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Course Descriptions

Doctor of Psychology (PsyD) In Clinical Psychology Program

Course Descriptions

CLI PA501—
PSYCHOLOGICAL ASSESSMENT I: FOUNDATIONS OF COGNITIVE THEORY AND TESTING

(2 credits)

This course will focus upon assessment theory and technique as it applies to cognition and intelligence. Students will be exposed to a variety of cognitive and intellectual measures throughout the course of the semester. However, primary focus will be given to the Wechsler Scales, both Child and Adult (WISC-IV, WAIS-III, respectively). In preparation for their field placement testing assignments, students will learn to administer, score, interpret, and report Wechsler test findings. In addition to developing a facility with the Wechsler scales, this course will address a number of core topics. The fundamentals of test construction, its psychometric properties, the history and future of assessment, contemporary controversies, diversity, and special populations, are all topics that will be examined as they relate to cognitive and intellectual assessment. The course is designed as a “hands-on,” pragmatic primer that will provide a beginning framework for all subsequent psychological testing endeavors. Open only to students in the doctoral program in Clinical Psychology.

Updated 2/18/11

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