Keiser University

Master of Science in Psychology, MS

Program Objectives

Keiser University’s Master of Science in Psychology program enables students to contribute to the profession through independent learning, scholarship, and research. Upon completion of this program, students are able to:

  • Develop an understanding of general psychological principals and theories to include evolutionary psychology, psychopathology, human development, health psychology, and tests and measures.
  • Appreciate diversity in individuals demonstrated through application of multicultural methods of research and understanding of psychological principles.
  • Utilize research methods to interpret and evaluate research data.

Program Outline

To receive a Master of Science in Psychology degree, students must complete 36 graduate semester credit hours. Students may continue in the Doctor of Philosophy in Psychology program. Thirty of the program hours must be completed through Keiser University. Program requirements are as follows:

Master of Science in Psychology Major Courses ( 36.0 credit hours )
Required Major Core Courses ( 30 credits )
History and Systems of Psychology 3.0 credit hours
Health Psychology 3.0 credit hours
Psychopathology 3.0 credit hours
Evolutionary Psychology 3.0 credit hours
Master’s Thesis, Part I ( Prerequisite: PSY701, RSM600) 3.0 credit hours
Master’s Thesis, Part II ( Prerequisite: PSY502, PSY532, PSY542, PSY562, PSY690 ) PSY699 is taken after 33 graduate semester hours have been completed, and must be taken alone. 3.0 credit hours
Research, Ethics, and Scholarly Writing ( Program prerequisite course-taken alone ) 3.0 credit hours
Organization Psychology 3.0 credit hours
Human Resource Psychology 3.0 credit hours
Tests and Measurements 3.0 credit hours
Quantitative Research I 3.0 credit hours
Research Design/Thesis Proposal 3.0 credit hours

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Thesis

 

Faculty

Craig D. Marker, Ph.D.

Craig D. Marker, Ph.D. Craig D. Marker, Ph.D., Chair – Dr. Marker graduated from the Chicago Medical School with a degree in clinical psychology and received a respecialization in quantitative methods from the University of Virginia. His research has been in anxiety disorders, as well as advanced longitudinal methods. His current research investigates how people with anxiety process information including an investigation of psychophysiology and eye tracking.

Selected publications:

  • Marker, C. D., & Aylward, A. (2011). Generalized Anxiety Disorder (1st ed.). Hogrefe & Huber Publishing. ). ISBN-10: 0889373353
  • Teachman, B. A., Marker, C. D., & Clerkin, E. M. (2010). Catastrophic misinterpretations as a predictor of symptom change during treatment for panic disorder. Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, 78(6), 964-975
  • Shearer-Underhill, C., & Marker, C. D. (2010). The Use of the Number Needed to Treat (NNT) in Randomized Clinical Trials in Psychological Treatment. Clinical Psychology: Science and Practice, 17(1), 41-47. doi:10.1111/j.1468-2850.2009.01191.x
  • Kendall, P.C., Comer, J.S., Marker, C.D., Creed, T.A., Puliafico, A.C., Hughes, A.A., Martin, E.D., Suveg, C., & Hudson, J.L. (2009). In-session exposure tasks and therapeutic alliance across the treatment of childhood anxiety disorders. Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology 77(3), 517-525.
  • Teachman, B. A., Marker, C. D., & Smith, S. (2008). Automatic associations and panic disorder: Trajectories of change over the course of treatment, Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, 76(6), 988-1002. doi:10.1037/a0013113

Cheri Hansen, Ph.D.

Cheri Hansen, Ph.D.Dr. Hansen completed her Ph.D. in clinical psychology at Nova Southeastern University. Her clinical experience has involved children, adolescents, and adults in community mental health centers, substance abuse treatment centers, and psychiatric hospitals. Her research experience has included coordinating NIDA- and NIMH-funded clinical trials that examined treatments for substance abuse and mental health disorders, examining sequelae of sexual abuse and psychological abuse, and providing program evaluation services for nonprofit organizations. Her education experience includes teaching psychology courses in traditional and online classrooms as well as community agencies, and she has conducted research and assessment training and provided statistical consultation for community agency staff and graduate students.

Selected publications:

  • Hien, D. A., Campbell, A. N. C., Killeen, T., Hu, M-C., Hansen, C., Jiang, H., Hatch-Maillette, M., Miele, G. M., Cohen, L. R., Gan, W., Resko, S. M., DiBono, M., Wells, E. A., & Nunes, E. V. (2010). The impact of trauma- focused group therapy upon HIV sexual risk behaviors in the NIDA Clinical Trials Network ‘‘Women and Trauma’’ multi-site study. AIDS and Behavior, 14(2), 421-430.
  • Hien, D., Wells, E. A., Jiang, H., Suarez-Morales, L., Campbell, A., Cohen, L., Miele, G., Killeen, T., Brigham, G., Zhang, Y., Hansen, C., Hodgkins, C., Hatch-Maillette, M., Brown, C., Kulaga, A., Kristman-Valente, A., Chu, M., Sage, R., Robinson, J., Liu, D., & Nunes, E. V. (2009). Multi-site randomized trial of behavioral interventions for women with co-occurring PTSD and substance use disorders. Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, 77(4), 607-619.
  • Killeen, T., Hien, D., Campbell, A., Brown, C., Hansen, C., Jiang, H., et al. (2008). Adverse events in an integrated trauma-focused intervention for women in community substance abuse treatment. Journal of Substance Abuse Treatment, 35, 304–311.
  • Hansen, C., Weiss, D., & Last, C.G. (1999). ADHD boys in young adulthood: Psychosocial adjustment. Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, 38, 165-171.
  • Hansen, C., Sanders, S.L., Massaro, S., & Last, C.G. (1998). Predictors of severity of absenteeism in children with anxiety-based school refusal. Journal of Clinical Child Psychology, 27, 246-254.

Shoshana Dayanim, Ph.D.

Shoshana Dayanim, Ph.D.Dr. Shoshana Dayanim earned a MA degree in Creative Arts Therapy, and practiced as a psychotherapist for several years before returning to school to earn her PhD in Applied Developmental Psychology from Fordham University and completing a postdoctoral fellow at Emory University. Her research interests focus on the affects of television and technology on children. She has served as a researcher for various educational television programs including Sesame Street (her favorite). She enjoys helping students get excited about psychology and research and supporting them in reaching their goals!

Selected publications:

  • Dayanim, S. & Namy, L.L. (Under Review). Infants learn baby signs from video.
  • Dayanim, S., Levy, S. R. & Namy, L.L. (2011, March). Parents Report Infants Learn Best from Video With Parent Co-Viewing. Presented at the meeting of the Southeastern Psychological Association, Jacksonville, Florida. [Winner of the SEPA Outstanding Professional Paper Award] Dayanim, S. (2009). The acute effects of a specialized movement program on the verbal abilities of patients with late-stage Dementia. Alzheimer’s Care Today, 10(2): 93-98.
  • Schmitt, K., Dayanim, S. & Matthias, S. (2008). Personal homepage construction as an expression of social development. Developmental Psychology, 44(2):496-506.
  • Dayanim, S. Goodill, S. & Lewis, C. (2006). The moving story effort assessment as a means for the movement assessment of preadolescent children, American Journal of Dance Therapy, 28 (2): 87-106.

Faculty Research Spotlight

2012

  • Dr. Craig D. Marker (Psychology) published a book on Generalized Anxiety Disorder. The book is primarily for therapists in training, but it highlights the latest information on the treatment of Generalized Anxiety Disorder (or Excessive Worry): Marker, C. D., & Aylward, A. (2012). Generalized Anxiety Disorder (1st ed.). Hogrefe & Huber Publishing. ). ISBN-10: 0889373353
  • Drs. John Fitzgerald, Gerald Sullivan, and Boris Djokic (Business) published an article in the European Journal of Business Research: Fitzgerald, J., Sullivan, G. & Djokic, B. (2012). Customer Orientation and business performance in community banks: a five-year comparison. . European Journal of Business Research, 12(1), 148-152.
  • Drs. John Fitzgerald and Armando Salas-Amaro published an article in the European Journal of Business Research: Fitzgerald, J.. & Salas-Amaro, A. (2012). Graduate students percerption of online learning: a 10 year comparison . European Journal of Business Research, 12(1), 148-152.

2011

  • Dr. Shoshana Dayanim (Psychology) was the winner of the Southeastern Psychological Association Outstanding Professional Paper Award: Dayanim, S., Levy, S. R. & Namy, L.L. (2011, March). Parents Report Infants Learn Best from Video With Parent Co-Viewing. Presented at the meeting of the Southeastern Psychological Association, Jacksonville, Florida. [] Dayanim, S. (2009). The acute effects of a specialized movement program on the verbal abilities of patients with late-stage Dementia. Alzheimer’s Care Today, 10(2): 93-98.
  • Dr. Craig Marker (Psychology) published an article comparing cognitive therapy with acceptance and commitment therapy: Marker, C. D., & Abramova, V. (2011). Cognitive therapy versus acceptance and commitment therapy: Conflict over maladaptive thoughts. PsycCRITIQUES, 56(42). doi:10.1037/a0024145.
  • Dr. Craig Marker (Psychology) presented at multiple conferences in 2011:Marker, C.D., Abramova, V., Comer, J.S., Kendall, P.K. (November, 2011). Dynamic interaction of alliance and symptoms in anxiety treatment for Youths. Paper presented at the 45th annual meeting of the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies. Toronto, ON, Canada.
  • Fieldstone, S., Marker, C. D. (November, 2011). Approach-Avoidance Tendencies and Gaze Direction in Angry, Disgusted, and Contemptuous Faces. Poster presented at the 45th annual meeting of the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies. Toronto, ON, Canada.
  • Gallo, K., Cooper-Vince, C.E., Marker, C.D., Pincus, D.B., Comer, J.S. (November, 2011). Shape of Change in an Intensive Treatment for Adolescent Panic Disorder and Agoraphobia. Paper presented at the 45th annual meeting of the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies. Toronto, ON, Canada.
  • Cek, D., Marker, C. D. (November, 2011). Fear of Positive Evaluation and Positivity Bias in Social Anxiety. Poster presented at the 45th annual meeting of the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies. Toronto, ON, Canada.
  • Marker, C. D. & Abramova, V. (2011, May). What do we notice first: an eyetracking study of faces? Poster presented at the 23nd Association for Psychological Science Annual Convention, Washington, DC.
  • Cruz, I., Quittner, A.L., Snell, C., Barker, D.H., Marker, C.D., & Niparko, J. (2011, July). Symbolic play in hearing and deaf children with cochlear implants: relationship to language outcomes. Paper presented at the 13th Symposium on Cochlear Implants in Children, Chicago, IL.
  • Cruz, I., Quittner, A.L., Marker, C.D., & DesJardin, J. (2011, July). Promoting oral language in children with cochlear implants: identification of language techniques. Poster presented at the 13th Symposium on Cochlear Implants in Children, Chicago, IL.
  • Cruz, I., Quittner, A.L., Marker, C.D., & DesJardin, D. (2011, April). Identification of Effective Strategies to Promote Language Development in Young Deaf Children with Cochlear Implants. Poster presented at National Conference in Pediatric Psychology, San Antonio, TX.

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