2018–2019 Walden University Catalog (September 2018) 
    
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2018–2019 Walden University Catalog (September 2018) [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

PhD in Forensic Psychology


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Students in Walden’s PhD in Forensic Psychology program will explore the systems and programs that strive to create positive change in the legal system and community settings. Students can broaden their understanding of advanced forensic psychology and examine ways to evaluate programs designed for populations such as the incarcerated, recently released offenders, the mentally ill, and juvenile offenders. Walden’s PhD in Forensic Psychology program offers a variety of specializations to help students meet their personal and professional goals. Students may choose from the General Program or the following specializations: Criminal Justice Self-Designed, Crisis Leadership Management, Crisis Response, Legal Issues in Forensic Psychology, Self-Designed, or Victimology.

Learning Outcomes


As graduates of this program, students will be prepared to:

  1. Evaluate behavior using psychological theory and research from a forensic psychology perspective.
  2. Analyze seminal works in forensic psychology in terms of their relation to education and/or research.
  3. Differentiate between advanced legal concepts pertaining to forensic psychology.
  4. Integrate principles of advanced research methods to produce independent scholarly research related to forensic psychology.
  5. Evaluate how assessment elements (psychological assessment, risk assessment, psychological reports) are used within forensic psychology settings.
  6. Engage in decision making using relevant ethical codes (e.g., APA and Specialty Guidelines for Forensic Psychologists) in forensic work settings.
  7. Promote social change through the integration of principles of forensic psychology in scholarly and/or professional activities.

Specializations


Changing specializations may increase a student’s expected time-to-degree completion and cost.

Degree Requirements


  • Professional Development Plan and Program of Study
  • Foundation Course (3 cr.)
  • Core courses (72 cr.)
  • Specialization courses (15 cr.)
  • Completion of Doctoral Capstone
    • Dissertation course
  • PhD residencies (four 4-day sessions)

Curriculum


For Students Entering With a BS Degree


Specialization Curriculum (15–17 cr.)


See each specialization page for the list of courses for that specialization.

Completion of the Doctoral Capstone


  • PSYC 9000 - Dissertation
  • Students take this course for a minimum of 4 quarters and are continuously enrolled until completion of their Dissertation with final Chief Academic Officer (CAO) approval.

    To complete a doctoral dissertation, students must obtain the academic approval of several independent evaluators including their committee, the University Research Reviewer, and the Institutional Review Board; pass the Form and Style Review; gain approval at the oral defense stage; and gain final approval by the Chief Academic Officer. Students must also publish their dissertation on ProQuest before their degree is conferred. Learn more about the dissertation process in the Dissertation Guidebook.

Course Sequence for Students Entering With a BS Degree


Quarter Course Credits
1 FPSY 8002 - Foundations of Graduate Study in Psychology   3 cr.
FPSY 8252 - Themes and Theories of Psychology   5 cr.
2 FPSY 8720 - Abnormal Behavior   5 cr.
FPSY 8135 - Criminal Behavior   5 cr.
3 FPSY 8116 - Understanding Forensic Psychology Research   5 cr.
FPSY 8126 - Understanding Violence, Risk, and Threat Assessment   5 cr.
4 FPSY 8762 - Teaching of Psychology   5 cr.
RSCH 8210 - Quantitative Reasoning and Analysis♦   5 cr.
5 Specialization Course 5 cr.
RSCH 8310 - Qualitative Reasoning and Analysis♦   5 cr.
6 FPSY 8314 - Program Evaluation   5 cr.
RSCH 8260 - Advanced Quantitative Reasoning and Analysis   5 cr.
7 Specialization Course 5–6 cr.
RSCH 8360 - Advanced Qualitative Reasoning and Analysis   5 cr.
8 FPSY 8700 - Dissertation Literature Review Lab   2 cr.
FPSY 8400 - Advanced Issues in Forensic Psychology   5 cr.
9 FPSY 8214 - Consulting for Organizational Change   5 cr.
Specialization Course 5–6 cr.
10+ FPSY 8115 - Writing a Quality Prospectus in Psychology   5 cr.
PSYC 9000 - Dissertation * 5 cr. per term for a minimum of four terms; taken continuously until completion

*Students take this course for a minimum of 4 quarters and are continuously enrolled until completion of their Dissertation with final Chief Academic Officer (CAO) approval.

To complete a doctoral dissertation, students must obtain the academic approval of several independent evaluators including their committee, the University Research Reviewer, and the Institutional Review Board; pass the Form and Style Review; gain approval at the oral defense stage; and gain final approval by the Chief Academic Officer. Students must also publish their dissertation on ProQuest before their degree is conferred. Learn more about the dissertation process in the Dissertation Guidebook.

Fast-Track Option Program of Study for BS Entry


Walden offers a Fast-Track Option. Students can complete their doctorate in less time by taking advantage of this new path. With the Fast-Track Option, students take additional courses and begin their dissertation early to expedite their path through the program.

Requirements


  • Professional Development Plan and Program of Study
  • Foundation course (3 cr.)
  • Core courses (72 cr.)
  • Specialization courses (15 cr.)
  • Completion of Doctoral Capstone
    • Dissertation course
  • PhD residencies (four 4-day sessions)

In addition, students must

  • Pass a writing assessment
  • Submit an application essay.
  • Maintain a 3.0 GPA in the first term and throughout program for full admission into the fast-track option.

Walden students have up to 8 years to complete their doctoral program unless they petition for an extension.

In general, students are continuously registered in the dissertation/doctoral study course until they complete their capstone project and it is approved. This usually takes longer than the minimum required terms in the dissertation/doctoral study course shell.

To complete a doctoral dissertation, students must obtain the academic approval of several independent evaluators including their committee, the University Research Reviewer, and the Institutional Review Board; pass the Form and Style Review; gain approval at the oral defense stage; and gain final approval by the Chief Academic Officer. Students must also publish their dissertation on ProQuest before their degree is conferred. Learn more about the dissertation process in the Dissertation Guidebook.

Course Sequence


Note: PhD in Forensic Psychology Fast-Track Option courses are identified with an APSY course prefix for enrollment purposes. APSY course descriptions align with corresponding FPSY courses, as listed below.

Quarter Course Credits
1 FPSY 8002 - Foundations of Graduate Study in Psychology   3 cr.
1 FPSY 8252 - Themes and Theories of Psychology   5 cr.
1 FPSY 8720 - Abnormal Behavior * 5 cr.
2 FPSY 8135 - Criminal Behavior   5 cr.
2 FPSY 8116 - Understanding Forensic Psychology Research   5 cr.
2 FPSY 8126 - Understanding Violence, Risk, and Threat Assessment   5 cr.
2 PSYC 9000 - Dissertation **  1 cr.
3 FPSY 8762 - Teaching of Psychology   5 cr.
3 RSCH 8210 - Quantitative Reasoning and Analysis♦   5 cr.
3 APSY  8XXX Specialization #1 5 cr.
3 PSYC 9000 - Dissertation **  1 cr.
4 RSCH 8310 - Qualitative Reasoning and Analysis♦   5 cr.
4 FPSY 8314 - Program Evaluation   5 cr.
4 RSCH 8260 - Advanced Quantitative Reasoning and Analysis   5 cr.
4 PSYC 9000 - Dissertation **  1 cr.
5 APSY 8XXX Specialization #2 5 cr.
5 RSCH 8360 - Advanced Qualitative Reasoning and Analysis   5 cr.
5 FPSY 8700 - Dissertation Literature Review Lab   2 cr.
5 FPSY 8400 - Advanced Issues in Forensic Psychology   5 cr.
5 PSYC 9000 - Dissertation **  1 cr.
6 FPSY 8214 - Consulting for Organizational Change   5 cr.
6 APSY 8XXX Specialization #3 5 cr.
6 FPSY 8115 - Writing a Quality Prospectus in Psychology   5 cr.
6 PSYC 9000 - Dissertation **  1 cr.
7–9+ PSYC 9000 - Dissertation   5 cr. per term for a minimum of three terms; taken continuously until completion

 *FPSY 8720 aligns with APSY 8722 Abnormal Behavior.
**PSYC 9000 aligns with APSY 9000A Dissertation Prep.

For Students Entering With an MS Degree


Completion of the Doctoral Capstone


  • PSYC 9000 - Dissertation
  • Students take this course for a minimum of 4 quarters and are continuously enrolled until completion of their Dissertation with final Chief Academic Officer (CAO) approval.

    To complete a doctoral dissertation, students must obtain the academic approval of several independent evaluators including their committee, the University Research Reviewer, and the Institutional Review Board; pass the Form and Style Review; gain approval at the oral defense stage; and gain final approval by the Chief Academic Officer. Students must also publish their dissertation on ProQuest before their degree is conferred. Learn more about the dissertation process in the Dissertation Guidebook.

Course Sequence for Students Entering With an MS Degree


Quarter Course Credits
1 FPSY 8002 - Foundations of Graduate Study in Psychology   3 cr.
FPSY 8102 - Intersection of Crime, Psychology, and the Law   5 cr.
2 FPSY 8412 - Research Foundations   5 cr.
Specialization Course 5 cr.
3 RSCH 8360 - Advanced Qualitative Reasoning and Analysis   5 cr.
Specialization Course 5–6 cr.
4 RSCH 8260 - Advanced Quantitative Reasoning and Analysis   5 cr.
FPSY 8126 - Understanding Violence, Risk, and Threat Assessment   5 cr.
5 Specialization Course 5–6 cr.
FPSY 8910 - Legal Issues and Social Change in Forensic Psychology   5 cr.
6 FPSY 8700 - Dissertation Literature Review Lab   2 cr.
FPSY 8400 - Advanced Issues in Forensic Psychology   5 cr.
7+ FPSY 8115 - Writing a Quality Prospectus in Psychology   5 cr.
PSYC 9000 - Dissertation * 5 cr. per term for a minimum of four terms; taken continuously until completion

*Students take this course for a minimum of 4 quarters and are continuously enrolled until completion of their Dissertation with final Chief Academic Officer (CAO) approval.

To complete a doctoral dissertation, students must obtain the academic approval of several independent evaluators including their committee, the University Research Reviewer, and the Institutional Review Board; pass the Form and Style Review; gain approval at the oral defense stage; and gain final approval by the Chief Academic Officer. Students must also publish their dissertation on ProQuest before their degree is conferred. Learn more about the dissertation process in the Dissertation Guidebook.

Fast-Track Option Program of Study for MS Entry


Walden offers a Fast-Track Option. Students can complete their doctorate in less time by taking advantage of this new path. With the Fast-Track Option, students take additional courses and begin their dissertation early to expedite their path through the program.

Requirements


  • Professional Development Plan and Program of Study
  • Foundation course (3 cr.)
  • Core courses (42 cr.)
  • Specialization courses (15 cr.)
  • Completion of Doctoral Capstone
    • Dissertation course
  • PhD residencies (four 4-day sessions)

Students must also

  • Pass a writing assessment
  • Submit an application essay.
  • Maintain a 3.0 GPA in the first term and throughout program for full admission into the fast-track option.

Walden students have up to 8 years to complete their doctoral program unless they petition for an extension.

In general, students are continuously registered in the dissertation/doctoral study course until they complete their capstone project and it is approved. This usually takes longer than the minimum required terms in the dissertation/doctoral study course shell.

To complete a doctoral dissertation, students must obtain the academic approval of several independent evaluators including their committee, the University Research Reviewer, and the Institutional Review Board; pass the Form and Style Review; gain approval at the oral defense stage; and gain final approval by the Chief Academic Officer. Students must also publish their dissertation on ProQuest before their degree is conferred. Learn more about the dissertation process in the Dissertation Guidebook.

Course Sequence


Note: PhD in Forensic Psychology Fast-Track Option courses are identified with an APSY course prefix for enrollment purposes. APSY course descriptions align with corresponding FPSY courses, as listed below. 

Quarter Course Credits
1 FPSY 8002 - Foundations of Graduate Study in Psychology   3 cr.
1 FPSY 8102 - Intersection of Crime, Psychology, and the Law   5 cr.
1 FPSY 8412 - Research Foundations   5 cr.
1 PSYC 9000 - Dissertation  1 cr.
2 APSY 8XXX Specialization #1 5 cr.
2 RSCH 8360 - Advanced Qualitative Reasoning and Analysis   5 cr.
2 APSY 8XXX Specialization #2 5 cr.
2 PSYC 9000 - Dissertation  1 cr.
3 FPSY 8126 - Understanding Violence, Risk, and Threat Assessment   5 cr.
3 APSY 8XXX Specialization #3 5 cr.
3 RSCH 8260 - Advanced Quantitative Reasoning and Analysis   5 cr.
3 FPSY 8700 - Dissertation Literature Review Lab   2 cr.
3 PSYC 9000 - Dissertation  1 cr.
4 FPSY 8910 - Legal Issues and Social Change in Forensic Psychology   5 cr.
4 FPSY 8400 - Advanced Issues in Forensic Psychology   5 cr.
4 FPSY 8115 - Writing a Quality Prospectus in Psychology   5 cr.
4 PSYC 9000 - Dissertation **  2 cr.
5–7+ PSYC 9000 - Dissertation   5 cr. per term for a minimum of three terms; taken continuously until completion

*PSYC 9000 aligns with APSY 9000A Dissertation Prep.
**PSYC 9000 aligns with APSY 9000B Dissertation Prep.

Note on Licensure


The PhD in Forensic Psychology is not a licensure-leading program and does not prepare an individual to become a licensed psychology professional.

Doctoral Writing Assessment


Students who start their doctoral program at Walden University in 2016 or later will complete the university’s required doctoral writing assessment on a rolling basis. Designed to evaluate incoming doctoral students’ writing skills, this assessment aims to help prepare incoming doctoral students to meet the university’s expectations for writing at the doctoral level. For more information, click here.

8-Year Maximum Timeframe


Students have up to 8 years to complete their doctoral degree requirements [https://catalog.waldenu.edu/content.php?catoid=158&navoid=52191]. Students may petition to extend the 8-year maximum timeframe, but an extension is not guaranteed.

Program Data


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