The Psychology Department has a strategic focus on training in advanced methodology, especially quantitative methods. Advanced quantitative skills are increasingly important in conducting state-of-the –art research, and in post-doctoral and academic placements. Recent and ongoing faculty searches have emphasized expertise in quantitative methods. In addition to a standard two-semester sequence in statistics, students may choose courses in topics such as multi-level modeling, test theory, structural equation modeling, computational modeling, and other topics. A course in Neuroscience Methods is offered annually. Other resources for students seeking training in advanced methodology include courses in other departments (Statistics, Human Development and Family Studies, Educational Psychology, Information Sciences and Technology) and workshops on specific methodological topics.
The Psychology Department serves as home to the journals Assessment (edited by Professor Aaron Pincus) and Organizational Research Methods (edited by Professor James LeBreton). It also participates in the Consortium for the Advancement of Research Methods and Analysis (CARMA), making short courses and a library of webcasts on methodological topics available to our students.