Graduate Courses

Generally graduate students from other departments can enroll in seminars offered by the Ecological-Community Psychology program. Below is a list of some upcoming seminars that may be of interest. If you are interested in joining an ECO seminar, please contact the instructor for more information and to request an enrollment override. General questions about taking ECO seminars can be directed to compsy@msu.edu.

PSY870: Research Methods

Next Offering: Spring 2020

Instructor: Dr. Rebecca Campbell or Dr. Zachary Neal

Description: This course provides an overview and practical experience with the research process, including:

  • Conceptualizing a research question and hypotheses
  • Operationalizing & measuring variables
  • Research ethics
  • Collecting data using multiple methods (survey, observation, etc.)
  • Dissemination of research findings (e.g. academic writing & publishing)

This course is ideal for students currently working on a research project like an MA Thesis.

PSY871: History and Theory in Community Psychology

Next Offering: Fall 2019, Thursdays 12:40-3:30pm

Instructor: Dr. Jennifer Watling Neal

Description: This course will explore the history, values, and theoretical models that shape the field of community psychology. We will spend the first several weeks examining the historical forces that led to the development of community psychology in the U.S. and internationally and the ongoing refinement of the field’s guiding values. Additionally, we will critically analyze several theoretical models that have informed research in community psychology including ecological theories, prevention, empowerment, liberation, dissemination and implementation, and social networks. Throughout the course, there will be opportunities for you to select and lead discussion on theoretical topics related to community psychology that align with your own interests. Finally, the course also includes a skills building component on writing literature reviews.

PSY872: Field Research in Psychology

Next Offering: Fall 2019, Wednesdays 12:40pm-3:30pm

Instructor: Dr. Kaston Anderson-Carpenter

Description: This course is the second of a sequence in Research Methods. Specifically, we will focus on the five major types of qualitative inquiry as defined by Creswell & Poth (2018): phenomenology, grounded theory, narrative research, ethnography, and case study. Additionally, we will spend time learning about qualitative data collection analysis, such as content, discourse, and thematic analyses. Throughout the course, we will discuss the ethical (and sometimes, legal) implications of conducting qualitative research in domestic and international settings. We will also review research from women scholars, scholars of color, and queer scholars.

PSY873: Methods and Practice of Community Engagement

Next Offering: Fall 2019

Instructor: Dr. Ignacio Acevedo-Polakovich

Description: This course is the first in a sequence of two linked courses that provide students with practical knowledge and experience in community engaged research and practice. The course offers the opportunity, support, and accountability for students to explore the broader social context of their issues of interest, network with stakeholders vested in said issues, identify and engage a community setting in which a community engaged project may be conducted, and define and outline a project that can be executed within that setting. The course prepares students for PSY 992-602, Community Practicum.

PSY992: Community Practicum

Next Offering: Spring 2020

Instructor: Dr. Ignacio Acevedo-Polakovich

Description: While it can be taken as a standalone, this course completes a sequence of two linked courses that provide students with practical knowledge and experience in community engaged research and practice. Together, the sequence provides students with the opportunity, support, and accountability to explore the broader social context of their issues of interest, network with stakeholders vested in said issues, identify and engage a community setting in which a community-engaged project may be conducted, define and outline a project that can be executed within that setting, and execute said project. It is strongly recommended, but not required, that students complete PSY 873, Methods and Practice of Community Engagement, in the semester immediately prior to their enrollment in this course.

PSY992: Dissemination and Implementation Science Research

Next Offering: Fall 2020 (proposed)

Instructor: Dr. Amy Drahota

Description: One of the stumbling blocks in any translational research agenda is the movement of evidence and empirically supported interventions from laboratory or academic settings to an actual practice milieu. The purpose of this course is to provide students with a foundation in dissemination and implementation science research and its function as a mechanism to facilitate this movement to overcome the often-noted research-to-practice gap. This course will familiarize students with the current state of the knowledge, theories and frameworks, research design, and methods for studying the dissemination, adoption, implementation, and sustainment of interventions in the context of organizations and systems.