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Program Tracks

Applied Professional Track

For students whose academic and professional goals include preparation for careers working directly with children and families, this program option offers students opportunities for scholarly didactic and in-depth, supervised professional experiences in child and family service organizations. Students are matched with relevant agencies and organizations within the community to gain hands-on experiences in practicum settings. These experiences are complemented by foundational coursework, as students have flexibility to design their program of study around areas of scientific inquiry of substantive interest to them. The Applied Professional Track is ideally suited for students whose goal is to assume a professional role working directly with children, adolescents, and families.

Empirical Research Track

For students whose academic and professional goals include preparation for positions in research or further graduate study, such as doctoral studies in Clinical, Developmental, Educational, or Cognitive Psychology, this program is designed to strengthen students’ backgrounds for success in these settings and to provide experiences that complement that preparation. Students are matched with a faculty mentor and provided opportunities to participate on a research team in an area of substantive interest to them. Research methods and statistics coursework and completion of an independent research project appropriate for submission for publication are further requirements. The Empirical Research Track is well-suited for students whose interests include developing expertise in conducting developmental or clinical research and preparing for doctoral studies and eventual careers in academia, research, and other university and clinical settings.


Areas of Concentration

All students complete elective coursework according to the program guidelines and their individually tailored area of concentration. These are flexibly developed with program advisors based on students’ professional and academic goals. Note that some areas of concentration are interdepartmental and may have specific additional requirements as determined by the respective departments.

The following list is intended to serve as a resource for current and prospective students. It is not comprehensive of all possible options and does not restrict courses that can be taken.

Areas of Concentration may include:

Applied Professional Track:

Applied Behavioral Analysis
Arts and Media
Child and Family Services
Developmental Disabilities and Early Intervention
Educational Program Development
Gifted Education
Language and Literacy
Pediatric Health Care
Poverty and Intervention
Youth Development and Non-Profit Organizations

Empirical Research Track:

Clinical Psychology
Developmental Psychology
Educational Psychology