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Diversity Courses and Training

Graduate Courses that Include Substantial Diversity Content

Human Diversity (PSYC 608)

This course explores human diversity in the research and practice of psychology. Similarities and differences across a wide variety of human diversity, including ethnicity, race, age, gender, sexual orientation, class, religion, ability, community/cultural context will be discussed. This course will include a focus on understanding the definitions, development, meanings, values and implications of diverse identities and experiences in society, in psychology, and in work with research participants and intervention clients. The main focus will be on practical guidelines for understanding the salience of diversity in psychological work and becoming a culturally competent psychologist in a complex, multiply diverse society. Primary and secondary source readings, including first person accounts and research and intervention case vignettes will be utilized as a means of understanding how issues of culture are manifest and transversed in a variety of cultural contexts.

Cultural Aspects of Human Development (PSYC 653)

This course examines selected issues and approaches at the interface between culture and human development, such as the linguistic relativity hypothesis, culture contact and social change, bilingualism and bi-culturation, gender and sexuality, parental behavior and ideas, cognitive style, the socialization of academic abilities and values, home-school relations and moral development, methodological strategies in cultural and cross-cultural research, meaning systems and hermeneutics, and indigenous and national psychologies. Applications are considered to contemporary problems of social-service policy and practice in various societies, as is cultural bias in psychological assessment.

Individual differences (personality), social, community, diversity (Core Course II; PSYC 603)

The second of two core courses for doctoral students in psychology that addresses biopsychosocial bases of human behavior. Core II complements the basic foundational knowledge in the following core areas: neuroscience, behavior genetics, learning, cognitive function, lifespan development, and history and systems from Core I and offers foundational knowledge in the areas of Individual Differences and Personality, Social Influence and Social Cognition, Community and Cultural Dimensions of Human behavior, and Prevention and Policy interventions based on these perspectives. In addition, the course includes important historical readings as well as current views and controversies. Emphasis is on integration of material across domains.

Community Psychology (PSYC 635)

This course provides an introduction to the theory, practice and research concerned with the interventions of community psychology. A major goal is to articulate how psychologists intervene at the level of small groups, organizations, institutions and communities to reduce stress, to enhance the quality of life and to prevent the onset of emotional/behavioral disorders. The course includes lectures, small group discussions and guest presenters.

Introduction to Behavioral Medicine (permanent course number soon to be assigned)


Required Graduate Training

HSP Orientation: Year One (Introduction to Diversity)

HSP Orientation: Year Two (Diversity in Community Consultation)

HSP Topics in Diversity (First Year Students; in development)


Undergraduate Concentration

Concentration in Diversity, Inclusion, and Multicultural Psychology