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Program Overview

In order to receive the Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology, students must complete the following requirements:

  • A minimum of 72 credit hours, including core clinical coursework, electives, clinical practica, and departmental breadth requirements.
  • A preliminary requirement consisting of three components: a second-year research project, a third-year research project, and a clinical competency requirement.
  • A doctoral dissertation and oral defense of the dissertation.
  • A one-year, APA-approved, clinical internship.

The curriculum is designed to provide students with a strong foundation in the science and practice of clinical psychology.  In the first year, core coursework focuses on the introduction to psychopathology, assessment, and intervention, as well as statistics and research methods in clinical psychology.  During the second year, core coursework focuses on advanced statistics, psychological interventions with adults and children, and a full year of practicum training in assessment and intervention.  In the third year, students continue clinical practica and complete all remaining coursework. Clinical electives also are offered on a variety of topics, and the curriculum includes breadth courses in the history of clinical psychology as well as the biological, cognitive-affective, and social bases of behavior.  Ethics and diversity are infused throughout the core curriculum.  Our program recognizes cross-cultural issues in clinical research and practice and in our curriculum, and welcomes cultural diversity among our students and the clinical populations we serve.

The clinical training places a heavy emphasis on the scientific foundations of clinical psychology; students are trained to use empirically supported assessment and treatment practices.  Clinical training occurs in the in-house Psychological Services Center, a wide range of advanced external practica, and optional lab-based clinical experiences.

Our program is designed to develop the skills necessary for becoming a clinical researcher, and to prepare students for careers in academic settings, such as psychology and psychiatry departments in academic settings. Our students have done very well in competing for the best internships and professional placements, and many of our graduates have risen to positions of prominence and leadership in the field. Our aim is to provide each student with the quality of training that would afford that same opportunity.

We are particularly interested in applicants to our program who have extensive research experience. As part of our selection process, we ask those applicants who are being seriously considered for admission to visit the department and meet our faculty and students; we believe this is the best way to learn about our program and how it will meet students’ objectives.