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PsychologyCollege of Social Sciences
2430 Campus Road
Honolulu, HI 96822
Tel: (808) 956-8414
Fax: (808) 956-4700
* Graduate faculty
*S. N. Haynes, PhD (Chair)—clinical, medical, psychopathology, assessment
Cooperating Graduate Faculty
D. Bhawuk, PhD—culture and community
Affiliate Graduate Faculty
J. S. Annon, PhD—clinical
The Academic Program
Psychology (PSY) can be defined as the science of mind and behavior. Some psychology majors are preparing to enter graduate school, where they will be trained to become professional psychologists and scholars. Others use psychology as a pre-professional major for other fields, such as law or medicine. The majority of psychology majors, however, are using psychology as a general interdisciplinary arts major. Psychology is qualified as a discipline for this purpose. An understanding of the spectrum of psychological knowledge, methods, and concepts facilitates and enhances productivity in virtually every area of human endeavor. This understanding also promotes interpersonal skills and sensitivities, as well as critical thinking skills. Collectively, these understandings foster a respect for others, which is a core element of the curriculum of the psychology department.
The UHM is fortunate in having a psychology department composed of an unusually large number of internationally recognized figures in the field. Not only do students get to learn from these scholars in the classroom, but many receive direct training in cutting-edge research and the application of psychological knowledge. Areas of concentration include behavioral neuroscience; clinical studies (APA accredited); community and culture; developmental psychology; experimental psychopathology; marine mammal behavior and biology; social-personality; and teaching, learning and cognition.
Students must complete 36 credit hours, including:
A minimum GPA of 2.5 in psychology must be maintained for graduation. PSY 100 is prerequisite to all other courses except PSY 170 and may be counted toward the major or the social science core requirement, but not both. No more than a combined total of 15 credits of practicum, teaching, and directed research may be counted for the major; no more than 9 credit hours in PSY 499 may be counted. Only 3 credit hours in PSY 499 can be used to fulfill the requirement of 15 credit hours at the 300 or above level. Nevertheless, students intending to do graduate work are encouraged to enroll in PSY 499 and in PSY 408 or 478.
New majors should seek assistance from the Undergraduate Advising Office in Gartley 213B (email@example.com) or consult with Lorey K. Takahashi, Chair of Undergraduate Studies (LKT@hawaii.edu), as soon as possible for advising. Transfer students must earn at least 15 psychology credit hours at the UHM campus.
The graduate program in psychology is designed to provide students with a strong background in theory, research methodology, and psychological issues. Currently, there are 8 concentrations in which students can receive specialized training: behavioral neuroscience; clinical studies; community and culture; developmental psychology; experimental psychopathology; marine mammal behavior and biology; social-personality; and cognition. Specific details concerning each of the concentrations, their requirements, and faculty research interests may be obtained in one of four ways: (a) by writing to the Department of Psychology, University of Hawai‘i, 2430 Campus Road, Honolulu, HI 96822, (b) by faxing your request to (808) 956-4700, (c) by sending an e-mail communication to Edward P. Chronicle, Chair of Graduate Studies (firstname.lastname@example.org), or (d) by accessing the department’s Web site (http://www.hawaii.edu/psychology/).
Applications are considered only for the fall semester. Applicants should possess a bachelor’s degree, have a minimum of 24 credit hours of undergraduate work in psychology (including courses in basic psychology such as research methodology, statistics, and learning, abnormal, social, developmental, personality, cognition, and physiological psychology), a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.0, strong letters of recommendation from professors, competitive general GRE scores (past applicants admitted as graduate students in the department tend to score at or above the 600 level on the various sub-domains of the GRE), and preferably one to two years of research experience. One can apply online at http://apply.hawaii.edu/ or obtain materials relevant to the application process at http://www.hawaii.edu/graduate/download/list.htm. Completed applications must be received by the Graduate Division no later than January 1 each year, with the exception of GRE scores (which can arrive during the month of January).
The master’s degree program includes a thesis and at least 30 credit hours of courses specified by the department and specific area of concentration. Detailed descriptions of specific requirements for each area of concentration are contained in the application brochure and department web page. The department does not offer a terminal master’s degree program in psychology. Only students interested in pursuing a PhD degree are considered for admission. Students with a BA degree are admitted to the master’s program and, upon successful completion, petition for entry into the doctoral program. Consult the application brochure for specific details concerning requirements and procedures for degree–seeking candidates.
Students must complete their master’s degree (from UH or another accredited institution of higher learning) prior to entering the doctoral program in psychology at UH. Specific course work and other relevant departmental and concentration specific requirements are described in detail in the application brochure. Student must pass comprehensive examinations before proceeding to the dissertation.
Additional information concerning changes in the standards, specialization, other requirements, performance standards, and financial assistance can be found in the application brochure and is available from the department (see above addresses to communicate your request).
Certificate Program in Clinical Psychology (Respecialization)
The Clinical Studies Respecialization Program provides clinical training for individuals holding a PhD in a basic area of psychology from a regionally accredited university (or foreign equivalent). Individuals who are already licensed in psychology or who hold an applied degree (e.g., EdD, PsyD) are not appropriate for this program. Upon satisfactory completion of core clinical courses, practica, and intership, the Respecialization student receives a certificate from the UH Graduate Division and is competitive for clinical research and teaching positions as well as eligible to sit for licensure in most states. The Clinical Studies Program is APA-approved and follows a scientist-practitioner, broadly-behavioral, dual specialty approach to training in which it is encouraged of all graduate and respecialization students to integrate the literatures of a basic area of psychology with related clinical phenomena.
Respecialization students are enrolled in practicum courses in their first year whenever possible. Students receive training offered at a variety of settings in Honolulu such as the state hospital, mental health centers, schools, hospitals and medical centers, a veterans outpatient clinic, the Department of Corrections, the Department of Health, and mental health clinics. Each student will be affiliated with a clinical training center for 10-20 hours per week for at least two academic years, although extensive summer training is sometimes possible. These centers provide experiences with a variety of populations and behavior problems such as children, families, veterans, outpatient and inpatient adults, substance abuse, eating disorders, medical/psychological disorders (e.g., pain, headaches, hypertension, smoking), school behavior problems, depression, and marital and family distress.
The required clinical core courses are as follows and typically require two years of on-campus training in the conceptual, practical, and empirical bases of clinical psychology:
In addition, the Respecialization student is required to complete a 2000-hour APA-approved internship in clinical psychology. The number of APA-approved internships in Hawai‘i is extremely limited and individuals should be prepared to go elsewhere for this aspect of training.
Admission to the Clinical Studies Respecialization Program is competitive. An application form may be obtained online at www.hawaii.edu/graduate or by writing the Graduate Division, Spaulding Hall 353, 2540 Maile Way, Honolulu, HI 96822, or the Department of Psychology, 2430 Campus Road, Honolulu, HI 96822. Individuals should apply as a Special Nondegree Student.