Developmental and School Psychology (M.A.)
The Master of Arts program in Developmental and School Psychology investigates not only human development but also educational methods and techniques, providing students with insight into the experience of various age groups, as well as differences between individuals. Areas of study include infant/child development, human information processing, clinical and school child psychology, and social relationships. The specific courses offered in the Developmental and School Psychology major are Developmental Psychology, Psychology of Infancy and Early Childhood, Psychology of Adolescence, Information Processing Approach to Human Development, School Psychology, Methods of Education, Educational and Psychological Testing, and Educational Social Psychology.
Clinical Psychology (M.A.)
The Master of Arts program in Clinical Psychology prepares students for research on psychological problems related to personal relations at home, school, or work, as well as anxiety or stress disorders related to domestic violence, truancy, and other social problems. Students also learn professional techniques of counseling and psychotherapy. On the foundation of a systematic study of Clinical Psychology, students engage in experiential learning that includes basic counseling techniques, role-play exercises, assessment, and opportunities for students to deepen their self-awareness and understanding through self-analysis. Training also includes practical experience at the Psychological Services Center on campus. Our graduate program in Clinical Psychology has been accredited by the Japanese Certification Board for Clinical Psychologists.
The Ph.D. program in Psychology relies on experimental methods and also on active participation in educational clinical settings.
Psychology Research Areas
The doctoral program in Psychology includes the following six areas of study:
Cognitive Psychology focuses on how the mind processes information. Students investigate topics such as perception, attention, memory, language, categorization, spatial cognition, decision-making, and reasoning, including processes and disorders.
Developmental Psychology investigates how the human mind develops throughout the lifespan. Observations and experiments with infants, children, adolescents, and adults enable students to identify meaningful changes and the origins of mental processes.
School Psychology focuses on the application of psychological principles and theories to methods of learning and teaching and also addresses the psychological problems that can arise in educational systems.
Educational Assessment examines the role of surveys and tests in educational evaluation and curriculum development.
Psychotherapy focuses on the study of common elements among theories and techniques of various psychotherapy schools, in order to establish viable, comprehensive methods of therapy.
Psychological Assessment focuses on the study of theories and methods of assessment for intervention. It includes the study of psychological phenomena in order to offer psychological support.