Psychology PhD, Clinical Community Psychology Emphasis

The Clinical Psychology program has been fully accredited by the American Psychological Association since 1977 and is patterned upon the scientist-practitioner model of clinical training.  Students are not considered for admission on a part-time basis. Through the medium of courses, practicums, and research experiences, this emphasis area prepares Clinical Psychologists for careers in research, teaching, and clinical practice.

Admission Requirements

In addition to meeting the general admission requirements of the Graduate School, applicants should have completed undergraduate courses at minimum in general psychology, psychological statistics, and research methods. Each doctoral program has additional admission requirements specific to that program.

The Application Deadline for the Clinical Psychology Program is January 15.

Teaching and Research Assistantships

Stipends for teaching and research assistantships are available for the doctoral programs only.

Degree Requirements

Students in the Clinical Psychology program participate for three years in the Psychology Department's Community Psychological Services clinic. This facility provides psychological services to the public and consultation to outside agencies. Students also receive clinical experience in clerkships and during a full-time, year-long internship. Research requirements include an initial independent research project, a major critical review of research in a specialty area, and a dissertation.

The Clinical Psychology graduate program is accredited by the American Psychological Association and the course offerings fulfill specific training domains associated with APA accreditation.

I. Broad-based foundation of knowledge and conceptual skills necessary for psychological research and practice.

The following courses address this goal:

PSYCH 5465Seminar: Behavioral Neuroscience3
PSYCH 5468Seminar: Cognitive Processes3
PSYCH 6466Seminar: Developmental Psychology3
PSYCH 7403Psychopathology3
PSYCH 7412Social Psychology3
PSYCH 7405History and Systems in Psychology3

II. Trained to evaluate and conduct methodologically sound research of potential benefit to the practice of psychology.

PSYCH 7421Quantitative Methods I4
PSYCH 7422Quantitative Methods II4
PSYCH 7474Clinical Research in Applied Settings3
PSYCH 7485Research Team (2 semesters)6
PSYCH 7487Thesis Research Project (5 semesters)5
PSYCH 7488Specialty Examination Research (3 semesters)3
PSYCH 7492Ph D Thesis Research (per semester)1

III. Training in multiple approaches to assessment and treatment that is theory-based and research-supported.

PSYCH 7404Introduction to Clinical Assessment I4
PSYCH 7406Introduction to Clinical Assessment II4
PSYCH 7430Introduction to Clinical Skills1
PSYCH 7434Foundations of Clinical Interventions3
PSYCH 7442Seminar: Cognitive and Behavioral Interventions3
PSYCH 7439Summer Supervision (3 semesters)3
PSYCH 7433Clerkship in Clinical Psychology (6 semesters)6
PSYCH 7431Clinical Supervision (7 semesters)19
PSYCH 7450Clinical Internship I (2 semesters)2
PSYCH 7451Clinical Internship II1
Choose 3 courses from offerings that may include: 9
Trauma and Recovery
Seminar in Health Psychology & Behavioral Medicine
Gender, Sexuality, and Mental Health
Existential Issues in Clinical Psychology
Psychopharmacology
Neuropsychological Assessment

IV. Develop a firm basis for ethical decision-making and adherence to professional standards of conduct in research and practice.

PSYCH 7432Ethics and Professional Issues3

V. Develop and display sensitivity and adaptability in the applications of research, assessment and treatment approaches to diverse populations.

PSYCH 6448Multicultural Issues in Clinical Psychology3