PhD - Psychology: Addictions

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Would you like to gain advanced research skills and further your knowledge of substance abuse and addictions? If so, you could be interested in Northcentral University's Ph.D. in Psychology program with a specialization in Addictions. Read on to find out more about this online program today.

Frequently Asked Questions

What Kind of Program Is It?

The Ph.D. in Psychology program with a specialization in Addictions offered by Northcentral University is designed to prepare you for non-clinical positions in this field. You can expand your current knowledge of the dynamics of substance abuse and dependence as well as get an overview of multiple tools and processes for addiction assessment and treatment planning. Additional courses cover related compulsive disorders, co-occurring disorders, and group therapy. The program culminates with a dissertation, where you will be required to write and defend a dissertation on an original research topic that contributes to the field of addictions psychology.

What Are the Prerequisites?

If you have some mental health knowledge or work experience and are interested learning more about the psychological theories and principles related to substance abuse and addictions, you could be a good candidate for this program. Applicants to Northcentral University's online Ph.D. in Psychology programs must have a master's degree from an accredited academic institution. Individuals with a master's degree in a field other than psychology, mental health counseling, marriage and family therapy, or social work may need to complete additional courses before beginning the Ph.D. curriculum.

What Are the Course Requirements?

To graduate from this program, you will be required to complete at least 60 credit hours. Requirements include 30 foundation credits, 18 specialization credits, and 12 dissertation credits.

Courses for a Ph.D. in Psychology with a specialization in Addictions

Course NumberCourse Title
Required Courses
PSY 7101 Foundations for Doctoral Study in Psychology
PSY 7102 Scholarly Writing and Professional Communication in Psychology
PSY 7103Research Methods
PSY 7104Statistics I
PSY 7115 Tests and Measurements in Industrial/Organizational Psychology
PSY 7106Quantitative Research Design
PSY 7107Statistics II
PSY 7108Qualitative Research Design
PSY 7109Planning Dissertation Research in Psychology
CMP 9701P Pre-Candidacy Prospectus
Specialization Courses
PSY 8111Clinical Survey of Substance Abuse and Dependence
PSY 8112Addiction Assessment and Treatment Planning
PSY 8113Addiction and Related Disorders
PSY 8114Co-Occurring Disorders
PSY 8115Family Systems Approaches to Addiction
PSY 8116Group Therapy
Dissertation Courses
DIS 9901A Components of the Dissertation
DIS 9902AThe Dissertation Proposal
DIS 9903AInstitutional Review Board (IRB) and Data Collection
DIS 9904AThe Dissertation Manuscript and Defense

What Could I Do After Graduation?

Career Opportunities

After completing this program, you may be able to pursue a variety of career paths in addiction psychology. You may seek positions in areas of research, program administration, or postsecondary teaching. Possible careers could include:

  • Addiction psychology researcher
  • Substance abuse program director
  • Program evaluator
  • Postsecondary teacher
  • Addictions program consultant