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Clinical Psychology Ph.D. Program

The Clinical Psychology doctoral program is geared for students who are committed to a career involving both practice and research. Students may choose to differentially weight research and practice (e.g, favoring research over practice or visa versa) as they develop their individual plans of study and choose program committee members, engage in clinical training opportunities, and select elective courses.clinical psychology student

We believe it is important to train innovators and leaders, rather than experts. Clinical psychology is a dynamic field with constantly changing content and ever evolving domains of expertise. It follows that we elect to train generalists rather than to adhere to rigid academic tracks based on content. We emphasize training in principles of

  • reliable and valid measurement of psychological construct
  • categorization and prediction
  • empirically-based intervention methods

Our graduates readily adapt to new content areas as changes in the field occur.

We also encourage students to develop a focused interest area; we offer training in

  • child/family/developmental psychology
  • health psychology
  • multicultural psychology
  • neuropsychology
  • research methodology

We train students in a broad spectrum of problem solving and scientific methods to prepare them for careers as professors, psychologists in health care and mental health settings, or policy makers in government.

We believe in training students to assess and intervene at multiple levels. While we offer training in assessment and interventions at the individual and family levels, we also offer training to enable students to assess and intervene in social, organizational, and community contexts.

We also value training in diversity and multicultural issues. Ethnic/minority groups constitute the fastest growing segments of the population in the United States. To meet future mental health needs, we train students to deal with cultural values, gender, and other diversity factors that influence health and behavior.