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Center for Psychological Studies

Master’s Program In Clinical Psycho­pharmacology

Message from the Dean Thank you for your interest in the educational programs offered by the Center for Psychological Studies of Nova Southeastern University (NSU). Maintaining a tripartite mission—education and training, service to the community, and clinical research—a dynamic interaction between our academic programs and our clinical facilities ensures that learning stays rooted in the primary issues facing our communities. Research focuses on the current relevant psychological issues of our times. Over the coming years, a particular focus will be on student academic engagement, with increased opportunities for students to enrich their academic experience, both inside and outside the classroom. The center enjoys national recognition for its faculty members and programs. Programs offered include master’s degree programs in mental health counseling, school guidance and counseling, and clinical psychopharmacology; a specialist degree in school psychology; and two American Psychological Association (APA)-accredited doctoral programs in clinical psychology. Other educational programs include a behavioral sciences track in the interdisciplinary master’s degree program in criminal justice, a continuing education program, the Institute on Trauma and Victimization, and the Southeast Institute for Cross-Cultural Counseling and Psychotherapy. Also, a part of the center is a Psychological Services Center, an APA-accredited predoctoral internship program, and the Consortium Internship Program (APPIC member) that provides service to a vast array of clinically and culturally diverse populations. The Center for Psychological Studies, the Fischler School of Education and Human Services, and the Mailman Segal Institute for Early Childhood Studies formed a dynamic partnership to create the Counseling Studies Institute. Students can complete an online master’s degree in counseling with concentrations in mental health counseling, substance abuse counseling, substance abuse counseling and education, and/or applied behavioral analysis. As you learn about our programs, I think you will find that we have an outstanding set of diverse resources that enable us to provide truly exceptional education. ■ We

have distinguished faculty members, many of whom are nationally and internationally renowned as leaders in the field of psychology. The faculty is also large and diverse, resulting in a variety of representative specializations not often available in other programs.

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clinical programs offered through the Psychology Services Center provide training opportunities in the areas of neuropsychological, psychological, and school consultation and assessment; cross-cultural counseling and assessment; the treatment of alcohol and substance abuse; co-occurring disorders; child and adult trauma; family violence; clinical health psychology and biofeedback; ADHD; psychodynamic psychotherapy; and counseling for older adults.


is located in a metropolitan area that provides many practicum and internship sites, as well as other educational institutions. This allows for a wide range of research opportunities and populations, as well as many job opportunities.

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center offers one or more if its master’s and specialist degree programs at the university’s student educational centers located in Jacksonville, Miami, Orlando, Tampa, and West Palm Beach, Florida, and in Las Vegas, Nevada. The format of these programs is designed for access by working professionals.

The center has become a national leader in providing education and cutting-edge services to the public. We are committed to continuing to make significant contributions to our community and to society well into the future, while providing the most advanced training opportunities to our students.

Karen Grosby, M.Ed. Dean, Center for Psychological Studies

Center Overview

• ensure a more complex understanding of how medical conditions interact with psychological conditions • develop a more sophisticated understanding of a client’s medications, potential side effects, and contraindications • improve skills to consult with physicians and other health care providers

The Center for Psychological Studies, organized in 1967, is committed to providing the highest quality educational experience to current and future psychologists and mental health and counseling professionals. This training experience provides students with a sophisticated understanding of psychological research and the delivery of superior mental health care. The center’s commitment to training in the area of psychological research and treatment for emotional and psychological problems confronts one of the greatest challenges facing modern society. No problems place greater demands on our wisdom, creativity, and expertise than those associated with human adjustment to an ever-changing world. Our programs educate students to provide a range of psychological services to a wide spectrum of people in need—from pediatric to gerontological clientele, from individuals with common problems in living to those with more serious disturbances. The center is uniquely organized so that one faculty, full time and adjunct, serves all programs. Access to all of the specialty interests and clinical skills of more than 30 full-time faculty members and more than 50 adjunct professors is available to all students in the school. Nova Southeastern University’s Center for Psychological Studies seeks to create advances in clinical training, research, and service for the psychology of tomorrow.

In order to accommodate the schedules of professional psychologists, especially those coming from out-of-state, classes are held on alternate months on campus in a convenient fly-in format. WebCT technology and other student facilitation techniques are used to enhance learning between class sessions. The Master of Science in Clinical Psychopharmacology requires 33 semester hours, including a clinical practicum and supervision. The Master’s Degree Program in Mental Health Counseling is designed for the continued professional development of those who currently serve, or will serve, their community in various counseling capacities. Master’s degree training is based on a model that emphasizes interdisciplinary collaboration, prevention of dysfunction, and direct service. The field of mental health counseling, which has grown over the past decade, has professionals placed in mental health settings, business and industry, substance abuse clinics, hospices, hospitals, educational settings, and private practice. The Center for Psychological Studies is firmly committed to the mission of training competent professionals who will design and implement prevention and treatment programs and provide direct counseling services. The coursework provides broad-based training designed to equip people with the competencies necessary to confront a wide variety of contemporary challenges. The mental health counselor will be called on to respond to an increasingly diverse population of citizens and to the numerous issues facing our culture. These include substance abuse, family violence, divorce, aging, and general emotional problems. The master of science in mental health counseling degree program requires 60 semester hours of graduate credit including 9 semester hours of counseling practicum.

ACADEMIC PROGRAMS Master of Science Programs Three master’s degree programs are offered by the Center for Psychological Studies. The Mental Health Counseling Program provides education and training for those who will seek employment as mental health counselors. The School Guidance and Counseling Program prepares students to work in school systems as guidance counselors. The Master’s Degree Program in Mental Health Counseling is offered on campus in a traditional semester format. The program is also located off campus—offered in a field-based format (weekend) in Jacksonville, Miami, Orlando, West Palm Beach, and Tampa, Florida. The School Guidance and Counseling Program is offered in a field-based format (weekend) in Fort Lauderdale, Jacksonville, Miami, Orlando, Tampa, and West Palm Beach, Florida. Acceptance to, or completion of, a Center for Psychological Studies master’s degree program implies neither automatic admission to doctoral programs nor transfer of credit to the doctoral program.

The Master’s Degree Program in School Guidance and Counseling, based on a developmental model, prepares students to function as guidance counselors in school systems. While the role of the school counselor varies within and across schools, districts, and states, counselors increasingly serve in multiple roles, interacting and consulting with parents, teachers, school psychologists, and agencies to provide effective services to students (prekindergarten through grade 12). Counselors will be called on to respond to students of varying backgrounds and ethnicity and to interact with students at both remedial and developmental levels. In addition to the traditional responsibilities of the school counselor, numerous contemporary issues will face the counselor, including dropout prevention, teenage pregnancy, reduction of truancy, school violence, and drug and alcohol abuse. Coursework is designed to competently train professionals who will ultimately have an impact on both the individual student and the school climate. The master of science in school guidance and counseling program requires 46 semester hours of graduate credit, including 6 credits of counseling practicum.

The Master’s Program in Clinical Psycho­pharmacology is designed to enhance the performance of practitioners and advanced pre-doctoral students who are seeking or are in careers in medical settings, private practice, or other arenas where interaction with treating physician and other health care practitioners about patient medication is critical to improving patient care. The specific training goals are to • expand the knowledge base in biopsychology, pharmacology, and psychopharmacology 

Ph.D. Program The goal of the doctor of philosophy (Ph.D.) program, based on the scientist practitioner model, is to train future psychologists in the core knowledge areas of the discipline; to prepare them to advance this knowledge by evaluating, developing, and scientifically examining important applied aspects of professional practice; and to develop necessary skills in empirically supported assessment and intervention techniques. The program curriculum is anchored in the cumulative body of psychological knowledge and provides a firm basis in statistics, research design, and experimental research methodology. From this base, through a sequence of formal, field-related courses and graded exposure to clinical populations in supervised practicums, the program imparts the knowledge and skill required for the student to assume the roles of an academician, researcher, and practicing clinical psychologist.

Applicants already holding a master’s degree may apply as nondegree-seeking students for the purpose of taking courses needed for certification /endorsement.

Specialist Program The Specialist Program in School Psychology, approved by the Florida Deparment of Education, prepares graduates to meet the challenges of the individual needs and behavior problems of preschoolers, children, and adolescents within the academic setting. While school psychologists are increasingly called upon to meet multiple roles, their primary responsibilities include psychological/ psychoeducational assessment, consultation, and intervention. Specifically, the school psychologist is called upon to evaluate students in the areas of cognition, achievement, learning aptitude, personality, and adaptive behavior problems. School psychologists implement a variety of interventions in their work with students, teachers, and families. These include counseling, social skills training, and behavior management techniques. Graduates will, additionally, be prepared to work with students within the context of their diverse ethnic and cultural backgrounds, as well as to be sensitive to the numerous contemporary issues that impact our schools such as truancy, teen pregnancy, school violence, and substance abuse. The specialist program in school psychology requires 79 semester hours of graduate credit (including practicums) and a full-time, one-year internship. Graduates of the program may receive transcript endorsements indicating the completion of a state-approved program at the specialist level in school psychology. In addition to being offered on the main campus, the specialist program is offered in Jacksonville, West Palm Beach, and Tampa, Florida.

Psy.D. Program The goal of the doctor of psychology (Psy.D.) program, based on the practitioner informed by science model, is to train future psychologists in the core areas of the discipline; to prepare them to provide empirically supported assessment, intervention, and consultative services across a full range of populations, settings, and formats; and to promote continued efficacy in providing such services through critical monitoring of research literature and other forums of professional advancement. Clinical expertise is molded by a sequence of courses on assessment and intervention, both theory and technique, and is supplemented by practicum experience with clients in a variety of settings while under intensive supervision. The Psy.D. degree, through its curriculum, trains students to perform as clinicians, supervisors, mental health consultants, administrators of human service programs, instructors, and members of research teams.

Registration All enrolled students are to be in continuous registration (excluding summer) until they receive their degree, unless prior approval is received from the program office.

Joint Psy.D./Ph.D. and M.B.A. Program Students are able to be admitted to the M.B.A. program during their second year. There are no additional requirements for admission to the M.B.A. program. The student will fulfill the typical clinical psychology admissions process by completing the application packet obtainable at the Center for Psychological Studies. Typically, students will begin M.B.A. classes during the third year of their psychology studies. M.B.A. tuition rates at that time will apply.

Degree Completion Requirements and Time Limits Students admitted to graduate study must successfully complete the requirements for matriculation (degree candidacy) with a 3.0 GPA or better. A degree candidate must complete all coursework required for the degree chosen with a grade point average of at least 3.0 and pass the comprehensive examination. Students must graduate from the master’s degree program within five years.

Concentrations /Tracks In addition to the general training provided in the doctoral programs, students may elect to complete a concentration in clinical health psychology, clinical neuropsychology, psychodynamic psychology, psychology of long-term mental illness, and clinical forensic psychology. Concentrations consist of a set of courses, research, and a clinical practicum in the specialty area. Completion of a concentration meets current predoctoral educational requirements for recognized specialties in psychology. There are limited slots in each concentration, and acceptance is typically in the first year. However, students are accepted into clinical health psychology and clinical neuropsychology at admissions. In addition, students can choose to complete the requirements for the child, adolescent, and family track or the multicultural/ diversity track. There are no formal admission requirements for these tracks.

Doctoral Programs in Clinical Psychology The center offers two doctoral programs in clinical psychology, both accredited by the American Psychological Association. Both the doctor of psychology (Psy.D.) and the doctor of philosophy (Ph.D.) programs are full-time, on-campus programs with a three-year residency requirement. These doctoral programs typically require four years of coursework, although the Ph.D. dissertations may take longer. In addition, a 2,000-hour predoctoral clinical internship must be completed at an approved site. Students are eligible for an en route master of science degree in clinical psychology upon completion of the first two years of either doctoral program. 

Residency Registration All students must be in full-time residence for three academic years to be eligible for the doctoral degree. This requirement, which is independent of the number of transfer credits the student may receive, is defined as completion of a minimum of 18 semester hours of coursework per year. All enrolled students must be in continuous registration every fall and winter semester until they receive their degree.

From the initial intake, the child is assessed to determine treatment needs and is referred to individual, group, or family psychotherapy.

Degree Completion Requirements and Time Limits Students are admitted once a year with classes starting in the fall semester. All students are expected to complete their doctoral program and graduate within eight years from the time of first enrollment. Students must complete 118 credits (Psy.D.), or 119 credits (Ph.D.) and successfully complete the clinical competency exam, a one-year (2,000-hour) fulltime internship (typically salaried and off campus), and a directed study (Psy.D.) or a dissertation (Ph.D.). A minimum 3.0 grade point average is required. The clinical neuropsychology concentration requires three additional credits.

• ADHD Assessment and Consultation Treatment Program • AdolescentDrug Abuse Prevention and Treatment Program • Child and Adolescent Traumatic Stress Program • Clinical Health and Biofeedback Program • Family Violence Program • Guided Self-change Program • Intensive Psychodynamic Psychotherapy Program • Neuropsychology Assessment Center • NovaSoutheastern University Counseling Center for Older Adults Psychology Assessment Center • Program forSeriously Emotionally Disturbed Individuals • School PsychologyAssessment and Consultation Center • TraumaResolution Integration Program

Faculty Specialty Clinical Training Programs These programs provide clinical training opportunities and service to the community through the following:

Clinical Services Nova Southeastern University Psychology Services Center These are services offered by the Psychology Services Center.

Services are available to all residents of the tricounty area, including children, adolescents, adults, and elderly clients, regardless of race, color, sex, age, nondisqualifying disability, religion or creed, sexual orientation, or national or ethnic origin.

• Assessment and • Psychological treatment of ADHD consultation • Behavioral modification • Psychological testing • Biofeedback • Stress management • Consultation and • Trauma resolution education • Treatment of alcohol and other drug abuse • Co-occurring disorders • Family therapy • Treatment of anxiety disorders • Forensic evaluation and testimony • Treatment of child and adolescent traumatic • Group therapy stress and depression • Information and referral • Treatment of depression • Neuropsychological • Treatment of assessment and family violence evaluation • Treatment of serious • Parenting skills training emotional disturbance • Psychodynamic • Treatment of older adults psychotherapy More than 100 Center for Psychological Studies doctoral, specialist and master’s degree students receive practicum training within the CPS Psychology Services Center.

OTHER TRAINING PROGRAMS Predoctoral Internship Programs Accredited by the American Psychological Association, the Psychology Services Center Internship Program offers doctoral candidates in psychology the opportunity to develop professionally, to enhance their ability to use scholarly research for informed practice, to develop proficiency in psychological assessment and psychotherapeutic intervention, and to acquire basic competence in the provision of supervision and consultation. In addition, CPS sponsors the Consortium Internship Program, which is a member in good standing of the Association of Psychology Postdoctoral and Internship Centers. Interns receive supervised clinical experiences in approved placement in the culturally diverse South Florida community. The Institute on Trauma and Victimization The Institute on Trauma and Victimization was created to form a network for collaboration with students and colleagues from both within and outside of the center in this important area. The aims of the institute are to stimulate research and sponsor training and service delivery in the field of trauma and victimization and to develop and evaluate innovative interventions for those exposed to trauma. The institute sponsors an annual conference on trauma and victimization; forms links with relevant groups and colleagues in the community; and involves students in ongoing programs.

Adult Services Program—This program addresses a broad spectrum of clients ranging from mild to moderately impaired adults with both Axis I and II pathology to seriously mentally ill clients suffering from debilitating, chronic illness. The treatment model is a biopsychosocial approach using individual, group, and family psychotherapy. Child, Adolescent, and Family—This program provides a full range of services to children ages 4 through 18 years with a broad range of diagnoses from mild to severe pathology. 

Southeast Institute for Cross-Cultural Counseling and Psychotherapy This institute is committed to enhancing multiculturalism at the Center for Psychological Studies. It encourages research and training opportunities in ethnic minority affairs. It strives to promote a welcoming climate for ethnic minority students and for those mainstream students who are particularly interested in pursuing cross-cultural research and training. It introduces nontraditional methodologies in counseling and assessment specifically targeted for minority groups. It also provides courses and in-service colloquia in the area of multiculturalism and cross-cultural counseling and psychotherapy.

• Mood disorders • Multicultural assessment /intervention • Neuropsychology • Pediatric psychology • Post-traumatic stress disorder • Psychoanalytic psychology • School phobia • Sexual abuse • Sleep disorders • Stress disorders

Continuing Education Program The center’s Office of Continuing Education serves the professional community by offering a series of continuing education programs each year, featuring nationally renowned presenters. The Center for Psychological Studies is approved by the American Psychological Association; the state of Florida’s Board of Clinical Social Work, Marriage and Family Therapy, and Mental Health Counseling; and the state of Florida’s Department of Health, Office of School Psychology to offer continuing education. Continuing education credits can be applied to state of Florida requirements for relicensure and are often accepted by other state licensing boards.

Computer /Statistical Lab Research in the center is supported by extensive computer facilities, including mainframe, workstation, and microcomputer environments. Methodological, statistical, and computing consultation is available to faculty members and students engaged in research or related coursework.

Financial Aid The Office of Student Financial Assistance administers comprehensive federal, state, institutional, and private financial aid, which includes grants, loans, and student employment. The purpose of these programs is to provide monetary assistance to qualified students to help them meet their educational objectives. In addition, professional financial aid counselors can help students plan the most efficient use of financial resources for their education. In order to be considered for federal student aid, students must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), meet specific eligibility criteria, and be enrolled or accepted for enrollment as a regular student (i.e., all admissions requirements /documents have been satisfied) working toward a degree or certificate in an eligible program. For more detailed information regarding the financial aid process, eligibility criteria, contacts, policies and procedures, and other pertinent information, students should visit the NSU financial aid Web site at The earlier students apply, the more chance they will receive funds in a timely manner, if eligible. The preferred method for applying for financial aid is online through FAFSA on the Web at, which saves processing time and reduces the chance of errors due to edit checks. Underlying a financial assistance award is the philosophy that the student and his or her family have the primary responsibility for contributing, from earnings and savings, to the student’s college education. Financial aid serves as a supplement to the student’s contribution. Students do not have to be admitted to apply for financial aid; however, they must be registered in order for financial aid to be distributed. The Office of Student Financial Assistance staff members are available to assist students in the completion of the FAFSA and to answer questions concerning the financial aid process. For further information, please call 800-806-3680 or (954) 262-3380, or request information in writing from Nova Southeastern University Office of Student Financial Assistance 3301 College Avenue Fort Lauderdale, Florida 33314-7796

RESEARCH The center is as committed to applied research as it is to training people to provide care and treatment for those with psychological problems. In addition to ongoing faculty research, every doctoral student engages in research activities, thereby multiplying treatment efforts and expertise available to understand the assessment of psychological disorders. Although master’s and specialist degree-level students may participate in some research, research opportunities primarily involve doctoral students. Areas of research in which the center is currently engaged include: • ADHD • Alcohol and substance abuse • Anxiety disorders • Behavioral assessment and treatment • Child-clinical psychology • Clinical biofeedback • Community mental health • Domestic violence • Dual diagnosis • Early intervention /preschool • Eating disorders • Family violence • Forensic psychology • Gender issues • Geriatric mental health • Health psychology • Long-term mental illness • Marital and family systems 

application information for master’s degree program in clinical psychopharmacology Application Deadline Completed applications and all supporting documents must be completed and received by Enrollment Processing Services (EPS) by the published date. If you want to speak to a counselor, please call (954) 262-5790 or 800-541-6682, ext. 5790.

admission includes a condition that final and official transcripts, documents, and requirements must be received within 90 calendar days from the start of the term. If these final and official transcripts, documents, and/or requirements are not received by that time, the student will not be allowed to continue class attendance. Financial aid will not be disbursed to a provisional /conditional student until he or she has been fully admitted as a regular student (all admissions requirements have been approved by the college/program admissions office). Students who have an unpaid balance 30 days from the start of the term will be assessed a $50 fee.

Admission Requirements 1. completion of an APA-approved doctoral degree in clinical or counseling psychology OR advanced standing with adequate progress (in good standing) in an APA-approved doctoral program in clinical psychology (Advanced standing is defined as being enrolled in the second year of training and completion of one year of clinical practicum.) 2. adequate knowledge of ethical standards of the profession as measured by a professional issues and ethics course taken in the past five years OR succesful completion of the national Examination for the Professional Practice in Psychology (EPPP) or its equivalent (If licensed, a candidate must be in good standing with the state licensing board.) 3. basic knowledge of psychopharmacology as measured by completion of a graduate course in psychopharmacology OR passing the national Examination for Professional Practice in Psychology (EPPP) or its equivalent (as evaluated by the director and approved by the dean) Non-Degree Seeking Students An applicant wishing to complete a limited number of selected courses (excluding the practicum and physical assessment course) may request admission as a non-degree seeking student. Eligible applicants include • psychology or health care faculty • graduates of psychology or pharmacology program • predoctoral psychology students • predoctoral students in pharmacology Interested applicants must submit a request along with a rationale for taking courses in the program. Approval is on seat-available basis, at the discretion of the director, and will be limited. Final approval of the dean is required.

Transfer of Credits The transfer of up to a maximum of six semester hours of graduate-level coursework from a regionally accredited institution will be allowed upon approval by the director of academic affairs. Coursework submitted must also meet all the specific criteria outlined in the current center catalog, including that coursework was completed within the past five years with a grade of A or B, and is equivalent to a required course. No transfer credits may be applied to practicums. Transfer credits are not taken into account when computing the student’s grade point average. Foreign Coursework Undergraduate and/or graduate coursework taken at a foreign institution must be evaluated for U.S. institution equivalence. A listing of all courses and grades and an overall GPA (on a 4.0 scale) also must be included. It is the applicant’s responsibility to have coursework evaluated. You must use one of the following evaluation services: World Education Services, Inc. P.O. Box 745 Old Chelsea Station New York, New York 10113-0745 (212) 966-6311 Josef Silny & Associates, Inc. 7101 SW 102nd Avenue Miami, Florida 33173 (305) 273-1616 Toefl Requirements: Applicants whose native language is not English must take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). A minimum test score of 550 is required for applicants taking the written examination. A minimum test score of 213 is required for applicants taking the computer-based examination. A minimum test score of 79–80 is required for applicants taking the IBT examination. Proficiency in English may also be demonstrated by a minimum score of 500 on the GRE verbal test or a 40th percentile score on the MAT. For application forms, write to TOEFL, Educational Testing Service, Princeton, New Jersey 08540. Additional procedures are required for admission of nonresident alien students. Contact the international student adviser at (954) 262-7240. Nonresident alien students are not eligible for admission to the field-based programs.

Core Performance Standards for Admission and Progress The standards required for admission keep in mind the safety and well-being of the clients CPS graduates will eventually serve in clinical situations. Candidates for the degree must possess, with or without reasonable accommodation, multiple abilities and skills including intellectual, conceptual, integrative, and quantitative abilities, as well as intrapersonal, communication, behavioral, and personal attributes including empathy, emotional self-awareness, and emotional maturity. These attributes are further defined in the center’s student handbooks. Provisional Admission Students are provisionally admitted to a degree-seeking program based on a review of unofficial transcripts or other specific program admission requirements. However, this 

Tuition and Fees (2006–2007)* Master’s degree tuition for 2006–2007 will be charged at the rate of $499 per credit hour. Students should anticipate an annual review of fees by the university and possible increases. Students are expected to pay tuition in full at the time of registration. Students receiving financial aid must familiarize themselves with the requirements of that office with regard to payments and may defer payment only if they have been officially notified of an award. Once a loan check is disbursed, students will be responsible for making all appropriate payments.

CURRICULUM Required Courses for the Master’s Degree Program in Clinical Psychopharmacology • PSY 9500—Neuroanatomy/Neuropathology • PSY 9505—Neurophysiology • PSY 9507—Introduction to Organic and Biochemistry • PSY 9510—Neurochemistry

Tuition . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $499 per credit hour

• PSY 9512—Human Anatomy and Physiology

Application Fee (nonrefundable) . . . . . . . . $50

• PSY 9515—General Pharmacology I

Registration Fee . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $25 per semester Late Registration Penalty . . . . . . . . . . . $30 per semester

• PSY 9516—General Pharmacology II

Textbooks (approximate cost) . . . . . . . . $80–200 per course

• PSY 9521—General Psychopharmacology II

Student Services Fee . . . . . . . . . . . . . $250 per semester

• PSY 9530—Chemical Dependency and Pain Management

Late Payment Penalty . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $50 per semester

• PSY 9520—General Psychopharmacology I

Professional Liability Insurance . . . . . . $10 per semester

• PSY 9525—Developmental Psychopharmacology

($125 for less than 4 credit hours per semester)

Application for Degree Fee . . . . . . . . . . $75

• PSY 9535—Pathophysiology I

Transcript Fee . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $5 per transcript

• PSY 9536—Pathophysiology II

Some courses may require additional fees for laboratory and/or equipment (e.g., calculator or testing materials) and supplemental course materials. Students are provided NSU Unix accounts at no charge. Students need to make arrangements for Internet access and pay the corresponding fee.

• PSY 9540—Introduction to Physical Assessment/Lab Exams • PSY 9545—Professional, Ethical, Legal Issues • PSY 9550—Psychotherapy/Pharmacotherapy Interactions

*Please note: Fees are subject to change without notice.

• PSY 9555—Computer Based Practice Aids

Technology Requirements Students admitted to the master’s program must have access to a computer and their own Internet service provider account. • Processor 1.2 GHz Pentium 4 or Celeron • Sound card and speakers • RAM 128 MB • Internet Explorer 6.0 or Netscape Navigator 7.0 or higher* • 56K modem • Windows 98, 2000, NT, XP

• PSY 9560—Pharmacoepidemiology • PSY 9570—Practicum I: Psychopharmacology • PSY 9575—Practicum II: Psychopharmacology

• CD-ROM • Microphone • Internet service provider** • Office 97, 2000, XP including Word, Excel, and PowerPoint • New release of antivirus program (McAfee, Norton AntiVirus, etc.)

Students should be prepared to use technology enhancements such as WebCT (online) components. Students will be required to demonstrate technological competence and computer literacy during the program, including the use of the electronic library. * As new versions of the Web browser become available, we ask students to upgrade. These upgrades are free, and the link to the download sites can be found on our Software Downloads page. ** The monthly charge is a student responsibility. 

Center for Psychological Studies Master of Science Degree in Clinical Psychopharmacology Application Checklist To ensure that your application is complete, please use the checklist below, and follow the detailed instructions provided for each item. Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis for admission to the fall term. _____ 1. Application form _____ 2. Application fee of $50 (in U.S. dollars) made payable to Nova Southeastern University _____ 3. Official transcripts from all schools attended and/or agency evaluation of foreign degree for determination of U.S. equivalence (including Canadian transcripts) _____ 4. For licensed psychologists, a copy of current state license in psychology or written documentation from a state board of psychology indicating the applicant is a licensed practitioner in good standing An abbreviated CV /resume (including your name and Social Security number) is requested. Please mail all items to Enrollment Processing Services (EPS) Nova Southeastern University Center for Psychological Studies 3301 College Avenue P.O. Box 299000 Fort Lauderdale, Florida 33329-9905 If you have any questions about the admissions process, call the Office of Admissions at (954) 262-5760, or email

Nova Southeastern University Enrollment Processing Services (EPS) Attn: Center for Psychological Studies 3301 College Avenue P.O. Box 299000 Fort Lauderdale, Florida 33329-9905

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Previous Education: All official transcripts/documents are required from the applicant for ALL previously attended institutions for FULL ad­mit­tance.* High school/General Education Diploma (GED) documentation is required only for undergraduate applications. SECTION A _____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ ____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ Name of High School Graduation Month and Year

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SECTION B List ALL academic institutions (in chronological order beginning with most recent) you have, are, or will attend prior to NSU ma­tric­u­la­tion. *Official transcripts/documents from all institutions attended are required for FULL admittance. State Approx. # or of Credits Start and End Date Name of Institution City Country Major Degree Earned (or expected end)

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M.S in Clinical Psychopharmacology Starting Term ______ Fall 2006 ______ Fall 2007 ______ Fall 2008 Completed applications and all supporting documents must be completed and received by Enrollment Processing Services (EPS) on or before August 1.

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Note: Please be certain to read the following disclosure and sign the application for further processing. No application will be processed without your signature.

Disclosure Statement: Have you ever been convicted in any state or country of a criminal offense, other than a minor traffic offense, where you have been found guilty by a judge or jury or entered a plea of nolo contendere (no contest); or any juvenile offenses; any offenses where the records have been expunged; or any conviction that the applicant is currently appealing, regardless of adjudication? Yes


If the answer is yes, please explain._________________________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________________________________________________ The disclosure is a continuing duty. All applicants must report to Nova Southeastern University (NSU) any such arrest or conviction after the filing of the application for admissions or during the time that the student is enrolled at the college. The admissions committee and NSU will consider new information submitted, and in appropriate circumstances, may change the status of an applicant or student. Permission is hereby given to NSU to make any necessary inquiries and I voluntarily and knowingly authorize any former school, government agency, employer, person, firm, corporation, its officers, employees and agents, or any other person or entity making a written or oral request for such information. Signature of Applicant ___________________________________


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Office of International Students

Student employment opportunities are available within the Center for Psychological Studies or its affiliates. These positions are generally awarded on a competitive basis and usually require a 10- to 20-hour time commitment per week.

The goal of the Office of International Students is to assist international students, visiting professors, researchers, and scholars with the immigration process. In addition, this office provides guidance for maintaining status with the Bureau of Citizenship and Immigration Services (BCIS). International student refers to any student who is not a citizen, permanent resident, or naturalized alien of the United States, or in other words, a nonresident alien. For further information, contact 800-541-6682, ext. 7241, or (954) 262-7241 or check the international student Web site at /registrar/isss.

Assistantships: Assistantships are available for CPS students through the center. Included are clinical positions within the various clinics, graduate assistantships, research assistantships, and teaching assistantships. Contact the director of employee services for information regarding the availability of assistantships. A limited number of on-campus graduate assistantships will be available in residential life and student life each academic year. These assistantships include housing, meal plan, a partial tuition waiver, and a monthly stipend. To apply and receive priority consideration, send a letter of interest and resume.

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Students With Disabilities The university does not discriminate against people with a disability who are otherwise qualified and who meet the academic, personal, and interpersonal standards required to participate and enroll in the center’s programs. Applicants or students with a disability requiring assistance or a copy of the center procedures should contact Joyce Nichols, M.S., at (954) 262-5780.w

Veterans Benefits The Veterans Benefits office is located in the Office of Student Financial Services and Registration. Department of Veterans Affairs (DVA) Educational Benefits are designated to provide eligible individuals with an opportunity for educational and career growth. Eligible veterans and their dependents should contact


Nova Southeastern University Office of Student Financial Services and Registration Attn: Veterans Benefits 3301 College Avenue Fort Lauderdale, Florida 33314-7796

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A student receiving veterans benefits must maintain satisfactory progress. Students will be considered to be making satisfactory progress as long as they meet the academic standards set by their school for retention in degree programs. For more information, please contact the veterans benefits specialist at 800-541-6682, ext. 7236, Monday through Friday between the hours of 8:30 a.m. and 5:00 p.m., or visit the veterans benefits Web site at /cwis/finaid/veterans.

core Faculty Members and Their Professional Interests W. Joseph Burns, Ph.D., ABPP, University of North Dakota, professor emeritus; practicum coordinator; part-time core faculty member. Lifespan developmental neuropsychology; neuropsychological effects of toxins, infections, and head injury in children; neuropsychiatric disorders in the elderly; pediatric neurorehabilitation.

Morgan T. Sammons, Ph.D., Arizona State University, part-time core faculty. Commander, United States Navy; prescribing psychologist. Lenore Walker, Ed.D., ABPP, Rutgers State University of New Jersey, professor. Forensic psychology; expert witness testimony; battered woman syndrome; violence against women; family and interpersonal violence; sexual harassment; impact of trauma; post-traumatic stress disorder; feminist theory; and clinical psychopharmacology.

Jose Rey, Pharm.D., BCPP, University of Florida, associate professor. Psychopharmacology; pharmacoeconomics; pain management.

Faculty Members from other NSU centers Michele Clark, Ph.D., University of South Florida, College of Medicine. Assistant professor, pharmaceutical sciences.

Elisa Ginter, D.O., Michigan State University, associate professor. Family medicine, physical assessment, and pharmacology.

Richard Finkel, Pharm.D., University of Florida, assistant professor, pharmaceutical sciences. Retail pharmacy, otc, patient care management.

Robert Grosz, Ed.D., Nova Southeastern University, anatomy and physiology, laboratory medicine, ethics, nutrition and psychology.

David Gazze, Ph.D., University of Pittsburgh, assistant professor. Pharmaceutical sciences.

adjunct Faculty Members Moushumi Chakraborty, M.LS., M.A., University of Missouri—Columbia. Health sciences databases, computerbased instruction, and information management in pharmaceutical studies.

Douglas W. Hoffman, Ph.D., University of Connecticut, associate professor, departments of pathology and psychiatry, Dartmouth Medical School, 1987-1999; neuropsychopharmacology.

Efrain Gonzalez, Psy.D., ABPP., Nova Southeastern University. Adult psychopathology; psychopharmacology; behavioral medicine; multicultural; homelessness.

Kevin J. Kaps, D.O., Malcolm Grow Medical Center, Andrews Air Force Base. Family practice.


other Faculty Members Nathan H. Azrin, Ph.D., ABPP, Harvard University, professor. Conduct disorder; oppositional defiance disorder (ODD); youth; drug addiction; behavior therapy; depression; marital and couple counseling; muscular tics; self-injurious behavior; vocational counseling and placement; alcoholism; retardation; rehabilitation of the brain-injured; insomnia.

Steven N. Gold, Ph.D., Michigan State University, professor. Adult survivors of childhood sexual abuse; dissociative disorders; post-traumatic stress disorder; doctorate-level clinical training; hypnotherapy; psychological assessment; interpersonal, family, and systems theory and intervention; psychotherapy case conceptualization and treatment planning; psychological defenses; personality theory.

Stephen N. Campbell, Ph.D., Howard University, associate professor. General clinical/community psychology, psychology of social change; dual diagnosed; program design and consultation; conduct disorder.

Charles Golden, Ph.D., ABPP/ABCN/ABAP, University of Hawaii, professor. Neuropsychology of head injury, stroke, and multiple sclerosis; neuropsychological and personality assessment, rehabilitation, and community reintegration following brain injury; neuropsychology in childhood and in school settings; learning disabilities; hyperactivity; general assessment.

Ralph E. (Gene) Cash, Ph.D., NCSP, New York University, associate professor. School psychology; psychoeducational assessment, diagnosis, and treatment; depression; anxiety disorders; suicide prevention; individual, marital, and group psychotherapy; forensics, including child custody, wrongful death effects, and disability; stress management; psychology and public policy.

Alan D. Katell, Ph.D., West Virginia University, professor. Assessment and treatment of eating disorders; psychological factors in cardiac rehabilitation; exercise promotion and maintenance; health psychology; coping with chronic illnesses and other physical challenges.

Christian DeLucia, Ph.D., Arizona State University, assistant professor. Emergence of problem behaviors during adolescence, with a particular emphasis on adolescent substance use and abuse; statistical methods for the analysis of longitudinal data; methodilogical issues relevant for the design and analysis of psychosocial interventions.

Jeffrey L. Kibler, Ph.D., University of Miami, associate professor. Cognitive-behavior regulation of emotion/ mood disorders. Behavioral medicine: biobehavioral aspects of post-traumatic stress, psychosocial stress, and pain; psychosocial risks for illness (e.g., heart disease); health risk reduction; psychophysiology; minority health: predictors of biobehavioral research participation for individuals of racial minority.

Frank A. DePiano, Ph.D., University of South Carolina, vice president for academic affairs, university-wide faculty appointments. Professional interests include hypnosis, community psychology, health and medicine, and the development of models for professional training of psychologists.

Stacey Lambert, Psy.D., Nova Southeastern University, associate professor. Community mental health; schizophrenia; the impact of social factors on serious mental illness; recovery; empowerment; psychosocial rehabilitation for people with serious psychiatric disabilities; behavior therapy.

William Dorfman, Ph.D., ABPP, Ohio State University, professor. Community mental health; short-term approaches to psychotherapy; eclectic approaches to individual and marital psychotherapy; psychodiagnosis; objective personality measurement with the MMPI-2 and MMPI-A; role of families and primary caretakers in the treatment and rehabilitation of the chronically and severely mentally ill.

Robert C. Lane, Ph.D., ABPP, New York University, clinical professor. Psychopathology; diagnosis; difficult patients; psychoanalysis; psychotherapy; supervision.

Jan Faust, Ph.D., University of Georgia, professor. Childclinical and pediatric psychology; child abuse (sexual and physical) and neglect; child treatment outcome research; PTSD in children and adolescents; child adjustment to acute and chronic medical conditions; life span psychosis.

John E. Lewis, Ph.D., Syracuse University, professor. Intercultural psychotherapy and assessment; counseling and psychotherapy with prison populations; educational and vocational assessment and counseling; school psychology; international perspectives.

Ana Imia Fins, Ph.D., University of Miami, associate professor. Health psychology; sleep medicine; insomnia; chronic fatigue syndrome; post-traumatic stress disorder; periodic limb movement disorder.

Craig D. Marker, Ph.D., Chicago Medical School, assistant professor. Anxiety disorders, with a particular emphasis on obsessive-compulsive disorder, panic disorder, and social anxiety; longitudinal data analysis, with an emphasis on intraindividual variability and change methods.


Wiley Mittenberg, Ph.D., ABPP/ABCN, Chicago Medical School, professor. Neuropsychology of head injury in adults and children; malingering; forensic neuropsychology; neuropsychology of cortical and subcortical dementias; professional issues in clinical neuropsychology.

Linda C. Sobell, Ph.D., ABPP, University of California at Irvine, professor. Alcohol, tobacco, and other drug use disorders; cognitive-behavior therapy; research dissemination; assessment and treatment evaluation; natural recovery; motivational interventions; professional issues. Mark B. Sobell, Ph.D., ABPP, University of California at Riverside, professor. Substance use disorders, especially alcohol use disorders; behavior therapy; motivational interventions; treatment outcome evaluation; public health approach; processes of persuasion and behavior change; philosophy of science.

Timothy R. Moragne, Psy.D., Wright State University, professor. Minority issues; health psychology; community psychology; human sexuality; psychological aspects of AIDS; AIDS and minorities. Helen Orvaschel, Ph.D., New School for Social Research, professor. Mood disorders; genetic contributions to psychopathology; risk factors for child psychiatric disorders; psychiatric epidemiology; differential diagnostic assessment of child and adolescent psychopathology.

Mercedes B. ter Maat, Ph.D., LPC, ATR-BC, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, associate professor. School Counseling and Guidance, professional training and supervision, multicultural counseling, community mental health, art therapy.

Scott Poland, Ed.D., Ball State University, associate professor. Professional experience has included leading national crisis teams, and primary interests are suicide intervention, crisis interventions, youth violence, self-injury, school safety, clinical interventions, and delivery of psychological and counseling services in schools.

Sarah Valley-Gray, Psy.D., Nova University, associate professor. Neuropsychological, psychological, and psychoeducational assessment; pediatric neuropsychological disorders; psychological services within the schools; infancy and child development.

Bady Quintar, Ph.D., ABPP, University of Kentucky, professor. Projective techniques; psychoanalytic psychotherapy; ego psychology; postdoctoral training.

Vincent B. Van Hasselt, Ph.D., University of Pittsburgh, professor. Interpersonal violence; police psychology; criminal investigative analysis (psychological profiling) and apprehension; interviewing and interrogation techniques; intervention with juvenile offenders; behavioral forensics.

Shannon Ray, Ph.D., University of Central Florida, assistant professor. Community mental health, chronic pain, eating disorders, domestic violence, child and adolescent treatment, and post-traumatic stress disorder.

Angela Waguespack, Ph.D., Louisiana State University, assistant professor. Psychological, psychoeducational, and functional behavior assessments; school-based consultation; psychological services within schools; behavioral interventions with children and adolescents.

David Reitman, Ph.D., University of Mississippi, associate professor. Cross-setting (home and school) problems involving children and adolescents; emphasis on disruptive behavior (e.g., attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder, oppositional defiant disorder, conduct disorder). Interventions are behaviorally based, empirical, and focus on parent disciplinary practices, problem solving, and skills building.

Lenore Walker, Ed.D., ABPP, Rutgers State University of New Jersey, professor. Forensic psychology; expert witness testimony; battered woman syndrome; violence against women; family and interpersonal violence; sexual harassment; impact of trauma; post-traumatic stress disorder; feminist theory; and clinical psychopharmacology.

Barry A. Schneider, Ph.D., Columbia University, professor. Psychodiagnosis and personality evaluation; integrated psychotherapy; medical psychotherapy; rare neurological disorders. David Shapiro, Ph.D., ABPP, University of Michigan, professor. Forensic psychology; mental health law; forensic and clinical assessment; expert witness testimony; malingering; legal and ethical issues. Edward R. Simco, Ph.D., Nova Southeastern University, professor. Applied and computational statistics; research design and evaluation; cluster analysis; psychometrics.


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The clinical psychology programs of the Center for Psychological Studies are accredited by the American Psychological Association (APA). The center has an APA-accredited predoctoral internship program and a consortium internship program that is a member of the Association of Psychology Postdoctoral and Internship Centers (APPIC). Nova Southeastern University is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097, Telephone number: 404-679-4501) to award associate’s, bachelor’s, master’s, educational specialist, and doctoral degrees.

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Clinical Psychopharmacology Application Packet  

Clinical Psychopharmacology Application Packet