About Our Services
CAPS responds to requests for job analyses, personnel selection (development and validation of tests and other procedures), promotional exams, needs analysis and training, employee surveys, development of performance appraisal systems, and a variety of other specialized projects related to the capabilities and interests of our Industrial/Organizational Psychology faculty. Developmental, School and Social Psychology faculty also provide consulting activity for their students under the CAPS umbrella.
A faculty member in the appropriate graduate Psychology program supervises each CAPS project. For example, we organize and manage one or a small team of graduate students in our Industrial/Organizational Psychology Masters and PhD programs who deliver the proposed services. Much of the work is done at off-campus sites. Organizations contract with CAPS through the University of Nebraska at Omaha, and contract costs are negotiated to cover such expenses as travel, duplication, supplies, and student time. However, the principle purpose of CAPS is to provide paid field-experience training for students in Industrial/Organizational Psychology and other graduate programs.
The Center for Applied Psychological Services (CAPS) was founded over thirty years ago to provide UNO’s graduate students field experience in various fields of Psychology. In the beginning, CAPS was intended for School Psychology students, but has since gained momentum through the emerging field of Industrial/Organizational Psychology. The first project started with Yonkers® in Omaha, NE, and has grown to include services for the City of Council Bluffs Police Department, a local DJ company, and both City of Lincoln Police and Fire Departments.
Currently, CAPS offers projects that each allows 2-3 students the ability to learn through hands-on experience how to apply Psychology principles and strategies learned in the classroom to local clients. The overall goal for students and faculty is to provide high quality research-based, legally defensible, and scientifically sound consulting services.