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Undergraduate Program, Director: Deborah Maxwell-McCaw, Ph.D. Email
School Psychology Program, Director: Tania Thomas-Presswood, Ph.D. Email
Clinical Psychology Program, Director of Clinical Training: Lawrence Pick, Ph.D. Email
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Students are required to complete 109 hours of academic credit including the following areas: affective, biological, cognitive, developmental, and social bases of behavior, as well as individual and cultural diversity, research and analytic methods, ethics and professional issues, psychological measurement and assessment, and psychological interventions. The program also requires supervised practicum, externship, and internship experiences, as well as research-based pre-dissertation and dissertation projects. An optional Masters of Arts degree can be awarded after students have successfully completed core coursework, the pre-dissertation research project, and the comprehensive examination.
The program is structured for the average student to graduate within 5 to 6 years. This timeline is dependent on the completion of coursework, research, clinical and language requirements. An additional year of study may be required for students who are further developing their ASL skills and/or cultural awareness. As ASL and English are the languages used throughout the program of study, students are expected to demonstrate ASL fluency or a high degree of ASL proficiency (i.e., at least an ASLPI score of 2+ to complete their clinical practicum training and aspects of some research projects, and an ASLPI score of at least 3 for graduation).
The following table summarizes the current Clinical Psychology Ph.D. Program requirements (A proposal is now being reviewed by the University Council on Graduate Education to streamline certain courses, which would result in minimal content changes, but a reduced number of required credit hours. These anticipated changes, if approved, would be implemented August 2022):
AREAS OF STUDY
REQUIRED CREDIT HOURS
American Sign Language and related areas
DISCIPLINE-SPECIFIC KNOWLEDGE &
ADVANCED INTEGRATIVE KNOWLEDGE
Statistics and Research:
Statistics I (3), Statistics II (3), Research Methods (3), &
Research Seminars (2)
Individual Research (6) & Dissertation Research (6)
Biological Bases of Behavior:
Neuroanatomical and Neurophysiological
Foundations of Neuropsychology (3)
& Psychopharmacology (3)
Cognitive and Affective Bases of Behavior:
Cognitive Psychology (3) & Psychology of Emotion (3)
Social Bases of Behavior:
Social Psychology and Human Diversity (3)
Individual and Cultural Diversity:
Adult Psychopathology (3), Psychology and Deafness (3),
& Multicultural and Urban Issues in Clinical Practice (3)
Child Development (3) & Adult Development and
History and Systems:
History and Systems (2)
CLINICAL AND PROFESSIONAL COMPETENCIES
Intellectual Assessment (4), Personality Assessment:
Projective Techniques (3), & Personality Assessment:
Objective Techniques (2)
Methods of Adult Psychotherapy (3), Foundations of
Clinical Skills (3), & Two Other Intervention Courses (6)
Ethics and Professional Issues:
Clinical Psychology Ethics and Professional Issues (3)
Clinical Psychology Practicum I: Therapy and Assessment
course sequence (12) & Clinical Psychology Externship (6)
Three Other Elective Courses and/or Up to 6 Hours of
Advanced Clinical Psychology Externship
TOTAL REQUIRED CREDITS
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