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Graduate Certificate in Geropsychology

The online Graduate Certificate in Geropsychology provides students an opportunity to develop the skills and knowledge needed to work with older adults and their families in a wide variety of healthcare settings and interdisciplinary contexts.

Geropsychology is a subfield within the discipline of psychology that applies psychological theory and research to understanding the aging process and helping older people maintain a high quality of life as they age. The University’s Graduate Certificate in Geropsychology is especially relevant today as the population lives longer and the number of older adults in the U.S. increases. According to the U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services Administration on Aging, more than 39 million were living in the United States in 2009 and by 2030 that number is expected to increase to approximately 72.1 million.

Thomas Edison State University recognizes the need for skilled individuals who can provide services to the rapidly growing population of older adults. Students who complete this online graduate certificate will be prepared to specialize working with older adults, understand the complex psychological issues facing adults as they age as well as legal and ethical issues and interdisciplinary models of care.

Geropsychology Certificate Outcomes

Upon completion of the certificate, students will be able to:

  • Apply psychological theories of aging to the understanding of biopsychosocial changes involved in normal adult development and the sociocultural factors that impact the aging process.  
  • Assess cognition, behavior, mood, functional capacities, decision-making, and level of risk in older adults and analyze the relationship between these factors and biosocial factors.  
  • Apply psychological theory and research in order to design effective psychological interventions and health promotion and prevention programs across a variety of settings for older adults.
  • Apply psychological theory and relevant ethical and legal standards in consultation and collaboration with diverse health professionals.