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PhD Degree Requirements

As required by UTSA-wide regulations, the program requires students to complete a minimum of 48 hours of post-masters courses or research credit. Students must complete all coursework, research hours, and successfully defend and deposit their dissertation within 6 calendar years of the time the student enters the doctoral program, not including any leaves of absence. It is anticipated that students will enroll full time (9 hours Fall, 9 hours Spring, 3 hours Summer). Full time students who have taken all UTSA Master’s level statistics and methods courses or their equivalent are expected to complete the 48 post-masters hours in 3 years or less.


Degree candidates must complete:

A. 9 semester credit hours of core courses:

B. 12 hours of Advanced Topics Courses:

  • PSY 7103 Advanced Topics in Biopsychology
  • PSY 7113 Advanced Topics in Clinical Psychology
  • PSY 7123 Advanced Topics in Applied Social Psychology
  • PSY 7133 Advanced Topics in Applied Cognitive Psychology
  • PSY 7143 Advanced Topics in Diversity and Health Disparities

C. 6 hours of electives such as:

D. 9 hours of research and / or research internship:

E. 12 hours of dissertation research:


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PSY 7003 Multivariate Statistical Analyses
(3-0) 3 hours credit. Prerequisite: Consent of the instructor or admission to the psychology program.
An advanced treatment of multivariate statistical techniques. Topics include multivariate normal distribution, multivariate tests of hypotheses, confidence regions, principal component analysis, factor analysis, discrimination and classification analysis, and clustering.


PSY 7013 Advanced Research Design
(3-0) 3 hours credit. Prerequisite: Consent of the instructor.
An examination of issues related to complex research designs to address health-related issues. Topics include multilevel modeling, complex sampling, experimental, quasi-experimental, and mixed designs.


PSY 7023 Military Health Psychology
(3-0) 3 hours credit. Prerequisite: Consent of the instructor.
Overview of research related to Military Health Psychology. Topics include military cultural competency, psychological assessment, population health, intervention, and treatment of health-related issues of importance to the military, such as depression, PTSD, substance-abuse, and combat-related injuries. Approaches to prevention and resiliency in military personnel and their family members are also covered.


PSY 7103 Advanced Topics in Biopsychology
(3-0) 3 hours credit. Prerequisite: Consent of the instructor.
Topics related to empirical and clinical findings that contribute to current knowledge of brain-behavior relationships and the structural and functional changes associated with specific clinical conditions will be examined. Topics include traumatic brain injury, neurotransmitter imbalance, and specific related disorders, and the effects of stress on brain structure and function. This course may be repeated for credit when the topics vary, but not more than 6 hours may be applied to the doctoral degree.


PSY 7113 Advanced Topics in Clinical Psychology
(3-0) 3 hours credit. Prerequisite: Consent of the instructor.
Topics related to the critical evaluation of prevention, assessment, and intervention strategies used to address clinical problems in a military environment will be examined. Topics include depression, PTSD, clinical issues related to injuries and rehabilitation, substance abuse, family and partner conflict, combat-related stress disorders, and promotion of resiliency. This course may be repeated for credit when the topics vary, but not more than 6 hours may be applied to the doctoral degree.


PSY 7123 Advanced Topics in Applied Social Psychology
(3-0) 3 hours credit. Prerequisite: Consent of the instructor.
Topics related to understanding social psychological approaches that can be applied to understanding the prevention, etiology, and treatment of health disorders. Topics include group and organizational dynamics, social comparison, affiliation, cognitive dissonance, attitude formation and change, and attribution theory. This course may be repeated for credit when topics vary, but not more than 6 hours may be applied to the doctoral degree.


PSY 7133 Advanced Topics in Applied Cognitive Psychology
(3-0) 3 hours credit. Prerequisite: Consent of the instructor.
Topics related to understanding cognitive psychological approaches that can be applied to understanding the prevention, etiology, and treatment of health disorders. Topics include memory, problem solving, strategy utilization, communication, spatial cognition, training and learning, cultural learning, and social information processing. This course may be repeated for credit when topics vary, but not more than 6 hours may be applied to the doctoral degree.


PSY 7143 Advanced Topics in Diversity and Health Disparities
(3-0) 3 hours credit. Prerequisite: Consent of the instructor.
Topics related to differences in prevention, etiology, health care delivery, and response to intervention related to gender, racial/ethnic identity, socioeconomic group, and/or geographic region of origin. Topics include differences in the type and rate of specific health problems in different groups, differences in access and response to prevention and treatment interventions and differences in the role of organizational, family-based and social support in health-care interventions. This course may be repeated for credit when topics vary, but not more than 6 hours may be applied to the doctoral degree.


PSY 7203 Grant Development
(3-0) 3 hours credit. Prerequisite: Consent of the instructor.
This course will provide students with an overview of the grant writing process. Literature review, theoretical rationale, budget, evaluation protocols, and IRB requirements will be examined. Local, state, national, government, and private funding sources will be reviewed. The final product will be a completed grant proposal. Note that credit cannot be earned for both PSY 7203 and KAH 5163


PSY 7213 Program Evaluation
(3-0) 3 hours credit. Prerequisite: Consent of the instructor.
This course will review the process by which health-related programs are planned, implemented, and evaluated in various communities and work-related settings. Students in this course should have prior knowledge of health-related theories, multivariate statistics, and advanced research design. Note that credit cannot be earned for both PSY 7213 and KAH 5133


PSY 6513 Psychology Research Internship
(3-0) 3 hours credit. Prerequisite: Consent of the instructor and student's graduate advisor.
Students assist in conducting supervised research in a local organization. May be repeated for credit to a maximum of 6 hours.


PSY 7911-6 Doctoral Research
(3-0) 3 hours credit. Prerequisite: Permission of PhD GAR and dissertation director; must be a PhD candidate.
Preparation and writing of dissertation proposal. May be repeated for credit, but not more than 12 hours will apply to the Doctoral degree.


PSY 7921-6 Doctoral Dissertation
(3-0) 3 hours credit. Prerequisite: Permission of PhD GAR and dissertation director; must be a PhD candidate.
Preparation, writing, and successful defense of Doctoral dissertation. May be repeated for credit, but not more than 12 hours will apply to the Doctoral degree.


STA 5253  Time Series Analysis and Applications
(3-0) 3 hours credit. Prerequisite: STA 5513 or consent of instructor.
Examples and goals of time series analysis, autocovariance function, stationarity, linear processes, autoregressive and moving average (ARMA) processes, spectral analysis, the periodogram, linear filters, regression models with ARMA errors, forecasting in times series models, estimation by maximum likelihood and least squares, diagnostics, model selection, autoregressive integrated moving average (ARIMA) and other nonstationary processes.

 

STA 6113  Applied Bayesian Statistics
(3-0) 3 hours credit. Prerequisite: STA 5513 or consent of instructor.
Probability and uncertainty, conditional probability and Bayes’ Rule, single parameter and multiple parameter Bayesian analysis, posterior analysis for commonly used distributions, prior distribution elicitation, Bayesian methods in linear models, Bayesian computation including Markov chain Monte Carlo (MCMC) simulation, and applications.


STA 6853  Categorical Data Analysis
(3-0) 3 hours credit. Prerequisite: STA 5093 or consent of instructor.
Types of categorical data, analysis of cross-classified tables, test of independence, measures of association, logit models and analogies with regression, multinomial logit models, log-linear models for two- and multi-dimensional tables, specialized methods for ordinal data, and models for matched pairs data, delta method and large sample tests. Use of statistical packages such as SAS for data analysis.

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