2014-2015 Walden University Catalog (June 2015) 
    
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2014-2015 Walden University Catalog (June 2015) [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

General Psychology - PhD in Psychology


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The General Psychology specialization—with focus in Teaching and in Research—prepares individuals to teach, mentor, and/or conduct culturally and contextually relevant research in psychology in institutions of higher education and to engage their knowledge and skills in applied settings. Students will gain the skills and acumen to make valuable contributions to the field of psychology. Students will examine the physical, social, emotional, and cognitive issues impacting human behavior and acquire the foundation necessary to plan and conduct relevant psychological research. Students may also explore the real-world legal and ethical issues faced by today’s industry professionals and choose among options to focus on teaching and/or research in psychology.

Program Goals and Learning Outcomes


PROGRAM GOAL 1: Walden University’s General Psychology graduates will acquire knowledge in the foundations of psychology.

Learning Outcome 1.1
Students will be able to articulate the general history of psychology by explaining the depth and breadth of the field from the perspective of a future educator and/or researcher.

Learning Outcome 1.2
Students will be able to discuss seminal works within the field of general psychology including the broad areas of biological/physiological, learning/cognition, and social/developmental psychology.

Learning Outcome 1.3
Students will be able to discuss how seminal works in the field of general psychology relate to education and/or research.


PROGRAM GOAL 2: Walden University’s General Psychology graduates apply knowledge and demonstrate skills in the scientific, methodological, and theoretical foundations of psychology with a focus on education and research.

Learning Outcome 2.1
Students will be able to synthesize principles of basic and advanced research methods to produce independent scholarly research.

Learning Outcome 2.2
Students will demonstrate proficiency in evaluating the effectiveness of empirically supported methods of research and/or teaching.

Learning Outcome 2.3
Students will synthesize theory and contemporary research to apply in the practice of research or teaching.


PROGRAM GOAL 3: Walden University’s General Psychology graduates will demonstrate the ability to apply theoretical knowledge and research skills.

Learning Outcome 3.1
Students will integrate current theory and research to explain behavior in the biological, affective, social, individual differences, and cognitive areas of psychology.

Learning Outcome 3.2
Students will be able to apply evidence-based psychological research in various institutions and organizations.


PROGRAM GOAL 4: Walden University’s General Psychology graduates will demonstrate the ability to work ethically and effectively with diverse populations.

Learning Outcome 4.1
Students will be able to describe experiences and perspectives of diverse populations including but not limited to race, culture, socioeconomics, age, gender, sexual orientation, and disability.

Learning Outcome 4.2
Students will apply relevant ethical codes (e.g., APA) to decision making with diverse populations in both research practice and work settings.


PROGRAM GOAL 5: To prepare Walden University graduates to actively identify and contribute to the general psychology profession by demonstrating attitudes and behaviors essential for lifelong learning, scholarly inquiry, advocacy and professional problem-solving as general psychologists, with a particular emphasis on positive social change.

Learning Outcome 5.1
Students will be able to discuss how social/political issues, policies, and events impact the field of general psychology.

Learning Outcome 5.2
Students will apply their knowledge of general psychology to scholarly and/or professional activities to promote positive social change.

Teaching Psychology Focus (106 cr.)


The Teaching Psychology focus prepares students to integrate psychological theory and practice, using scientific methods and evidence-based practice to inform undergraduate and graduate instruction that incorporates issues of cultural and individual diversity.

Students in the Teaching Psychology focus will:

  1. Acquire a broad knowledge base in psychology and its history, ethics, research methods, and applications.
  2. Use psychological theory, research, and practice to inform instructional process and content.
  3. Apply psychological theories and research to educational practice.
  4. Develop the ability to promote attitudes and skills for lifelong learning, critical inquiry, and problem-solving in graduate and undergraduate learners.
  5. Develop the research skills necessary to make scholarly contributions to the field of psychology.

The Teaching Psychology focus consists of a foundation course, core and specialization courses, three elective courses, demonstration of research competency, and dissertation. Additional courses may be taken to provide breadth and depth of learning.

Breadth Courses (25 cr.)


Elective Courses (15 cr.)


Three elective courses selected from the graduate courses in the School of Psychology may be added anywhere in the student’s program, provided prerequisites are met.

Dissertation (20 cr.)


Research Psychology Focus (105 cr.)


The Research and Evaluation focus prepares students to integrate psychological theory and practice, using scientific methods and evidence-based practice to apply their knowledge and skills about research and evaluation in a variety of settings.

Students in the Research focus will:

  1. Acquire a broad knowledge base in psychology and its history, ethics, research methods, and applications.
  2. Develop the research skills necessary to make culturally and contextually relevant scholarly contributions to the field of psychology.
  3. Analyze and evaluate the theories and applications underlying multiple data collection techniques used in psychology.
  4. Use psychological theory and research to inform practice in a variety of public, private, governmental, and nongovernmental settings.
  5. Use research and evaluation strategies to study the efficacy, integrity, acceptability, transferability, and contextual and cultural relevance of programs and interventions.

Students in this focus also will:

  1. Conceptualize, design, analyze, and evaluate a wide variety of research approaches and methodologies.
  2. Develop, implement, and evaluate programs and strategies.
  3. Collaborate with professionals in the development and application of research.
  4. Use research and evaluation strategies to examine social change from the psychological perspective of individuals, groups, organizations, and local and global communities.
  5. Serve as consultants in research, data analysis, and evaluation in a range of settings (e.g., higher education, government, public sector). 

The Research focus consists of a foundation course, core and research focus courses, three elective courses, demonstration of research competency, and dissertation. Additional courses may be taken to provide breadth and depth of learning.

Breadth Courses (25 cr.)


Elective Courses (15 cr.)


Three elective courses selected from the graduate courses in the School of Psychology may be added anywhere in the student’s program, provided prerequisites are met.

Dissertation (20 cr.)


Note on Licensure


The General Psychology specialization in the PhD in Psychology program is not a licensure program and does not prepare an individual to become a licensed psychology professional.