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PHOTO: Quantitative Psychology students

Concentration in Quantitative Psychology

Dr. Sara Finney (finneysj@jmu.edu), Concentration Coordinator

Purpose


The purpose of the quantitative psychology concentration is to train students in quantitative methods (e.g., assessment, measurement, applied statistics, program evaluation). The intent of this training is to prepare students for doctoral study in quantitative methods. Students who choose not to pursue doctoral study may be prepared for some entry-level careers in government agencies, non-profit organizations or educational institutions.

Overview


In this concentration, students will expand their study of quantitative methods (statistics, measurement and assessment) while extending their understanding of psychological theories and principles. Students in this concentration are required to complete their research apprenticeship and thesis requirements through collaborative research activities with faculty who are studying or using sophisticated methodology.

Program Curriculum (36 credit hours)


Methodology and Research Core (15 credit hours)

  • PSYC 605 - Intermediate Inferential Statistics (3 credit hours)
  • PSYC 606 - Measurement Theory (3 credit hours)
  • PSYC 608 - Multivariate Statistical Methods in Psychology (3 credit hours)
  • PSYC 700 - Thesis - For students in this concentration, thesis must be an empirical study that either (a) focuses on an assessment, measurement or statistical issue or (b) demonstrates the application of sophisticated statistics or measurement techniques. (6 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 690 - Experimental Analysis of Behavior (3 credit hours)

Concentration and Elective Courses (12 credit hours)

  • PSYC 604 - Computer-Assisted Data Management and Analysis (3 credits)
  • PSYC 695 - Practicum: Quantitative (3 credits)
  • PSYC 812 - Assessment Methods and Instrument Design (3 credits)
  • Elective approved by advisor (3 credits)

Other experiences


In addition to course work and other requirements of the psychological sciences program (e.g., Apprenticeship, Research Roundtable), students participate in concentration meetings where faculty and students discuss published research and professional issues related to quantitative methods in psychology. Additionally, students in the quantitative methods concentration will become acquainted with and involved in the activities of the Center for Assessment and Research Studies (CARS). Many students in the quantitative methods concentration receive graduate assistantships to work at or with CARS and students graduating from this concentration have an excellent record of being accepted into Ph.D. programs in quantitative psychology and in assessment and measurement.

View representative scholarly work for students in this concentration (PDF)

View an informational video about Quantitative Psychology by Dr. Dena Pastor

View an informational video about pursuing an MA degree in Quant Psych from program alumni

For further information, please contact the coordinator of the concentration in quantitative psychology, Dr. Sara Finney (finneysj@jmu.edu).