Doctor of Psychology, Health and Wellness Psychology

Doctor of Psychology, Health and Wellness Psychology


(All courses are 3 credits, unless otherwise noted.)


PSY 7512 Psychology of Leadership
The course will provide an overview of the key events and accomplishments that have played an important role in the historical evolution of the psychology of leadership and the systems that form the basis of the discipline. A review of the history of organizational psychology introduces several important distinctions that define the discipline, and theoretical models and perspectives that trace the evolution of theory and practice. The learning activities emphasize the dichotomy between the science and applications of organizational psychology and leadership. The course approaches the psychology of leadership from three different perspectives 1) objectives for research and practice in the field, 2) basic methodological orientation of practitioners and 3) the systems and research-based foundations that form the basis of organizational psychology and the psychology of leadership.

RES 7105 Scholarly Argument I
In this course students will learn foundation skills for searching the academic literature and constructing a sound argument. Students will develop a detailed topic outline and an annotated bibliography of resources in an area of interest. This course will give students the opportunity to develop the research skills to succeed in their coursework and complete either an Applied Doctoral Project or Dissertation.

PSY 7510 Biological Bases of Behavior  
This course is designed to provide the student with a foundation of human physiology including the nervous, hormonal, reproductive, and sensory systems, and the attendant functions of digestion, sleep, learning and memory, emotion and other human biological functions. The course provides an essential knowledge base for most other offerings in the field of psychology.

PSY 7210 Adult Psychopathology & Treatment I  
This course focuses on the etiology and diagnosis of adult psychopathological disorders. Students develop skills in case conceptualization and addressing adult disorders, and differential diagnosis and construction of a systematic treatment plan, emerging treatment revision, assessment of outcome, termination, and ethical issues in the treatment process. While placing treatment within a theoretical context, the real emphasis in this course is on treatment techniques aimed at symptom and problem reduction. Benefits and limitations of the diagnostic process are reviewed.

ORG 7272 Group Process & Group Leadership in Organizations
This course provides an overview of group theory, processes and dynamics in organizations. It will also examine effective behaviors and characteristics of facilitating/leading groups in an organizational setting. Students will be afforded the opportunity to participate in group simulations both as participant and facilitator. Students will receive evaluation and feedback on their group facilitation skills. A strong emphasis is placed on ethical standards and behavior in groups along with legal issues. The impact on groups of factors such as diversity, culture, distance, and others are explored.

RES 7302 Advanced Research Methods  
This course involves the advanced study of research design, and the quantitative and qualitative methods that can be used in addressing research questions. The course is divided into three sections, which cover social scientific inquiry and research design, quantitative methodologies, and qualitative methodologies. Qualitative methods will be emphasized, but a foundation for quantitative methodological principles will be provided. Students will be required to complete a training on ethics in research, as well as complete a qualitative research proposal in an area of interest, which may include dissertation related research.

RES 7480 Evidence-Based Practice
This course demonstrates the value of evidence-based practice as an integral part of formulating research and policy across multiple disciplines, including human services, education, and organizational leadership. Coursework examines the current definition of evidence-based policy and change approaches informed by research. The course also examines actions to further evidence-based policy, including preparing and communicating data more effectively, using existing analytic tools, conducting policy surveillance, and tracking outcomes with different types of evidence. This course emphasizes evidence-based practice within the context of action research, quality improvement, program evaluation, and other real-world research methodologies.

RES 7430 Action Research
Action research is a reflective process of collaborative, participatory problem solving. This course addresses the processes and procedures for conducting action research, as well as how to develop an action research plan. Students will attain a conceptual and applied understanding of action research methods and the skills to use these methods to transform an organization through data driven decision-making. Students will be able to critically analyze and design action research projects, collect and analyze data, interpret results, and articulate action research principles as a leader in relevant contexts.

RES 7110 Scholarly Argument II
This course will build on the work students began in Scholarly Argument I and the research skills honed throughout the curriculum. Organization of content and formulating a well-researched scholarly argument are key learning outcomes. Students will produce a first draft of a literature review in their content areas and review potential research methodologies for completing either an Applied Doctoral Project or Dissertation.

ORG 7101 Assessment Tools for Organizational Leadership
This course involves the study of the theory and practice of objective personality assessment and its application to executive coaching and organizational leadership. The course focuses on how objective personality assessment is used to provide insights into readiness for leadership and management roles. Primary emphasis is on those published instruments and inventories commonly used in executive coaching, organizational leadership assessment and organizational development, including instruments such as: FIRO-B, Social Style Profile, Myers-Briggs Type Indicator, CPI 260, Thomas-Kilmann Conflict Mode, Campbell Leadership Index, Workplace Big Five, Change Style Indicator, Campbell Organizational Survey, and Conflicts Dynamics Profile. (All of the above will not necessarily be included in each session of the course; instructors will select representative examples from classes of instruments.)

ORG 8510 Advanced Seminar: Leading Organizational Change
This seminar examines cutting edge trends in organizational change, the current global business climate, forces driving change, and issues related to positioning organizations for the future. The topics selected will connect change with culture, existing organizational strategies, and the process of change in future directions. Major case study examples of organizational change are included in the learning process.

ORG 8300 International Comparison of Health Insurance Systems  
This course examines healthcare delivery systems in various developed economies around the world. Content focuses on health insurance and other forms of healthcare financing, and means of providing efficient and effective healthcare to the general public. The course includes discussions of a variety of healthcare financing and healthcare delivery systems in countries around the world, some of which offer nationally financed programs, while others offer a combination of nationalized and private health care features. Pertinent issues related to healthcare financing and delivery systems located in the United States will be highlighted and analyzed. Topics include current issues and practices in the public policy related to financing and delivery of healthcare, preventative and wellness programs, access to healthcare, and quality of care.

ORG 7343 Advanced Intervention Strategies in Wellness Programming  
This course examines the full range of intervention strategies and learning modalities for promoting health and wellness. Students will explore the most updated and proven theories for achieving strong employee participation, improving lifestyles and health outcomes, as well as for reducing health care costs. Students will analyze and plan advanced interventions for new wellness programs and mature wellness programs. Additional topics in this advanced course will cover recent issues in health care such as the impact of an aging population, use of incentives, injury prevention, and medical consumerism. Students will conduct a survey of relevant research to determine suitable environments and conditions for integration of current best practices.

ORG 8320 Environmental Stress on Mind & Body  
This course addresses important aspects of environmental influences on health and wellness, such as exposure to industrial chemicals, environmental toxins in air and water due to excessive use of agricultural chemicals, as well as contaminates from radon, molds and cancer causing erionite exposure. A corporate health and wellness consultant needs to be familiar with basic environmental hazards that cause illness both in the private and corporate settings, as well as how to address the health and wellness needs of those whose health has already been compromised through environmental agents.

ORG 8340 Exploring the Self: Increasing the Efficiency of Helping Others
This course emphasizes the importance of reflecting on the self. The emphasis is on exploring unresolved shame, guilt, anger and interpersonal communication blunders, the role of forgiveness and making amends, along with negative and positive communication patterns as they help future health and wellness experts increase their effectiveness in advising and counseling employees, patients and clients in various organizational settings. The role of suppressing biased thinking is also addressed. The idea is that people who are able to address their own psychological needs are more efficient in helping others, than those who have unresolved issues.

ORG 8500 Advanced Topics in Organizational Consulting
This course focuses on the application of psychological principles to the workplace and how psychologists can facilitate the improvement of work environments, conditions, employee performance, and interpersonal/team functioning. In addition, the course provides a review of the basic theory, research, and practice in organizational training, development, and behavior. Topics covered include job performance and attitudes, work motivation, personnel selection and classification, group influence, and training and development. There is an emphasis on the contribution of specific psychological skills in organizational consultation.

ORG 7356 Integrative Medicine in Health Promotion Programs  
This course examines recent advances in traditional and nontraditional research that have led to new ways of thinking about well-being and illness. Drawing on fields such as neuroscience, positive psychology, and interdisciplinary consciousness studies, students will enhance their awareness of ways to promote exceptional health habits through self-awareness and enlightenment. Students will also conduct in-depth studies of advanced research and theories that integrate mind-body practices beneficial to the health of individuals, groups, and organizations alike. Advanced practices in the areas of performance, health psychology, energy healing, indigenous, and Eastern medicine will be explored. Students will assess the efficacy and appropriateness of various practices to know which of them to incorporate into health promotion programs. The Health and Wellness Psychology student will be well-informed about the ramifications of nutrient deficiency, and that there is a fourth aspect of well-being besides (a) stress management, (b) dietary choices, and (c) exercise regimen. This fourth aspect is (d) dietary supplementation with the goal of counter-balancing nutrient deficiency. The safety of dietary supplements is explored, along with the differences between synthetic, natural and organic supplements.

DOC 8770 Doctoral Capstone Seminar* (4 credits)
This seminar will engage students in thoughtful discussion and application of knowledge gained throughout their course of study. Students will demonstrate mastery and reflection of program learning outcomes through the compilation of a professional and summative portfolio. In addition, students will explore contemporary problems in their field of interest utilizing research skills, analytic writing skills, and application of knowledge.

Applied Doctoral Project

RES 8920 Applied Doctoral Project Planning I (1 credit)
In this course students will begin drafting their Applied Doctoral Project under instructor supervision. Students will work individually on their Applied Doctoral Project drafts and their Project Justification drafts, focusing on the description of their project, refinement of their research questions, and a draft of their review of the literature. Students are encouraged to work closely with their chair during this course.

RES 8922 Applied Doctoral Project Planning II (1 credit)
In this course students continue drafting their Applied Doctoral Project and Project Justification from Applied Doctoral Project Planning I. Students will further refine the description of their topic, their review of the literature and their Project Justification. At the end of this course, students should have a Project Justification in close to its final form.

RES 8981 - 8985 Applied Doctoral Project (1 credit per term, 5 terms)
Students opting to complete an Applied Doctoral Project must complete a total of 5 credits by registering for five terms of Applied Doctoral Project credit, one credit per term. Applied Doctoral Projects are written per the policies, practices, and procedures in the Applied Doctoral Project Handbook.

Total Credits 62

*This course may not be transferred in.

**Doctor of Psychology (PsyD) students may choose to complete and Dissertation instead of an Applied Doctoral Project. Students interested in completing a Dissertation must submit a change request.


RES 8910 Dissertation Planning I (1 credit)
In this course students begin drafting their dissertation under instructor supervision. Students working individually on their dissertation drafts focus on the description of their topic, refinement of their research questions, and outlining their review of the literature with feedback and recommendations for revisions from their instructor. (Final approval of these drafts of portions of the dissertation rests with the student’s individual dissertation committees, as described in the current University of the Rockies Dissertation Handbook, as revised from time to time. Following the procedures outlined in the Handbook, students may form their committees before, during, or after their enrollment and completion of Dissertation Planning I and II.)

RES 8912 Dissertation Planning II (1 credit)
In this course students continue drafting of their dissertation from Dissertation Planning I under instructor supervision. Students working individually on their own dissertation drafts focus on further refinement of the description of their topic, the final draft wording of their research questions, and beginning to write their review of the literature and research methodology with feedback and recommendations for revisions from their instructor. Students will exchange research concepts and proposed approaches about their research methodology with other students proposing similar methods (qualitative, quantitative, mixed, action). Final approval of these drafts of portions of the dissertation rests with the student’s individual dissertation committees, as described in the current University of the Rockies Dissertation Handbook, as revised from time to time. Following the procedures outlined in the Handbook, students may form their committees before, during or after their enrollment and completion of Dissertation Planning I and II.

RES 8990/8992 Dissertation (1 credit per term, 5 terms)
Students writing a dissertation must complete a total of 5 credits by registering for five terms of dissertation credit, one credit per term. Dissertations are written per the policies, practices and procedures in the Dissertation Handbook.

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