The Department of Psychological Science offers graduate study leading to a Doctor of Philosophy degree with a specialization in Clinical Psychology. The program in Clinical Psychology, which was started in 1969, is designed to develop competent scientist-practitioners who can function in research, academic, or applied positions. The program provides opportunities for the student to conduct research which is clinically relevant. In addition, the Clinical Training Program strives to prepare the student in empirically-based assessment, intervention and prevention skills through course work, practicum, and internship.
We subscribe to a scientist-practitioner model of graduate education in Clinical Psychology (pdf) and are committed to offering a balance of clinical and research training. All students are required to receive substantial training in both research and clinical practice. Furthermore, students are required to be involved in selected teaching experiences to acquire skills in this area. Minimum expectations in course work are delineated in the Model Ph.D. Program Schedule, and minimum expectations in clinical, research, and teaching experiences are delineated in the Doctoral Comprehensive Portfolio (pdf).
Consistent with the philosophy of an integration of research, clinical, and instructional training, the University of Vermont Clinical Psychology Program espouses four integrated training goals:
Objectives for Goal #1:
Objectives for Goal #2:
Objectives for Goal #3:
Objectives for Goal #4:
Within and across these four areas, both an understanding and an appreciation of the roles of individual differences and cultural diversity are provided. Furthermore, as noted below, students from diverse backgrounds are considered for admission and programmatic efforts are made to retain all students.
In order to train clinical psychologists who are scientist-practitioners, our program emphasizes the integration of the four components of coursework, clinical, research, and teaching. Our model of training stresses simultaneous early exposure to clinical activities, research training relevant to clinical problems, and course work to learn the fundamentals of research and clinical interventions and to develop teaching skills through presentations. Experiences relevant to teaching, as noted above, also occur in contexts outside of course work. Our Doctoral Comprehensive Portfolio describes the minimum expectations in clinical, research and teaching areas, and the Model Ph.D. Program describes course requirements.
Since 2009, we have received between 180 and 310 applications each year for the Clinical Training Program, and typically admit five to seven of those students. About 75% of our clinical graduate students are women. The experiences (and ages) of our clinical students vary greatly, ranging from recent undergraduates to those who have worked for several years before entering graduate school. We actively recruit qualified students from underrepresented groups.
Of the 60 students who have enrolled in our program since 2003, 95% are on track to complete their Ph.D. or have completed it. Two students transferred to other Ph.D. programs (one with his major professor and one for personal reasons) and one student was terminated from the program.
In addition to core clinical faculty members, there are over 20 adjunctive, joint, and part-time Clinical faculty in the department and in nearby clinical settings. These individuals supervise both research and clinical activities of clinical psychology students.
When you apply, you must specify the names of one or two faculty members with whom you wish to do research. Particular attention is paid to the match between a student's interests and the plans and the expertise of our Department. Also see "Applicant Selection Process" under Student Admissions, Outcomes, and Other Data.
One concentration within the Clinical Psychology Training program that students can elect to take is developmental psychopathology. This area of psychology is concerned with the origins and progression of patterns of adaptive and maladaptive behavior across the lifespan. Training in this concentration at UVM is based on the following principles:
The Clinical Training Program is accredited by the American Psychological Association (Office of Program Consultation and Accreditation, American Psychological Association, 750 First St., NE, Washington, DC 20002, 202-336-5979, APAAccred@apa.org).