Psy.D. in Psychology
Melson Hall • 678-839-6510
The Department of Psychology at University of West Georgia is accepting applicants for its doctoral program in Individual, Organizational, and Community Transformation. The Doctoral program is dedicated to preparing a new kind of psychologist. The preparation entails focused exploration of the dynamic interface between consciousness and society, individual experience and collective social structures. A variety of theoretical perspectives support the exploration. These include the humanistic and transpersonal traditions and other significant approaches: existential-phenomenological, critical, Eastern and Western spiritual and wisdom traditions, psychoanalytic, and neuroscience. The doctoral program entails a strong theoretical core of courses. It also asks the student to be involved in some praxis-based research that requires a deep integration of practice, self-reflection, research, and theory in a way that understands human activity in its broadest context. This program aims toward an integral approach to transformation at various levels of human action, organization, and experience. Our doctoral program is not a specifically clinical program.
Students will be admitted for the fall semester only. An interview, as part of the admissions process, may be required. Applicants with a Bachelor's degree will be considered; however a graduate degree is preferred. Those with degrees outside of psychology are encouraged to apply. Additional courses in the Department of Psychology at the University of West Georgia may be required due to disciplinary background or level of educational attainment. Applicants will be accepted for Fall enrollment only. Deadlines and application procedures can be found on the Doctoral Program web site. The address for this website is http://www.westga.edu/psydept/index_7688.php. Interested applicants may also check for information on the web site of the Graduate School under Academic Programs (http://www.westga.edu/~gradsch/).
1. Earn 60 credits in approved doctoral level courses.
These include credit for the required internship and are in accordance with prevailing standards for psychology doctoral programs. At least 48 credits must be attained from the Psychology Department. The remaining 12 may, upon approval, be comprised of coursework from other universities or from other departments at the University of West Georgia. At least 40 credits must consist of courses numbered 8000 or above. The remainder may include courses numbered 7000 or above. All required course credits are 4 hours.
2. Earn credit for the following required courses named below. 8000 level courses require permission of instructor if required doctoral courses have not been completed.
PSYC 8000 Consciousness and Experience
PSYC 8001 Culture & Subjectivity
PSYC 8002 Studies in Mind/Body
PSYC 8003 Philosophy, Psychology & Social Practice
PSYC 8004 Development, Transformation, & Change
PSYC 8005 Human Science Methodologies
PSYC 8006 Advanced Qualitative Research
Praxis-based courses that provide increasing levels of integration of theory, complexity of systems, contexts/populations, research & interventions. Two practica will meet this requirement.
Practica can include Teaching Seminar. All teaching assistants are required to take Teaching Practicum (9087).
PSYC 9087 Teaching Practicum
PSYC 9187 Practica
3. Complete the following additional requirements:
Comprehensive Examinations: Students must demonstrate readiness to advance to doctoral candidacy.
Internship: At minimum a one semester internship at an approved setting leading to/related to research project.
Dissertation: Approval of a doctoral dissertation by the student's dissertation committee.
A doctoral student will fulfill the requirements of comprehensives by taking a final examination/project in all the required core academic and research courses. The nature and the grading of the comprehensive exam or final research project will be determined by the professor of record in the course. Copies of all of the exams/projects will be kept in a portfolio maintained by the Department. It is the student's responsibility to make sure that the portfolio stays up to date. A student may augment the portfolio with whatever material he/she deems appropriate. After completing all coursework, comprehensives, and dissertation proposal, the student normally begins the internship and registers for the dissertation.
The internship should begin after the comprehensives for all core courses are successfully completed (including research courses and practica) and the student has successfully defended his/her dissertation proposal. The internship ideally provides the field foundation for the dissertation research and spans at least one and perhaps two semesters, with the total number of hours determined by the supervising faculty.
Before beginning the dissertation proposal, the student should choose a dissertation advisor and committee. The committee should be comprised of 1) a dissertation advisor, who is primarily responsible for the direction of the dissertation and who will be a full-time member of the Department and a member of the Graduate faculty and 2) two faculty members with full-time graduate faculty credentials, one of which may be from outside the Department. The student may also request a fourth member, or external reader, from an outside Department or University. Upon forming the dissertation committee, the student must arrange an initial meeting with the advisor to establish the timetable for the proposal and dissertation. The dissertation committee will work with the student while the dissertation proposal is started, and the names of committee members and proposal title will be given to the designated department administrator. All members of the committee should be kept informed as to the progress of the proposal and of the dissertation at regular intervals. Any changes in committee membership should be followed by notification of all members and the department administrator.
The nature of the dissertation proposal will reflect the type of dissertation undertaken by the student as approved by the dissertation advisor.
Once the proposal is finished, the dissertation committee will meet with the candidate to determine feasibility and scholarship of the proposed project. During the meeting, the committee will suggest revisions and evaluate the viability of the candidate's dissertation project. Approved dissertation proposals will be filed with the proper administrative office. Upon approval and filing of the dissertation proposal, the student is officially admitted to candidacy. The proposal defense will be open to any interested faculty.
The dissertation defense will consist of an oral presentation by the student followed by a question-and-answer period led by the student's advisor. The dissertation defense is open to the public. After the defense, the student will give a department colloquium.