GOAL 1: To produce graduates who have an understanding of the research methods of clinical psychology and who apply these methods to advance knowledge in the discipline of clinical psychology
1-A. Graduate students will acquire knowledge of research methods in clinical psychology.
2-B. Graduate students will have the ability to apply their research skills in such a way as to contribute to the knowledge base of clinical psychology.
GOAL 2: To produce graduates who apply their theoretical and empirical knowledge base to the understanding and amelioration of human problems and have the requisite knowledge and skills to provide competent entry-level clinical psychology practice
2-A. Graduate students will be able to apply their research knowledge and skills to address real-world clinical psychological problems.
2-B. Graduate students will be able to provide competent beginning-level clinical practice upon graduation.
GOAL 3: To produce graduates who are sophisticated consumers of the theoretical and empirical literature of clinical psychology and continue as lifetime learners and critical thinkers
3-A. The Clinical Program strives to instill a respect for the scientific basis of clinical psychology.
3-B. Students who graduate from the Clinical Program will continue to learn and grow in their professional roles.
GOAL 4: To produce graduates who are aware of the influence of cultural and contextual factors that may affect research activities and clinical practice
4-A. Students will develop sensitivity to cultural and diversity factors and corresponding respect for individuals who are members of minority groups or any other groups that are outside of the students’ own sphere of identification.
4-B. The Clinical Program expects that students will be aware of the limitations of standardized tests or interventions when applied to individuals from backgrounds different from that of the standardization sample.
GOAL 5: To produce graduates who are well-socialized professionals who uniformly conduct their work in an ethical manner that takes into account the rights and needs of the individuals with whom they are directly involved as well as other members of society
5-A. Students from the Clinical program will understand their responsibilities as professionals who actively intervene in the lives of others as a result of their research and practice behaviors.
5-B. Students who graduate from the Clinical program will consider themselves members of a professional community.
Student Learning Outcomes
1-A-1. Become proficient in critically reviewing relevant psychological research literature demonstrating understanding of research design and analysis topics and problems
1-A-2. Be able to design and select research strategies to effectively address particular research questions
1-B-1. Understand relevant psychological theory and develop research projects on a well-conceptualized theoretical base
1-B-2. Conduct and defend a master’s thesis and doctoral dissertation
1-B-3. Students will be able to make presentations at professional meetings.
1-B-4. Students will have the ability to author manuscripts based on their research endeavors.
2-A-1. Students will be able to conceptualize and design research projects that provide data relevant to clinically-relevant psychological problems.
2-B-1. Students will be able to provide proficient psychological assessment that is conceptually relevant and capable of addressing a particular clinical question or area of inquiry.
2-B-2. Students will be able to conduct psychological interviews for purpose of diagnosis and case conceptualization.
2-B-3. Students will be able to provide therapeutic intervention to clients demonstrating adequate intervention skill.
2-B-4. Students will be able to make choices of intervention techniques based on theory and understanding of support for the interventions.
3-A-1. Students will be capable of understanding and critiquing the professional literature in areas relevant to their research and practice.
3-A-2. When faced with a research or a clinically applied question, students will consult the empirical literature to generate hypotheses and formulate evidence-based responses.
3-B-1. Students will be able to seek out and benefit from learning opportunities that are specifically connected to their programs of study during graduate training and will continue to seek out opportunities post-graduation.
3-B-2. Students will regularly access the scientific literature related to their areas of interest.
4-A-1. Students will be able to understand the influences of cultural and contextual factors on psychological functioning.
4-A-2. Students will be able to provide clinical services to clientele diverse in attributes such as, but not limited to, age, ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation, and presenting problems.
4-A-3. Students will be able to determine when they need consultation based on individual difference variables on a clinical case or research project because their information base or experience is not adequate to address a problem effectively.
4-B-1. Students will be able to critically evaluate the literature supporting assessment and intervention methods for their adequacy of application to minority and other groups.
5-A-1. Students will understand the Ethical Principles of Psychologists and will be able to think adaptively regarding how these principles apply to different situations.
5-A-2. Students will cultivate an attitude of respect for other individuals and for ethical practice in their work.
5-B-1. Students will become members of professional organizations and will be actively involved in them.
5-B-2. Students who work in clinical practice will connect with fellow professionals and will establish relationships that will allow for adequate consultation on cases when needed.
The Ph.D. requires at least 90 credits, including a 6-credit master’s thesis and an 18-credit dissertation. Students must attend the University on a full-time basis and remain in residence until the 90 credits are completed. The required clinical curriculum includes coursework in clinical research methods, psychopathology (child and adult), assessment, and psycho¬therapy, along with supervised clinical practica. The APA-required core curriculum also includes courses in the following areas: statistics and design, cognitive-affective, social, individual differences, biological, history and systems, professional ethics, and issues of cultural and ethnic diversity. The clinical curriculum includes 9 credits of electives. Students must pass a Ph.D. qualifying exam that includes a critical review of a substantive area in clinical psychology that is evaluated by members of the core clinical faculty. A full-time, one-year, APA-accredited internship is also required before the Ph.D. is awarded; this is usually completed in the sixth year. The internships carry stipends and may be completed at any APA-accredited agency in the United States or Canada.