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Northcentral University | PhD in Psychology - Trauma & Disaster Relief

Northcentral University's Doctor of Philosophy in Psychology program with a specialization in Trauma and Disaster Relief is designed to prepare students to help individuals who have experienced or witnessed a traumatic event. Find out more about this online Ph.D. program and its requirements here.

Official Program Name:

Doctor of Philosophy in Psychology with a specialization in Trauma and Disaster Relief

School Offering Program:

Northcentral University

Degree Level:


Program Prerequisites:

Prospective applicants to the Ph.D. in Psychology program with a specialization in Trauma and Disaster Relief may already be mental health workers who wish to advance their understanding of trauma psychology. 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.

Program Description:

Northcentral University's Ph.D. in Psychology program allows students to explore advanced psychology theories and study their applications to various groups, events, or issues. The Trauma and Disaster Relief specialization courses are designed to prepare students to work with individuals who have witnessed or been through a disaster or traumatic event and are experiencing emotional and behavioral issues. Students have the opportunity to learn about the causes of violence and its impact on victims, the neurological effects of traumatic events, and impacts of human-caused trauma and disasters (such as terrorism) on mental health. Additional courses cover assessment and diagnosis methods, crisis intervention techniques, and the role of a crisis counselor. This program also requires a dissertation.

Learning Format:


Total Credits Required:

Minimum of 60 credit hours

Financial Aid Available:

Financial aid is available to qualifying students. Graduate students may apply for Federal Stafford Loans or the Federal Graduate PLUS Loan. Military personnel and veterans may qualify for special assistance or tuition reduction.

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Required Courses for a Doctor of Philosophy in Psychology with a Specialization in Trauma and Disaster Relief:

Program and course requirements are subject to change. Contact Northcentral University to confirm the most accurate information before enrolling in a program.

Doctor of Philosophy Foundation Courses (30 credits)

  • PSY 7101: Foundations for Doctoral Study in Psychology
  • PSY 7102: Scholarly Writing and Professional Communication in Psychology
  • PSY 7103: Research Methods
  • PSY 7104: Statistics I
  • PSY 7115: Tests and Measurements in Industrial/Organizational Psychology
  • PSY 7106: Quantitative Research Design
  • PSY 7107: Statistics II
  • PSY 7108: Qualitative Research Design
  • PSY 7109: Planning Dissertation Research in Psychology
  • CMP 9701P: Pre-Candidacy Prospectus

Trauma and Disaster Relief Specialization Courses (18 credits)

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

Dissertation Requirements (12 credits)

  • DIS 9901A: Components of the Dissertation
  • DIS 9902A: The Dissertation Proposal
  • DIS 9903A: Institutional Review Board (IRB) and Data Collection
  • DIS 9904A: The Dissertation Manuscript and Defense

Post-Graduation Opportunities

Career Paths:

Students who have completed this Ph.D. in Psychology program could be ready to seek positions where they work with individuals who have experienced a disaster or traumatic event, such as an accident, natural disaster, personal injury, domestic violence, or even bullying.