The Quantitative Minor Program is an optional program for Doctoral students in the Psychology Department at the University of Montana. The program is designed to give students a more comprehensive presentation of the statistical procedures used in the social sciences and to introduce students to quantitative research. The program requirements include 3 quantitative courses (2 of which are required of all Doctoral students) and the completion of a quantitative research project.
- Completion of PSYC 520, PSYC 521, and PSYC 522 with a B or better.
- Completion of an approved quantitative research project
The purpose of the quantitative research project is to expose students to quantitative research. Projects in virtually any related area will be considered, but the program has established research programs in chaos and catastrophe models, psychological assessment (intelligence, achievement, and personality), multivariate statistics, and reliability. The project will be completed collaboratively with an approved faculty member (usually Dr. Caruso) and must be distinct from each student's thesis and dissertation, although data from these projects may be used. Other "stock" data sets are available, or data may be collected specifically for this project. Most projects involve the testing of new statistical methods, comparison of competing statistical methods, example applications of new techniques, the introduction of existing techniques to new areas, or the reanalysis of existing studies' data with alternative techniques.
This area provides a basic introduction to neuropsychology, clinical neuropsychology, and neuropsychological assessment. The major research emphasis involves the performance of normal individuals and those with neurological/psychiatric disorders on typical neuropsychological measures. Recent studies have focused on the following topics: patterns of task acquisition on a nonverbal memory test, serial-position effects in contextual memory, the discriminative validity of various tests of malingering, and cognitive functioning in normal aging.