinical psychology is accredited by the American Psychological Association* and follows the Boulder (scientist-practitioner) model. The UWM Clinical Psychology Program is also a member of The Academy of Psychological Clinical Science, which is a coalition of doctoral training programs that share a common goal of producing and applying scientific knowledge to the assessment, understanding, and amelioration of human problems. Our program is committed to excellence in scientific training, and to using clinical science as the foundation for designing, implementing, and evaluating assessment and intervention procedures. Students gain competence as scientists by reviewing basic and applied literatures relevant to clinical psychology and by conducting research under the direction of their major professor each semester. Students gain competence as practitioners by completing seminars, practica, and community placements in private and institutional settings. Although it is expected that some clinical students may emphasize either the basic or applied aspects of the Boulder model, the goal is excellence and integration of both areas. Evaluation of students is based on performance in courses, clinical teams, practica (clinical skills, ethical behavior, accepted professional behavior), a preliminary examination, and on the quality of their master's and doctoral research. Most students in the clinical doctoral program choose clinical faculty as advisers; however, some students combine study and research in a non-clinical specialty with the clinical program and, therefore, choose a major professor from the experimental faculty. *UWM s Clinical Psychology Program is Accredited by the American Psychological Association. Please use the contact information below to contact APA: Office of Program Consultation and Accreditation 750 First Street, NE Washington, DC Administration The Director of Clinical Training, (DCT), Bonnie Klein-Tasman, administers the policies and procedures of the program in clinical psychology. An important part of the program involves practicum work in the department's training clinic, which is supervised by the clinic coordinator, Christopher Martell. The members of the Clinical Training Committee are the Clinical Program core faculty, a representative from the experimental faculty and two voting clinical graduate students. Financial Support All students admitted to the doctoral program in clinical psychology receive academic-year financial support, usually in the form of teaching assistantships, which include not only a stipend (approximately $11,838) but also full remission of tuition, and benefits such as health insurance. This financial support is offered yearly, contingent on progress; and is typically promised for the first three years but is commonly available for subsequent years with adequate progress in the program. See p. 2 of this brochure for more information about assistantships. Applicants with Advanced Degrees Individuals with advanced degrees, usually in psychology or a closely related field, are eligible to apply to the doctoral program in clinical psychology. However, no more than two students with M.A./M.S. degrees in clinical psychology will be accepted into the Clinical Ph.D. program in any given academic year.
9 Doctoral Program in Clinical Psychology Page 8 Coursework The minimum degree requirement is 54 graduate credits beyond the bachelor's degree, at least 27 of which must be earned in residence at UWM. Students in psychology may earn more than 54 credits to satisfy the specific requirements of the program. 1. Departmental major Students in the clinical program satisfy their major by completing a sequence of required courses, which can be seen in the table below. Note that in addition to classroom courses, students in the clinical program must also complete a sequence of practicum courses for a minimum of 400 hours of training in assessment, diagnosis, therapy, and professional practice; and later, a pre-doctoral, extramural, full-time (2000 hour) internship. Fall Semester Year 1 Assessment I (831) Developmental Psychopathology (912) First Year Clinical Practicum (802) Spring Semester Clinical Research Methods (710) First Year Clinical Psychology Practicum (802) Year 2 Professional Ethics and Issues in Clinical Psychology (712) Practicum in Assessment (821) Foundations of Psychotherapy (741) Assessment II (832) Empirically Supported Interventions (742) Practicum in Empirically Supported Interventions (845) Year 3 Practicum in Therapy (842) Practicum in Therapy (842) Year 4 Community Placement in Clinical Psychology (811) Community Placement in Clinical Psychology (811) Year 5 Community Placement in Clinical Psychology (811, optional) Community Placement in Clinical Psychology (811, optional) 2. Statistics requirement: Students must complete the two-semester introductory statistics sequence (Psychology 510 and 610). 3. History of psychology requirement: Students must complete a course in the history of psychology (Psychology 750). 4. Breadth requirement: Students follow American Psychological Association requirements and must complete three breadth courses, which consist of one course from each of the following three areas: cognitive/affective bases of behavior, biological bases of behavior, and social bases of behavior. 5. Multicultural requirement: Students must complete a course in multicultural issues in clinical or counseling psychology. 6. Developmental psychology requirement: Students must complete a graduate level lifespan developmental psychology course. Waiver of Coursework for Students with Prior Graduate Work Equivalent coursework taken elsewhere as a graduate student may substitute for one or more of the courses described above. Waiver of a required practicum course requires the consent of the major professor, and the DCT. Waiver of a required lecture course requires the consent of the major professor, the instructor of the course in question, and the DCT. Demonstration of proficiency is typically required before a waiver is granted.
10 Page 9 Clinical Training and Program of Excellence in Scientifically Validated Interventions Students receive a minimum of eight semesters of clinical training. During their first three years in the program they receive training from the clinical faculty at the department's on-campus clinic after which they work in various community agencies under the supervision of adjunct faculty. Some of the community agencies involved in the department's training program include the Bureau of Community Corrections, Children s Hospital of Wisconsin, the Veterans Affairs Medical Center, Medical College of Wisconsin, and the Waukesha County Mental Health Center. A criminal background check is required once admitted, and may affect placement. The Clinical Psychology program at UWM was the recipient of a 5-year grant from the National Institute of Mental Health to acknowledge and further develop Programs of Excellence in scientifically validated behavioral interventions. This grant support resulted in further development of our curriculum in scientifically validated interventions for various psychiatric disorders. While offerings vary by year according to faculty interests and availability, we currently offer specialized training in behavioral activation for depression, prolonged exposure for PTSD, Integrative Behavioral Couples Therapy, and cognitive behavior therapy for anxiety in children. Upon successful completion of our program, students will have been trained as competent generalist psychologists as they have always been. However, students will also graduate with specialized training in the competent administration-delivery of assessment and treatment in specific empirically-supported interventions. Master s Thesis The student, under the direction of his or her major professor, must develop an acceptable thesis based on empirical research. The student must pass an oral examination in defense of the thesis. Note: Students who, upon admission, already have a master's degree in psychology that included an empirically based master's thesis are exempt from the requirement of having to earn the M.S. at UWM, pending approval by the student s UWM adviser and the DCT. Students admitted with a master's degree in psychology that did not include a thesis must complete a thesis or thesis-equivalent at UWM. Doctoral Preliminary Examination To advance to doctoral candidacy, students must pass a preliminary examination in clinical psychology after they earn the M.S., and within five years of enrolling. Dissertation The candidate must write an empirically-based dissertation that demonstrates the ability to formulate a research topic and pursue an independent and original investigation, and must pass an oral examination in defense of the dissertation. Clinical Internship An extramural, one-year, full-time 2000 hour internship is required. Students must pass their preliminary examination before applying for internship. It is recommended that they pass their doctoral dissertation defense before beginning internship. This internship must be completed at an APA-accredited site, or one approved by the department's Clinical Training Committee. Students from UWM have been very successful in obtaining internships at highly competitive sites across the country. In recent years, UWM s clinical psychology students have completed internships at Texas Children s Hospital, University of Chicago, University of Illinois Chicago, VA Medical Center North Chicago, Duke University Medical Center, University of California-San Diego, Brown University Medical School, Medical University of South Carolina, University of Washington Department of Psychiatry, Seattle VA, and Harvard Medical School/Massachusetts General Hospital. Time Limits Doctoral students must earn the M.S. within three years of enrolling (by March 10 of their third year for most favorable consideration within the teaching assistant priority system), and they must earn the Ph.D. within seven years of enrolling (exclusive of the internship year).
11 Doctoral Program in Experimental Psychology Page 10 The Ph.D. program in experimental psychology follows an apprenticeship model in which the student is exposed to individualized research experiences within the laboratory of his or her major professor and, in many cases, other faculty as well. This research training is accompanied by an integrated concentration of courses and seminars that support development of an area of specialization. Specific patterns of study vary, depending on a student's particular interests as well as those of his or her major professor. However, regardless of specialty the goal is to give the student a firm grounding in the philosophical, historical, and scholarly foundations of the science of psychology. Throughout, major emphasis is placed on the role of the psychologist as a scholar - a person who can advance the science of psychology through original research. Students applying to the experimental doctoral program usually choose an adviser from the list of experimental faculty, but are free to choose an adviser from the list of clinical faculty. Three major areas of study are available to students in the experimental doctoral program: Behavior Analysis, Health and Social Psychology, and Neuroscience. About the Major in Behavior Analysis Core Faculty Kamran Diba Ira Driscoll Raymond Fleming Karyn Frick Adam Greenberg Anthony Greene Deborah Hannula Fred Helmstetter Tiffany Kodak Susan Lima Marcellus Merritt Jay Moore Katie Mosack James Moyer Devin Mueller Diane Reddy Rodney Swain Jeffrey Tiger Behavior analysis emphasizes environmental control of the behavior of the individual organism. The major in behavior analysis provides broad theoretical, conceptual, and research training. Students enrolled in the doctoral program may focus on the experimental or applied analysis of behavior. Students and faculty work together to investigate the fundamental relations between an organism's behavior and environmental events as well as techniques to apply these basic findings to a variety of situations in which a change in behavior is desired. Current research projects include the study of choice behavior in pigeons and the use of behavior analytic techniques to address repetitive behavior disorders, depression, and developmental disabilities including autism. The Behavior Analysis Certification Board, Inc has approved our course sequence as meeting the coursework requirements for eligibility to take the Board Certified Behavior Analyst Examination to become BCBA s (nationally) and licensed behavior analysts (in Wisconsin). UWM currently has the only BACB approved course sequence in the state of Wisconsin. The BACB also requires applicants to be experienced in providing behavior-analytic services. The faculty at UWM have developed relationships with local providers to assist students in completing their practicum hours. About the Major in Health and Social Psychology Health psychology, which is concerned with the psychological variables that influence physical health and illness, has become a dominant force in the health sciences, a field to which social psychological theories and research have much to offer. The major in health and social psychology offers training in research and theories relevant to health promotion. Faculty and students work together on projects focused on gender and health, cancer prevention and health education, reproductive health and STD prevention, patient advocacy and self-care behaviors, the effects of stress and mechanisms of coping with it, and child abuse prevention. Research is conducted in the laboratory as well as in clinical settings, and many of the faculty have strong ties to the Milwaukee community. About the Major in Neuroscience Neuroscience is an interdisciplinary field devoted to the study of the nervous system. The major is designed to provide students with the intellectual and technical skills necessary for a productive career in academics or industry. The core faculty members are located in the psychology and biological sciences departments, and graduate students have frequent interactions with the faculty, postdoctoral fellows, and other students through coursework, research collaborations, and weekly seminars. Students are also part of the greater Milwaukee Area Neuroscience group, which includes faculty and students from UWM, the Medical College of Wisconsin, and Marquette University. Students majoring in neuroscience learn a wide range of techniques working with laboratory animals and human subjects. These include, but are not limited to, experimental design, behavioral testing and analysis, neurophysiology, aseptic surgical techniques, quantitative protein and mrna assays, immunohistochemistry, and functional magnetic resonance imaging (fmri). Current research topics being investigated by faculty and students include: cellular and molecular mechanisms of learning and memory; mapping brain areas involved in memory and emotion in humans and rodents using fmri; effects of exercise on cerebral blood flow; mechanisms of recovery from brain damage; effects of aging on learning and memory; and the role of calcium and calcium binding proteins in ischemic cell death.
12 Page 11 Financial Support All students admitted to the doctoral program in experimental psychology receive academic-year financial support, usually in the form of teaching assistantships, which includes a stipend (approximately $11,838 per academic year), full remission of tuition, and benefits such as health insurance. See p. 2 of this brochure for more information about assistantships. Coursework The minimum degree requirement is 54 graduate credits beyond the bachelor's degree, at least 27 of which must be earned in residence at UWM. Students in psychology may earn more than 54 credits to satisfy the specific program requirements. 1. Departmental major: Students in the doctoral program in experimental psychology select a major from the following three areas: Behavior Analysis, Health and Social Psychology, and Neuroscience. 2. Minor: Students complete two minors (exception: students majoring in Behavior Analysis complete only one minor). Available areas for the minor are Behavior Analysis, Health and Social Psychology, Neuroscience, Cognition and Perception, Developmental Psychology, Quantitative Methods, Psychopathology, and Neurobiology (this minor is required of all Neuroscience majors, and is not available to students majoring in areas other than Neuroscience). Each minor consists of two to three courses, depending on the area. 3. Statistics requirement: Students complete the two-semester introductory statistics sequence (Psychology 510 and 610). 4. Breadth requirement: Students take at least one course in an area other than their major and minor areas. Waiver of Coursework for Students with Prior Graduate Work Equivalent coursework taken elsewhere as a graduate student may substitute for one or more of the courses described above. Waiver of a required course requires consent of the major professor and the instructor of the course in question. Master s Thesis The student, under the direction of his or her major professor, must develop an acceptable thesis based on empirical research. Candidates must pass an oral examination in defense of the thesis. Note: Students who, upon admission, already have a master's degree in psychology that included an empirically based master's thesis are exempt from the requirement of having to earn the M.S. at UWM. Students admitted with a master's degree in psychology that did not include a thesis must complete a thesis or thesis-equivalent at UWM. Doctoral Preliminary Examination To advance to doctoral candidacy, students must pass a preliminary examination in their major area after they earn the M.S., and within five years of enrolling. Dissertation Candidates must write an empirically-based dissertation that demonstrates the ability to formulate a research topic and pursue an independent and original investigation. Candidates must pass an oral examination in defense of the dissertation. Time Limits Doctoral students must earn the M.S. within three years of enrolling (by March 10 of their third year for most favorable consideration within the teaching assistant priority system), and they must earn the Ph.D. within seven years of enrolling.
13 Terminal Master s Program in Experimental Psychology: Specialization in Health Psychology Health psychology is concerned with the psychological variables that influence physical health and illness. The M.S. program in health psychology offers training in research and theories relevant to health promotion. The program of study consists of core health psychology coursework, research coursework, psychology breadth coursework, and an optional field placement. Current research topics include gender and health, cancer prevention and health education, reproductive health and STD prevention, patient advocacy and self-care behaviors, the effects of stress and mechanisms of coping with it, and child abuse prevention. Research is conducted in the laboratory as well as in clinical settings and many of the faculty have strong ties to the Milwaukee community. Note: Because of budget limitations, the department does not offer teaching assistantships or other assistantships to students in the master's program in health psychology. Core Faculty Page 12 W. Hobart Davies Raymond Fleming Marcellus Merritt Katie Mosack Diane Reddy Coursework and Model Course Plan Coursework includes 36 credits distributed as follows (Course substitutions are permissible with the director's approval): 1. Twelve credits in core Health Psychology courses. All students must take Psych 955 (Seminar in Social Psychology and Health), and any three of the following courses: Psych 711 (Current Topics, only when the topic is Child Health Psychology or another topic directly relevant to health), Psych 754 (Proseminar in Biological Psychology), Psych 756 (Psychophysiology), Psych 833 (Neuropsychology), Psych 854 (Behavioral Neuroscience), Psych 930 (Seminar in Social Psychology), or Psych 954 (Seminar in Physiological Psychology). These core courses introduce students to research, theories, and applications of health psychology. 2. Fifteen credits in research courses: Psych 510 (Advanced Psychological Statistics), Psychology 610 (Experimental Design), Psych 932 (Proseminar in Evaluation Research), and six credits of Psych 790 (Independent Research) for those selecting the thesis option or six credits of Psych 791 (Master's Project for Master's Students) for those selecting the project option. These courses prepare students for conducting basic and applied research. 3. Nine credits in psychology breadth courses (virtually any psychology graduate-level course not listed above). 4. Although students are exposed to theories and applications in coursework, field placements offer further opportunity to apply theory. Students are encouraged to complete at least 3 credits of 812 (Field Placement in Psychology) in their area of interest. Fall Semester Year 1 Advanced Psychological Statistics (510) Seminar in Social Psychology and Health (955) Core Selection 1 Breadth Selection 1 Year 2 Core Selection 3 Master's Research (790) Field Placement in Psychology (812) Spring Semester Experimental Design (610) Seminar in Evaluation Research (932) Core Selection 2 Breadth Selection 2 Breadth Selection 3 Master's Research (790) Defend Thesis Thesis or Project, Time Limit The student, under the direction of an adviser, has the option of developing either a thesis based on empirical research or a project (a review or theoretical paper). If the student chooses the thesis option, he or she must pass an oral defense of the thesis. The student must complete all degree requirements within seven years of initial enrollment.
14 Terminal Master s Program in Experimental Psychology: Specialization in Behavior Analysis Page 13 Core Faculty Tiffany Kodak Jay Moore Jeffrey Tiger Behavior analysis, a branch of psychology, focuses on how the interactions between an organism and its environment regulate its behavior. This M.S. specialization prepares students to become Board Certified Behavior Analysts as well as to continue on to advanced studies. Students may focus on either basic or applied studies and must complete a final empirical project which may be conducted in laboratory or field settings. Students focusing on basic studies complete a thesis. Depending on the recommendation of the student s adviser, students focusing on applied studies complete a thesis or a final project that demonstrates the student s competence at delivering services. Recent research projects include the study of choice behavior in pigeons and the use of behavior analytic techniques to address repetitive behavior disorders, depression, and developmental disabilities including autism. Current opportunities for final projects include enhancing the behavior of children with developmental disabilities or autism. The Behavior Analysis Certification Board, Inc has approved our course sequence as meeting the coursework requirements for eligibility to take the Board Certified Behavior Analyst Examination to become BCBA s (nationally) and licensed behavior analysts (in Wisconsin). UWM currently has the only BACB approved course sequence in the state of Wisconsin. The BACB also requires applicants to be experienced in providing behavior-analytic services. The faculty at UWM have developed relationships with local providers to assist students in completing their practicum hours. Note. Because of budget limitations, the department does not offer teaching assistantships or other assistantships to students in the master's program in behavior analysis. But, with generous support from benefactors, the department offers stipend/fellowship support for students entering this program as well as support for research projects. (Please see p. 2 for more information.)
15 Page 14 Coursework and Model Course Plan Coursework includes at least 31 credits, distributed as follows (see Table for example): 1. Sixteen credits of core behavior analytic coursework: Psych 502 (Applied Behavior Analysis), Psych 714 (Conditioning and Learning), Psych 724 (Proseminar in Behavior Analysis), Psych 725 (Professional Ethics and Issues in Behavior Analysis), and either Psych 736 (Functional Assessment and Interventions), Psych 914 (Seminar in Stimulus Control), Psych 915 (Seminar in Operant Behavior), or Psych 919 (Seminar in Classical Conditioning). 2. Nine credits of coursework in research methods: Psych 510 (Advanced Psychological Statistics), Psych 610 (Experimental Design), and Psych 620 (Single-Subject Research Methods). 3. Six credits of coursework devoted to the empirical project or thesis: Psych 790 (Master's Research). 4. Students may also enroll in Psych 730 (Practicum in Behavior Analysis); however this course is not required and does not substitute for any other required courses. Fall Semester Year 1 Conditioning and Learning (714) Ethical and Professional Conduct for Behavior Analysts (725) Advanced Psychological Statistics (510) Year 2 Proseminar in Behavior Analysis (724) Master's Research (790) Spring Semester Applied Behavior Analysis (502) Single-subject Research Methods (620) Experimental Design (610) Functional Assessment and Interventions (736) or Seminar in Stimulus Control (914) or Seminar in Operant Behavior (915) or Seminar in Classical Conditioning (919) Master's Research (790) Thesis or Project Defense, Time Limits The student, under the direction of his or her major professor, must develop an acceptable empirical thesis or project which the student must defend in an oral examination. The student must complete all degree requirements within seven years of initial enrollment. Relation of the Master s Specializations in Behavior Analysis or Health Psychology to Doctoral Study in Psychology The M.S. programs with specializations in behavior analysis and health psychology are self-contained and primarily prepare students for work within the community. However, the emphasis on research training and basic principles also prepares students for doctoral studies. Some students may change their goals and wish to pursue a doctoral degree. Such students, if they do not have an undergraduate psychology major from UWM, are eligible to apply for admission to the department's doctoral programs. However, please note that the department's doctoral programs are highly competitive. Admission is neither automatic nor guaranteed. Applications from students in the M.S. specialization in behavior analysis or the M.S. specialization in health psychology are not given preferential treatment in the doctoral admission process.
16 Description of Faculty Page 15 All graduate students must have a major professor (adviser) to oversee their progress and to supervise their research. It is, therefore, important that potential major professors be considered very carefully on the departmental application. Only those individuals listed on the last page of the Psychology department application have openings for new students for the coming year. Applicants should select three individuals. Those offered admission will be assigned to one of the major professors they have chosen during the application process. Faculty interests are briefly described in the following pages. For more detailed information about faculty members please visit:
17 Shawn Cahill, Associate Professor Ph.D., Binghamton University (SUNY), 1997 Contact: (414) My research background and clinical interests are in the nature and treatment of anxiety, especially posttraumatic stress disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), panic disorder, and social anxiety disorder. Although I continue to have interests in these areas, since moving to UWM, a major focus in my lab has been on the nature and consequences of sexual assault with an interest in working towards the development of interventions to reduce the incidence of sexual assault. Ongoing and recently completed research projects in the lab include investigations into the nature of women s reactions to the threat of sexual assault in the context of dating, evaluation of the psychometric properties of a questionnaire designed to assess the frequency of various forms of sexual victimization and perpetration of sexual assault, and the motivation for engaging in non-suicidal self-injury. In addition, the lab is in collaboration with collaboration with Dr. Brad Riemann, Director of the OCD treatment programs at nearby Rogers Memorial Hospital, to help them evaluate the effectiveness of their various treatment programs. I view graduate students as junior colleagues who are expected to participate at all levels of lab projects, from developing a new idea all the way to submitting manuscripts reporting research results. Learning also occurs through teaching; it is expected that graduate students will serve as mentors to undergraduate research assistants, many of whom we hope will also consider a career in psychology. On the clinical and teaching end of things, I teach or contribute to several of the core courses in evidence based interventions for psychological disorders and provide specialized training in the administration of cognitive behavior therapy for the treatment of anxiety through the department Psychology Clinic. I also teach an undergraduate course on basic conditioning and learning. Anderson, R. E. & Cahill, S. P. (in press) The Utility of the Response-Latency Paradigm for Evaluating Women s Responses to Threat. Violence & Victims, 29, Cahill, S. P. & Anderson, R. E. (in press). Treatment of PTSD: Empirically based and ethical clinical decision making. FOCUS: The Journal of Lifelong Learning in Psychiatry, 11, Jayawickreme, N., Cahill, S. P., Riggs, D. S., Rauch, S. A. M., Resick, P. A., Rothbaum, B. O., & Foa, E. B. (in press). Primum non nocere (first do no harm): Symptom worsening and improvement in female assault victims after prolonged exposure for PTSD. Depression and Anxiety. Manos, R. C., Cahill, S. P., Wetterneck, C. T., Conelea, C. A., Ross, A. R., & Riemann, B. C. (2010). The impact of experiential avoidance and obsessive beliefs on obsessive-compulsive symptoms in a severe clinical sample. Journal of Anxiety Disorders, 24, Robinson, J. S., Larson, C. L., & Cahill, S. P. (2013, November 25). Relations between resilience, positive and negative emotionality, and symptoms of anxiety and depression. Psychological Trauma: Theory, Research, Practice, and Policy. Advance online publication. doi: /a Mueller, D., & Cahill, S. P. (2010). Noradrenergic modulation of extinction learning and exposure therapy. Behavioural Brain Research, 208, Simpson, H. B., Wetterneck, C. T., Cahill, S. P., Steinglass, J. E., Franklin, M. E., Leonard, R. C., Weltzin, T. E., & Riemann, B. C. (2013). Treatment of obsessive compulsive disorder complicated by comorbid eating disorders. Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, 42, Page 16 Nature, Consequences, and Prevention of Sexual Assault Cognitive-Behavior Therapy in Adults Nature, Assessment, and Treatment of Anxiety Disorders, with an emphasis on Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and Obsessive -Compulsive Disorder (OCD)
18 W. Hobart Davies, Professor Page 17 Ph.D., Michigan State University, 1992 Contact: (414) Website: people.uwm.edu/hobart My clinical, teaching, and research interests center on the adjustment of children and families under conditions of severe stress. Current projects focus on empirical research ethics, prevention of the Choking Game, pediatric chronic pain, behavioral treatment of constipation and feeding disorders, parent-child communication, and infant-parent bed-sharing and roomsharing. Bernacki, J.M., & Davies, W.H. (2012). Prevention of the Choking Game: Parent perspectives. Journal of Injury & Violence Research, 4, Pediatric Psychology Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology Pediatric Injury Prevention Empirical Ethics Coping with Chronic Illness Pediatric Gastroenterology Hainsworth, K.R., Miller, L.A., Stolzman, S.C., Fidlin, B.M., Davies, W.H., Weisman, S.J., & Skelton, J.A. (2012). Pain as a comorbidity of pediatric obesity. ICAN: Infant, Child, & Adolescent Nutrition, 4, Salamon, K.S.,...Davies, W.H., & Kichler, J.C. (2012). Experiencing Type 2 diabetes mellitus: Qualitative analysis of adolescents concept of illness, adjustment and motivation to engage in self-care behaviors. The Diabetes Educator, 38, Gorodzinsky, A.Y., Davies, W.H., & Drendel, A.L. (2013). Parents treatment of their children s pain at home: Pharmacological and non-pharmacological approaches. Journal of Pediatric Health Care, 18. Hainsworth, K.R., Davies, W.H., & Weisman, S.J. (2013). A pilot study of yoga for chronic headaches in youth: Promise amidst challenges. Pain Management Nursing. Gorodzinsky, A.Y., Davies, W.H., et al. (2013). Adolescents perceptions of family dynamics when a sibling has chronic pain. Children s Health Care, 42, Medrano, G.R., Berlin, K.S., & Davies, W.H. (2013). Utility of the PedsQL Family Impact Module: Assessing the psychometric properties in a community sample. Quality of Life Research, 22, Jastrowski Mano, K.E., Davies, W.H., & Weisman, S.J. (2013). A randomized controlled pilot study of Mindfulness-based Stress Reduction for pediatric chronic pain. Alternative Therapies in Health & Medicine, 19, Salamon, K.S., Davies, W.H., Fuentes, M., Weisman, S.J., & Hainsworth, K.R. (2014). The Pain Frequency-Severity-Duration (PFSD) scale as a measure of pain: Preliminary validation in a pediatric chronic pain sample. Pain Research & Treatment, 2014, 1-6.
19 Kamran Diba, Assistant Professor Ph.D., Brown University, 2002 Contact: (414) Website: Our lab is interested in how different regions in the brain coordinate to encode, store, and transfer information. The brain generates an assortment of neuronal oscillations that vary depending on the behavior and state of the animal, from active exploration to resting and different stages of sleep. Accordingly, in our recordings of large populations of spiking neurons we observe statedependent temporal relationships at multiple timescales. What role do these unique spike patterns play and what do they tell us about the function of each brain state? To answer these and related questions, we combine behavioral studies of learning and exploring rats, multichannel recordings of the simultaneous electrical (spiking) activity from hundreds of neurons, and optogenetics (based on light-activated ion channels and pumps) to selectively excite and silence specific neural populations in the brain during learning, consolidation and recall. We are currently looking for students with an interest in neurophysiology and neuronal computation. Quantitative skills, programming skills and appreciation of electronics are helpful; a desire to learn is essential. Page 19 REM and slow-wave sleep Neural circuits and memory Hippocampalneocortical dialogue Courses Taught : Psych 954: Seminar in Physiological Psychology: Reactivation, Recall, and Memory Consolidation Psych 933: Seminar in Neuroscience Psych 210: Psychological Statistics Gilmartin MR, Miyawaki H, Helmstetter FJ, Diba K. (2013) Prefrontal Activity Links Nonoverlapping Events in Memory. J Neurosci, 33(26): Vizuete JA, Pillay S, Diba K, Ropella KM, and Hudetz AG (2012) Monosynaptic functional connectivity in cerebral cortex during wakefulness and under graded levels of anesthesia. Frontiers in integrative neuroscience 6:90. Grosmark AD, Mizuseki K, Pastalkova E, Diba K, and Buzsaki G (2012) REM Sleep Reorganizes Hippocampal Excitability. Neuron 75: Sullivan D, Csicsvari J, Mizuseki K, Montgomery S, Diba K, Buzsaki G (2011) Relationships between hippocampal sharp waves, ripples, and fast gamma oscillation: influence of dentate and entorhinal cortical activity. J Neurosci 31: Schmidt R, K Diba, C Leibold, D Schmitz, G Buzsáki, R Kempter (2009) Single-trial phase precession in the hippocampus. J Neurosci. 29: Diba K, G Buzsáki (2008) Hippocampal network dynamics constrain the time lag between pyramidal cells across modified environments. J Neurosci. 28: Diba K, G Buzsáki (2007) Forward and reverse hippocampal place cell sequences during ripples. Nat Neurosci. 10,
20 Ira Driscoll, Assistant Professor Ph.D., University of Lethbridge, Alberta, Canada, 2005 Contact: (414) My work is focused on understanding brain changes as early predictors of cognitive deficits and dementia, and the role for hormones and genetic background as modulators of agerelated cognitive decline. The function of the hippocampus and the nature of amnesia in aging and Alzheimer's disease are of particular interest. Current research objectives include: 1. Investigating the nature of genetic risk for age-related cognitive decline, the underlying neural circuitry and dynamics, and the role of hormone treatment as a modifier. 2. Investigating factors that reduce the risk of cognitive decline and dementia. 3. Understanding the function of the hippocampal formation and the anatomical and functional organization of learning and memory, in general. 4. Spatial navigation, sexually dimorphic behavior and hormones. Psych 254: Physiological Psychology Psych 680: Psychology of Aging Psych 654: Advanced Physiological Psychology Psych 854: Behavioral Neuroscience Driscoll I, Beydoun MA, An Y, Davatzikos C, Ferrucci L, Zonderman AB, Resnick SM. Midlife obesity and trajectories of brain volume changes in older adults. Hum Brain Mapp Sep;33(9): doi: /hbm Driscoll I, Beydoun MA, An Y, Davatzikos C, Ferrucci L, Zonderman AB, Resnick SM. Midlife obesity and trajectories of brain volume changes in older adults. Hum Brain Mapp Sep;33(9): doi: /hbm Epub 2011 Aug 30. Driscoll I, Troncoso JC, Rudow G, Sojkova J, Pletnikova O, Zhou Y, Kraut MA, Ferrucci L, Mathis CA, Klunk WE, O'Brien RJ, Davatzikos C, Wong DF, Resnick SM. Correspondence between in vivo (11)C-PiB-PET amyloid imaging and postmortem, region-matched assessment of plaques. Acta Neuropathol Dec;124(6): doi: /s Driscoll I, Martin B, An Y, Maudsley S, Ferrucci L, Mattson MP, Resnick SM. Plasma BDNF is associated with age-related white matter atrophy but not with cognitive function in older, non-demented adults. PLoS One. 2012;7(4):e doi: / journal.pone Driscoll I, Troncoso J. Brain Resilience and Plasticity in the face of Alzheimer Pathology. Curr Alzheimer Res May 11. [Epub ahead of print] Driscoll I, Espeland MA, Wassertheil-Smoller S, Gaussoin SA, Ding J, Granek IA, Ockene JK, Phillips LS, Yaffe K, Resnick SM. Weight Change and Cognitive Function: Findings From the Women's Health Initiative Study of Cognitive Aging. Obesity (Silver Spring) Mar 10. Driscoll I, Troncoso J. Asymptomatic Alzheimer's Disease: a Prodrome or a State of Resilience? Curr Alzheimer Res Jan 11. [ Driscoll I, Davatzikos C, An Y, Wu X, Shen D, Kraut M, Resnick SM. Longitudinal pattern of regional brain volume change differentiates normal aging from MCI. Neurology Jun 2;72(22): Driscoll I, Resnick SM, Troncoso JC, An Y, O'Brien R, Zonderman AB. Impact of Alzheimer's pathology on cognitive trajectories in nondemented elderly. Ann Neurol Dec;60 (6): Page 20 Behavioral and Cognitive Neuroscience Brain Imaging Neurobiology of Learning and Memory Neurodegenerative Disorders/Dementia Aging Hormones Hippocampus
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