Clinical Psychology
College of Humanities and Social Sciences

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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.

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Degree Requirements

Total credits: 72-76

Students should be aware of the specific policies associated with this program, located on the Admissions & Policies tab.

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.

Psychology Concentrations
  • Concentration in Applied Developmental Psychology (APD)
  • Concentration in Clinical Psychology (CLN)
  • Concentration in Cognitive and Behavioral Neuroscience (CBNR)
  • Concentration in Human Factors/Applied Cognition (HF)
  • Concentration in Industrial/Organizational Psychology (IO)

Concentration in Clinical Psychology (CLN)

Overview

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 Coursework

Biological Bases of Behavior

PSYC 702 Biological Bases of Human Behavior 3
Total Credits 3

Developmental Bases of Behavior 

PSYC 704 Life-Span Development 3
Total Credits 3

Design and Data Analysis Emphasis 

Select one Emphasis from the Following.
Basic Emphasis A 
PSYC 611 Advanced Statistics 4
PSYC 612 Advanced Statistics 4
PSYC 644 Methods for Social Research 3
Total Credits 11
Enhanced Quantitative Emphasis B 
PSYC 611 Advanced Statistics 4
PSYC 644 Methods for Social Research 3
PSYC 754 Quantitative Methods III: Psychological Applications of Regression Techniques 3
Select one additional approved quantitative course, such as those in the list shown under Quantitative Emphasis C 3
Total Credits 13
Quantitative Emphasis C 
PSYC 611 Advanced Statistics 4
PSYC 644 Methods for Social Research 3
PSYC 754 Quantitative Methods III: Psychological Applications of Regression Techniques 3
Select two additional approved quantitative courses, such as: 6
Psychometric Methods  
Issues and Methods in Longitudinal Developmental Research  
Quantitative Methods II: Analysis of Variance  
Quantitative Methods IV: Multivariate Techniques in Psychology  
Advanced Topics in Statistical Analysis (varies by semester but includes Bayesian methods)  
Special Topics in Psychology (Credits: 3 that include Meta-analysis/SEM)  
Total Credits 16

Required Courses 

PSYC 810 Psychological Assessment I 4
PSYC 811 Psychological Assessment II 4
PSYC 822 Scientific Foundations of Clinical Psychology I 3
PSYC 830 History, Systems, and Theories of Personality and Psychotherapy 3
PSYC 833 Social And Cognitive Foundations Of Clinical Psychology 3
PSYC 860 Introductory Helping Skills and Motivational Interviewing 3
PSYC 861 Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Youth 1 3
PSYC 862 Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Adults 1 3
PSYC 881 Practicum in Clinical Psychology 2 1-3
PSYC 883 Ethical and Professional Issues in Clinical Practice 3
Total Credits 41
1

Students take 3 credits in fall and 3 credits in spring of the second year.

2

Students take 3 credits in fall and 3 credits in spring of the third year.

Electives

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.

Select 1-6 electives in consultation with the approval of an advisor 1-6
Total Credits 1-6

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

The dissertation requirement is designed to demonstrate the student's ability to apply psychological principles to research problems. Once enrolled in PSYC 999 Doctoral Dissertation, students must follow the university's continuous registration policy as specified in AP.6.10.6 Dissertation Research. Students who defend in the summer must be registered for at least 1 credit of PSYC 999 Doctoral Dissertation.

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

Select 12 credits from the following: 12
Doctoral Dissertation Proposal  
Doctoral Dissertation  
Total Credits 12

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.

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