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graduate programs in psychology at georgia southern

Graduate Programs in Psychology at Georgia Southern

John D. Murray, Ph.D.

Chair, Psychology Department

two programs
Two Programs
  • MS in Psychology (experimental)
  • Psy.D. in Clinical Psychology
ms program
MS Program
  • Goal:
    • To prepare students for doctoral study in psychology
    • To train experimentalists for applied research positions
ms program4
MS Program
  • Curriculum
  • Faculty
  • Placement
first year curriculum ms program
First Year Curriculum: MS Program
  • Fall
    • Research Seminar
    • Statistics
    • Advanced Cognitive Psychology
    • Advanced Developmental Psychology
  • Spring
    • Research Experience
    • Research Design
    • Development of an Original Research Project
second year curriculum ms program
Second Year Curriculum: MS Program
  • Fall
    • Advanced Learning
    • Advanced Social Psychology
    • Thesis
  • Spring
    • Advanced Directed Study
    • Thesis
    • Elective
comprehensive exams
Comprehensive Exams
  • All MS Students Take Comps in January of their SECOND year
    • Questions pertain to coursework
    • Second attempt is offered
    • Questions are graded pass/fail
    • You must pass all questions to earn your degree
  • All MS Students do a thesis
    • Proposed end of Year 1 or beginning of Year 2
    • Establish a committee of 3 faculty
    • Oral Defense
faculty experimental

Amy Hackney, Ph.D.

Will McIntosh, Ph.D.

Mike Nielsen, Ph.D.


Larry Locker, Ph.D.

John Murray, Ph.D


Janice Steirn, Ph.D.


Janice Kennedy, Ph.D.

Rebecca Ryan, Ph.D.


Dan Webster, Ph.D.

Janie Wilson, Ph.D.


Kathy Wiegand, Ph.D.

Faculty - Experimental
placement experimental
Placement - Experimental

Strong Success in PhD program placement

  • Cognitive/Human Factors
    • Wright State University (Ben Simpkins)
    • University of Central Florida (Kelly Burke)
  • Social
    • Case Western Reserve (Brandon Schmieckel)
    • Virginia Commonwealth University (Kelly Taylor)
    • University of Texas, Arlington (Andria Schwegler)
    • Texas Tech University (Brandon Randolph-Seng)
placement experimental11
Placement - Experimental

- Physiological

Purdue University (Keisha Butler)

- Industrial-Organizational

Auburn University (Robin Salter)

Applied Positions:

Charlotte, NC Public Schools (statistician)

(Alyson Cantey)

admission ms program
Admission: MS Program
  • Two Types of Admission
    • Regular
      • GPA of at least 3.0
      • GREs of at least 450 V and 450 Q
    • Provisional
      • GPA OR GRE requirement
      • Must maintain a B average in your first semester
      • Not eligible for graduate assistantship (until you are regular status)

All Applications must contain:

  • GRE scores sent to GSU
  • Statement of Purpose
  • Three Letters of Reference
  • Transcripts
  • DEADLINE: MARCH 1 (priority deadline)

JULY 1 (final deadline)

graduate assistantships
Graduate Assistantships
  • Pays full tuition
  • Pays stipend (currently, $2750 per semester)
  • Requires 20 hours of work per week
  • Psychology Department offers several GAs per year (there are others in different parts of the university)
psy d in clinical psychology
Psy D in Clinical Psychology
  • Model/Goals
  • Curriculum
  • Faculty
  • Accreditation
  • Admission
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Psy D in Clinical Psychology
  • Model/Goals
    • to train doctoral-level professional psychologists to practice psychotherapy and assessment skills in the underserved rural areas of Georgia.
    • Applied, professional focus
    • Graduates will work in applied, service-oriented positions where they work directly with clients, as well as supervise and train other professionals.
psy d curriculum
Psy D Curriculum
  • program is five-years, full-time, day-time
  • requires enrollment during each summer of their time in the program
  • students spend the first four years in residence at the University and the fifth in a full-time (2000 hour) internship
  • curriculum follows the "Guidelines and Principles for Accreditation of Programs in Professional Psychology" set forth by the American Psychological Association (APA)
psy d curriculum18
Psy D Curriculum
  • Scientific Psychology Courses
    • Social, Cognitive, Developmental, Physiological/Neuro, History, Personality, Statistics, Research Design
psy d curriculum19
Psy D Curriculum
  • Clinical Psychology Courses
    • Foundations of Psychotherapy I, II, III, Group Psychotherapy, Ethics, Psychopathology, Assessment I, II, III, Multicultural Psy, Child and Family Therapy, Psychopharmacology
psy d curriculum20
Psy D Curriculum
  • Focus on Rural Mental Health
    • Course: The Rural South
    • Rural Practicum I, II, III
psy d curriculum21
Psy D Curriculum
  • Practicum:
    • 2nd Year: Psychology Clinic
    • 3rd Year: Rural Practicum
    • 4th Year: Supervision Practicum
psy d curriculum22
Psy D Curriculum
  • Comprehensive Examinations (Spring, Year 2)
      • Pass levels: doctoral, MS, termination
  • Dissertation (3rd and 4th Years)
    • Empirical or theoretical study, case study
    • Requires successful defense
  • Qualifying Exam (Spring, Year 5)
    • required to pass the national Examination of Professional Practice in Psychology (EPPP),
current faculty clinical hiring 2 in 2006 07
Current Faculty – Clinical(Hiring 2 in 2006-07)
  • Edward Smith, Ph.D., ABPP
    • Foundations, Personality Assessment, Clinical Seminar, Skills
  • Lisa Ferdinand, Ph.D.
    • Intellectual Assessment, Child/Family, Skills, Practicum
  • James Pugh, Ph.D.
    • Ethics, Psychopathology, Group, Practicum
psy d accreditation
Psy D: Accreditation
  • Program is brand new, and not yet accredited by APA
  • We will seek APA accreditation at the earliest opportunity (Fall, 2012)
  • We cannot guarantee that the program will be accredited
psy d admission
Psy D: Admission
  • Undergraduate Prerequisites (min grade = B):
    • Intro, Stats, Research, Abnormal
    • Two additional psychology courses
  • Min GRE Scores: V, Q, & Psych: 550 each
  • Min Undergrad GPA: 3.25
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Psy D: Admission
  • 3 letters of recommendation
  • Personal statement of professional goals and a rationale for how the Psy.D. program will further the students' career objectives
  • Personal Interview may be scheduled

psy d graduate assistantships
Psy D: Graduate Assistantships
  • We expect to be able to offer a limited number of Doctoral-level assistantships
    • Full tuition paid
    • Stipend: $9000, plus summer $
application information
Application Information
  • Deadline: January 15 (PSY D)
  • March 1 (MS)
  • Apply On-Line: (website)
  • COGS website:

please come visit us

I would be happy to arrange a visit for you. You could

  • Talk to current graduate students
  • Sit in on a class
  • See the campus
  • Email me:
thank you
Thank You


John Murray

Chair, Dept. of Psychology

Georgia Southern University