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Concentration in Applied Research

Dr. Bernice Marcopulos (marcopba@jmu.edu), Concentration Coordinator


The concentration in applied research is designed for students interested in pursuing a Ph.D. in various areas of psychology with an emphasis on applied research, such as sport psychology, police psychology, positive psychology, motivational psychology, multi-cultural psychology and clinical psychology.


Faculty and students in the Applied Research concentration apply diverse methods and findings from psychological science to solve practical problems of the human experience. Students will work in their mentor's specific area of applied psychology throughout their two years of course work, scholarly studies, and research.

Program Curriculum (36 hours)

Methodology and Research Core (15 credit hours)

  • PSYC 605 - Intermediate Inferential Statistics (3 credit hours)
  • PSYC 608 - Multivariate Statistical Methods in Psychology (3 credit hours)
  • PSYC 700 - Thesis (6 credit hours)
  • One course chosen from the following:
    • PSYC 602 - Psychological Research Methods (3 credits)
    • PSYC 606 - Measurement Theory (3 credit hours)
    • PSYC 805 - Single Case Experimentation (3 credit hours)
    • PSYC 836 - Hierarchical Linear Models (3 credit hours)
    • PSYC 840 - Mixed methods (3 credit hours)

Content Courses (9 credit hours chosen from the following and approved by adviser)

  • PSYC 610 - Applied Behavior Analysis (3 credit hours)
  • PSYC 613 - Cognitive Science (3 credit hours)
  • PSYC 616 - Social Psychology (3 credit hours)
  • PSYC 624 - Neuroscience (3 credit hours) 
  • PSYC 625 - Human Neuropsychology
  • PSYC 690 - Experimental Analysis of Behavior (3 credit hours)

Concentration and Elective Courses (12 credit hours)

  • PSYC 695 – Practicum (3 credit hours)
  • Electives (9 credit hours approved by adviser)

Other experiences

In addition to course work and other requirements of the psychological sciences program (e.g., Apprenticeship, Research Roundtable), students participate in a monthly concentration meeting where faculty and students discuss published research and professional issues related to applied psychology.

View representative scholarly work for students in the program

For further information, please contact the coordinator of the concentration in applied research, Bernice Marcopulos (marcopba@jmu.edu)