Doctor of Psychology, Health and Wellness Psychology

Doctor of Psychology, Health and Wellness Psychology


(All courses are 3 credits unless otherwise noted and are listed in the recommended sequence.)


ORG 5020 Survey of Psychology of Leadership I*
This survey course provides students with master’s degrees in areas other than psychology, organizational development, and/or leadership with basic foundational knowledge in the disciplines relating to psychology as applied to leadership roles in organizations. The course prepares students for future courses by covering an introduction to research methods, ethics, and basic historical, current, and future psychological and organizational theories and concepts. Specifically, students will learn about major schools of thought in psychology, theories of intelligence, and individual differences like cognitive ability, personality, and values. With regard to the world of work, organizational citizenship behaviors, counterproductive work behaviors, job analyses, adverse impact, and staffing will be explored. Training and evaluation methods will be discussed with a focus on thinking styles grounded in foundational psychological theories such as classical and operant conditioning. This course may be substituted for ORG 5001 or ORG 5010. This course may not be transferred in.

ORG 5022 Survey of Psychology of Leadership II*
This survey course provides students with master’s degrees in areas other than psychology, organizational development, and leadership with more advanced foundational knowledge in the disciplines relating to psychology as applied to leadership roles in organizations. This course expands on ORG 5020 Survey of Psychology of Leadership I and continues to prepare students for future courses by introducing and/or reinforcing the topics of motivation, culture, ethics, and historic, current, and future leadership theories and practices as they relate to behavioral studies. Personality and leadership, social identity, group prototypes, and the identity of leadership as a whole will be examined, as well as attitudes, emotions, self-efficacy, work-family life balance, stress, well-being, and job satisfaction. This course may be substituted for ORG 5002 or ORG 5011. This course may not be transferred in.

ORG 7509 History & Systems of Psychology  
This course introduces students to the theoretical systems, methods of inquiry, and terminologies associated with the history of psychology. The course is grounded in a broad historical understanding that builds a framework for understanding the contemporary field of psychology. The focus is on the major systems of Associationism, Structuralism, Functionalism, Behaviorism, Gestalt, Psychodynamic, and Existential/Humanistic.

ORG 7510 Biological Bases of Behavior  
This course is designed to provide the student with a foundation of human physiology including the nervous, hormonal, reproductive, and sensory systems, and the attendant functions of digestion, sleep, learning and memory, emotion and other human biological functions. The course provides an essential knowledge base for most other offerings in the field of psychology.

ORG 7600 Family Systems  
This course is an introduction to the systems approach to intervention with families. It includes a historical perspective on family theory development. The focus is on obtaining knowledge and theory about the nuclear family in traditional and alternative forms. Normal family patterns of interaction, family life cycle, family of origin, family subsystems, and societal influence are explored. Contemporary issues and outcome research literature are reviewed. This course serves as a knowledge base for further study of assessment, treatment, and intervention with families.

ORG 7210 Adult Psychopathology & Treatment I  
This course focuses on the etiology and diagnosis of adult psychopathological disorders. Students develop skills in case conceptualization and addressing adult disorders, and differential diagnosis. Benefits and limitations of the diagnostic process are reviewed.

ORG 7260 Adult Psychopathology & Treatment II  
This course examines the methods and techniques employed to assist adult clients in the change process with specific reference to problem diagnosis, case conceptualization, and construction of a systematic treatment plan, emerging treatment revision, assessment of outcome, termination, and ethical issues in the treatment process. While placing treatment within a theoretical context, the real emphasis in this course is on treatment techniques aimed at symptom and problem reduction.

ORG 7272 Group Process & Group Leadership in Organizations **
This course provides an overview of group theory, processes and dynamics in organizations. It will also examine effective behaviors and characteristics of facilitating/leading groups in an organizational setting. Students will be afforded the opportunity to participate in group simulations both as participant and facilitator. Students will receive evaluation and feedback on their group facilitation skills. A strong emphasis is placed on ethical standards and behavior in groups along with legal issues. The impact on groups of factors such as diversity, culture, distance, and others are explored.

ORG 7302 Advanced Research Methods  
This course involves the advanced study of research design, and the quantitative and qualitative methods that can be used in addressing research questions. The course is divided into three sections, which cover social scientific inquiry and research design, quantitative methodologies, and qualitative methodologies. Qualitative methods will be emphasized, but a foundation for quantitative methodological principles will be provided. Students will be required to complete a training on ethics in research, as well as complete a qualitative research proposal in an area of interest, which may include dissertation related research.

ORG 7402 Advanced Tests & Measurements  
This course involves the advanced study of the theory and practice of psychological measurement. Students review and apply the concepts of measurement (levels of measurement, variables, and validity and reliability of instruments and measurement procedures), and basic principles of statistics (descriptive statistics, univariate inferential statistics for comparisons of sample means, correlation, and regression), as a basis for exploring the proper use of tests and measurements in psychological research. Students will explore published research based on psychometric instruments and other measurement methodologies, and design a quantitative research proposal in an area of interest, which may include dissertation related research.

ORG 7415 Advanced Statistics  
This course emphasizes inferential statistical concepts related to methods most appropriate to data and theories in psychology. The focus is on a quantitative approach to the concepts and methods of statistical inference. Topics include hypothesis testing, probability, multiple correlation and regression, t-tests, nonparametric tests, Analysis of Variance, Analysis of Covariance, and Multivariate Analysis of Variance. Research design issues are addressed, with a focus on selecting data analysis techniques to appropriately address research questions and apply the concepts covered to various psychological problems and real life situations. Emphasis is on developing skills in interpreting statistical results presented in research articles.

ORG 7101 Assessment Tools for Organizational Leadership**
This course involves the study of the theory and practice of objective personality assessment and its application to executive coaching and organizational leadership. The course focuses on how objective personality assessment is used to provide insights into readiness for leadership and management roles. Primary emphasis is on those published instruments and inventories commonly used in executive coaching, organizational leadership assessment and organizational development, including instruments such as: FIRO-B, Social Style Profile, Myers-Briggs Type Indicator, CPI 260, Thomas-Kilmann Conflict Mode, Campbell Leadership Index, Workplace Big Five, Change Style Indicator, Campbell Organizational Survey, and Conflicts Dynamics Profile. (All of the above will not necessarily be included in each session of the course; instructors will select representative examples from classes of instruments.)

ORG 7340 Advanced Leadership in Health Promotion Programs  
This course examines the role of a health promotion leader and the impact of culture on organizations. It provides students with the ability to be a positive catalyst within organizations to influence and lead transformational change initiatives to promote the health of the individuals and their organization/system. Students begin with an examination of tools that influence workplace cultures. An extensive and realistic case study will teach students how to track the impact on productivity as a result of creating healthy cultures, and to evaluate the role of health promotion leaders of the future. In addition to providing students with the necessary foundation to understand health promotion leadership competencies, this course also emphasizes the importance of being a strategic business partner in both organizational and system roles.

ORG 8300 International Comparison of Health Insurance Systems  
This course examines healthcare delivery systems in various developed economies around the world. Content focuses on health insurance and other forms of healthcare financing, and means of providing efficient and effective healthcare to the general public. The course includes discussions of a variety of healthcare financing and healthcare delivery systems in countries around the world, some of which offer nationally financed programs, while others offer a combination of nationalized and private health care features. Pertinent issues related to healthcare financing and delivery systems located in the United States will be highlighted and analyzed. Topics include current issues and practices in the public policy related to financing and delivery of healthcare, preventative and wellness programs, access to healthcare, and quality of care.

ORG 7343 Advanced Intervention Strategies in Wellness Programming  
This course examines the full range of intervention strategies and learning modalities for promoting health and wellness. Students will explore the most updated and proven theories for achieving strong employee participation, improving lifestyles and health outcomes, as well as for reducing health care costs. Students will analyze and plan advanced interventions for new wellness programs and mature wellness programs. Additional topics in this advanced course will cover recent issues in health care such as the impact of an aging population, use of incentives, injury prevention, and medical consumerism. Students will conduct a survey of relevant research to determine suitable environments and conditions for integration of current best practices.

ORG 8320 Environmental Stress on Mind and Body  
This course addresses important aspects of environmental influences on health and wellness, such as exposure to industrial chemicals, environmental toxins in air and water due to excessive use of agricultural chemicals, as well as contaminates from radon, molds and cancer causing erionite exposure. A corporate health and wellness consultant needs to be familiar with basic environmental hazards that cause illness both in the private and corporate settings, as well as how to address the health and wellness needs of those whose health has already been compromised through environmental agents.

ORG 8340 Exploring the Self: Increasing the Efficiency of Helping Others**
This course emphasizes the importance of reflecting on the self. The emphasis is on exploring unresolved shame, guilt, anger and interpersonal communication blunders, the role of forgiveness and making amends, along with negative and positive communication patterns as they help future health and wellness experts increase their effectiveness in advising and counseling employees, patients and clients in various organizational settings. The role of suppressing biased thinking is also addressed. The idea is that people who are able to address their own psychological needs are more efficient in helping others, than those who have unresolved issues. This course is taught online, with a weekend residency portion (on-ground live colloquium). This course must be taken at University of the Rockies and may not be transferred from another institution.

ORG 8560 Health & Wellness Business Consulting  
This course prepares health promotion professionals to qualify as an external consultant to plan and manage an organization's wellness programs. This course explores the critical elements necessary for creating and managing a business in the health and prevention industry. The course examines the role of the business owner and the application of research practices in writing a business plan, marketing, sales, and proposal writing. Students learn how to apply metrics and methods to measure the various aspects of business performance as well as the outcomes of their clients' programs.

ORG 7356 Integrative Medicine in Health Promotion Programs  
This course examines recent advances in traditional and nontraditional research that have led to new ways of thinking about well-being and illness. Drawing on fields such as neuroscience, positive psychology, and interdisciplinary consciousness studies, students will enhance their awareness of ways to promote exceptional health habits through self-awareness and enlightenment. Students will also conduct in-depth studies of advanced research and theories that integrate mind-body practices beneficial to the health of individuals, groups, and organizations alike. Advanced practices in the areas of performance, health psychology, energy healing, indigenous, and Eastern medicine will be explored. Students will assess the efficacy and appropriateness of various practices to know which of them to incorporate into health promotion programs.

ORG 8770 Doctoral Capstone Seminar (4 credits)
This seminar provides students the opportunity to apply what they have learned in their curriculum to highly realistic case studies related to their fields of specialization for the doctorate. Through discussions among students and the instructor, students will review, analyze and evaluate case studies emphasizing the practice of the content in their curriculum. The course will involve the analysis and evaluation of one or more case studies. Students will contemplate complex questions posed by their instructor, reply to those questions, respond to other students’ analyses and evaluations, and receive faculty feedback. Each student will submit a final assignment on each case, involving his or her critical thinking on the core issues presented in the case and the presentation and defense of an approach to addressing those core issues. Prerequisite: completion (including approved credits transferred) of all coursework required in the student’s doctoral curriculum.

ORG 8910 Dissertation Planning I (1 credit)
In this course students begin drafting their dissertation under instructor supervision. Students working individually on their dissertation drafts focus on the description of their topic, refinement of their research questions, and outlining their review of the literature with feedback and recommendations for revisions from their instructor. (Final approval of these drafts of portions of the dissertation rests with the student’s individual dissertation committees, as described in the current University of the Rockies Dissertation Handbook, as revised from time to time. Following the procedures outlined in the Handbook, students may form their committees before, during, or after their enrollment and completion of Dissertation Planning I and II.) Prerequisite: Doctoral Capstone Seminar.

ORG 8912 Dissertation Planning II (1 credit)
In this course students continue drafting of their dissertation from Dissertation Planning I under instructor supervision. Students working individually on their own dissertation drafts focus on further refinement of the description of their topic, the final draft wording of their research questions, and beginning to write their review of the literature and research methodology with feedback and recommendations for revisions from their instructor. Students will exchange research concepts and proposed approaches about their research methodology with other students proposing similar methods (qualitative, quantitative, mixed, action). Final approval of these drafts of portions of the dissertation rests with the student’s individual dissertation committees, as described in the current University of the Rockies Dissertation Handbook, as revised from time to time. Following the procedures outlined in the Handbook, students may form their committees before, during or after their enrollment and completion of Dissertation Planning I and II. Prerequisite: completion of all required coursework and HUM/EDU/PSY/ORG 8910.

ORG 8990 Dissertation (1 credit per term, 5 terms) ***
Students writing a dissertation must complete a total of 5 credits by registering for five consecutive terms of dissertation credit, one credit per term. Dissertations are written per the policies, practices and procedures in the Dissertation Handbook.

Total Credits 68

*Students entering the program without a Bachelor's or Master's degree in in non-clinical psychology, human performance technology, training and development, human resource development, organizational leadership, industrial and organizational psychology, or a related field are required to successfully complete ORG 5020 and ORG 5022 as part of the program. These courses are designed to prepare students for the remainder of the program.

**Contains a weekend in-residence requirement in Denver (Friday midday to Sunday midday). Dates will be published in advance. Travel and related expenses are your responsibility. However, these costs are included within the Federal Financial Aid Cost of Attendance.

***As a requirement for graduation from University of the Rockies with a degree of Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) or Doctor of Psychology (PsyD), each student must complete and successfully defend a dissertation. The purpose of the Dissertation is to ensure that the student has mastered the ability to pursue a systematic investigation, which examines significant issues or problems in applied psychology. The Dissertation requirement is also designed to contribute to the student's knowledge, skills, and research expertise in psychology. Students choose a topic that addresses carefully chosen research questions that the student then investigates with quantitative or qualitative research, with a meta-analysis, or with a program design or program evaluation. Prerequisites, timelines for completion, and attendance requirements for Dissertation, as well as a detailed explanation of each step in the process, are described in the Dissertation Handbook.

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