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Undergraduate Program, Director: Deborah Maxwell-McCaw, Ph.D. - Deborah.firstname.lastname@example.org
School Psychology Program, Director: Tania Thomas-Presswood, Ph.D. - Tania.email@example.com
Clinical Psychology Program, Director of Clinical Training: Lawrence Pick, Ph.D. - Lawrence.firstname.lastname@example.org
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Please refer to the Admissions Requirements webpage for the Clinical Psychology Doctoral Program.
The program seeks highly qualified applicants who demonstrate a commitment to a career serving the needs of deaf, hard of hearing, deafblind, and hearing populations. In line with the mission of the university and the emphases in the program, individuals from diverse backgrounds are strongly encouraged to apply.
Students are admitted to the Clinical Psychology Program to work toward the PhD degree. The program does not offer a terminal master's degree. Completed applications are due in the Graduate Admissions Office by January 15, 2021 for enrollment the following September. There are no spring semester or rolling admissions in the Clinical Psychology Program. The program expects to admit five students for the entering 2021-2022 cohort.
In addition to completing the Graduate Admissions application, students must also meet the following requirements:
The Clinical Psychology Program undertakes an extensive review of all applications and invites qualified individuals to campus for an interview. Interviews are an important part of the application process. This year however, interviews will be held in February and will most likely occur remotely due to the COVID pandemic.
An important criterion for admission is the potential fit between the research and clinical interests of the student and those of the core faculty teaching in the program. Upon entering the program, the faculty mentor works closely with each student to help plan course work, select practicum opportunities, and guide the student's research training. To facilitate this process, we strongly recommend that each applicant select one to two core faculty in the Clinical Psychology Program based on shared research and clinical interests, and describe in their application why they believe there may be a good fit.
American Sign Language (ASL) fluency is not a pre-requisite for application or admission to our Ph.D. program, but is required to graduate from the program, as well as participate in certain clinical activities. All students are expected to demonstrate ASL fluency or a high degree of ASL proficiency as a part of their professional training (i.e., at least an ASLPI score of 2+ to register for the second year clinical practicum course and at least an ASLPI score of 3 to graduate from the program). Please note that an additional year (e.g., sixth) of study may be required for students who are acquiring their ASL skills and/or cultural awareness. This additional year supports students in the development of culturally competent practices prior to beginning their first on-campus clinical experience, which usually begins in the fall of the second year of the program.
Applicants accepted to the program who demonstrate developing ASL ability are strongly encouraged to expand their ASL skills during the spring or summer prior to entering the program. Courses in American Sign Language are offered on the Gallaudet University campus during the academic year and as summer intensive courses, and may be taken prior to the beginning of the first semester of study in the program. Additional routes to improving ASL skills will be recommended or required, as needed, to assist students in achieving necessary levels of competence.
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