1 WESTERN MICHIGAN UNIVERSITY College of Arts and Sciences Department of Psychology Program Description. The Department of Psychology at WMU offers one undergraduate degree in Psychology and four graduate degrees, including master s degrees in Behavior Analysis and in Industrial Organizational Psychology and doctoral degrees in Behavior Analysis and Clinical Psychology. The undergraduate curriculum provides broad training in psychology, the scientific study of behavior. Principles of science are applied to the study of a full range of behavioral phenomena. These principles include objective measures of behavioral phenomena, systematic observation and experimentation to test hypotheses, and emphasis on critical interpretation of results and standards of evidence. Behavioral phenomena include the obvious examples of motor responses but also include verbal behavior, cognitions, emotions and physiological phenomena, all phenomena that require special considerations to objectively measure and scientifically study. The undergraduate curriculum covers a broad range of topics including, but not limited to, mental health problems, human development, learning, memory and language development. Undergraduate students are required to participate in a practicum experience in which they apply psychology concepts to real world behavioral problems. The undergraduate program is designed to prepare students for careers in psychology-related fields (e.g., human services, rehabilitation, developmental disabilities) and to provide a science-based foundation for those wishing to pursue graduate study in psychology or other professional fields in which a psychology background is relevant (e.g., medicine, law, business). The graduate programs in psychology are designed to provide professional preparation in psychology for persons interested in assuming positions in a range of settings including academic institutions, research, human resource and performance management, mental health service delivery or community service settings. Each of these graduate programs has a pervasive natural science orientation and a strong emphasis in behavior analysis theory, an approach that focuses on the interaction between behavior and the social and physical environment as a primary influence on the acquisition, shaping and maintenance of complex behavior. Each graduate program requires training in a set of core principles that involve behavioral and cognitive-behavioral theory, research methods, systems management, and legal and ethical issues. Building on these core principles, each graduate program focuses on specialized applications and unique techniques for specific applications and settings (e.g., mental health problems, autism, developmental disabilities, performance management in business and school settings, safety and health related behaviors. The programs encourage student involvement in instructional programming, the delivery of service in community agencies and the conduct of laboratory and community-based research. Department Faculty are committed to quality education for undergraduate and graduate students and engages in continuous assessment activities designed to constantly improve the quality of its instructional programs. The goals of the Department are intended to be coordinated with, and be supportive of, the professional and academic mission of Western Michigan University. Program activities are coordinated with various community agencies, providing continual interaction between the Department and community settings. The granting of a graduate degree in Psychology by Western Michigan University is not considered a basic right for all students admitted to the program; the degree must be earned by the student. It is incumbent upon each student to demonstrate competence within each required aspect of the curriculum as they acquire the skills to assume a role as a professional psychologist. This challenge goes well beyond passing courses, and the act of matriculating in a program is considered evidence of an agreement to accept this challenge. It is the student s responsibility to demonstrate mastery of each competence required in the student s area of specialty. Fall 2013 Graduate Admissions Undergraduate Degree Bachelor of Science Graduate Degrees Master of Arts Behavior Analysis, Industrial Organizational Doctor of Philosophy Behavior Analysis, Clinical Faculty Chairperson: Dr. R. Wayne Fuqua Behavior Analysis Masters & Doctoral Program Dr. Stephanie Peterson, Program Chair Dr. Lisa Baker Dr. Jessica Frieder Dr. Wayne Fuqua Dr. Richard Malott Dr. Cynthia J. Pietras Dr. Alan Poling Dr. Ron Van Houten Behavior Analysis Doctoral Program Dr. Alyce Dickinson Dr. Bradley Huitema Dr. Heather McGee Industrial/Organizational Dr. Alyce Dickinson, Program Chair Dr. Bradley Huitema Dr. Heather McGee Clinical Dr. Amy Naugle, Co-Program Director Dr. Scott Gaynor, Co-Program Director Dr. Galen Alessi Dr. Amy Damashek Dr. Wayne Fuqua Dr. Amy Naugle Dr. Richard Spates Dr. Lester Wright Department of Psychology 3700 Wood Hall Western Michigan University Kalamazoo MI
2 Undergraduate Program The Department of Psychology at Western Michigan University offers the bachelor of science degree in psychology. The program is designed to offer a major or minor in the College of Arts and Sciences curriculum and to provide a foundation in concepts and principles for those planning to pursue graduate study in psychology. The pre major in psychology offers a series of introductory courses (General Psychology, Child Psychology, Abnormal Psychology), with the major adding upper-class courses in statistics, methodology, research and theory. The Program also includes a practicum experience which combines the academic base and with practical experience in an approved setting. The Department of Psychology s undergraduate program has a natural science orientation consistent with the contemporary definition of psychology as the science of behavior. This perspective, along with strong components dedicated to experimental and behavior analysis, has earned the department an international reputation. The psychology major is well known for its excellent preparation for graduate study in psychology. This, along with the skills learned through the practicum in which course work and practical experience are combined, places our students in demand by employers who seek graduates with this type of education and training. Graduate Program Descriptions Behavior Analysis (M.A.) The Behavior Analysis program combines behavior-analytic course work, practica, and research experience to prepare students for entry into doctoral programs, or for work at the M.A. level in the following areas: developmental disabilities, mental health, substance abuse, education, government, and business and industry. Behavior Analysis (Ph.D.) The Behavior Analysis program is aimed at preparing students for three professional roles: teaching and research in a college or university setting, systems-oriented applied positions in the human services, and professional positions in industrial/organizational settings. Industrial/Organizational (M.A.) The Master s Degree Program in Industrial/Organizational Psychology provides classroom training and practicum experience for individuals who plan to assume organizational behavior management positions in business, government, and human service organizations. It is designed to prepare students to assume such positions immediately upon graduation or to pursue a doctoral degree. Graduates are qualified to fill a variety of specific jobs in organizations including positions concerned with training and development, personnel selection and placement, productivity management, and direct-line supervision of employees. Positions are usually found in personnel departments within business organizations or in consulting firms. Clinical Psychology The Clinical Psychology Program at Western Michigan University is designed to provide broad clinical training utilizing a scientistpractitioner model. Thus, graduates from this program are competent to function in a variety of professional roles including research, practice, and college teaching. The balance of research and practice is obtained in part by practicum and research training within an on-site clinic, as well as practical experience in community agencies and research activities within faculty members independent laboratories. The curriculum requirements are structured according to the scientistpractitioner model as well. The orientation of the program is decidedly behavioral with an emphasis on empirical research and empirically supported practice. All students are exposed to the broad content areas of the field. The Clinical Program offers a Ph.D. degree. A masters degree is earned in the process; however, all students will be permitted to complete the requirements for the doctorate only insofar as their performance merits continuance in the program. The program is planned as a five year curriculum with the fifth year comprising the doctoral internship. Admissions The Department of Psychology has a behavioral orientation and offers training at the master s and doctoral levels. The programs in behavior analysis and industrial/organizational psychology at the master s degree level combine course work, practicum activity, and research. Both prepare students for entry into doctoral programs. The department offers doctoral degrees in behavior analysis (BA), and clinical psychology. The BA program is aimed at three professional roles: Teaching and research in a college or university setting, systems-oriented applied positions in the human services, and professional positions in industrial/organizational settings. The Ph.D. program in clinical psychology is designed to provide training consistent with the Boulder Model. As scientistpractitioners, graduates are prepared to assume a variety of positions in a range of settings including academic, government, private, and public sector human services and research institutions. Although the program is pervasively behavioral in theoretical orientation, students will find an atmosphere of technical eclecticism reflected in the faculty s expertise, i.e. rational emotive psychotherapy, strategic family therapy, behavioral medicine, clinical and experimental hypnosis, women s health issues, and clinical victimization. These interests cover a broad array of clinical populations as well. The department emphasizes student/faculty cooperation in its research, its teaching technology, and its community service. Graduate students receive a personal appointment to a faculty chairperson and two faculty sponsors in an apprenticeship role. The system is designed to promote student assumption of positions of responsibility in research laboratories, in human service facilities, and in the daily conduct of the instructional program. Admissions Criteria The preferred departmental requirements include a bachelor s degree with at least 18 semester hours in psychology, a minimum GPA of 3.0 (4.0 scale), a minimum score of 900 on the combined verbal and quantitative GRE scores with no subscore below 400 for the Behavior Analysis programs. The Clinical and I/O programs require a minimum combined GRE score of 1000 with no subscore below 500. All programs, require GRE scores. Additional criteria (described in the application materials) include previous research activity, professional experience, letters of recommendation, and a personal statement of the applicant s professional goals and prior training. Meeting or exceeding these criteria qualifies the applicant for review but does not guarantee admission to the department or any of its programs. Faculty Dr. Galen J. Alessi is professor of psychology and a member of the clinical psychology faculty. He received his B.S. degree from Maryland in 1969, his M.A. from Western Michigan University in 1972, and his Ph.D. in 1974 from Maryland. His research interests include strategic and family therapy and behavioral pediatrics. He completed a post doctoral fellowship in behavioral pediatrics at the Department of Pediatrics, The Johns Hopkins Medical School. He has also completed a one-year intensive training program in strategic and structural family therapy at the Family Therapy Institute in Washington, D.C. He is a licensed psychologist.
3 Dr. Lisa Baker is a professor of psychology. She is a member of the Behavior Analysis graduate program committee, and director of the Behavioral Neuropharmacology Laboratory. Dr. Baker received her B.A. in 1984 from the State University of New York at Oswego and her Ph.D. in 1989 from Vanderbilt University. She completed two years of postdoctoral training at the University of South Carolina in behavioral pharmacology prior to joining the faculty in Dr. Baker teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in Physiological Psychology, Behavioral Pharmacology and History of Psychology. Her laboratory research activities involve the implementation of drug discrimination procedures and in vivo microdialysis techniques in rodents to investigate the neuropharmacological actions of drugs of abuse. She is presently conducting research funded by the National Institute of Drug Abuse to examine the discriminative stimulus effects of GHB as well as the effects of this substance in animal models of learning. Dr. Baker s professional society memberships include the Society for Neuroscience, the American Psychological Association, the Behavioral Pharmacological Society, the Society for Stimulus Properties of Drugs, and the Association for Behavior Analysis. She is currently the President of the Michigan Chapter Society for Neuroscience. Dr. Amy Damashek is an Assistant Professor of Clinical Psychology. She received her Ph.D. from University of Missouri- Columbia in 2007 and completed her internship and post-doctoral fellowship at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center, Center on Child Abuse & Neglect. Dr. Damashek teaches courses in abnormal child psychology, lifespan development, child behavior therapy, and psychological assessment. Her research interests are in the area of unintentional childhood injury and child maltreatment. Dr. Damashek s recent research has focused on the role of caregiver supervision in children s unintentional injuries, particularly among low-income families. Dr. Damashek is also interested in cultural differences among parents with regard to their safety beliefs and child injury prevention practices. In addition, Dr. Damashek has conducted research on factors related to client engagement in home-based services to prevent child neglect (i.e., SafeCare) and is interested in implementing evidence-based child maltreatment interventions and prevention programs in the state of Michigan. Clinically, Dr. Damashek is well-versed in evidence-based psychotherapies for child and adolescent behavior problems, treatment of inappropriate youth sexual behaviors, and treatment of child PTSD. Dr. Alyce Dickinson is professor of psychology and chair of the industrial/organizational program. She earned a B.A. in psychology from Lycoming College in 1974, an M.A. in industrial/organizational psychology from Fairleigh Dickinson University in 1978, and a Ph.D. in applied behavior analysis from Western Michigan University in Dr. Dickinson has published widely on the effects that monetary incentives have on employee productivity, quality, and satisfaction as well as the impact that extrinsic reward systems have on intrinsic motivation. She is credited with co-editing one of the first handbooks on behavioral applications in business and industry. A member of both the Association for Behavior Analysis and the Organizational Behavior Management Network, she served as director of the latter organization from and received that group s Outstanding Contributions Award in She currently serves as associate editor of the Journal of Organizational Behavior Management. Before beginning her faculty career at WMU in 1984, she served as a principal personnel analyst for the New York State Office of Court Administration and a personnel selection specialist with the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey. Dr. Jessica Frieder is an Assistant Professor and a member of the behavior analysis faculty. She earned a B.S. in psychology from Allegheny College, an M.A. in special education/applied behavior analysis from The Ohio State University and a Ph.D. in disability disciplines/applied behavior analysis from Utah State University. Her research interests include concurrent operants as treatment for problem behavior, social skills training, self-monitoring/selfmanagement, and practitioner/teacher training. Dr. R. Wayne Fuqua is Department Chair of psychology and professor of psychology, a member of the behavior analysis and clinical faculties, and the director of the behavioral medicine laboratory. He received his B.A. in 1972, his M.A. in 1974 and his Ph.D. in 1977 from University of Florida. His current research interests include behavior therapy, behavioral medicine, behavioral research methodology, and mental retardation. Of particular interest is his research on AIDS prevention and stressrelated disorders. He is a former Associate Editor of the Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis and is a frequent contributor to a variety of behavior analysis journals Dr. Scott Gaynor is an associate professor of psychology and a member of the clinical psychology faculty. He received his Bachelors Degree from the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee. He subsequently attended the University of North Carolina at Greensboro where he received a Masters Degree in 1997 and his Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology in His clinical psychology internship and a one-year postdoctoral fellowship, were completed at Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Dr. Gaynor s research interests include psychotherapy process and outcome (esp. with adolescents) and basic learning processes Dr. Bradley E. Huitema is professor of psychology, a member of the industrial/organizational faculty and statistical consultant for business and several units of the University. He received his B.A. from Southern Illinois in 1961, his M.A. from Western Michigan University in 1962 and his Ph.D. from Colorado State in His research interests include time series analysis, single organism and quasi-experimental design, and the evaluation of preventative health practices. His 1980 text, The Analysis of Covariance and Alternatives has been well received in the field. He is a member of the editorial board for the Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis and Behavioral Assessment and is a referee for several journals including The American Statistician, Behavioral Research Methods, Instruments, and Computers, The Journal of Psychopathology and Behavioral Assessment, Psychological Bulletin, and Psychometrika. Dr. Richard W. Malott is professor of psychology and a member of the behavior analysis faculty. He received his B.A. from Indiana University in 1958 and his Ph.D. from Columbia in He coauthored Principles of Behavior (the book previously known as Elementary Principles of Behavior.) He is now (and has been for many years) working on I ll Stop Procrastinating when I Get around to It and Applied Behavioral Cognitive Analysis. He has presented in 13 countries and has received two Fulbright Senior Scholar Awards. In 2002, he also received ABA s Award for Public Service in Behavior Analysis. At the graduate level he concentrates on helping students to b ecome practitioners working in autism and organizational behavior management, rather than researchers. He is interested in working with terminal MA students as well as PhD students. For more information, please see Dr. Heather McGee is an assistant professor of psychology and a member of the industrial/organizational faculty. She received her B.S. (1998), M.A. (2003), and Ph.D. (2004) from Western Michigan University. Her interests lie in improving organizational performance through interventions based on comprehensive behavioral systems analysis. Dr. McGee has designed, developed and implemented organizational performance solutions in a variety of industries and settings, including autism service providers, the pharmaceutical industry, education, and health and human services industries. These solutions have included performance-based instruction, performance management, behavioral systems changes, and lean sigma initiatives. Dr. McGee also serves on the editorial board of JOBM.
4 Dr. Amy Naugle is associate professor of psychology and member of the clinical psychology faculty. She earned a B.A. in psychology from the University of St. Thomas in 1991 and a Ph.D. in clinical psychology in 1999 from the University of Nevada, Reno. She completed her clinical internship at the Charleston Consortium in Charleston, SC. Prior to coming to WMU in 2000, Dr. Naugle completed a NIMH post-doctoral fellowship at the National Crime Victim s Center, Medical University of South Carolina. Dr. Naugle s primary research interests include investigating psychological and interpersonal factors associated with physical and sexual victimization. In addition, she is interested in assessment, training, and psychotherapy outcome issues related to Functional Analytic Psychotherapy (FAP). Dr. Stephanie Peterson, is associate professor of psychology and a member of the behavior analysis faculty. She earned a Ph.D., from University of Iowa in Dr. Peterson s research included dimensions of reinforcement, choice between communication and problem behavior for children in the applied setting, behavioral technology, literacy and special education. Dr. Cynthia J. Pietras is assistant professor of psychology and a member of the behavior analysis faculty. She received a B.A. in anthropology and a B.S. in psychology from University of Florida in 1993 and subsequently completed her Ph.D. (Experimental Analysis of Behavior) at University of Florida in Dr. Pietras research interests include the experimental analysis of human and nonhuman behavior, behavioral pharmacology, pro-social behavior (e.g., cooperation, altruism) and aggressive behavior, risky choice and selfcontrol, and behavioral ecology. Dr. Ron Van Houten is professor of psychology and a member of the behavior analysis faculty. He received his B.A. from State University of New York at Stony Brook in 1968, his M.A. in 1969 and Ph.D. in 1972 from Dalhousie University in Dr.Van Houten s primary research interests include Traffic safety; Pedestrian safety; Intelligent transportation system; Traffic calming; Bicycle safety; Seat belt use; Reducing impaired driving; Community/Organizational psychology; Developmental disabilities; Education. Dr. Lester W. Wright, Jr. is an associate professor of psychology and a faculty member in the Clinical Psychology Program. He received his B.A. from Florida International University in 1989 and his M.S. and Ph.D. from University of Georgia in 1993 and 1995, respectively. He completed his clinical residency at the University of Mississippi Medical School/ Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Jackson, Mississippi in He then completed a post-doctoral fellowship in the Sex Offender/Child Abuse Treatment Program in the Department of Psychiatry, at University Hospitals of Cleveland/Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio. His research interests include the overlap of anxiety and sexual behavior (homophobia, erotophobia, AIDS phobia, biphobia), psychopysiological assessment of sexual arousal, (perpetrators and victims), pedophilia, and studies of sexual fantasies. Dr. Wright joined the WMU faculty in Dr. Alan D. Poling is professor of psychology, chair of the behavior analysis program and director of the behavioral pharmacology laboratory. He received his Ph.D. in 1977 from the University of Minnesota. He was a research associate at South Carolina prior to joining the faculty here in His research interests include mental retardation, basic learning processes, and behavioral pharmacology. He has published more than 200 articles and 10 books. Dr. C. Richard Spates is professor of psychology and a member of Standards and Behavioral Services. His research and professional interests include mental health programs evaluation, clinical victimization, psychological aspects of terrorism, and clinical hypnosis. His latest publications include a book chapter entitled Intervention in Events of Terrorism in Hersberg, and a 1987 article entitled Victims of Personal Violence. He is a licensed psychologist and a member of the World Federation for Mental Health s Committee on the Needs of Victims and a member of the American Psychological Association. the clinical psychology faculty.. He received his B.S. from Western Michigan University in 1970 and his M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of Illinois in 1975 and 1976, respectively. Prior to joining the faculty here he served in a number of positions with the Michigan Department of Mental Health, including Director of Clinical, Policy,
5 Application Checklist for Fall 2012 PSYCHOLOGY MASTERS\AND DOCTORAL PROGRAMS Psychology Department Requirements due December 15 A. Apply to Western Michigan University National: Office of Admissions: University Admissions Application // International Student Services Graduate Application 4. Official Transcripts Official transcripts from ALL the colleges or universities you have attended. Photocopies and transferred courses listed on another transcript will not suffice. Send official set to the Office of Admissions. 3. GRE General Test Scores (Subject test not required. ) Send one set using these codes: Institution Code: 1902 (no code for Psychology) B. Apply to the Psychology Department 1. Download all parts a & b. a. The Brochure contains pertinent information and instructions: Brochure b. Psychology Application: PDF or MSWord.doc 2. Three letters of recommendation 3. Additional Application Materials: previous research activity, professional experience, and a personal statement of the applicant's professional goals and prior training. The Industrial Organizational Program requires a supplemental application. More details on the I/O website. The Clinical Program requires a writing sample. More details on the Clinical webiste. Send To: Graduate Training Office Psychology Department Western Michigan University Kalamazoo, MI (269) ALL Application materials are DUE by December 15. Plan to have your application arrive by November 1. Applications sent to arrive on the deadline date of December 15 will not allow sufficient time to notify you if any materials are missing. If you are concerned about your application before the deadline for information. Include an address. We will notify you to verify the status or completion of your Psychology Department application. Request letters of recommendation early to make sure that they arrive by the due date. Ask the recommender to return the letter to you in a sealed envelope with their signature across the seal so you can send the letters in with your Psychology Department application. Letters of recommendation are to be in your file by December 15. (If the person writing the letter prefers to send in the letter directly to us, thatʼs fine too) Information on the Selection Process Applicants are notified by mid April if they have been accepted or not. The Graduate Training Office will not inform by phone or if an applicant has been selected for an interview or admission. The only information callers will be told over the phone is if his/her application is complete or what is missing. Note: All documents submitted become the property of Western Michigan University and cannot be returned to the applicant or released to other institutions. Applications are valid for two selection processes. If you are not selected this year and want to apply again, notify the Psychology Graduate Training Office and Office of Admissoins before the next deadline. Financial Assistance Information Office of Student Financial Aid ( ) Fellowship Apply to the Graduate College before February 15 Assistantship No Psychology Department application necessary. Check the Yes box on the Department Application form. Number of Department Teaching or Research Assistantships available each year varies.