Clinical Research Methodology (M.S.)

Students will complete a total of 36 credits, including four required “core” courses, primarily focusing on essential elements of clinical psychology research. In addition, students will take two scientific “breadth” courses, reflecting the scientific underpinnings of psychology, and four elective courses. The final 6 credits are comprised of the Master’s thesis research, including a “research practicum” experience in which the student works in the lab of a faculty member or collaborator.  Students are expected to complete the program in two years, taking four classes each semester in the first year, and two classes per semester in their second year, two of which will fulfill the research practicum and completion of the M.S. thesis.

Although the “research” credits are typically taken in the second year, students are expected to begin working on research throughout their time in the program, whether with a faculty member or in an external research setting. In addition, students should plan on beginning to develop the Master’s thesis in the first year. Note that this intended curriculum is not mandatory; some students may elect to complete the program more rapidly (e.g., by taking summer courses and/or completing the thesis in the Fall of their 2nd year) and others may proceed through the program more slowly.

Course Title Credits
PSYC 7111PSYCHOPATHOLOGY3
PSYC 6830PSY RESEARCH METHODOLOGY3
PSYC 6802INTRO TO PSY STATISTICS W/ LAB3
PSYC 6010RESEARCH ETHICS AND SOC JUSTIC3
Two breadth courses6
Four elective courses12
PSYC 6060RESEARCH PRACTICUM I3
PSYC 6070RESEARCH PRACTICUM II3
Total Credits36

Breadth Courses

Courses in this group have the CLMB attribute.

Course Title Credits
PSYC 5335SOCIAL DEVELOPMENT3
PSYC 6066HISTORY AND SYSTEMS3
PSYC 6170MULTICULTURAL SEMINAR3,4
PSYC 6225PERSONALITY THEO & RESEARCH3
PSYC 6300DEV PSY: FOUNDATIONS3
PSYC 6330COGNITIVE DEVELOPMENT3
PSYC 6370COGNITION AND AFFECT3
PSYC 6510SOCIAL INFLUENCES ON BEH3
PSYC 6654INTRODUCTION TO NEUROSCIENCE3
PSYC 7804REGRESSION WITH LAB3
PSYC 7816INTRODUCTION TO MULTIVARIATE ANALYSIS3
PSYC 7890QUALITATIVE METHODS3

Electives

Any breadth course may also count toward the elective requirement once the breadth requirement is fulfilled.

Courses in this group have the CLRM attribute.

Course Title Credits
PSYC 6020HEALTH PSYCHOLOGY3
PSYC 6030TRAUMA & FAMILY VIOLENCE3
PSYC 6050BEHAVIORAL MEDICINE3
PSYC 6184BEHAVIORAL ASSESSMENT WITH LAB3
PSYC 6205CLINCAL GEROPSYCHOLOGY3
PSYC 6245COGNITIVE BEHAVIOR THERAPY3
PSYC 6251FOUNDATIONS OF NEUROPSYCHOLOGY3
PSYC 6270FAMILY SYS: THEORY/PRAC3
PSYC 6275FAMILY PSYCHOLOGY3
PSYC 6290HEALTH DISPARITIES AND SOCIAL INEQUITY3
PSYC 6298PSYCHOANALYTIC THEORY3
PSYC 6380ANXIETY DISORDER SEMINAR3
PSYC 6390GLOBAL MENTAL HEALTH3
PSYC 6530DEV PSYCHOPATHOLOGY3
PSYC 6670PSYCHOPHARMACOLOGY I3
PSYC 6850EVALUATION OF PSYCHOLOGICAL & SOCIAL PROGRAMS3
PSYC 7010PSYCHOLOGY AND CRIMINAL LAW3
PSYC 7020PSYCHOLOGY AND CIVIL LAW3
PSYC 7030PSYCHOLOGY & JUVENILE JUSTICE3
PSYC 7122DEVEL & PREVENTION SCIENCE3
PSYC 7250TREATMENT OF SUB ABUSE3
PSYC 7812FACTOR ANALYSIS3
PSYC 7832META-ANALYSIS3
PSYC 7850HIERARCHICAL LINEAR MODELS3
PSYC 7920ITEM RESPONSE THEORY3
PSYC 8271CHILD PSYCHOTHERAPY3

Research Practicum

As one of the primary aims of the CRM program is to provide students with rich research experience, each student is required to complete a semester-long practicum in their second year in order to collect data for their M.S. thesis.  Therefore, although each student enrolled in the CRM program will be paired with a full-time Fordham faculty member, most students will also receive substantial mentorship from colleagues and affiliates at outside agencies, many of whom maintain collaborative relationships with Fordham faculty. 
Practicum sites will be selected based on the student’s interests and goals. For example, a student interested in forensic psychology may complete his or her research practicum at the Kirby Forensic Psychiatric Center, under the primary supervision of that institution’s chief psychologist (who is also an adjunct faculty member). A student interested in health psychology, on the other hand, could complete his or her research practicum at Mount Sinai Medical Center or Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center.

Sample Plan of Study

Plan of Study Grid
Year 1
FallCredits
Research Methodology 3
Psychopathology 3
Breadth or Elective 3
Breadth or Elective 3
 Credits12
Spring
Introduction to Statistics 3
Research Ethics 3
Breadth or Elective 3
Breadth or Elective 3
 Credits12
Year 2
Fall
Research Practicum 3
Breadth or Elective 3
 Credits6
Spring
Master's Thesis 3
Breadth or Elective 3
 Credits6
 Total Credits36