Ohio:
Graduate studies in the psychology of adult development and aging

Following are data on academic programs in the state that provide a specialization in adult development and aging. Data include titles of courses and seminars offered number of faculty with a specialization in adult development and aging, psychology specializations integrated with the study of adult development and aging, administrative organization of the program, availability of assistantships and traineeships in the program, practicum and internship placement opportunities and web addresses and contact persons for the program.

Kent State University (Human Development and Family Studies Master's Program)

Psychology Specializations Integrated with AD&A: Developmental, Family Studies

Courses and Specialized Seminars Offered: Family Theories and Processes; Lifespan Development; Family Life Education; Adult Development; Interdisciplinary Seminar in Gerontology

Number of Faculty in AD&A: 3 Full Time

Availability of Assistantships in AD&A: Competitive full-time graduate assistantships are available

Contact: Kelly Cichy, Program Coordinator

Availability of Postdoctoral Opportunities in AD&A: Individual opportunities for postdoctoral study can be arranged with faculty

Practicum and Internship Placements: Students have the option of completing a Practicum experience in an applied setting (e.g., long-term care, applied research centers, state agencies)

Other Relevant Information and Comments: The Master of Arts in Human Development and Family Studies provides students with advanced knowledge in the fields of family sciences and human development and the opportunity to develop multidisciplinary research and community outreach skills. Graduates are prepared for leadership and teaching positions in the social services, junior and community colleges, cooperative extension, and/or for pursuing doctoral-level study. Coursework enables students to apply to become Certified Family Life Educators through the National Council on Family Relations (NCFR) or to complete a Graduate Certificate in Gerontology.

Contact:
Kelly E. Cichy, PhD
Program Coordinator and Assistant Professor  Human Development and Family Studies
School of Lifespan Development and Educational Sciences
Kent State University
405 White Hall, P.O. Box 5190
Kent, OH 44242-0001
Telephone: (330) 672-2449
Email
Website

Updated February 2014

Xavier University (Department of Psychology)

Courses and Specialized Seminars Offered:

Course 1: Assessment of Older Adults
Course 2: Health Issues in Geropsychology
Course 3: Psychopathology and Therapy with Older Adults
Course 4: Introduction to Clinical Neuropsychology
Course 5: Psychopharmacology

Number of Faculty in AD&A: 2 Full Time, 3 Part Time

Availability of Assistantships in AD&A: None

Availability of Postdoctoral Opportunities in AD&A: None

Practicum and Internship Placements: V.A. medical center, nursing home, county diagnostic and treatment center, forensic, community mental health centers, group practice, inpatient psychiatry, outpatient psychiatric clinics, rehab units and medical hospital.

Other Relevant Information and Comments: A local organization, Association for Professionals in Aging, offers scholarships to students interested in geropsychology.

Contact:
John J. Barrett, PhD
Associate Professor
Psychology Department
Xavier University
3800 Victory Parkway
Cincinnati, OH 45207-6511
Telephone: (513) 745-4260
Fax: (513) 745-3327
Email

Renee' Zucchero, PhD
Associate Professor
Department of Psychology
Xavier University
Cincinnati, OH 45207-6511
Telephone: (513) 745-3911
Fax: (513) 745-3327
Email
Website

Updated February 2014

Youngstown State University (Department of Sociology, Anthropology, and Gerontology)

Psychology Specialization Integrated with AD&A: MA in Gerontology

Courses and Specialized Seminars Offered:

PSYC 6957: Adult Development and Aging
PSYC 6959: Behavior Change, Intervention, and Aging
PSYC 7011: Mental Health and Aging
SCWK 7006: Social Work in Aging
GERO 6905: Social Gerontology
GERO 6906: Perspectives in Gerontology
GERO 6915: Service Delivery and Aging/Policy
GERO/NURS 6998: Anatomy and Physiology of Aging
GERO 6999: Research Methods
GERO 7000: Advanced Multivariate Statistics
GERO 7001: Long-Term Care
GERO 7090: Field Practicum
GERO 7094: Selected Topics in Gerontology
GERO 7099: Thesis

Number of Faculty in AD&A: 2 Full Time, Several Part Time

Availability of Assistantships in AD&A: At least two per year for the Gerontology Program

Availability of Postdoctoral Opportunities in AD&A: None currently

Practicum and Internship Placements: Local agencies that serve older adult clients.

Other Relevant Information and Comments: Two annual scholarships are available. Students can choose a specialization within the Master's program through the electives offered. There are both thesis and non-thesis track options available to Master's students. Practicum and Internship placement is available outside of the local area upon request.

Contact:
Dr. Dan Van Dussen
Associate Professor of Gerontology and Program Director
440 Debartolo Hall, 1 University Plaza
Youngstown State University
Youngstown, OH 44555
Telephone: (330) 941-1683
Email
Website

Updated February 2014

Bowling Green State University (Department of Psychology)

Psychology Specializations Integrated with AD&A: Developmental

Courses and Specialized Seminars Offered: Psychology of Aging, Life Span Development, Psychology of Adult Development and Aging, Mental Control and Aging, Social Cognition and Aging

Number of Faculty in AD&A: 1 Full Time, 0 Part Time

Availability of Assistantships in AD&A: Opportunities exist dependent on individual PI funded research.

Contact: Yiwei Chen

Availability of Postdoctoral Opportunities in AD&A: Opportunities exist dependent on individual PI funded research.

Contact: Yiwei Chen

Contact
Yiwei Chen
Bowling Green State University
Dept of Psychology
Bowling Green, OH 43403
Telephone: (419) 372-2462
Email 
Website

University of Akron (Department of Psychology)

Psychology Specializations Integrated with AD&A:

  • Cognitive: The PhD program is an applied cognitive aging psychology.
  • Industrial/Organizational: The PhD Program is in I/O psychology with a specialization in Industrial Gerontology Psychology.

Courses and Specialized Seminars Offered: Psychology of Adulthood and Aging. Applied Cognitive Aging Psychology, Social Development, Information Processing, Higher Processes, Research, Current Issues, Cognitive Neuropsychology and Industrial Gerontology

Number of Faculty in AD&A: 5 Full Time, 0 Part Time

Availability of Assistantships in AD&A: University and Grant funded Assistantship Contact Person(s): Martin D. Murphy, Chair

Availability of Postdoctoral Opportunities in AD&A: Self-funded training is possible in Applied Cognitive Aging

Contact: Martin D. Murphy, Chair

Practicum and Internship Placements: Senior Workers Action Program; Area Agency on Aging; Interfaith Caregivers; Alzheimer’s Association; Myers Research Center, Menorah Park Center for the Aged; Rockyknoll Retirement Community; and Ohio Department of Aging

Other Relevant Information and Comments: The program in Applied Cognitive Aging aims to produce new knowledge about cognitive and applied aspects of human aging. Doctoral training is designed to build critical knowledge and skills so that, depending on their interests, students can compete successfully for jobs in academic and applied contexts. Our students acquire a sound foundation in psychology and its statistical tools, along with an extensive exposure to speciality classes in biological, social and especially cognitive aging. Research training is rigorous and application is emphasized. Practical experience is provided in working with older adults. High quality applied research, which can be conducted in various settings, is central to our graduate program goals.

Contact
Martin Murphy, PhD
University of Akron
Dept. of Psychology
Akron, OH 44325-4301
Telephone: (330) 972-8374
Website