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Kerth O'Brien, PhD, Associate Professor, Social Psychology


    Department of Psychology
    317 Cramer Hall
    Portland State University
    P.O. Box 751
    Portland, Oregon 97207-0751 (USA)
    Telephone (503) 725-3973
    E-mail is usually the best way to reach me:

In Spring, 2015, Prof. O'Brien will teach:

Psy 497 / Psy 597 - Applied Survey Research Methods 

CRN 65344 (Psy 497) and CRN 65352 (Psy 597)

Class will meet Tuesday and Thursday, 4:40 - 6:30 p.m., with our final exam on Tuesday, 6/9/15 from 5:30-7:20 p.m.

Course Description:  Provides theoretical framework for and experience in design, execution, and interpretation of social surveys including sampling procedures, questionnaire design, interviewing techniques, coding and computer analysis, and report writing. Offered for undergraduate-level credit as Psy 497 and graduate-level credit as Psy 597; may be taken only once for credit. [Strongly] recommended prerequisites: Stat 243 and Stat 244, Psy 321.

As I say above, I strongly recommend that you observe the course prerequisites. Beyond the prerequisites, if you aren’t sure whether the course is for you may I suggest that before you enroll you could invest in a trip to our university library’s Reserve Desk, take a look there at the Groves et al. text and proceed accordingly.

 Readings for this course include D2L materials, two texts, and further articles you’ll need in order to develop a class presentation. I have ordered the texts through the PSU Bookstore:

Groves, R. M., et al. (2009). Survey methodology (2nd edition). Hoboken, NJ: Wiley. ISBN 978-0-470-46546-2. 

Fowler, Floyd J., Jr. (1995). Improving survey questions: Design and evaluation. Thousand Oaks, California: Sage. ISBN 0-8039-4583-3. 

Regular use of the online, intranet tool Desire2Learn (D2L) is a course requirement. You'll be checking D2L at least once before each class meeting (except before the first class meeting). You'll find it helpful to make sure you have D2L access (link here) before classes start.

The syllabus will be available on D2L after our first class meeting. The first reading assignment will be to read the syllabus cover-to-cover between the first and second class meetings.

I look forward to meeting you in class on Tuesday, March 31, 2015.


    • Classes taught, various years:

      Psychology 514/614: Advanced Applied Social Psychology

      Psychology 518/618: Ethics and Professional Issues in Applied Research and Practice

      Psychology 554/654: Social Psychology and Mental Health

      Psychology 589/689: Adult Socialization--Adult Roles and Identities

      Psychology 497/597: Applied Survey Research Methods

      Psychology 471/571: Health Psychology

      Psychology 410: Introduction to Focus Groups for Psychological Research

      Psychology 310: Psychology of Women

      Psychology 342/Sociology 342: Social Psychology - Self, Attitudes, Social Influence

      Psychology 343/Sociology 343: Social Psychology - Social Relationships and Groups