Dr. Karen Y. Holmes, Department Head
The Department of Psychology offers the Doctor of Philosophy Degree (Ph.D.) in Clinical Psychology through the Virginia Consortium which is jointly sponsored by Norfolk State University and Old Dominion University. The Psychology Department also awards several undergraduate degrees which include the Bachelor of Arts Degree with concentrations in General Psychology, Teacher Certification in Early Childhood Education, and Teacher Certification in Special Education. The Psychology Department plays a significant role in the overall mission of the University by contributing to the development of students in the behavioral sciences.
The major aims of the Department are as follows:
- To provide a flexible, relevant, and fundamentally sound curriculum for students majoring in psychology.
- To prepare students thoroughly to render services initially as entry-level professionals, teachers, and behavioral scientists.
- To provide a thorough behavioral science background for students whose expertise can be utilized in related human service fields of employment.
- To prepare students to work as professional psychologists.
CPS 632 Intellectual Assessment (3 Credits)
This course provides the student with training in theories of intelligence and psychometric properties, administration, scoring and interpretation of major individually administered intelligence tests for children, adolescents, and adults. Emphasis is placed on the Wechsler scales with exposure to other instruments. Students are expected to write interpretive reports on all practice administrations. Relation of assessment data to clinical disorders and special education eligibility decisions, ethical issues in test use, and general history of intellectual assessment and interpretation will be discussed.
CPS 635 Social and Multicultural Psychology (3 Credits)
This course will allow students to research and critically analyze conceptual and theoretical foundations for providing psychological services across diverse cultural populations. Social, cultural, psychological and life-style factors that influence or impede the mental health process will be explored and evaluated.
CPS 700 Clinical & Ethical Practice (3 Credits)
This course introduces basic therapy skills to clinical psychology students and explores the ethical framework which guides the profession of psychology.
CPS 705 History & Systems (3 Credits)
History and systems of psychology related to contemporary applied psychology.
CPS 713 Odu-Research Methods (3 Credits)
This course will cover research design and methodology. Topics may include experimental, quasiexperimental, single subject and survey research; validity; reliability; confounds; measurement; sampling; inductive inference. Additionally, this course will cover Responsible Conduct of Research, including completion of CITI course, protection of human subjects, University Human Subjects Committee and IRB, APA Style, paper structure, references, tables, figures, etc., research proposal writing, including searching for sources, writing, oral presentation, data collection and management issues (e.g. Qualtrics, SONA, data cleaning). Students are required to complete a Research Proposal with Introduction and Methods and Data Analysis Plan and give an oral presentation of the research proposal.
CPS 791 Independent Study (3 Credits)
This course is an elective available to qualified students; to be scheduled independently in consultation with supervising instructor.
CPS 814 Research in Clinical Psychology (1-4 Credits)
Individual project under guidance of a research advisor.
CPS 895 Clinical Practicum (3 Credits)
This course assigns a student to a practice setting where he or she is given an opportunity to learn the skills of a clinical psychologist under close supervision. Various mental health settings throughout southeastern Virginia are used for this experience.
CPS 896 Advanced Practicum (3-6 Credits)
This course is part of a focused study. The student is supervised in the development of advanced skills in clinical psychology in a practice setting.
CPS 899 Clinical Dissertation (1-6 Credits)
This course is coordinated with practica and electives during the third year to provide the student with an opportunity to develop an area of concentration. The dissertation presents the results of applied research.