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College of Social Sciences
Gartley 110
2430 Campus Road
Honolulu, HI 96822
Tel: (808) 956-8414
Fax: (808) 956-4700
E-mail: psych@hawaii.edu
Web: www.hawaii.edu/psychology/


*Graduate Faculty

*S. N. Haynes, PhD (Chair)—clinical, medical, psychopathology, assessment
*D. B. Altschul, PhD—culture and delivery, outcome effectiveness
*D. D. Blaine, PhD—quantitative methods, individual differences, computer applications
*R. J. Blanchard, PhD—behavioral neuroscience, aggression, emotion, fear and anxiety
*B. F. Chorpita, PhD—clinical childhood anxiety disorders
*E. P. Chronicle, PhD—cognitive, human problem solving, pathophysiology of migraine, transcranial magnetic stimulation
K. H. J. Claypoole, PhD—adult mental illness
*P. A. Couvillon, PhD—behavioral neuroscience, animal learning
*R. A. Dubanoski, PhD—developmental, environmental toxins/sensitivities (on leave—Dean of College of Social Sciences)
*E. H. Hatfield, PhD—social, emotions, social-psychophysiology
*K. Hayashi, PhD—quantitative psychology and psychometrics
*E. M. Heiby, PhD—clinical depression, compliance assessment, integrated behavioral theory
*L. M. Herman, PhD—animal behavior/cognition; whales, dolphins
*L. A. James, PhD—social-personality, library skills, psycholinguistics
*V. A. Kameoka, PhD—culture and mental health, quantitative methods and measurements, research
*D. L. Lieberman, PhD—social psychology, evolutionary psychology, information-processing mechanisms, close genetic relatives, developmental
*A. E. Maynard, PhD—developmental, siblings and socialization
*K. A. Minke, PhD —human learning, paradigmatic behaviorism, statistics and methodology
*C. W. Mueller, PhD—child clinical, social, HIV, and health
*C. R. O’Donnell, PhD—community, crime, social ecology
*J. E. Schiffman, PhD—child clinical, correlates of schizophrenia spectrum disorder
*S. I. Shapiro, PhD—psychology of knowledge and wisdom, Asian psychology, transpersonal psychology
*C. H. Sophian, PhD—developmental, cognitive development in children
*J. J. Steffen, PhD—psychosocial disorders, severe behavioral disorders
*L. K. Takahashi, PhD—behavioral neuroscience
*K. M. Vitousek, PhD—clinical, cognitive behavioral approaches, eating disorders, caloric restriction for longevity
*Y. Xu, PhD—children’s social development and culture

Cooperating Graduate Faculty

D. Bhawuk, PhD—culture and community
R. W. Brislin, PhD—social-personality
B. D. DeBaryshe, PhD—social development, parent-child relations, stress and resilience
P. W. Dowrick, PhD—video research
C. C. Gotay, PhD—gerontology, cancer research
E. S. Hishinuma—health, cross-cultural
M. L. Martini, PhD—developmental
J. R. Mobley, PhD—animal cognition
P. E. Nachtigall, PhD—marine mammal behavior
A. M. Peters, PhD—psycholinguistics
K. A. Tokuno, PhD—developmental, teaching, learning, and cognition

Affiliate Graduate Faculty

J. S. Annon, PhD—clinical
H. S. Bracha, MD—stress, neuropsychiatry
E. Kubany, PhD—clinical
A. Pack, PhD—marine mammal behavior
W. T. Tsushima, PhD—neuropsychology

Degrees and Certificate Offered: BA in psychology, MA in psychology, PhD in psychology, Certificate in Clinical Psychology (Respecialization)

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.

UH Manoa 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; social-personality; and cognition.

Undergraduate Study

Bachelor’s Degree


Students must complete 36 credit hours, including:

  • 15 credits at the 300 level or above
  • One course in statistics (PSY 210 or SOCS 225)
  • One course in methodology (PSY 212)
  • One course from three of these four sets:
  • Experimental (PSY X2X courses), e.g., PSY 220, 322, 324
  • Psychobiology (PSY X3X courses), e.g., PSY 230, 331, 332
  • Developmental (PSY X4X courses), e.g., PSY 240, 341, 342
  • Social or Personality (PSY X5X or PSY X6X courses), e.g., PSY 250, 260, 352
  • 3 credit hours in the advanced seminar series (PSY 4X9, many 4X9 courses are designated as Writing Intensive), excluding PSY 499)

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 214 (psychadv@hawaii.edu) 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 UH Manoa campus. Additional information can be found at www2.hawaii.edu/~psychadv/.

Graduate Study

The graduate program in psychology is designed to provide students with a strong background in theory, research methodology, and psychological issues. Currently, there are 7 concentrations in which students can receive specialized training: behavioral neuroscience; clinical studies; community and culture; developmental psychology; experimental psychopathology; 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 (chronicl@hawaii.edu); or (d) by accessing the department’s website at www.hawaii.edu/psychology/.

Applications are considered only for the fall semester. Applicants should normally 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 apply.hawaii.edu/ or obtain materials relevant to the application process at 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).

Master’s Degree

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 webpage. 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.

Doctoral Degree

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.

Clinical Training

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:

  • PSY 670 Introduction to Clinical Psychology
  • PSY 671 Introduction to Assessment I
  • PSY 672 Introduction to Assessment II
  • PSY 674 Childhood Behavior Disorders and Intervention
  • PSY 675 Adult Behavior Disorders and Intervention
  • PSY 677 Child Practicum and/or 678 Adult Practicum (total of four semesters)
  • PSY 773 Seminar in Psychopathology
  • PSY 774 Seminar in Clinical Psychology (Introduction to Assessment III)

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 Procedures

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.

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