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Graduate Psychology Programs and Courses

These graduate programs and courses are offered by the Long Island, New York campus of Hofstra University.

M.A. in Industrial/Organizational Psychology

This program prepares students for careers in such areas as human resources, training, management and organization development, in which they can apply psychological principles to problems that arise in a wide variety of organization settings. It is also designed to enhance the careers of professionals who work in these areas by teaching them to apply psychology to issues that develop in their organizations. Research design, statistics and psychology provide the foundation for advanced study in selection training, performance appraisal, worker motivation and organization development. The curriculum is strengthened by an internship sequence that provides on-site, supervised experience working on applied projects in business and public agencies.

The type of work that holders of applied master's degrees in industrial/organizational psychology perform include employee selection, management development, survey research, training, organizational development, performance appraisal, career development and program evaluation. They are employed in industry, government, hospitals, social services and mental health agencies, advertising, consulting and marketing research. Their titles include specialist, manager, director and consultant, as in training and evaluation specialist, industrial relations manager director of human resources and organization development consultant.

The program is designed to serve students and organizations in the Long Island, New York area. This region is endowed with many businesses, industries, public agencies and nonprofit organizations that are undergoing complex change. Facilitating such change requires the service of professionals who are trained in the application of psychological principles to organizational problems. The M.A. Program invites students from diverse backgrounds and those with work experience after graduating from college. Hofstra University's Masters Program in Industrial/Organizational Psychology is the only such graduate program on Long Island.

For the most up-to-date program description and requirements, visit the Hofstra Bulletin.


Ph.D. in Applied Organizational Psychology

This program prepares students for careers as doctoral-level psychologists in business, industry, government, and other private and public organizations. Graduates of this program are trained to apply scientific methods to the solution of problems related to individual and group behavior in organizations. They can also be capable of teaching and researching these topics in higher education settings.

The program's overall approach is based on a scientist-practitioner model in which students are exposed to research methodology, factual content, theory, and the application of these skills and knowledge to the solution of practical problems in organizations. A major part of the student's training, including the internship, research courses, and doctoral dissertation, will involve projects in organizations. These projects must serve the educational needs of the students and advance scientific knowledge in the field of organizational psychology; they cannot only serve the interests of the organization. The internship provides practical experience working for an organization for approximately 20 hours per week, under the supervision of a manager designated by the organization and approved by the program faculty. In contrast, the research courses provide experience conducting applied research relevant to an organization in both laboratory and field settings. The laboratory research is performed under the supervision of a faculty member; the field research is conducted under the joint supervision of a faculty member and a representative of the organization. Dissertation research may be conducted in the laboratory, the organization, or both. In addition to sound scientific methodology, the dissertation must have both practical and theoretical significance. This integration of science and practice is a major objective of the program.Visit the Hofstra Bulletin for more information on this program.


Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology

The Ph.D. Program in Clinical Psychology (APA accredited) is designed to provide doctoral students with skills in assessment and psychotherapy, along with a solid foundation in the science of behavior. This allows them to have careers that focus on working with a wide variety of behavioral, emotional and cognitive problems that are generally considered to be problematic or psychopathological, or to fall within the realm of mental illness. Students are trained to work with adults, adolescents, and children, as well as families and larger organizations structures. Applicants are encouraged to review faculty clinical and research areas prior to applying, and to indicate their own interests when they apply, so that they can receive both broad clinical training and specific skill development according to the interests of the faculty members with whom they are paired. As part of the Ph.D. program, students take courses and seminars, work in our on-campus mental health clinic, see clients and patients in our specialty clinics, and complete mental health externships and a full-year internship. In the specialty clinics, students may be trained in clinical areas such as virtual reality exposure therapy, adult and adolescent anger management, parent-child interaction therapies, acceptance and commitment therapy, sports interventions, work with the severely and persistently mentally ill, marital therapy, and adult anxiety and depression management.

Program graduates have readily found employment in mental health clinics, group practices, and public and private agencies as well as hospitals, medical centers and prisons. Some have chosen academic paths by becoming college and university faculty members, medical school faculty members, research scientists, expert consultants or editors for psychological publications.


Psy.D. in School-Community Psychology

The APA (American Psychological Association) Accredited Psy.D. Program in School-Community Psychology prepares students to become skilled psychology practitioners in school and community health settings. Emphasis is placed on training psychologists to coordinate these services between school and community settings. The school system is viewed as an agency which is embedded in and interacts with a system of other agencies external to the school. Increasingly, schools, mental health centers and other human service agencies form an interdependent network that can better meet children's needs than the school system in isolation. The training model is therefore designed to educate our students in the traditional roles of school psychology, such as psychological assessment and intervention, while also providing training in community service agencies that facilitate child and family functioning. The school psychology areas of assessment, intervention, and consultation are augmented with training experiences in external agencies that work with the children and families, such as hospitals, mental health centers, counseling centers, drug treatment facilities and the like. Students thus learn how to function effectively as school psychologists while also acquiring skills in consultation, assessment, counseling and other interventions in community agencies. They also learn how to develop programs that mesh the traditional school system with human service agencies.

The School-Community Psy.D. Program emphasizes a practitioner model, which is enhanced by an empirically based perspective. Courses, practical experiences and internships focus on the practice of psychology. Practice is augmented and enhanced by training students to maintain an empirically based focus. Thus, in addition to practitioner-oriented course work and training, students are also trained to initiate and carry out school and community-oriented research. The program also focuses on childhood and adult behavior disorders, childhood learning and emotional disorders, consultation, gifted and talented children, posttraumatic stress disorders, forensic psychology, and cultural adaptation. The Psy.D. Program offers electives that can be taken in the Hofstra University School of Law and the School of Education and Allied Human Services. The program faculty possess varied areas of expertise and are able to provide specific training in consultation services, as well as in childhood, family and adult adjustment programs.

Visit the Graduate Studies page for more information on this program.


Postdoctoral Respecialization in Clinical and/or School Psychology

This postdoctoral program offers psychologists with doctoral degrees in areas other than Clinical and School Psychology the opportunity to respecialize in Clinical and School Psychology so that they may ethically practice in these areas.Respecialization candidates are given programs that meet the APA guidelines which require that psychologists who wish to change their service specialty, or add an additional area of applied specialization must meet the same requirements with respect to subject matter and professional skills that apply to doctoral retraining in the new specialty. The program of each candidate is individualized and all credit is given for relevant course work and requirements that have been satisfied previously.

The Respecialization Program is under the direction of the Doctoral Program in Clinical and School Psychology.

Associate Professor O'Brien, Respecialization Program Director.


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