School of Graduate Studies

School of Graduate Studies
School of Graduate Studies

Psychology

 All courses are half courses (3.0 credit units) (with the exception of  PSYC-899, PSYC-993, and PSYC-999) taught in the fall or winter term. Not all courses are offered in any one year. If a course is not offered in any one year it is often offered in the subsequent year. The list of the courses that will be offered in the upcoming academic year can be obtained from the Department at psycgrad.queensu.ca.

PSYC-801*     Design of Experiments     
Topics include: The logic of the test for significance and controversies concerning it; ANOVA and its underlying linear model for between- subject, within-subject and split-plot designs; orthogonal comparisons for trend analysis and for special contrasts; restricted randomization and the randomized-block design; partial confounding in latin-squares; balancing conditions against trend; hierarchical designs; ANOVA and multiple correlation; designs including organismic variables; random- effect models and the fixed-effect fallacy; data transformations and non-parametric tests. Fall; M. Sabbagh. Lectures (3 hrs) and tutorials (1½ hrs).

PSYC-802*     Introduction to Multivariate Analysis     
Topics include: History of Multivariate Techniques, Matrix Algebra, Data Assumptions and Preparation, Multiple Regression, Canonical Correlation, Multivariate Analysis of Variance, and Discriminant Function Analysis. Lectures (3 hrs) and tutorials (1½ hrs). Winter; L. Jacobson.
PREREQUISITE: PSYC-801* or equivalent.

PSYC-805*, 806*     Introductory Assessment     
These courses constitute an introduction to the practical aspects of clinical assessment. In PSYC-805* students are given skills training and practice in the use of tests of adult intelligence, memory and vocational counseling. In PSYC-806* the emphasis is on tests of children's intelligence, learning and affect. Fall (805) (3 hrs.). L. Kilik/K. Buell; Winter (806) (2 hrs.). K. Benn

PSYC-809*     Child-Adolescent Clinical Psychology     
Provides an overview of normal and abnormal development from conception to adolescence. Presentations balance theoretical controversies, basic research, and practical applications surrounding development principles considered in both the promotion of competence and the prevention/treatment of disorder. Not offered 2016-17.

PSYC-811*,812*,907*,908*     Brain, Behaviour and Cognitive Science (BBCS) Research Seminar     
Designed to facilitate professional development, increase scientific dialogue, and enhance collaboration and scientific group problem-solving in the broad field of brain, behaviour and cognitive science. Faculty and students will lead discussions of critical topics in the field. Marked on a Pass/Fail basis. Fall; seminar (2 hrs). 812-Fall; R. Flanagan

PSYC-825*     Seminars in Psychology     
Students attend diverse seminars to develop skills in listening, synthesizing and critical thinking while expanding the breadth of their background in psychology and cognate disciplines. Attendance may be extended over six terms (2 years) with students registering only in the term during which they complete the course.Enrollment is limited to graduate students in Psychology. Fall/Winter; M. Chivers.

PSYC-827*     Adult Clinical Psychology     
In PSYC-827* major areas of adult psychopathology are emphasized including anxiety and mood disorders, schizophrenia and personality disorders. (2½ hrs). Not offered 2016-17.

PSYC-829*     Ethical and Professional Issues     
Designed to raise students' awareness of ethical principles and expose them to issues and perspectives related to their training as professionals. Seminar (2 hrs). Winter; D. Cotton

PSYC-833*     Foundations of Cognition & Perception     
The course goal is to provide a foundation for the theoretical and empirical study of perceptual and cognitive processes. The topics include, but are not limited to, perceptual organization, object recognition, language, attention, learning and memory. The course will focus on key papers in the field and enduring theoretical issues.  SEMINAR (2 Hrs.)

PSYC-834* Embodied Cognition
The framework of “embodied cognition” considers cognition a skilful activity that continuously generates and refines models about the world around us. Cognition, according to this view, emerges from lawful relations between motor output and sensory input. The course traces the development of this idea by discussing both theoretical and experimental literature considering contributions of a variety of fields (e.g., philosophy, artificial intelligence, robotics, neuroscience, and psychology). You will learn how this framework contributes to our understanding of the nature of intelligence, self-awareness, consciousness, and social identity. PREREQUISITE: PSYC 215 or PSYC 221 or COGS 201 or equivalent.

PSYC-838*,839*     Introductory Clinical Practica     
Students choose two practica from a variety of applied settings. These experiences are designed to introduce students to functioning in a clinical setting. (One day per wk for a total of 120 hrs per course); Fall; Winter;Summer. C. Bowie

PSYC-841*,851*,852*     Pro-Seminars in Developmental Psychology     
Attended by both faculty and students who present research in their specialty areas and with the focus being on research design issues. The content will vary to some extent depending on the research areas represented by members of the class. Marked pass/fail based on attendance. Seminar (2 hrs bi-weekly). 851: Fall/Winter; T. Hollenstein.

PSYC-842*     Current Theories in Developmental Psychology: Cognitive Development     
Students are exposed to current theory (and historical antecedents) within the field of cognitive developmental psychology. Topics will vary based on the expertise of the faculty instructor and thus may cover theory within evolutionary and comparative frameworks of cognitive development, epigenetic and systems approaches to cognitive development, developmental cognitive neuroscience methods, and developmental psychopathology. (3hrs). Fall; M. Sabbagh.

PSYC-843*     Current Theories in Developmental Psychology II: Social Development     
Students are exposed to current theory (and historical antecedents) within the field of social developmental psychology. Topics will vary based on the expertise of the faculty instructor and thus may cover theory within evolutionary and comparative frameworks of social development, epigenetic and systems approaches to social development, social-cognitive neuroscience methods, and developmental psychopathology. (2 hrs.). Not offered 2016-17.

PSYC-846*     Psychology and the Law     
The major focus of attention is procedural justice pre-sentencing. Topics include eyewitness memory, police identification procedures, jury selection, credibility of witness testimony, expert testimony, and jury decision making with the major emphasis on eyewitness issues. (3 hrs) Not offered 2016-17.

PSYC-847*     Treatment Theory and Process     
Students are given an introduction to the major theories and basic skills involved in interviewing, cognitive-behavioural therapy, and therapeutic processes. Course content balances theoretical controversies, basic research, and practical applications. A blend of classroom instruction, videotaped interviews, observation, modeling, feedback and supervised practice is used. (3 hrs.) Not offered 2016-17.

PSYC-853*     Infancy     
An overview of the major theoretical and methodological issues and a review of current research in the area of infant studies. Topics cover perceptual, cognitive and social development of both typical and atypical infant populations. Seminar (2 hrs). Not offered 2016-17.

PSYC-854*     Cognitive and Conceptual Development     
Current theoretical and methodological issues in cognitive development research, covering the development of perception, memory, thinking as well as social cognition. Seminar (2 hrs.) Not offered 2016-17.

PSYC-855*     Language Development     
Provides an overview of current theoretical and methodological approaches to early language development. Specific topics include: the rate and content of early language development, mechanisms underlying word learning, and syntactic development. Particular emphasis is placed on understanding how cognitive advances in the infancy and toddler periods impact children's language acquisition skills. Seminar (2 hrs) Not offered 2016-17.

PSYC-856*     Socioemotional Development     
Building on theories of socialization and the development of emotional reactivity and regulation, this course will proceed chronologically from birth through adolescence.  Readings of empirical and theoretical papers will cover various topics including family and peer relationships, specific emotions, developmental psychopathology, and cultural contexts. Seminar (2 hrs) Not offered 2016-17.

PSYC-857*     Atypical Development     
An in-depth investigation of the linguistic, cognitive and social development of children with various neurodevelopmental disorders, including autism spectrum disorders, specific language impairment, Down syndrome, and Williams syndrome, among others. Not offered 2016-17.

PSYC-858*     Introductory Intervention Skills Practicum     
Offered at Health, Counselling and Disability Services. Provides training in interviewing, assessment and intervention skills needed in dealing with the wide range of clinical, learning, and career problems encountered by university students. Spring (35 hrs total). Not offered 2016-17. This course is a prerequisite for practica at Health, Counselling and Disability Services.

PSYC-859*     Social Relationships     
Development occurs within the context of relationships.  This course will review the current understanding of key interpersonal relationships across the lifespan.  Specific topics include: parent-child relationships, friendships, peer groups, romantic relationships and the role of relationships in specific contexts such as family, school and neighbourhood. Seminar (2 hrs). Winter; W. Craig.

PSYC-878*     Research Skills/Program Evaluation     
Students are given the opportunity to broaden research skills through practical tasks such as preparing a grant proposal, designing a programme evaluation and critically reviewing research grants and articles. (2½ hrs). Not offered 2016-17.

PSYC-899     Master's Thesis Research     

PSYC-901* Multilevel Modeling
This course will cover many different techniques involved in multilevel modeling (MLM) including more specialized applications like growth curve modeling and dyadic data analysis (e.g., the Actor-Partner Independence Model). The goal of the course is to familiarize students with the conceptual background and basic procedures of MLM, so they can apply these techniques to their own research. PREREQUISITE: PSYC-802* or equivalent.

PSYC-910*     Advanced Assessment     
In PSYC-910* principles of psychological test construction, and procedures underlying psychological assessment, with particular emphasis on personality assessment are given advanced treatment. Seminar (2 hrs); Winter; A. Harrison

PSYC-917*      Introduction to Cognitive Neuroimaging     
This course will acquaint students with current ‘best practice’ in the use of functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) as a tool to investigate cognitive function.  Topics will include experimental design, data processing and analysis, as well as statistical inference and localization. (1.5 hrs.)  Not offered 2016-17.

PSYC-921*     Visual and Auditory Processes     
Discusses central problems and selected issues pertaining to vision and audition. Topics will include the anatomy and physiology of the visual and auditory systems, psychophysics, and perceptual processes. Lecture/seminar (2 hrs). Winter; N. Troje

PSYC-930*     Somatosensory, Intersensory and Motor Processes     
Discusses central problems and selected issues pertaining to the somatosensory system, to the synthesis of information from multiple modalities (e.g., vision, audition, touch), and to the motor system. Topics will include the anatomy and physiology of the somatosensory system and of intersensory integration, psychophysics, perceptual processes, motor control and planning, and perception and action. Lecture/seminar (2 hrs). Not offered 2016-17.

PSYC-931*     Neuroplasticity and Behaviour     
Changes at the synaptic level in structure and neurochemistry including protein synthesis associated with sensory/perceptual development, learning and memory. Coverage will include in vitro and in vivo approaches. Data from vertebrates and invertebrates will be included. (Normally offered concurrently with BIOL-815*.) Lecture/seminar (2 hrs).  Not offered 2016-17.

PSYC-934*     Comparative Neurocognition     
An overview of the evolution and function of cognitive processes. Emphasis will be placed on understanding how natural selection shaped cognition across species.Topics such as memory, decision making and communication will be examined from a behavioural ecology and experimental psychology perspective. Neuroscience and developmental psychology research will complement each topic. Lecture/Seminar ( 2 hrs.) Not offered 2016-17.

PSYC-935*     Neurotransmitters and Behaviour     
Neurotransmitters including acetylcholine, monoamines, excitatory amino acids, GABA, neuroactive peptides, and second messengers and their roles in psychological processes including sensory-perceptual development, motor control, motivated behaviours, learning and memory. Lecture/seminar (2 hrs.) Winter; J. Menard.

PSYC-940*     Structural Equation Modelling     
Topics include: Data and covariance structure models, estimation, identification, evaluating solutions, model modification and equivalent models, causal versus effects indicators, power, confirmatory factor analysis, multiple groups analysis, latent curve modelling, and multivariate change models. (2 hrs). Winter; L. Fabrigar.

PSYC-941*     Research Methods in Social Psychology     
Introduction to research methodology. Emphasis is on social psychology. Topics include generating research ideas, research design, questionnaire construction, measurement theory, and professional issues. (2 hrs). Not offered 2016-17.

PSYC-942*     Cross-Cultural Psychology     
A survey of key concepts and theoretical and methodological issues in the field, followed by a critical examination of selected contemporary research areas, including cognition, acculturation and their application. Seminar (2 hrs). Not offered 2016-17.

PSYC-944*     Attitudes and Attitude Change     
Focuses on contemporary issues and controversies in attitude research. Topics include the structure of attitudes, the impact of attitudes on behaviour and cognition, and the psychological processes underlying attitude change. Seminar (2 hrs). Not offered 2016-17.

PSYC-945*,946*     Special Topics in Social Psychology I, II     
Focus on specific issues within the social area. May be offered by visiting scholars or current faculty. Seminar (2 hrs.); Fall; J. Jacobson

PSYC-947*     Social Cognition     
Examines how people make sense of their social world: How they perceive, represent, interpret, and remember information about themselves and about other individuals and groups. (2 hrs). Not offered 2016-17.

PSYC-948*     The Self     
A survey of theory and research on the self. Topics include: the search for self-knowledge, self-development, self-cognition, self-regulation of behaviour, self-presentation, self-esteem, and the role of the self in psychological health. (2 hrs). Not offered 2016-17.

PYSC-951*     Advanced Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy     
Students will learn advanced skills required for conducting Cognitive Behavioural Therapy in the mood and/or anxiety disorders. A blend of classroom instruction, videotaped therapy sessions, observation, modeling, feedback and supervised practice is used. The specific populations taught in any given year will depend upon the availability of instructors. Not offered 2016-17.

PSYC-952*     Advanced Clinical Skills     
Students will learn advanced skills in interviewing (e.g., diagnostic interviewing, motivational interviewing) and/or intervention (e.g., group therapy, therapy with special populations). A blend of classroom instruction, videotaped therapy sessions, observation, modeling, feedback and supervised practice is used. The specific focus of instruction in any given year will depend upon the availability of instructors. Not offered 2016-17.

PSYC-953*     Biological Bases of Behaviour     
Surveys theoretical and applied aspects of the biological bases of behaviour. Topics covered will normally include basic neuropsychopharmacology and biological treatments of mental disorders, neurological assessment methods (e.g., MRI, fMRI, PET, SPECT), neuropsychological assessment, and the genetic and neuroendocrine bases of mental disorders. Not offered 2016-17.

PSYC-957*     Advanced Therapy I     
Students will learn skills required for conducting therapy using approaches other than Cognitive Behavioural Therapy.   (e.g., Interpersonal Psychotherapy for Depression (Klerman model), Systemic Family Therapy).  A blend of classroom instruction, videotaped therapy sessions, observation, modeling, feedback and supervised practice is used.  The approach taught in any given year will depend upon the availability of instructors.  (3 hrs). Not offered 2016-17.

PSYC-959*, 960*     Special Topics in Development I, II     
Focus on specific issues within the development offered by visiting scholars or current faculty. Not offered 2016-17.

PSYC-965*     Memory, Decision and Choice     
A review of contemporary research and theory in cognitive science focussing on selected topics with memory, decision, classification, and choice. Lecture/seminar (2 hrs). Not offered 2016-17.

PSYC-968*     Health Psychology     
These courses explore various problems associated with the areas of health psychology and behavioral medicine. The focus will vary depending on the instructor.  Topics may include the relationship between stress and disease, health promotion, psychological management of pain, addictive behaviours, sleep disorders, chronic and terminal illness. (2½ hrs). Not offered 2016-17.

PSYC-970*/971*     Advanced Special Topics in Cognitive Science I, II     
Focus on specific issues within the cognitive science area. May be offered by visiting scholars or current faculty. Not offered 2016-17.

PSYC-972* Current Topics in Attention
Each week covers a selected topic in attention research. Topics typically include history of attention research, attentional capacity, spatial and temporal attention, change blindness, inattentional blindness, cortical mechanisms of attention, interaction of attention and memory, and attention training. Seminar; 3 hrs/week.

PSYC-974*     Advanced Therapy II     
Students will learn skills required for conducting therapy using Cognitive Behavioural Therapy in populations other than mood/anxiety. A blend of classroom instruction, videotaped therapy sessions, observation, modeling, feedback and supervised practice is used. The approach taught in any given year will depend upon the availability of instructors. (3 hrs.) Not offered 2016-17.

PSYC-975*, 976*     Applied Internship I and  II     
Students may arrange for one or two terms of supervised applied training outside of the department. Internships will be individually arranged to further the development of each student's program. Student's will submit a list of objectives before the plan is approved, and a report of progress at the end of the term. Not offered 2016-17.

PSYC-979*     Personality Theory     
Examines issues that are the current focus of the personality literature from various theoretical perspectives, including trait, psychodynamic, biological, social cognitive, phenomenological, and other research based perspectives. Seminar (2 hrs). Not offered 2016-17.

PSYC-980*,982*     Special Topics in Personality I, II     
Focus on specific issues within the personality area. May be offered by visiting scholars or current faculty. Not offered 2016-17.

PSYC-981*     Personality Assessment     
Covers the theory and mechanics of psychological test construction and introduces students to major personality tests that are currently predominant in the literature. The objective is to review the psychometric issues relevant to evaluating or developing tests for research purposes. Seminar (2 hrs). Not offered 2016-17.

PSYC-987*,988*     Advanced Special Topics in Behavioural Neuroscience I, II     
Focus on specific issues within the behavioural neuroscience area. May be offered by visiting scholars or current faculty.Not offered 2016-17.

PSYC-989*,990*     Advanced Clinical Practice     
Give students supervised experience in all aspects of clinical practice, including: interview and assessment, treatment, report writing, interprofessional communication and consultation, and professional development. (8 hrs per wk for a total of 120 hrs per course). Fall; Winter; Summer. C. Bowie

PSYC-991*,992*     Advanced Clinical Practice     
Give students supervised experience in all aspects of clinical practice, including: interview and assessment, treatment, report writing, interprofessional communication and consultation, and professional development. (8 hrs per wk for a total of 120 hrs per course). Fall; Winter; Summer.  C. Bowie

PSYC-993     Clinical Internship     
Students in the Clinical Program are required to complete a one-year, full-time internship or its equivalent in an approved setting under the primary supervision of a registered psychologist. This normally will be taken after all course work, comprehensive examinations and Ph.D. thesis are completed. Students who complete all other degree requirements including submission of the final copy of the thesis for binding before starting or during the internship, may apply to change their study status to part-time for the remaining terms of the internship year. Fall; Winter; Summer. C. Bowie

PSYC-994*     Special Topics in Clinical Psychology I     
Focus on specific issues within the clinical area.  May be offered by visiting scholars or current faculty. Not offered 2016-17.

PSYC-995*     Special Topics in Clinical Psychology II     
Focus on specific issues within the clinical area.  May be offered by visiting scholars or current faculty. Not offered 2016-17.

PSYC-999     Ph.D. Thesis Research