PhD - Psychology: Trauma & Disaster Relief

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Are you interested in preparing for a career where you work with victims of traumatic events and help them cope with the psychological effects? If so, you may want to consider Northcentral University's online PhD in Psychology program with a specialization in Trauma and Disaster Relief. Explore the details of this program here.

Frequently Asked Questions

What Kind of Program Is It?

As a student in Northcentral University's Ph.D. in Psychology program with a specialization in Trauma and Disaster relief, you will have the opportunity to explore various theories and strategies for supporting individuals and/or groups who have experienced a variety of traumas, such as natural disasters, domestic violence, physical injuries, or terrorist attacks. Course topics within the specialization course include the impact of human-caused traumas on mental health, neurological implications of traumatic stress, causes and impacts of violence, and the history of trauma psychology. In other courses, you can examine methods for assessing and diagnosing post-traumatic stress, crisis intervention strategies, and the responsibilities of crisis counselors during traumatic events.

What Are the Prerequisites?

As a prospective student of this Ph.D. program, you may already have some previous mental health or psychology knowledge. You should also have strong communication and interpersonal skills as well as a desire to help others. 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 Trauma and Disaster Relief

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 8110 Psychology of Violence
PSY 8320Psychology of Traumatic Stress
PSY 8322Disaster, Terrorism, and Mass Violence: Impacts on Mental Health
PSY 8323Trauma-informed Assessment, Risk, and Diagnosis
PSY 8324Trauma-informed Interventions with Disaster and Trauma Survivors
PSY 8325Gender and Cultural Considerations in Disaster Trauma and Response
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

Upon completion of this doctoral degree program in Trauma and Disaster Relief, you may choose to seek positions where you help identify, assess, and treat individuals who have experienced a disaster or traumatic event. In those roles, you could help victims, witnesses, or survivors of events such as accidents, natural disasters, terrorism, domestic violence, or bullying learn to cope with emotional and behavioral issues caused by such events.