Graduate Courses

Research Design

In this course, students are introduced to research methods utilized by psychologists in testing theory. In addition, students learn the strengths and weaknesses associated with each research methodology as explained by internal, external, and ecological validity. Knowledge of research methods will be applied to the development of a theoretically based research proposal in the area of clinical/forensic psychology. In many cases, students will be required to recognize the application of statistical tests to the research question that is asked.


Quantitative Methods I

After refreshing your understanding of basic statistics, students will develop knowledge and skills in advanced hypothesis testing (mediation and moderation), effect size, power analysis, t-test, ANOVA, and other inferential statistical analysis tests. Extensive use of SPSS as well as knowledge of APA-style reporting for writing Results sections will be required.

Quantitative Methods II

This advanced statistics course is designed for second-year students in the master’s program in clinical/forensic psychology with a particular interest in testing their master’s thesis hypothesis statements using path analysis. That said, in this course I will provide a comprehensive and applied overview of path analysis. This will include definitions and illustrations of basic terms and concepts; illustration of causal diagrams; in-depth discussion of assumptions underlying path analysis; discussion and illustration of causal model estimation; practical research questions for interpreting a path model; and instructions on how to read a path diagram and use the SPSS computer program. (taken from description of course text).