Certificate Program

Certificate Programs in Psychology

Graduate Certificate Application Form (pdf)

 Behavioral Intervention in Autism

Psychology Department

Richard Siegel, Ph.D.

In partnership with the Eunice Kennedy Shriver Center, a pioneer in research, education, and service for people with developmental disabilities and their families for over three decades and a part of the University of Massachusetts Medical School, this certificate has been designed to provide professionals in psychology, education, child care, and human services with an understanding of autism and related developmental disorders. An introduction to behavioral methods and how and where such methods can be used and evaluated is included. Interested students should have a background in the psychology of child development. Most courses will be available on-line.

*Professional Certification: This sequence of 6 courses (see courses with asterisks) has been designed to meet the Behavior Analyst Certification Board (BACB) educational requirements for certification as a Behavior Analyst. Note that full BACB certification also involves an experience requirement and an exam not administered by UMass Lowell (see details at

Required Courses:

  • 47.561* Introduction to Behavioral Intervention in Autism#
  • 47.562* Teaching and Positive Behavioral Support in Autism#

Elective Courses (Group I - choose one):

  • 47.565* Measurement and Experimental Design#
  • 47.566* Functional Analysis and Treatment of Challenging Behavior#
  • 47.568* Behavioral Intervention Program Models in Autism#

[Note: No more than one of the five courses listed above may be transferred toward the Master's degree in Community Social Psychology.]

Elective Courses (Group II - choose at least one):
Any one other of the courses listed above, or....

  • 47.572* Legal and Ethical issues in Professional Practice#
  • 44.623 Child Maltreatment#
  • 47.501 Applied Developmental Psychology
  • 47.504 The Family System
  • 47.508 The Child in the Community,
  • Other electives in Psychology or from the Graduate School of Education (some of which will be available on-line) subject to approval by the Graduate Coordinator.

# indicates an on-line course.

 Diversity in the Workplace

Psychology Department

Michelle C. Haynes, Ph.D.

Over the last 50 years, the workplace has changed dramatically in terms of its composition along various dimensions. Despite this inevitable diversity in the workplace, working with people from different backgrounds is challenging. Many people prefer to work with others who are "like them" in age, gender, race, education, and economic status. There is comfort in sharing the same background and culturally based traditions and ideals. Working with others who do not share similar interpersonal expectations or ways of communicating can contribute to tensions eminating from misattributions and conflicting values.

This certificate is for both future and current industry and organizational leaders who want to advance their theoretical knowledge as well as their hands on skills for working with and managing diverse employees. Certificate candidates will increase their awareness of communication and cultural differences, and be encouraged to develop strategies to effectively manage these differences. Candidates will be challenged to go beyond simply tolerating differences; rather the goal is to improve their work life, organizational culture, and organizational effectiveness by harnessing the value of these differences.

Students who complete this certificate will emerge better equipped to work within our increasingly diverse workplaces. They will acquire knowledge and skills that will enable them to take on leadership roles in both profit and nonprofit organizations.

The core course, Workplace Diversity, introduces students to the theoretical constructs surrounding diversity in the workplace as well as focuses on skill development for managing diversity in the work domain. Courses in the "Social Trends" cluster focus on the broader social, economic, and political forces that affect diversity in the workplace including the changing nature of work, globalization, and public policy. Offerings in the "Systems Dynamics" cluster are courses that enhance students’ understanding of people from diverse backgrounds and explore the ways in which dynamics within workplaces (and other human systems) shape relations among diverse group.

Courses (12 credits):

Required Course:

  • 47.526 Workplace Diversity (3 credits)

Social Trends - select one course:

  • 57.542 Gender, Work and Public Policy (3 credits)
  • 57.511 Dynamics of Power and Authority (3 credits)
  • 57.516 Globalization, Work, and Family (3 credits)

System Dynamics Electives - select one:

  • 47.500 Introduction to Community Social Psychology (3 credits)
  • 47.505 Work and Family (3 credits)
  • 47.522 Psychology of Diversity (3 credits)

Open Electives - select one additional course from either the preceding lists or the list below:

  • 19.500 Introduction to Work Environment (3 credits)
  • 19.542 Human Factors (3 credits)
  • 19.643 Healthy Work Organization Design (3 credits)
  • 47.523 Women in the Community (3 credits)
  • 47.527 Immigrant Psychology and Communities (3 credits)
  • 47.542 Working with Groups (3 credits)
  • 47.545 Community & Organizational Change (3 credits)
  • 57.503/19.654 Work and Technology (3 credits)
  • 57.512 Community Conflict Resolution (3 credits)
  • 57.537 Development Principles (3 credits)

 Domestic Violence Prevention

Department of Psychology and School of Criminology and Justice Studies(Interdisciplinary)

Andrew Hostetler, Ph.D.

April Pattavina, Ph.D.

Domestic violence is one of the major social and public health problems in the Commonwealth. The existing degree programs in the School of Criminology and Justice Studies, Community Social Psychology, and programs in the College of Health Sciences each offer relevant courses that greatly assist their graduates working with agencies and clients affected by domestic violence. The certificate provides a focused program for those working in settings where domestic violence is an issue.

 Family Studies

Psychology Department

Andrew Hostetler, Ph.D.

The program is designed to provide professionals who work with families or with children, youth and elders within family systems, with a contemporary understanding of families through a community-based, culturally-sensitive perspective. It provides graduate level education in family support services and in family-community linkages, and exposure to the range of family support and education approaches in the Merrimack Valley.

Required Courses:

  • 47.500 Introduction to Community Social Psychology (3 credits)
  • 47.501 Applied Developmental Psychology (3 credits)
  • 47.504 The Family System (3 credits)


  • *47.502 Seminar in Community Social Psychology (3 credits)
  • 47.505 Work and Family (3 credits)
  • 47.506 Psychosocial Aspects of Aging (3 credits)
  • 47.508 The Child in the Community (3 credits)
  • 47/44.622 Intimate Partner Violence (3 credits)

Other electives by approval of Graduate Coordinator.

*Focus of seminar varies; may be applied to certificate only when the focus of the seminar is family-centered.