Psychology

All courses, arranged by program, are listed in the catalog. Courses designated as “active” have been offered in the past three years. Courses designated as “inactive” have not been offered in the past three years and indicate the semester in which the course was last offered. If you cannot locate a specific course, try our advanced search link. Current class schedules, with posted days and times, may be found on the Registrar's Office website or by logging directly into iSiS.

47.500 Introduction to Community Social Psychology Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 5760
Status Active

Introduces history and contemporary trends of community and social psychology with focus on how social and environmental forces affect individual and group quality of life. This couse surveys the history, theoretical frameworks, core values, methods/approaches and orienting concepts in the field.

47.501 Applied Developmental Psychology Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 5761
Status Active

Provides a life span developmental perspective on individual and social adaptation and change. Examines appropriate theory and research, and illustrates the influences of environmental, social and cultural factors.

47.502 Seminar in Community Social Psychology Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 5762
Status Active

Offered from time to time to highlight specialized areas of faculty interest and to acquaint the student with new developments from a broad range of current psychological theory and research and how these developments might affect social and community life.

47.503 Applied Social Psychology Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 5763
Status Active

Introduces students to social psychology as an applied discipline. Covers such applied topics as attitude change, aggression, helping behavior, attribution, and interpersonal influence.

47.504 The Family System Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 5764
Status Active

Studies family processes and the interplay between the family and other social, cultural, and socio-economic systems. Topics include parental roles, changing family structures, racial and ethnic factors, and interactions between family, work, and community.

47.509 Psychological Approches to Child Maltreatment Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 35082
Status Active

The course addresses the painful topic of Child Maltreatment in the context of research on optimal, typical, and unacceptable treatment of children, as maltreatment cannot be considered apart from acceptable and even optimal treatment. The impact of maltreatment on the development of the child from the first growth of physical organs in the prenatal infant through the development of moral reasoning in the adolescent is addressed. Both theories and research will be discussed.

47.512 Applied Research Methods Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 5767
Status Active

Considers strengths and limitations of various approaches to community and social psychological research. Develops skills for formulating research questions and translating them into practical study designs. Sensitivity to research ethics as well as research practicality and validity are emphasized. Pre- or Co-requisite: 47.500

Pre/Co-Requisites: Pre-Req or Co-Req: 47.500 Intro to Community Soc Psych.

47.522 Psychology of Diversity Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 5770
Status Active

This course introduces students to theoretical, philosophical and experiential frameworks for thinking about diversity in our communities and society. It includes an examination of the experiences of diverse groups, especially traditionally oppressed groups and individuals. This course is designed to engage students in a process of introspection and self-examination about issues such as racism, sexism, classism, and homophobia. Emphasis will be placed on challenging one's own world view and the way it fits into institutional oppression, as well as the way it may affect our work as community change agents.

47.523 Women in the Community Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 5771
Status Active

An examination of women's roles in the home, community, and work place; examines psychological consequences, social structural influences, and options for change. Topics include: housework and childcare; violence against women; work place stratification issues; and women's contributions to their communities.

47.526 Workplace Diversity Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 30411
Status Active

This course will explore the challenges presented by the increasingly diverse workforce within the United States. Students will consider how work groups and organizations can effectively incorporate a diversity of perspectives. Students will consider issues of oppression, discrimination and bias, with particular attention paid to the situation here in the Merrimack Valley. There will also be some focus on personal awareness and the development of skills for addressing diversity concerns.

47.527 Immigrant Psychology and Communities Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 33083
Status Active

This course will focus on the immigrant experience and the various immigrant groups in the United States with emphasis on recent immigrants in Lowell and Massachusetts. Theories of acculturation and adaptation to a new cultural environment will be extensively examined in the course. An experiential approach will be integrated throughout the course via the incorporation of guest speakers, films, autobiographies/novels, and food. Students will have ample opportunities to read, reflect, discuss and write about the immigrant experience. As our country is a country of immigrants, this course should have relevance to anyone working in the community.

47.542 Working with Groups Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 5783
Status Active

This course uses a community-based approach to working with groups. Guided by an understanding of theoretical principles, students will gain insights about group dynamics and process. Students will develop and apply various skills, including assessment, enhanced communication, conflict resolution, problem solving, decision-making, and evaluation. Emphasis is placed on working within diverse groups, attaining outcomes, and utilizing resources. Organizational, prevention/intervention, and focus groups are examined.

47.543 Forensic Psychology Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 5441
Status Active

This course applies psychological theories, principles, and research to issues of concern to the criminal justice system with a special focus on the intersection of the mental health and criminal justice systems.

47.545 Community and Organizational Change Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 5784
Status Active

A review of skills, techniques, and qualities associated with effective community and organizational interventions. Topics include the possibility and desirability of change, methods for studying change, assessment of needs and resources, visioning and planning, membership recruitment and retention, strategy and tactics, leadership styles, publicizing, funding, advocacy, evaluation techniques, and the personal qualities of the change agent. Both cultural factors and the community context of interventions will be discussed. Application to specific cases will be made. Students will have the opportunity to apply course material to settings outside the classroom.

47.546 Grant Writing Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 5785
Status Active

This course will be a hands-on course in grant writing. One of the first lessons that you will learn is that grant writing is only to a small degree about writing. Successful grants emerge from working effectively with others to draw out ideas, capture those ideas to create a program or a plan for research, show how the plan is an appropriate one to respond to the "Request for Proposals", and package those ideas so that they make sense to the people who will review the proposal. Grant writing is increasingly a team building activity. Whether or not you obtain the funding is sometimes less important than the networking and planning that you do as a part of developing a grant proposal.

Pre/Co-Requisites: Community Social Psychology & Economic Social Regional Development Majors only or permission of instructor/chair.

47.561 Introduction to Behavioral Intervention in Autism Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 32169
Status Active

This course provides an introduction to the causes and diagnosis of autism, scientific validation, applied behavior analysis, and ethical treatment. Students also learn to write functional objectives, plan positive reinforcement, and design an applied measurement system in the context of developing Individualized Family Service Plans and Individualized Eduction plans. The isse of culturally appropriate interventions is addressed Prerequisite: coursework in the psychology of child development, or permission.

47.562 Teaching and Positive Behavioral Support in Autism Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 32546
Status Active

This course covers the application of specific behavioral teaching procedures, including prompting, reinforcement, shaping, chaining, error correction and generalization methods, and the development of instructional plans. Emphasis is placed on procedures and plans to teach communication, social, self-help and per-academic skills. Application of such methods in inclusive classroom settings is also considered.

Pre/Co-Requisites: Pre-req or Co-req: 47.561 Introduction to Behavioral Intervention in Autism.

47.565 Measurement and Experimental Design in Behavioral Intervention Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 33068
Status Active

This course provides advanced coverage of measurement methods used in behavioral intervention. It also offers in-depth coverage of the "within-subject" experimental designs commonly used in behavioral research and practice. Component analysis and parametric analysis methods, and ethical considerations in research, are also covered.

Pre/Co-Requisites: Pre-req or Co-req: 47.561 Introduction to Behavioral Intervention in Autism.

47.566 Functional Analysis and Treatment of Challenging Behavior Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 33066
Status Active

This course covers the purpose, rationale and methods used in conducting and interpreting functional analyses of challenging, or "maladaptive", behaviors (self-injury, stereotypy, agression). It also describes the full range of behavioral procedures used to decrease or eliminate these behaviors, with emphasis placed on ethical interventions and the desirability of least restrictive and non-aversive strategies.

Pre/Co-Requisites: Pre-Req: 47.562 Teach&PosBehavSupport/Autism.

47.568 Behavioral Intervention Program Models in Autism Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 33067
Status Active

This course explores how educational environments can be designed to maximize learning. Different models of effective, evidence-based behavioral intervenions are analyzed. The use of teaching activity schedules and staff training to build supportive educational settings is also covered.

Pre/Co-Requisites: Pre-Req: 47.562 Teach&PosBehavSupport/Autism.

47.571 Autism and Developmental Psychopathology Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 37675
Status Active

This course is designed to explore Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASDs) in the developing person and in changing social contexts (e.g.,family, school, employment) across development. An empirical and theoretical review of developmental transformations and reorganizations across the lifespan provides the basis for examining biological, social, psychological, and cultural contributions to the continuity and discontinuity of both adaptive and maladaptive processes over time as well as an analysis of individual and environmental risk and protective factors across development. Special attention is given to the changing competencies and challenges of developmental periods and their role in the assessment, display, meaning, and implications of ASDs from infancy through adulthood.

47.572 Legal and Ethical Issues in Professional Practice. Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 37676
Status Active

This course will explore the legal and ethical issues facing professionals working with individuals diagnosed with disabilities, particularly those on the autism spectrum. The goal is to provide behavior analysts and other professionals the opportunity to develop skills in dealing with the complex legal and ethical issues that arise when working in human service fields.

Pre/Co-Requisites: Pre-req: 47.565 Measurement and Experimental Design in Behavioral Intervention, or 47.566 Functional Analysis and Treatment of Challenging Behaviors.

47.574 Community and Social Interventions in Autism Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 37998
Status Active

This course will focus on current perspectives of community-based programming for individuals on the autism spectrum, particularly among the adolescent and adult age range. We will overview the challenges experienced by those with an autism spectrum disorder (ASD) during adolescence and adulthood, and consider the issues involved in designing, implementing, and evaluating social and community interventions for this population.

Pre/Co-Requisites: Pre-req or Co-req: 47.561 Introduction to Behavioral Intervention in Autism.

47.586 Community Service Learning (1, 2, or 3 credits) Credits: 1-3

Course Details
Min Credits 1
Max Credits 3
Course ID 5756
Status Active

Students will take an applied role in the community where they will have the opportunity to provide some form of meaningful service to individuals, groups or communities. Students will meet regularly with a designated faculty member on campus to consider their experiences in the context of current psychological thought. In some instances, the commitment to community service may extend over the course of a full year. Graded as Satisfactory or Unsatisfactory. 1, 2 or 3 credits. This course may be repeated but no more than 9 credits total from any combination of 47.486, 47.488 and 47.491 may be counted toward the degree.

47.611 Program Evaluation Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 5790
Status Active

A skill-oriented approach that considers both formative and summative evaluation techniques. Emphasizes mastery of the technical aspects of the evaluation process, and includes consideration of the importance of program evaluation in community psychology, health, education, etc.

47.625 Advanced Community Dynamics: Lowell Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 5795
Status Active

An examination of principles that influence community structure, function, and evolution over time. Students will learn how community patterns and activities can best be understood and how community problems and concerns can best be addressed, employing psychological and other conceptual frameworks and perspectives. Specific emphasis will be placed on the historic and diverse city of Lowell. Prerequisites: 47.500 and 47.512.

Pre/Co-Requisites: Pre-Reqs: 47.500 Intro to Community Soc Psych and 47.512 Applied Research Methods.

47.631 Practicum I Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 5796
Status Active

Provides supervised field experience in a setting appropriate to the student's area of specialization, plus on-campus class meetings. An average of approximately ten hours of fieldwork in an approved setting for two consecutive semesters is required. Prequisites: 47.500 and 47.512: pre-or Co-rquisite: 47.625

Pre/Co-Requisites: Pre-Req: 47.500 Intro to Community Soc Psych, and 47.512 Applied Res Methods; Pre-Req/Co-Req: 47.625 Adv Community Dynamics:Lowell.

47.632 Practicum II Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 5797
Status Active

Continuation of 47.631, which is pre-requisite.

Pre/Co-Requisites: Pre-Req: 47.631 Practicum I.

47.661 Social and Community Interventions in Autism Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 37677
Status Active

This course will focus on current perspectives of community-based programming for individuals on the autism spectrum, particularly among the adolescent and adult age range. We will overview the challenges experienced by those with an autism spectrum disorder (ASD) during adolescence and adulthood, and consider the issues involved in designing, implementing, and evaluating social and community interventions for this population. The class will incorporate weekly readings focusing on research in the field, presentations, and guest speakers.

47.663 Experimental Analysis of Behavior Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 37678
Status Active

This course will explore the basic principles of the experimental analysis of behavior and their application to an understanding of learning. Emphasis will be placed on the historical underpinnings of the field, the methods of analysis, and current issues in the field.

47.671 Supervised Practicum in Behavorial Intervention in Autism: I Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 37672
Status Active

The practicum sequence of courses is designed to provide students with a total of 750 hours of practicum experience. In this first of 2- or 3-course sequence, students will complete 250 or 375 hours of experience in applying behavioral principles and methods to children on the autism spectrum or with forms of developmental disability. Students will be placed in approved settings, and though on-site supervision and supervision provided by the practicum instructor will receive some of the BCBA-supervision hours required by the Behavior Analyst Certification Board. Students will average approximately 17 or 25 hours per week at their practicum site and will also participate in an on-campus practicum seminar with weekly class meetings. Fall Semesters only.

Pre/Co-Requisites: Pre-req: 47.561 47.562 and Co-req: 47.566 Func. Analysis &Treat. of Challenging Behaviors, Matriculated status and Completion of at least 18 grad. credits in Psych./Autism Studies with a GPA of 3.0 or better.

47.672 Supervised Practicum in Behavorial Intervention in Autism:II Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 37673
Status Active

In this second of a 2- or 3-course sequence, students will complete 250 hours or 375 hours of experience in applying behavioral principles and methods to children on the autism spectrum or with other forms of developmental disability. Students will be placed in approved settings, and through on-site supervision and supervision provided by the practicum instructor will receive one-third of the BCBA-supervision hours required by the Behavior Analyst certification Board. Students will average approximately 17 or 25 hours per week at their practicum site and will also participate in an on-campus practicum seminar with weekly class meetings. Spring semesters only.

Pre/Co-Requisites: Pre-req: 47.671 Introductory Supervised Practicum in Behavioral Intervention in Autism.

47.673 Supervised Practicum in Behavioral Intervention in Autism:Continuing Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 37674
Status Active

For students who did not complete the required 750 experience and supervision hours in 47.671 and 672, in this third course students will complete 250 hours of experience in applying behavioral principles and methods to children on the autism spectrum or with other forms of developmental disability. Students will be placed in approved settings, and through on-site supervision and supervision provided by the practicum instructor will receive some of the BCBA-supervision hours required by the Behavior Analyst Certification Board. Students will average approximately 17 or 25 hours per week at their practicum site and will also participate in an on-campus practicum seminar with weekly class meetings. Summer semesters only.

Pre/Co-Requisites: Pre-req: 47.672 Intermediate Supervised Practicum in Behavioral Intervention in Autism.

47.691 Directed Study in Community and Social Psychology Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 5799
Status Active

This course is designed as an independent study under the supervision of a member of the department of a subject not offered in the standard curriculum.

47.692 Directed Study in Autism Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 37740
Status Active

This course is designed as an independent study under the supervision of a member of the department of a subject not offered in the standard curriculum.

47.733 Master's Project in Community-Social Psychology Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 5802
Status Active

For graduate students actively engaged in developing a change-oriented intervention leading to the submission of a written project report. A program of supervised study will be arranged between the student and a faculty supervisor. Prerequisite: Approval of major advisor.

47.741 Graduate Research: Psychology Credits: 1

Course Details
Min Credits 1
Max Credits 1
Course ID 5803
Status Active

47.743 Master's Thesis in Community Social Psychology Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 5804
Status Active

For graduate students actively engaged in research leading toward the submission of a written thesis. A program of supervised work will be arranged between the student and a faculty supervisor. This course may be repeated for credit, but only a total of 6 credits may be counted toward the Master's degree. Prerequisite: 47.500 and 47.512 and permission of the faculty member who will supervise the thesis.

47.744 Master's Thesis in Autism Studies Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 38223
Status Active

For graduate students actively engaged in research leading toward the submission of a written thesis. A program of supervised work will be arranged between the student and faculty supervisor. This course may be repeated for credit, but only a total of 6 credits may be counted toward the Master's degree. Prerequisite: 47.512 and 47.561 and permission of the faculty member who will supervise the thesis.

Pre/Co-Requisites: Pre-req:47.512 Applied Research Methods, and 47.561 Intro. to Behavioral Intervention in Autism, And completion of at least 18 graduate credits in psychology/autism studies with a GPA of 3.0 or better.