Psychology
College of Humanities and Social Sciences

Other Concentrations

Clinical Psychology Concentration

The clinical psychology concentration is committed to the clinical science model. Our goal is to train clinical psychologists who are capable of integrating research and applied clinical activities. The program is unique in approaching clinical psychology from social psychological and contextual perspectives. A social psychological approach uses theory and research from social psychology to understand emotional, cognitive, behavioral, and interpersonal functioning. A contextual perspective stresses the impact of social and cultural factors on the individual and vice versa. Most of the faculty members employ cognitive-behavioral and interpersonal approaches to research and clinical practice, but students also receive exposure to humanistic, existential, and psychodynamic perspectives.

Students pursuing this concentration must complete 76 graduate credits comprised of doctoral course work and at least 12 credits of dissertation research. The number of credits required may be reduced for a prior master’s degree as described in the requirements for the PhD in psychology.

The University Catalog is the authoritative source for information on program requirements and courses. The Schedule of Classes is the authoritative source for information on classes scheduled for this semester. See the Schedule for the most up-to-date information and see Patriot web to register for classes. Requirements may be different for earlier catalog years. See the University Catalog archives.

Degree Requirements (Catalog Year 2016-2017)

In addition to satisfying the requirements for all doctoral degrees, students must successfully complete 72–76 credits of required course work chosen in one of five concentrations:

Each concentration consists of four educational components: core courses, upper-level specialty courses, supervised practica, and dissertation.

Students in the doctoral program are evaluated on the basis of grades, comprehensive exams, research, and communication skills. In doctoral courses, A and B are the only acceptable grades. Students in the doctoral program must successfully complete comprehensive exams administered each year.

◊ Concentration in Clinical Psychology (CLN)

The clinical psychology concentration is committed to the clinical science model. Our goal is to train clinical psychologists who are capable of integrating research and applied clinical activities. The program is unique in approaching clinical psychology from social psychological and contextual perspectives. A social psychological approach uses theory and research from social psychology to understand emotional, cognitive, behavioral, and interpersonal functioning. A contextual perspective stresses the impact of social and cultural factors on the individual and vice versa. Most of the faculty members employ cognitive-behavioral and interpersonal approaches to research and clinical practice, but students also receive exposure to humanistic, existential, and psychodynamic perspectives.

Students pursuing this concentration must complete 76 graduate credits comprised of doctoral course work and at least 12 credits of dissertation research. The number of credits required may be reduced for a prior master's degree as described above.

Doctoral Course Work (64 credits)

One course (3 credits) in biological bases of behavior

PSYC 702 - Biological Bases of Human Behavior Credits: 3

One course (3 credits) in developmental bases of behavior

PSYC 704 - Life-Span Development Credits: 3

One design and data analysis emphasis (11-16 credits) chosen from the following three options:

Basic Emphasis A (11 credits)

PSYC 611 - Advanced Statistics Credits: 4

PSYC 612 - Advanced Statistics Credits: 4

PSYC 644 - Methods for Social Research Credits: 3

Enhanced Quantitative Emphasis B (13 credits)

PSYC 611 - Advanced Statistics Credits: 4

PSYC 644 - Methods for Social Research Credits: 3

PSYC 754 - Quantitative Methods III: Psychological Applications of Regression Techniques Credits: 3

One additional approved quantitative course, such as those in the list shown under Quantitative Emphasis C (Credits: 3)

Quantitative Emphasis C (16 credits)

PSYC 611 - Advanced Statistics Credits: 4

PSYC 644 - Methods for Social Research Credits: 3

PSYC 754 - Quantitative Methods III: Psychological Applications of Regression Techniques Credits: 3

Two additional approved quantitative courses, such as: PSYC 557 - Psychometric Methods Credits:3, PSYC 646 - Issues and Methods in Longitudinal Developmental Research Credits: 3, PSYC 652 - Quantitative Methods II: Analysis of Variance Credits: 3, PSYC 756 - Quantitative Methods IV: Multivariate Techniques in Psychology Credits: 3, PSYC 757 - Advanced topics in Statistical Analysis Credits: 3 (varies by semester but includes Bayesian methods), PSYC 892 - Special Topics in Psychology (Credits: 3 that includes Meta-analysis/SEM)

Ten required courses (41 credits)

PSYC 810 - Psychological Assessment I Credits: 4

PSYC 811 - Psychological Assessment II Credits: 4

PSYC 822 - Scientific Foundations of Clinical Psychology I Credits: 3

PSYC 830 - History, Systems, and Theories of Personality and Psychotherapy Credits: 3

PSYC 833 - Social And Cognitive Foundations Of Clinical Psychology Credits: 3

PSYC 860 - Introductory Helping Skills and Motivational Interviewing Credits: 3

PSYC 861 - Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Youth Credits: 3(6 credits total) Students take 3 credits in fall and 3 credits in spring of the second year.

PSYC 862 - Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Adults Credits: 3(6 credits total) Students take 3 credits in fall and 3 credits in spring of the second year.

PSYC 881 - Practicum in Clinical Psychology Credits: 1-3(6 credits total) Students take 3 credits in fall and 3 credits in spring of the third year.

PSYC 883 - Ethical and Professional Issues in Clinical Practice Credits: 3

Electives (1-6 credits)

Students choose electives in consultation with and with the approval of an advisor. The choice of quantitative emphasis affects the number of credits available for electives. Those who choose Emphasis A take 6 credit hours of electives; students choosing Emphasis B take 4 hours of electives; students choosing Emphasis C take 1 hour of elective.

Advancement to Candidacy

To advance to candidacy, students must complete all core courses required by the program. Students must also successfully complete and pass written and oral comprehensive exams.

Dissertation Research (12 credits)

The dissertation requirement is designed to demonstrate the student's ability to apply psychological principles to research problems. Once enrolled in PSYC 999, students must follow the university's continuous registration policy as specified in AP.6 Graduate Policies. Students who defend in the summer must be registered for at least 1 credit of 999.

Students complete a minimum of 3 credits of PSYC 998 and 3 credits of 999. They must apply a minimum of 12 dissertation credits (998 and 999 combined) to the degree. Because of the continuous registration policy, students may be required to register for additional credits of these courses.

PSYC 998 - Doctoral Dissertation Proposal Credits: 1-6

PSYC 999 - Doctoral Dissertation Credits: 1-9

Internship

Students complete a full-time, 12-month clinical psychology internship at a site accredited by the American Psychological Association.

Externship (optional, but recommended)

Students complete a part-time clinical psychology externship in the fourth and/or fifth year of the program.

Total: 76 credits

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