Opportunities for Graduate Students
Dr. Harrison is currently accepting graduate students for the 2017-2018 school year. For application information: https://coe.uga.edu/academics/degrees/phd/school-psychology
Opportunities for Undergraduate Students
Students can participate in the lab by contacting Dr. Harrison. Students accepted into the lab must enroll in EPSY 4010.
EPSY 8120: Autism Spectrum Disorders
1. Identify and discuss current scientific knowledge about the causes of ASD and its increasing prevalence.
2. Describe the evolution of the diagnostic classification of ASD, specific ASD symptoms, and other cognitive and behavioral atypicalities observed among individuals with ASD.
3. Identify and discuss current scientific perspectives on the genetic and neurobiological underpinnings of ASD and how they impact the development of behavioral symptoms.
4. Identify and discuss strategies and approaches used in the early identification and diagnosis of ASD.
5. Critically evaluate the scientific literature, research findings, and media reports related to ASD.
6. Identify and discuss the wide range of available interventions for ASD, and understand how to determine which are empirically supported.
7. Develop practical skills and strategies for use in the evaluation, education, and treatment of individuals with ASD.
8. Develop critical clinical thinking and professional communication skills in relation to ASD.
EPSY 7100: Individual Assessment of Development
1. Students will be provided with information and tools to address the following questions:
2. What are the prominent historical and contemporary theoretical accounts of cognition?
3. How do historical themes relate to the structure and content of contemporary cognitive tests used with children?
4. What is known about the reliability and construct validity of the measurement of cognition?
5. What are important social, ethical, and legal issues involved with the administration/interpretation of cognitive tests?
6. What are the current cognitive, academic, and adaptive tests used with children? How are test results interpreted and presented in reports?
7. What impacts an individual’s cognitive, academic, and adaptive functioning? How to adapt assessment to different groups and cultures?
8. What are commonly identified disorders of learning, and what methods are used to assess them?
EPSY 6720: Practicum In Cognitive Assessment
Learning Objectives: Through structured practice in a variety of cognitive and educational assessments, students will gain standardization and practical skills that enable them to:
1. Select the appropriate test to answer a specific clinical or research question
2. Administer assessments following standardization practices
3. Administer a variety of assessments that will allow for the clinical interpretation of a child’s cognitive, adaptive, and academic standing
4. Administer assessments with sensitivity to children’s various temperaments, behaviors, cultural, and level of functioning, while maintaining standardization
5. Appropriately score protocols and professionally reflect upon their own performance