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Health Psychology @ TxState

  1. 1. M a s t e r o f A r t s i n H e a l t h P s y c h o l o g y
  2. 2. What is Health Psychology? An interdisciplinary field Concerned with development and integration of behavioral and biomedical science Knowledge and techniques relevant to the understanding of physical health and illness The application of this knowledge and these techniques to prevention, diagnosis, treatment, and rehabilitation Designing, implementing, and evaluating the effectiveness of prevention and treatment programs
  3. 3. Work Settings of Health Psychologists Hospitals Pain clinics Hospices Primary care centers Private practice settings Colleges and universities Corporations Non-profit organizations & governmental agencies
  4. 4. The Work of Health Psychologists Clinical Health Psychologists Research & Health Education Psychologists
  5. 5. Clinical Health Psychologists Provide direct services to clients and patients in a variety of settings such as primary care & rehabilitation centers Perform cognitive, behavioral, and psychophysiological assessments Utilize clinical and cognitive-behavioral techniques in illness & pain management, promotion of healthy life style, stress management, etc., Deliver psychoeducation about coping with disease, addiction and preventive health behaviors
  6. 6. Research Health Psychologists Focus on bio-psychosocial model of health and illness Investigate effects of psychological, social, and cultural factors on health and disease Investigate psychosocial mechanism of health attitudes and behavior change Design & evaluate effectiveness of prevention and treatment programs Examples of research areas: psychosomatic illness, addiction, obesity & eating disorders, pain management, HIV, oncology, patient-provider communication, treatment compliance, evaluation of wellness/prevention programs
  7. 7. Health Psychology: Program Structure Core courses (required of all HP students) - 21 Hrs. Specialization/track – 21-51 Hrs. (select one): o Applied Research in Health Psychology (361.13) o Clinical Approaches to Health – Basic (361.14) o Clinical Approaches to Health w/Thesis (361.11) o 361.14 + 7 additional courses req. for LPC o 361.11 + 7 additional courses req. for LPC
  8. 8. Which track to choose?  Clinical Approaches: o Interested in working directly with individuals o Can apply for Licensed Psychological Associate (LPA) o With additional coursework, may qualify to apply for licensure in Texas as a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC)  Applied Research:  Ph.D. programs  Health education & program evaluation  Health research
  9. 9. What is an LPA? Licensed Psychological Associates work under the supervision of doctoral level licensed psychologists or in exempt agencies in Texas Licensed psychologist is able to bill Medicaid for the work of the LPA under their supervision 42 hour masters in psychology w/ 450 hour practicum Take EPPP and Jurisprudence exams
  10. 10. What is an LPC?  Licensed Professional Counselors can practice independently  Can bill to some insurance, including Texas Medicaid  Must have minimum of 48 hours masters in specific courses in Texas (national accreditation requires more & our agreement w/ EAPS requires more)  Must have minimum of 100 hours of direct client contact in practicum (Health Psych & Counseling Program)  Must have 3,000 hours of supervised internship (after grad)  Take national and Texas Jurisprudence exams
  11. 11. Specialization/Track Selection & Change: Students are required to select track no later than departmental orientation session or first day of classes Degree audit is generated based on declared specialization/track  Change of Tracks (from Applied Research to Clinical Approaches or vice versa) must be made no later than the end the first year in the program Change of Tracks request must be submitted in writing to the Graduate Advisor
  12. 12. Core Courses- 21 hours (7 courses), required of all students PSY 5310 – Advanced Abnormal Psychology PSY 5320 – Principles of Meas. & Statistics (Non-Thesis) OR PSY 5321 – Multivariate Quant. Methods (Thesis) PSY 5324 – Biological Bases of Behavior PSY 5335 – Preventive Approaches to Health and Wellness PSY 5345 – Psychopharmacology PSY 5348 – Health Psychology: Interventions and Rehabilitation PSY 5391 – Research Methods and Experimental Design
  13. 13. Applied Research in Health Psychology: Core courses + 21 Hours = 42 PSY 5334 - Health Issues in Diverse Populations PSY 5343 - Occupational Health PSY 5314 - Attitude Change and Management PSY 5392 - Program Evaluation in Health Psy. PSY 5398 - Internship in Applied Health Psychology PSY 5399A - Thesis A PSY 5399B - Thesis B
  14. 14. Clinical Approaches to Health/Basic Core courses + 21 Hours = 42 Hrs. Total PSY 5318 - Health Psychology Assessment I PSY 5326 - Health Psychology Assessment II PSY 5342 - Professional Ethics and Standards of Practice PSY 5352 - Individual Therapeutic Techniques PSY 5371 - Behavioral and Cognitive-Behavioral Therapies PSY 5395 - Practicum I PSY 5396 - Practicum II
  15. 15. Clinical Approaches + Additional Options Thesis Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC)
  16. 16. Clinical Approaches to Health with Thesis Core courses + 27 Hours = 48 Hrs Total Same as Clinical Approaches to Health/Basic + 6 Hrs. of Thesis: PSY 5318 - Health Psychology Assessment I PSY 5326 - Health Psychology Assessment II PSY 5342 - Professional Ethics and Standards of Practice PSY 5352 - Individual Therapeutic Techniques PSY 5371 - Behavioral and Cognitive-Behavioral Therapies PSY 5395 - Practicum I PSY 5396 - Practicum II PSY 5399A - Thesis A PSY 5399B - Thesis B
  17. 17. Clinical Approaches to Health + LPC Option 42 Hours + additional 24 Hrs= 66 Hrs. Total HP Core and Clinical Approaches to Health/Basic Courses PLUS  PSY 5317 – Group Processes and Interpersonal Dynamics (Summer)  COUN 5307 – Theories of Counseling & Personality  COUN 5316 – Counseling Diverse Populations  COUN 5355 – Career Counseling  COUN 5366 – Intermediate Techniques  COUN 5368 – Developmental Issues in Counseling  COUN 5689 – Practicum in Counseling
  18. 18. Clinical Approaches + LPC +Thesis Option 42 Hrs + LPC 24 Hrs + 6 Hrs Thesis = 72 Hrs. Total Health Psychology Core Courses Clinical Approaches/Basic Courses 7 additional LPC Courses 2 Thesis Courses  Students pursuing LPC licensure should be prepared to spend an additional year in graduate school, including summers…
  19. 19. Recommended Course Sequences for each program track/option at 15 credit hrs. max graduate course load for fall & spring semester 6 credit hrs. max graduate course load during summer session Overloads require written approval from Graduate Advisor & Dean of Graduate College before registering
  20. 20. Degree Audit: You should receive it by the end of Fall semester from the Office of Graduate College You may view your degree audit on-line at  All course substitutions require prior written approval from Graduate Advisor & Dean of Graduate college
  21. 21. Policy on Grades: University standards and consequences for unsatisfactory performances specified on pp. 48-49, 2009-2011 Graduate Catalog (Probation & Suspension) Department policy - a student must complete all required courses with a grade of B or above Students who make a grade of C or lower in a course are required to retake the course Probation for receiving 2 grades of C or lower in the program A student whose current degree audit reflects 3 Cs in required courses will be dismissed
  22. 22. Department grade policy is posted on the Department website: The Student Grade Appeals Procedures for Liberal Arts Courses can be found at: ls.html (Procedures are summarized in the Graduate Student Handbook)
  23. 23. Comprehensive Examination: All Health Psychology students are required by the University to take and pass a comprehensive exam in order to graduate Comprehensive Exam is administered orally as part of thesis defense for students on the Applied Research or Clinical Approaches+Thesis Tracks  Clinical Approaches Non-Thesis Track have to take and pass a written comprehensive examination over material from core and track courses
  24. 24. Comp Exams are only given in the Fall & Spring semesters Students answer 1 of 2 questions for each of the 8 sections (PSY 5310, 5320, 5324, 5335, 5342, 5348, 5371 & 5391) Grades are Pass/Fail All sections have to receive a Pass grade in order to pass CE Failed sections can be retaken only at the next scheduled examination time (i.e., next semester) Only 2 re-takes are allowed Reading list is posted at the end of the semester preceding the examination
  25. 25. Thesis Thesis is an APA-style report of an original empirical study conducted by a student 1st year - develop research idea & select Thesis Committee Chair & two members 2nd year - enroll in PSY 5399A Thesis I (Fall) & work on thesis completion - must remain continuously enrolled in PSY 5399B Thesis II each semester thereafter until the thesis is completed
  26. 26. Develop Thesis proposal (research topic, hypotheses, design) Proposal meeting(s) with Thesis Committee members Apply to Institutional Review Board (IRB) for approval of the study (Fall 2nd year) Submit the Graduate College Proposed Thesis Research Form (Fall 2nd year) IRB approval is required
  27. 27. Collect & analyze data (Fall/Spring 2nd year) Finish first draft & revisions of thesis report (Spring 2nd year) Schedule the defense in consultation with the chair of your committee check with the Graduate College for the deadlines (usually, the completed thesis must be submitted to the Graduate College 20 days before graduation & the thesis defended 10 days before graduation) Graduate College Thesis/Dissertation workshop offered each semester (guidelines for formatting and submitting a dissertation or thesis)
  28. 28. Internship (Applied Research Track) PSY 5398 Internship in Applied Health Psychology in the final semester of the program  Approximately 10 hrs (min. 10hrs/week) Implementation &/or evaluation of a health promotion and wellness programs in an organizational setting
  29. 29. Practicum (Clinical Approaches Tracks) PSY 5395 Practicum I & PSY 5396 Practicum II in the second year of the program Fall & Spring Semesters 450 clock hours total (approximately 16 hrs/week) Several sites including a pain clinic, an eating disorders clinic, a clinic for Mexican immigrants, etc. Activities vary at each site and include assessment, clinical interview, and individual or group intervention
  30. 30.  Submit your Free Application for Federal Financial Aid asap  To be eligible a student have to:  enrolled at least HALF-time (4 hrs. for graduate students during a long semester) o 3.0 GPA (make satisfactory academic progress) o more details at Financial Aid website  Summer sessions - have to fill out a form in the Financial Aid Office by late February/ early March  For up-to-date information contact the Financial Aid Office at Financial Aid & University Employment:
  31. 31. Scholarships & Assistantships o Graduate scholarships up to $2,500 per semester, awarded competitively, March 1 application deadline o Contact the Graduate College at 512-245-2315 or visit website at for the most current information 20 hrs/week max of assistantship Graduate assistants cannot be appointed in salaried and hourly positions at university concurrently
  32. 32. 08/24 ends at 3pm– last day of late registration & schedule changes 08/24 – payment deadline (ends 6pm) 08/25-08/30 (ends at 3pm) schedule changes after classes beg. 08/25 – first day of classes Important Dates:
  33. 33. Things to remember: The Graduate College Orientation: Monday Aug. 23, 6:30-8:30 p.m. LBJ Student Center Ballroom (Room 3.16.1) On-line Graduate College Orientation: http://www.gradcollege.txstate/Orientation.html Create Your CatsPIN (Web access): Go to CatsWeb or