Program of Study and Requirements

Students are required to complete 102 hours of academic credit including the following areas: biological bases of behavior, social bases of behavior, cognitive and affective bases of behavior, human development, research and analytic methods, ethics, psychological assessment, and psychological interventions. The program includes supervised practicum experiences and a research-based predissertation and dissertation. A Masters of Arts degree is awarded after students have completed the predissertation research project and the comprehensive examination.

The program is structured for the average students to graduate within 5 to 6 years. This timeline is dependent on individual ASL skill given the bilingual demands of the program, as well as the completion of all clinical training and all research requirements.  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). An additional (e.g., sixth) year of study may be required for students who are acquiring their ASL knowledge and skills. 

The following table summarizes the Clinical Psychology Doctoral Program requirements:

Area of Study

Hours Required

Pre-Matriculation Preparation

Variable 

American Sign Language and related areas                             

Variable

Psychological Foundations

 

Statistics and Research:

     Statistics I (3), Statistics II (3), Research Methods (3), &

     Research Seminars (703 & 704; 1 credit each)

11  

Independent Research:

     Predissertation research (6)  & Dissertation research (6)       

12

Biological Bases of Behavior:

     Neuroanatomical and Neurophysiological

      Foundations (3) & Psychopharmacology (3)

6

Cognitive & Affective Bases of Behavior:    

     Cognitive Psychology (3) & Psychology of Emotion (3)  

6         

Social Bases of Behavior:

     Social Psychology and Human  Diversity (3)

3

Individual Differences:

     Psychopathology (3) & Psychology and Deafness (3)

6

Human Development:

     Child Development (3) & Adult Development and

      Personality (3)

6

History and Systems (2)

2

Clinical and Professional Areas

 

Psychological Measurement/Assessment:

     Intellectual Assessment (3), Projective Personality  

     Assessment (3), & Objective Projective Personality  

     Assessment (2)

8        

Psychological Interventions:

     Methods of Adult Psychotherapy (3), Foundations of

     Clinical Skills (3), & two other intervention courses

12       

Ethics and Professional Issues:

     Clinical Psychology Ethics and Professional Issues (3)

3

Practicum Experiences:

     Practicum I (6) & Practica II (6)

12

Electives:

     Other courses and/or up to 6 hours of Practica III

12

Predoctoral Internship (1 credit per semester and summer)

3

Total

102