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                                                                                                                                          COLLEGE OF LIBERAL ARTS, SCIENCES, AND TECHNOLOGIES
                   College of Liberal Arts,
                  Sciences,   Technologies          &
               Psychology (PSY)                                          The Department of Psychology offers a specialist degree
                                                                      program in school psychology (Psy.S.) with specialization
Graduate Faculty:                                                     in deafness. The program provides a comprehensive plan of
  Lynne Blennerhassett, Ed.D. (Director of School                     studies that integrates respect for diversity, basic psychology,
Psychology); Patrick J. Brice, Ph.D. (Director of Clinical            practitioner skills, and educational planning. The faculty is
Psychology); Carolyn Corbett, Ph.D.; Virginia Gutman, Ph.D.           committed to developing competent school psychologists
(Chair) ; Irene Leigh, Ph.D.; Kurt Metz, Ph.D.; Bryan Miller,         who serve diverse students, including specialization in the
Ph.D.; Donna Morere, Ph.D.; Tania Thomas-Presswood, Ph.D.             area of deafness. The program has a solid core of academic
                                                                      and applied courses supplemented by extensive practica and
About the Department:                                                 a one-year internship.
   Psychology is a scientific field concerned primarily with
                                                                         The core curriculum consists of credit hour requirements in
human behavior and related sensory, motor, cognitive, and
                                                                      the following eight core competency areas:
physiological processes. The Department of Psychology at
Gallaudet University has existed for more than 40 years,              1. Knowledge of human development (e.g., cognitive,
originally teaching aspects of this field to undergraduate             intellectual, adaptive, emotional, social, behavioral, language,
students. In 1978, a graduate program in school psychology            and perceptual-motor areas), academic mastery, educational
was established to train psychologists interested in working in       curriculum, and learning environments.
educational settings with deaf and hard of hearing students           2. Knowledge of varied models and methods of service
(as well as with hearing students). In 1990, a doctoral               delivery, including assessment, consultation, intervention,
program in clinical psychology began to train graduate                outcome evaluation, and family systems models,
students in clinical and research skills applicable to hearing        incorporating information technology and empirically based
and deaf populations, but with a focus on deaf and hard of            professional service.
hearing individuals.                                                  3. Knowledge of school psychology history and professional
   The department offers graduate degrees in school                   issues, administrative and supervisory procedures related
psychology and clinical psychology. The clinical psychology           to school psychology and school systems, family systems,
program offers a doctoral degree (Ph.D.), which includes              and legal and ethical standards guiding service delivery at
a master’s degree (M.A.); the school psychology program               individual, group, family, school, and system levels.
offers a specialist degree (Psy.S.) in school psychology,
                                                                      4. Assessment, evaluation, and interpretation of human
which includes a master’s degree (M.A.) in developmental
                                                                      development and learning domains (e.g., cognitive,
psychology.
                                                                      intellectual, adaptive, emotional, social, behavioral,
   In 2005-2006, 32 students were enrolled as undergraduate
                                                                      language, perceptual-motor, and academic mastery) within
psychology majors or minors, 22 as school psychology
                                                                      a collaborative, data-based frame, respecting diversity of
graduate students, and 34 as clinical psychology doctoral
                                                                      student strengths, needs, learning styles, and cultures.
students. The department currently has 16 full-time faculty
plus several adjunct and part-time faculty members. Faculty           5. Use of behavioral and observational strategies in
are active in graduate and undergraduate teaching, research,          individual diagnosis linked to developing effective
and various professional and service activities. Students and         instruction and enhancement of individual growth
faculty often engage in collaborative research efforts with           and development.
other academic departments and with the Gallaudet Research            6. Use of systematic therapeutic approaches (e.g., behavior
Institute.                                                            management, FBA, consultation, counseling, conferencing)

Specialist Program in School Psychology                           1
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                                                      to address identified needs at the individual, group, family,          communication courses, and successful completion of
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                                                      and system levels.                                                    comprehensive examinations in three areas (language,
                                                      7. Function as the resource specialist in the school attuned          cognition, and behavior disorders). Successful completion
                                                      to, and skilled in, achieving mental health goals, prevention         of these requirements results in a master of arts degree in
                                                      services, home-school collaboration, crisis intervention, and         developmental psychology. The master's degree is usually
                                                      crisis intervention teamwork.                                         awarded at the end of the first year of study.
                                                                                                                                The second year includes an additional 30-credit
                                                      8. Design, implement, and evaluate in-service, staff
                                                                                                                            sequence of courses emphasizing school psychological
                                                      development, parent education, and system level programs.
                                                                                                                            services, successful completion of a comprehensive
                                                                                                                            examination in the area of psychoeducational assessment,
                                                         The additional program objective of training students with
                                                                                                                            and an extensive practicum experience. The third program
                                                      an expertise in deafness is framed within the following five
                                                                                                                            year is a full-time school psychology internship placement
                                                      special competency areas.
                                                                                                                            (12 credits), which may be served in a school or school/
                                                      1. Communication and meeting the communication needs                  clinical setting anywhere in the United States. Upon
                                                      of all individuals whom one serves, which includes the                successful completion of the internship year the specialist
                                                      development of American Sign Language (ASL) skill, as well            degree in school psychology is awarded.
                                                      as the ability to assess one's communication skills and adapt             The school psychology program is fully approved by
                                                      communication modalities to meet the specific needs of each            the National Association of School Psychologists (NASP)
                                                      child (ASL, manually coded English, oral/aural approaches,            and recognized by the National Council for Accreditation
                                                      etc.).                                                                of Teacher Education (NCATE) ; therefore, graduates
                                                      2. Knowledge of deafness issues, including research,                  of the Gallaudet program may receive certification as
                                                      technological innovations, deaf culture, diversity within             school psychologists in the many states that recognize
                                                      the Deaf community, and resources for families and the                NASP/NCATE accredited training programs. The
                                                      professional.                                                         program identifies five NCATE Transition Points that
                                                                                                                            serve as benchmarks for monitoring progress through the
                                                      3. Psychoeducational considerations for children who are
                                                                                                                            program: Entrance Into the Program, Awarding the M.A.
                                                      Deaf or hard of hearing, including modifications needed
                                                                                                                            in Developmental Psychology, Advancement to Practicum
                                                      in use of standardized test instruments, interpretation of
                                                                                                                            II, Advancement to Internship, and Awarding the Specialist
                                                      results, socialization issues, family issues, and the impact of
                                                                                                                            Degree in School Psychology. The completion of the
                                                      additional disabilities.
                                                                                                                            specified school psychology program satisfies the training
                                                      4. Specialized psychological assessment and observational             requirements for school psychology certification in the
                                                      strategies for students who are Deaf or hard of hearing               District of Columbia Public Schools.
                                                      across diverse cultural, economic, linguistic, and personal-
                                                      developmental domains.                                                Admission Requirements for the M.A. and Psy.S.
                                                      5. Knowledge of educational intervention techniques and               Program in School Psychology
                                                      curriculum adaptations for students who are Deaf or hard
                                                      of hearing.                                                           Checklist of requirements for application to every
                                                                                                                            Gallaudet University graduate program:
                                                         Supervised practicum and internship experiences are
                                                      available at school and educational programs for deaf,                   Official transcripts of all undergraduate study, including
                                                                                                                                evidence of having received a bachelor’s degree from an
                                                      hard of hearing, and hearing children in the metropolitan
                                                                                                                                accredited university. (Those applying during their final
                                                      Washington area and across the United States. A background                undergraduate year will be required to submit a final
                                                      check is frequently a requirement of practicum and                        transcript after completion of their bachelor’s degree and
                                                      internship sites and will be the financial responsibility of the           before enrolling in their first semester of graduate study.)
                                                      student before placement is made.                                        Official transcripts of all graduate study.
                                                                                                                               A minimum 3.0 grade point average (on a four-point
                                                         The graduate program in school psychology requires
                                                                                                                                scale) in all previous undergraduate and graduate study.
                                                      the completion of 72 graduate hours including practicum                   (Occasionally, applicants with a GPA lower than 3.0 may be
                                                      and internship experiences. The program generally
                                                      takes three years: two years of course study (including
                                                      practicum experiences) and a one-year internship. The
                                                      first year of the program includes a 30-credit sequence of
                                                      courses in psychology and related areas, additional sign
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                                                                       Application Deadlines and Program Scheduling
      admitted conditionally upon the recommendation of the




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                                                                            Last Date to Submit            February 1
      department.)                                                           Completed Application?
     An application fee of $50.
     A completed graduate school application form.                          First Date for Consideration   No Set Date
     Goals statement.                                                       of Application?
     TOEFL scores for all international applicants.                         Summer Admission Possible? No
                                                                            Fall Admission Possible?       Yes
Checklist of requirements specific to this program:
                                                                             Winter Admission Possible?     No
Are additional application materials required?                              Part-time Study Possible?      Yes
     Standardized Test Scores?      GRE                                     Summers-Only Study             No
                                                                             Possible?
     References?                    Three Letters
                                                                             Weekend and Evening Study      No
      Reference Citing Sign          No                                      Possible?
      Language Skills?
      Resume?                        No                                Core Courses
      Writing Sample?                No                                   Courses that must be taken at Gallaudet in the school
                                                                       psychology program:
      Videotape of Signing and/or    No
      English?
                                                                         PSY    701 Legal, Ethical, and Professional Issues in
                                                                                      School Psychology (3)
Are there additional application requirements?
                                                                         PSY    743 Assessment I (3)
      On-Campus Interview?           No                                  PSY    746 Assessment II (3)
      Sign Language Evaluation?      No                                  PSY    765 Assessment III (3)
      English Evaluation?            No                                  PSY    770-771 Practicum in School Psychology I, II (6)
                                                                         PSY    772 Consultation Externship (1)
     Culture and Language           Sometimes
      Colloquium Required?                                               PSY    790, 791, 792, 793 Internship (12)

Are there additional background requirements?                          Required Courses
                                                                         PSY    732 Child Psychopathology and Behavior
      Prior Master's Degree?         No
                                                                                    Disorders (3)
     Required Undergraduate         Psychology Major or Minor           PSY    748 Psychoeducational Assessment and
      Major?                         or Related Field                               Programming with Exceptional Children (3)
      Recommended                    No                                  PSY    754 Biological Psychology: Brain and Behavior (3)
      Undergraduate Major?                                               PSY    766 School Psychology and Prevention Services (3)
     Prerequisite Coursework        Statistics                          PSY    767 Psychological Consultation: Theory and
      (Required)?                    Child Development                              Practice (3)
                                     Abnormal Psychology
      Standardized Testing           No                                Additional Requirements
      Substitute for Prerequisite?                                        Students must pass a comprehensive examination in each
      Recommended Prior              No                                of these areas: language development, cognitive development,
      Coursework?                                                      behavior disorders, psychoeducational assessment.
      Prior Professional             No                                   Students must take at least one course in each of these
      Experience?                                                      areas: educational methods or curriculum, multicultural
      Prior Certification?            No                                education, audiology, statistics, and psychology and
      Health Certification            No                                deafness.
      Requirements?                                                       Students must demonstrate sign language proficiency by
     Police or Other Background     Not required for admission,       passing six credit hours of coursework in the area of sign
      Check?                         but required prior to             communication (or waiver).
                                     practicum
                                                                       Doctoral Program in Clinical Psychology
                                                                          The Department of Psychology offers a doctorate (Ph.D.)
                                                                       in clinical psychology, with specialization in working with
                                                                       deaf and hard of hearing populations. The program has a
                                                                       life-span development philosophy and offers courses and
                                                                       opportunities for supervised practice with deaf children,
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                                                                                                                                undergraduate year will be required to submit a final
                                                      adults, and older people, with both early- and late-onset                 transcript after completion of their bachelor’s degree and
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                                                      hearing loss. Students also develop general clinical skills               before enrolling in their first semester of graduate study.)
                                                      through work with hearing populations.                                   Official transcripts of all graduate study.
                                                                                                                               A minimum 3.0 grade point average (on a four-point
                                                         The clinical program trains psychologists in both clinical
                                                                                                                                scale) in all previous undergraduate and graduate study.
                                                      and research skills. It prepares them to contribute to the                (Occasionally, applicants with a GPA lower than 3.0 may be
                                                      field both by providing clinical services to deaf and hard of              admitted conditionally upon the recommendation of the
                                                      hearing individuals and by expanding the knowledge base in                department.)
                                                      areas of psychology important for working effectively with               An application fee of $50.
                                                      these populations. The doctoral program typically requires               A completed graduate school application form.
                                                      a minimum of five years for completion, one year of which                 TOEFL scores for all international applicants.
                                                      is a full-time clinical internship. Students may apply to be
                                                      awarded an M.A. in Psychology after completion of their             Checklist of requirements specific to this program:
                                                      predissertation research project and the comprehensive
                                                      examination. This is usually awarded after the third year of        Are additional application materials required?
                                                      study and is not a terminal degree.                                      Standardized Test Scores?      GRE (required)
                                                         Students complete approximately 100 hours of academic                                                 General Test
                                                      credit, including the following areas: biological bases of               References?                    Three Letters
                                                      behavior, social bases of behavior, cognitive and affective               Reference Citing Sign          No
                                                      bases of behavior, human development, research and analytic               Language Skills?
                                                      methods, ethics, psychological assessment, and psychological             Special Essay?                 Narrative Statements
                                                      interventions. The program includes supervised practicum                 Resume?                        Required
                                                      experiences and a research-based dissertation.
                                                                                                                               Writing Sample?                Paper
                                                         Students must attain prescribed levels of sign language
                                                                                                                                Videotape of Signing and/or    No
                                                      competency to enter their first practicum and to be                        English?
                                                      permitted to apply for internship. Students from this
                                                      program may participate in practicum activities with the            Are there additional application requirements?
                                                      Gallaudet University Mental Health Center. Students who
                                                                                                                               On-Campus Interview?           Recommended (by
                                                      undertake or intend to undertake a practicum experience                                                  invitation)
                                                      with the MHC may not also receive clinical services from
                                                                                                                               Months of Interviews           February/March
                                                      the center. Such students need to seek practitioners not
                                                                                                                               Sign Language Evaluation?      During Interview: GU-
                                                      associated with the MHC and would be responsible for                                                     ASLPI
                                                      the costs of such services. The MHC maintains a listing
                                                                                                                                English Evaluation?            No
                                                      of outside service providers, many of whom have reduced
                                                      fees for Gallaudet students. We recommend that students                  Culture and Language           Sometimes
                                                                                                                                Colloquium Required?
                                                      applying to this program carry health insurance with
                                                      sufficient mental health benefits to cover the cost of such           Are there additional background requirements?
                                                      outside services.
                                                                                                                               Prior Master's Degree?         Psychology M.A. Preferred
                                                         The Clinical Psychology Program is accredited by the
                                                                                                                               Required Undergraduate         Psychology Major or Minor
                                                      American Psychological Association.
                                                                                                                                Major?                         or Equivalent
                                                                                                                               Recommended                    Psychology
                                                      Admission Requirements for the Ph.D. Program in                           Undergraduate Major?
                                                      Clinical Psychology
                                                                                                                               Prerequisite Coursework        Statistics
                                                                                                                                (Required)?                    Developmental Psychology
                                                      Checklist of requirements for application to every                                                       Abnormal Psychology
                                                      Gallaudet University graduate program:                                                                   Experimental Psychology
                                                                                                                                Standardized Testing           No
                                                         Official transcripts of all undergraduate study, including
                                                                                                                                Substitute for Prerequisite?
                                                          evidence of having received a bachelor’s degree from an
                                                          accredited university. (Those applying during their final




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                                                                       PSY 836       Methods of Adult Psychotherapy (3)
       Recommended Prior              18 or more hours of             PSY 840       Neuroanatomical and Neurophysiological




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        Coursework?                    Undergraduate Psychology                        Foundations of Neuropsychology (3)
                                       Courses
                                                                                             Spring Semester
       Prior Professional             Preferred
        Experience?
                                                                        PSY   723    Psychology and Deafness (3)
                                                                        PSY   784    Foundations of Psychotherapy Lab (1)
        Prior Certification?            No                               PSY   786    Introductory Clinical Psychology Practicum
        Health Certification            No                             (3)
        Requirements?                                                   PSY   800    Individual Research (1-12)
       Police or Other Background     Required Prior to
        Check?                         Practicum
                                                                       One    of the following three PSY courses:
Application Deadlines and Program Scheduling                           PSY    751      Psychology of Perception (3)
       Last Date to Submit            February 1                      PSY    752      Cognitive Psychology (3)
        Completed Application?                                         PSY    815      Psycholinguistics (3)
       First Date for Consideration   February 1
        of Application?                                                One elective 800-level PSY course on psychological
                                                                       intervention (There are numerous options) (3)
        Summer Admission Possible? No
       Fall Admission Possible?       Yes                                                    Summer
                                                                       Complete Predissertation Project
        Winter Admission Possible?     No
                                                                       PSY 800 Individual Research (1-12)
        Part-time Study Possible?      No                              PSY 900 Dissertation Research (1-12)
        Summers-Only Study             No                              PSY 985 Advanced Clinical Psychology Practicum (1-6)
        Possible?
                                                                                                Third Year
        Weekend and Evening Study      No
                                                                                               Fall Semester
        Possible?
                                                                       One elective 800-level PSY course on psychological
                                                                       intervention (There are numerous options) (3)
Typical Program of Study
                                                                       One of the following two PSY courses:
                          First Year                                   PSY 809 Social Psychology and Human Diversity (3)
                       Semester I - Fall                               PSY 820 History and Systems (3)
  PSY 711 Principles of Statistics (3)                                 PSY 885 Intermediate Clinical Psychology Practicum (3)
  PSY 712 Research Methods in Psychology (3)                           PSY 900 Dissertation Research (1-12)
  PSY 733 Child Development (3)
                                                                                              Spring Semester
  PSY 749 Intellectual Assessment: Measurement
                                                                       One of the following two PSY courses:
                 Principles and Applications (4)
                                                                       PSY 843 Neuropsychological Foundations and
  PSY 781 Clinical Psychology Ethics and Practice I (2)
                                                                                    Assessment (3)
  ASL class as needed (3 each semester)
                                                                       PSY 854 Psychopharmacology (3)
                       Semester II - Spring
 PSY      703    Research Seminar (1)                                  One    of the following three PSY courses:
 PSY      713    Psychological Statistics II (3)                       PSY    751 Psychology of Perception (3)
 PSY      782    Clinical Psychology Ethics and Practice II (2)        PSY    752 Cognitive Psychology (3)
 PSY      834    Adult Psychopathology (3)                             PSY    815 Psycholinguistics (3)
 PSY      865    Personality Assessment: Projective
                                                                       One elective 800-level PSY course on psychological
                 Techniques (3)
                                                                       intervention (There are numerous options) (3)
                             Summer                                    PSY 886 Intermediate Clinical Psychology Practicum (3)
 PSY 866         Personality Assessment: Objective                     PSY 900 Dissertation Research (1-12)
                 Techniques (2)                                        Complete first draft of dissertation proposal
 PSY 704         Research Seminar (1)
                                                                                             Summer
                           Second Year                                 Comprehensive Examinations
                          Fall Semester                                PSY 800 Individual Research (1-12)
  PSY     785    Introductory Clinical Psychology Practicum            PSY 900 Dissertation Research (1-12)
(3)                                                                    PSY 985 Advanced Clinical Psychology Practicum (1-6)
  PSY     783    Foundations of Psychotherapy (2)
  PSY     800    Individual Research (1-12)
  PSY     833    Adult Development and Personality (3)
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                                                                               Fourth Year
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                                                                              Fall Semester
                                                      One elective 800-level PSY course on psychological
                                                      intervention (There are numerous options) (3)
                                                      One of the following two PSY courses:
                                                      PSY 809 Social Psychology and Human Diversity (3)
                                                      PSY 820 History and Systems (2)
                                                      PSY 900 Dissertation Research (1-12)
                                                      PSY 985 Advanced Clinical Psychology Practicum (1-6)
                                                      Complete dissertation research proposal
                                                      Complete qualifying examination
                                                      Apply for internship

                                                                             Spring Semester
                                                      One of the following two PSY courses:
                                                      PSY 843       Neuropsychological Foundations and
                                                                    Assessment (3)
                                                      PSY 854       Psychopharmacology (3)

                                                      One elective 800-level PSY course on psychological
                                                      intervention (There are numerous options) (3)
                                                      PSY 900 Dissertation Research (1-12)
                                                      PSY 986 Advanced Clinical Psychology Practicum (1-6)

                                                                              Summer
                                                      PSY 900     Dissertation Research (1-12)

                                                                                Fifth Year
                                                                          Fall-Spring-Summer
                                                      Complete and defend dissertation
                                                      Complete clinical internship
                                                      Degree awarded in August




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