About the Program

The Psychology offers students the opportunity to pursue either a clinical or social psychology track. Students who pursue the social track will engage in a wide range of topics, including intergroup and interpersonal relations, prejudice and discrimination, conflict management and resolution, identity, culture, behavior, and experiences from both regional and international perspectives.

Students who pursue clinical psychology will study and train in mental health, assessment, counseling, psychotherapy, and psycho-social intervention.

The curriculum combines theory and practice through the introduction of internships and on-site research and training. It is designed to educate psychologists on finding solutions to human, organizational and social problems, via research and practice.

Our Mission

To train world-class professionals through equipping students with a strong research foundation and the practical skills necessary to understand human behavior and to apply new knowledge, tools, and research to the solution of individual, societal, and organizational problems, particularly in Qatar, the Arab World, and global communities. It also seeks to raise the level and quality of Arab scholarly contributions to the field of psychology and to prepare graduates for the unique challenges associated with today's increasingly global, diverse, and shifting societies.

Our Goals:

  1. To increase the presence of Psychology scholars and practitioners in the region.
  2. To provide students with a high-quality education in the diverse discipline of Psychology by following the American Psychological Association standards and guidelines.
  3. To continuously acquire and update knowledge of new strategies, theories, and approaches, and to examine existing gaps in knowledge, intervention, and mode of delivery, using qualitative and quantitative methodologies aimed at developing new theories and solutions, that can spark advances in the field and promote successful change, when it comes to human research and well-being.
  4. To equip graduates with the necessary analytical skills to engage in basic research and apply it to solve a range of behavioral and social problems.
  5. To contextualize, historically and culturally, the field of psychology, , in order to address the challenges and issues that exist in the Arab region, and work toward establishing critical, specific, and suitable methodologies, policies, and solutions.
  6. To engage effectively with community members – at the national and regional level – in order to explore the added value that culture, religion and tradition brings to the overall improvement of the field, and to tailor research and solutions to communities' needs.
  7. To reach out to and collaborate with regional and international institutions, governments, communities, and academics in creating a better understanding of the region.
  8. To expose students to applied, active learning experiences in psychology, through internships, practicums, research, theses, and oral defenses, as well as expected participation in scientific meetings and publications.
  9. To act transparently and ethically within existing national and international legal and social frameworks, while upholding high international standards.
  10. To prepare graduates to assume careers in clinical or social psychology, and/or to pursue doctoral training in psychology or related professions/academic disciplines.

Program Structure and Study Plans

A minimum of 42 credits are required for a Master's degree in the Clinical or Social Psychology track. This includes core and elective courses (33 credits), internship/practicum (3 credits), and the successful completion and oral defence of a Thesis (6 credits). Sample of suggested two-year detailed plans for each track are as follows:

A. Social Psychology



(3  Credits)

Research MethodsStatistical Methods       InternshipAdvanced Quantitative MethodsDI Elective
Advanced Social PsychologyApplied Social PsychologyPsychology ElectiveM.A. Thesis (6 credits)

Stereotypes & Prejudice                  OR                      Organizational Social   Psychology

Social Change & InfluenceDI Elective
Psychology Elective
 Credits1239 Credits9 Credits

B. Clinical Psychology



(3 Credits)

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Research Methods Statistical MethodsBiological Bases of PsychopathologyDI Elective
Ethics, Practice & Professional IssuesPsychopathology: Childhood & AdolescenceClinical Interventions IIM.A. Thesis
 (6 credits)
Psychopathology: AdulthoodClinical Interventions IPracticum I (1.5 credits)Practicum II (1.5 credits)

Assessment: Personality

OR Cognitive

Psychology Elective
Credits12 12 7.5 10.5 

PSYC611 Graduate Research Methods (3 credit hours)

The student will be engaged in a series of activities designed to develop understanding of concepts, theories and research related to Research Methodology. Through class lecture, discussions, and other components of evaluation (see below), the student will be acquainted with information about statistical and research methods. This process will encourage the student to develop insight into and think objectively about the use of statistics and methods, how statistics influence the socio-cultural environment, and how to interpret research in more meaningful ways.

PSYC612 Graduate Statistical Methods (3 credit hours)

Through this course, students will become familiar with the basic concepts of statistics and the rationale behind hypothesis testing and estimation, z-tests, t-tests, ANOVAs, regression, effect size, power, and other related analyses. They learn how to solve word problems, answer conceptual questions, and choose the proper test to apply to a set of data to test a specific hypothesis. They would also feel prepared to TA undergraduate statistics effectively and to use tests and methods not taught in the class.

PSYC699 Thesis (6 credit hours)

Completion of the Psychology Master's program entails researching and writing a thesis on a relevant topic to each student's subfield of interest. The thesis is an opportunity for students to demonstrate the knowledge, skills, and research capabilities acquired during the taught parts of the program. The thesis course will require all second-year students to attend bi-weekly "research and theory" meetings with all other faculty and students from their tracks throughout their academic year. During these meetings, all members discuss theoretical and methodological issues, share their research ideas, plans, and progress on their ongoing research (mostly thesis) projects, and receive feedback from participating members. Otherwise, the thesis will follow the structure and format of thesis submissions at other programs of the School of Social Sciences and Humanities at the DI. In their first year, students will be assigned to a faculty advisor upon admission and will be appointed a Masters Committee that includes the faculty advisor, at least one other Psychology faculty member, and at least one.

PSYC614 Advanced Social Psychology (3 credit hours)

This course is intended to provide an introductory graduate‐level survey of the content, theories, research paradigms, and findings of the field of social psychology. The purpose of this course is to familiarize you with social psychological theory and research in an attempt to demonstrate how social psychologists think about human behavior.  Rather than move from one social psychological topic to another (e.g., attribution to attitudes to group processes), we will consider the field in light of selected contemporary issues.  We will also examine major topics of classic nature in social psychology and we will consider applications of social psychology to education, health, business, and law. The course will not cover all topics in social psychology, but rather will focus on some of the most exciting, active, and important current topics in the field.  For a given social problem or issue, we will bring to bear research and theory from different areas of social psychology (e.g., attitudes, social cognition, group processes). 

ONE of the following two courses is required:

* PSYC616 Stereotyping and Prejudice (3 credit hours)

Seminar on the literature on the categorization of social groups that leads to stereotyping and consequent prejudice and discrimination. Topics will emphasize modern cognitive approaches that inform about category learning and use, the role of memory in stereotype expression, the cognitive and affective bases of inaccurate and accurate person and group perception, the unconscious operation of stereotypes, and the role of prior knowledge, goals, and expectancies.

* PSYC618 Organizational Social Psychology (3 credit hours)

This course provides a deep perspective of individual and group behavior in organizations.  It examines the various concepts within the field of organizational behavior at the individual, interpersonal, group, and organizational levels.  Topics include individual differences, values and attitudes, perceptions and attributions, motivation, communication, team dynamics, leadership, decision making, conflict management, and cross-cultural issues.

PSYC620 Applied Social Psychology (3 credit hours)

Applied social psychology combines the science of social psychology with the practical application of solving social problems that exist in the real world. This course focuses on various challenges that social psychology can help to address (e.g., promoting behavior change, well-being, managing diversity, leadership, communication, increasing justice and cooperation, or understanding social change). The course will focus on the use of social psychological research paradigms to evaluate theory-based applications in areas such as physical and mental health, organizational issues, political behavior, inter-group relations and prejudice, environmental issues, and education. Social psychological research has discovered basic human tendencies, like the tendency to conform to social norms, and has also produced a vast array of applied studies that help addressing urgent topics from a social-psychological perspective. The present course helps students apply basic principles from social psychology to their field of interest, and to find, understand, interpret and use more specialized, applied research findings.

PSYC622 Social Change and Influence (3 credit hours)

This course explores how social psychological theory and research have been used in the interest of social change, and how social change has inspired theoretical or methodological developments in social psychology. To do so, it explores major ideas, theories, and findings of social psychology and their applied status. The course is organized around social psychological topics that have been applied to the study of social stasis and change, such as social norms, stigma, belief systems, identity, and situational cues. Research explored within each topic bears on issues including conflict, race, ethnicity, gender, sexuality, authority and legitimacy, the environment, health, and economic scarcity and inequality.

PSYC624 Social Psychology Internship (3 credit hours)

Each student in the social psychology track is expected to complete a research or practice field internship in a governmental, non-governmental, academic, or community-based organization. The aim of the internship is to provide hands-on research or practical skills, as well as to prepare in developing a thesis or paper that is an original contribution to applied psychology. Prior to the start of the internship, the course requires students to attend campus sessions that would (1) help them find internship placement (through guiding students on contacting and interviewing with organizations and agencies of interest), (2) facilitate written agreements with host institutions about the student’s and institutions’ roles and responsibilities, and (3) address ethical issues for applying social psychological knowledge to specific settings, among other things. The course would ensure that students have the opportunity to utilize and apply the scientific knowledge from the course during the internship. In addition, by discussing internship opportunities and experiences with their peers, students will benefit from each other’s experiences. A major requirement for this course would be for students to write a paper where they reflect on their experience, and submit it to both their instructor and the host institution. The type of internship will vary depending on the student’s specific interests and the field setting they are placed in, but will require prior approval by the student’s advisor and head of program. Students are expected to spend at least six weeks on site, with supervision from a field or research mentor on-site (in cases where this is not feasible, students will receive remote supervision from a faculty member). The internship could involve working on a significant research project, providing consultation services based on the knowledge and skills they acquire during their time at the DI, or using their knowledge and skills to create and/or implement evidence-based programs or interventions for the organization or institution they are based in. Students will be expected to provide a report of the work they complete during their internship, and to provide an evaluation report from their internship supervisor.

PSYC680/1/2/3/4 Advanced Statistics (3 credit hours)

Students in this course receive training in the knowledge and use of more advanced statistical and research methods. Topics in this course will vary, but might include the cultural considerations, qualitative methods, advanced applied statistics, Multivariate Analyses (with Latent Variables, e.g., SEM), multilevel modeling (HLM, etc.), and special problems in psychological statistics.

PSYC613 Ethics, Practice, and Professional Issues (3 credit hours)

Examines ethical principles and professional guidelines to help develop ethical decision-making and behavior to meet the appropriate standards of care in providing clinical services, as well as the practice of clinical neuropsychology. Legislation relevant to clinical work is taught, and students will also be familiarized with codes of ethics and ethical guidelines. This course will examine topics such as confidentiality, ethical competence, professional relationships, and what constitutes malpractice. Emphasis will be placed upon rights, duties, and professional responsibilities under the law. The style is dialectical, requiring discernment of the ethical issues, argument about the issues, and knowledge of how to approach new issues in order to engage in ethical best practice.

PSYC615a Psychopathology I: Adulthood (3 credit hours)

This course will provide an advanced exposure to several issues in the area of adult psychopathology and diagnostics, and an in-depth review of a broad spectrum of psychopathological conditions (as defined by the DSM-V).  First, the mental status exam will be covered as the basic tool for gathering information on psychopathology. Second, the logic and method of diagnostic classification will be covered, as well as the diathesis / stress model of mental illness. Third, the majority of the course will consist of using the DSM-V as the model for in-depth exposure and practice in the diagnosis of mental disorders. The major emphasis of the course will be on developing the differential diagnostic skills of the student through didactic and experiential modalities. Furthermore, it will include the etiology, prevalence & incidence, signs & symptoms, and criteria for differential diagnosis, and the emphasis will be on comparing different theoretical perspectives on each disorder, as well as reviewing the empirical literature in support of these theoretical perspectives. Finally, there will be discussion of cross-cultural diagnostic issues, and the most effective treatment approaches used for each of the major diagnostic categories.

PSYC615b Psychopathology II: Childhood & Adolescence (3 credit hours)

This seminar offers an advanced introduction to the field of child and adolescent psychopathology. It will review contemporary theoretical approaches to understanding the phenomenology, diagnosis, etiology, developmental course, and prevention of major behavior disorders in childhood and adolescence. Core emphases include (1) Conceptual understanding (developing a vocabulary of conceptual tools that allow one to think critically about the nature of psychopathology in childhood and adolescence); (2) Developmental systems framework (Understanding children's symptoms within the developmental and social contexts in which they occur; thus, we will emphasize complex theoretical approaches that integrate biological, psychological, and social influences as they unfold in developmental space and time; (3) Integration of clinical- and research-based knowledge (e.g., using clinical phenomenology to enrich one's understanding of research issues (first person accounts, case studies), and using research knowledge to inform our ability to treat or prevent childhood disorders); and (4) Child gender — Its overwhelming significance in the development and expression of psychopathology.

PSYC 617 Clinical Assessment (ONE of the following is required)

* PSYC617a Personality/Psychosocial Assessment (3 credit hours)

This course will provide an overview of basic issues in psychological assessment. The course is designed to familiarize the student with fundamental concepts and principles in testing and assessment and to identify the primary constructs assessed by clinical psychologists. Students will also learn about professional issues in psychological assessment. This course provides the foundation for more advanced and additional assessment coursework and training. The course is organized around six content domains relevant for psychological assessment: (1) reliability, validity, standardization, prediction; (2) objective assessment of personality and psychopathology; (3) special topics - behavioral medicine, forensic assessment, multicultural assessment; (4) diagnostic interviewing; (5) very brief coverage of intelligence and neuropsychological assessment and (6) professional issues.

* PSYC617b Cognitive Assessment (3 credit hours)

This course will focus upon assessment theory and technique as it applies to cognition and intelligence.  Students will be exposed to a variety of cognitive and intellectual measures throughout the course of the semester. Primary focus will be given to the Wechsler Scales (WISC-V, WAIS-IV), along with other strategic cognitive measures that assess visual-motor integration, scanning, attention, memory, conceptual thinking and language-based functions. In preparation for field placement testing assignments and future APA internships, students will learn to administer, score, interpret, integrate and present these testing measures in oral and written report formats.

PSYC619 Biological Bases (Neuroscience) of Psychopathology (3 credit hours)

This course addresses the current state of understanding of the role of biological factors in psychopathology, including genetic, neuroanatomical, neurophysiological, neurochemical, and neuropsychological findings. Although the focus is on human studies and on etiology, we also cover seminal work on animal models and biological intervention approaches. Topics to be covered include classification and diagnosis, brain systems and neuroscience methods, behavioral genetics, depression, anxiety disorders, schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, addictions, personality disorders, and developmental disorders. In addition, the course will cover sensation and perception, the regulation of hunger and thirst, physiological psychology, comparative psychology; learning, memory, and the role of hormones, pheromones and neurotransmitters in regulating human behavior and emotion. The interplay of biological and psychological factors (e.g., gene-environment interaction) is a central theme throughout.

PSYC621a Clinical Interventions I (3 credit hours)

This is a two-part course is designed to critically examine the historical/theoretical frameworks that the major forms of psychotherapy interventions utilize. Some of the theoretical perspectives will include: (but are not limited to) Psychodynamic, Person-Centered (Humanistic), Existential, Adlerian, Behavioral, Cognitive-Behavioral, Gestalt, Multimodal, and Systems theory. In addition, the course will cover specific topics, such as clinical interviewing and group psychotherapy.

PSYC621b Clinical Interventions II (3 credit hours)

Continuation of PSYC621a.

PSYC623a Clinical Psychology Practicum I (1.5 credit hours)

The bulk of students’ applied clinical training takes place during the second year of the program. The practicum in clinical psychology includes placement in a program-approved , supervised clinical training setting. To ensure a balance between theoretical and practicum learning and to facilitate student progress in meeting the research and other program requirements, students are asked to place a reasonable limit on clinical practicum activities. The expectation is that students are engaged in practicum activities from 12-15 hours per week, spanning 8 – 10 months. Although caseloads are small, intensive supervision and detailed consideration of clients are intended to give a firm base for developing the concepts and skills necessary for effective intervention. The purpose of this practicum is to develop a student’s ability to integrate theory and empirical evidence in order to competently deliver evidence-based psychotherapy. It would also consist of discussions of evidence-based psychotherapy practice, supervision and self-reflection of the therapeutic process. Typically, students first observe and then perform initial interviews and psychotherapy. The training could involve screening and assessment, using standardized assessment instruments and clinical interviewing, as well as psychotherapy, team meetings, supervision, and didactic experiences. Weekly supervision is provided by a licensed psychologist, and applicable ethics and local laws will be reviewed.

PSYC623b Clinical Psychology Practicum II (1.5 credit hours)

Continuation of PYSC623a Clinical Psychology Practicum I.

Neuropsychology Focus

PSYC630 Introduction to Psychobiology PSYC631 Culture and the Human Mind (Cultural Neuroscience) PSYC633 Introduction to Functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging (fMRI) PSYC634 The Social Brain (Social Neuroscience)

Intergroup Relations (Political Psychology) Focus

PSYC640 Psychology of Intergroup Relations PSYC641 Political Psychology PSYC643 Psychology of Collective Action and Nonviolence PSYC644 Psychology of Diversity

Mental Health Focus

PSYC650 Culture and Psychological Health PSYC651 Clinical Science and Practice in Cultural Context PSYC652 Special Topics in Clinical Psychology PSYC652B Social Problems for Clinical Psychologists PSYC652C Sexuality and Gender in Mental Health PSYC652D Ethical Issues in Counseling and Psychotherapy PSYC653 Global Mental Health and Trauma PSYC654 Psychopharmacology PSYC655 Family Processes

Industrial/Organizational Focus

PSYC660 Individuals and Groups in Organizations PSYC665 Consumer Psychology

Psychology and Law Focus

PSYC670 Introduction to Psychology and Law

Selected Topics in Psychology

PSYC661 Cross Cultural Psychology PSYC691 Special Topics in Social Psychology (Social Influence; Self, Identity, and Culture; Attitudes; …) PSYC693 Psychology of Sustainable Development PSYC695 Close Relationships in Childhood and Adulthood PSYC696 Theories of Personality PSYC697 Child and Adult Development