We aim to train students who, by the time of graduation, demonstrate the competencies required by the profession and the program’s competencies research competencies (PDF), clinical work competencies (PDF), and teaching competencies (PDF), and who after graduation are able to engage in professional activities consistent with health service psychology and with the program's aims. Our data on student retention, years to degree completion, internship placement, postdoctoral fellowship/job placement after graduation, and licensure indicate that we are achieving this aim.
The Clinical Psychology Program, accredited by the American Psychological Association, is designed to develop competent psychologists who can function in applied, academic, and/or research positions. Our graduates have pursued career paths in clinical research, clinical work and teaching, and all possible combinations of those domains. We seek to produce “the full package” in a clinical psychologist who is trained to generate research, work with patients, and/or teach psychological material from a scientist-practitioner perspective.
Integration of Training
Our model of training stresses early and ongoing placement on a clinical practicum team, simultaneous research training relevant to clinical problems, rigorous course work, and selected teaching experiences. These experiences are designated to build on each other and to lead to a professional who is competent in multiple areas of psychology.
Flexible Mentoring Model
Faculty members select students during the admission process to work in their research programs. The selection is based not only on grades, GRE scores, and letters of recommendation, but on research experience and a match with faculty members' research interest. We use this model to ensure that students begin work on relevant research during their first year, and are working with a faculty member who is involved in helping them make career choices immediately upon graduate school entry. We realize that some students may change interest and focus as they progress through the program. If a student's research interests change, options are available to change advisors.
Commitment to Funding
Along with the General/Experimental Program, the Clinical Training Program is committed to funding every graduate student in our department each year that he or she is in the program and on campus. We have been successful in doing so every year since 1969. We work to ensure that students from all socioeconomic backgrounds apply to the graduate programs in our department, and also that funded placements provide meaningful training in teaching, research, or clinical work.