Based on a clinical science model, the Ph.D. program in Clinical Psychology promotes a scientifically-based approach to understanding, assessing, and ameliorating cognitive, emotional, behavioral, and health problems and seeks to produce students who can contribute to and apply the relevant scientific knowledge. We provide concurrent, integrative training in clinical science and clinical service delivery so that our graduates are prepared not only to apply current knowledge, theories, and techniques, but are able and motivated to remain at the cutting-edge of the field. The Clinical psychology program is focused on training clinical scientists for academic and research careers. Students interested primarily in clinical practice are not a good match for our program.
All students are expected to master the basics of psychology, in general, and of clinical psychology in particular. This is accomplished primarily through a curriculum of required courses taught by both Clinical and nonclinical faculty. We consider students’ exposure to our first-rate Neuroscience, Cognitive, Developmental, and Social Psychology faculty, in addition to our Clinical faculty, to be a strength of our program. Although there are no formal “tracks,” students can pursue specialization beyond the required courses through focused activities in research, advanced coursework, and clinical practice.
In our mentorship training model, students are accepted, in part, based on the match between their research interests and those of our Clinical faculty. Since research is a cornerstone of a good clinical science program, students work closely on research with the faculty mentor who recruited them starting in their very first semester. They are further encouraged to be continuously involved in ongoing research throughout their tenure in our program and it is common for some to pursue collaborations not only with their mentors, but also with other Clinical and nonclinical faculty, and with fellow graduate students as well.
Our commitment to clinical science leads us to integrate clinical practice and science at every opportunity. We administer our own Psychology Clinic and Anxiety & Behavioral Health Clinic. These clinics provide state-of-the-science treatment to the community while simultaneously serving as clinical training and research venues for our graduate students and faculty. Our Psychology Clinic has been recognized by APA for Innovative Practices in Graduate Education in Psychology for its accomplishments in integrating training in service and science. Additional clinical training/research opportunities are available at practicum sites in the community. Finally, students complete a required one-year pre-doctoral internship at an APA-approved setting. Our students have established a long history of success in competition for preferred internships across the country.
The program has been continuously accredited by the American Psychological Association since 1954.
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Classification: Doctoral/Research University—Extensive
Locale: Midsize City
Size & Settings: 20,000-39,999