Students in both the Child and Community tracks receive training to become clinical psychologist, and they are provided with clinical experiences to develop these skills such as training in testing, assessment, and psychotherapy. However, the two tracks have different emphases. The Community track focuses on prevention, consultation, program development, empowerment, and health promotion. The Child track emphasizes training in developmental psychopathology, in the development of efficacious treatments for low income African American and Latino families, and the delivery of services for youth living in urban settings, including schools and community mental health centers. Applicants select an area of emphasis and are admitted to one of the two tracks. The two areas of emphasis are complementary to one another.
The community psychology program utilizes a unique approach toward training graduate students. The program will stress training community professionals who work in the public or private sector with diverse gender, ethnic, racial, and sexual orientation populations. This program exemplifies the mission of DePaul University through its strong emphasis on service to others. An objective of training will be to provide graduate students with educational and practical skills for scientific and leadership development as community advocates of social justice and empowerment. The Community faculty and supervisors have both an intra- and interdisciplinary orientation, including but not limited to, social, experimental, and feminist psychology, plus sociology and public service.
The experimental psychology M.A./Ph.D. program prepares students for future employment in a wide variety of scientific, academic and applied settings. The Experimental faculty consists of members who conduct research in the following areas:
Cognitive; Cognitive Neuropsychology; Child & Adult Development; Emotion; Social. Research experience is an integral part of the training and begins in the first year under the guidance of an advisor. During their first two years, students plan and conduct research toward their Master's thesis. Research for the dissertation usually begins during the third year. The program incorporates skills within the major content areas in psychology, and thereby qualifies students to work in a broad range of academic, research and business settings. Students are supported with competitive stipend levels.
The Industrial/Organizational Psychology M.A./Ph.D. program prepares students for careers in industry, government and university settings. It focuses on the theory and techniques of selecting, evaluating, and developing individuals within an organization. Topics include personnel selection, performance appraisal, training and development, employee attitudes, motivation, leadership, and organizational theory. The program also allows considerable flexibility for the advanced student to pursue related disciplines such as management, information systems and marketing.
M.S. in Psychology (General)
The Master of Science degree with a major in general psychology is offered for those students who seek to improve their knowledge, skills, and experiences in the discipline of psychology in order to pursue a psychology-related occupation or to strengthen their educational background for application to doctoral programs. This program offers a terminal Master of Science degree which provides the student with the basic knowledge and skills appropriate for a graduate education which may serve as a foundation for programs offering doctoral training. In addition, it prepares the student for a range of occupations in business, government, and human services, but excludes the provision of clinical services.
North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission, American Psychological Association, Committee on Accreditation: Clinical Psychology (CLPSY) - PhD Doctoral programs
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