Community Psychology, Ph.D.

This program aims to develop students’ skills in working with communities. Students who enter this program are interested in working within a community setting to address social problems like teen pregnancy, child abuse, substance abuse and crime. The program is designed to offer the methodological training necessary to adhere to quality research standards balanced with the development of strong facilitator skills.

Graduates may find employment in traditional academic settings as well as in social service agencies, governmental agencies, research centers or non-profit agencies.

In addition to the College of Arts and Sciences Graduate Admission Requirements, applicants must:

  • Submit official transcripts showing completion of a master’s degree in psychology or related field. Completion of a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution must be verified.
  • Submit GRE Verbal and Quantitative scores
  • Submit three professional letters of recommendation
  • Submit a personal statement describing the applicant’s expectations of the program and core beliefs regarding the role of community psychologists
  • Submit a written statement reflecting the applicant's research interest (800 words)
  • Have completed a master’s thesis. Applicants without a master’s thesis will be considered for admission but are required to complete a thesis or thesis equivalent.
  • Sit for a faculty interview

Program Details:

  • Requires 69–72 SH for completion
  • Requires an internship
  • Requires a thesis (if not previously completed at master’s level)
  • Requires a dissertation

Required Courses

LAP 600Introductory Seminar on Community Psychology

1

LAP 605Principles of Community Psychology

3

LAP 610Prevention and Intervention Methods in Community Psychology

3

LAP 615Community Organizing

3

LAP 625Advanced Quantitative Methodology in Community Psychology

3

LAP 630Advanced Qualitative Methodology in Community Psychology

3

LAP 635Statistics for Community Psychology

3

LAP 640Survey Design and SPSS

3

LAP 645Media Advocacy and Social Marketing Approaches to Public Health

3

LAP 650Principles of Consultation in the Community

3

LAP 655Grant Writing for Community Psychologists

1

LAP 660Professional Writing for Community Psychology

3

LAP 661Professional Writing for Community Psychology II

2

LAP 665Advanced Theoretical Foundations of Community Psychology

3

LAP 670Advanced Cross Cultural Communication

3

LAP 689Fieldwork in Community Psychology

1 TO 5

LAP 690Consultation in Community Psychology

1 TO 3

LAP 693Seminar in Program Evaluation

3

LAP 698Dissertation Proposal Seminar

3

LAP 699Dissertation in Community Psychology

1 TO 6

LAS 620Advanced Community Development Planning and Policy

3

LAS 660Advanced Leadership and Organizational Change

3

Notes: LAP 689 must be taken for a total of 5 semester hours. LAP 690 must be taken for a total of 3 semester hours. LAP 699 must be taken for a total of 6 semester hours. Additionally, LAP 599 is required for any student who did not complete a thesis as part of his or her master’s degree.