PhD

Ph.D. Requirements and Goals

Course requirements for the Ph.D. degree include a minimum of 90 academic credits (up to 15 credits can be transferred in from other accredited Master's Programs in Psychology at the discretion of the Program Director) completed within the Doctoral Program in Clinical Psychology, 500 hours of face to face clinical work at the Psychological Center, a year-long internship requirement, and defense of a dissertation thesis. The curriculum has broad and general courses as well as treatment-oriented and specialized courses. We offer sequences in research methods, assessment, clinical practica, theory, psychopathology, evidence-based treatments, and diversity & difference.

Dissertations in the Doctoral Program in Clinical Psychology may consist of a broad range of topics and methods. Typically, our students are on internship after their fourth or fifth year, having completed the dissertation proposal prior to applying for internship. Required course work can be completed within three years, in-residence clinical training in four years. See our model sequence of courses.

Model Course of Study

MODEL COURSE OF STUDY

Course

Fall of 1ST Year

Credits

7050J

Statistical Methods in Psych. I 

3

7661J

Psychodiagnostics

3

7410J

Psychoanalytic Theories I

3

7713J

Proseminar on Ethical and Prof. Issues 

3

7600J

Psychometric Methods

3

 

Testing Lab 

0

 

Total Credits

15

Course

Spring of 1ST Year

Credits

7060J

Statistical Methods in Psych. II

3

7560J

Child Psychopathology 

3

7512J

Biological Basis of Behavior 3cr (taught every other year to first- and second-year students)

3

7203J

Lifespan Development (taught every other year to first- and second-year students) 

3

7770J

Practicum I (Adult Intake) or 77800 Practicum II (Child Intake) 

3

8297J

Integrative Foundations of Psychotherapy

3

 

Testing Lab 

0

 

Total Credits

15

Course

Fall of 2nd Year

Credits

81800/

7611J

Seminar in Clinical Neuropsychology II or Adult Neuropsychological Assessment

3

7770J/

77800

Practicum I (Adult Intake) or Practicum II (Child Intake) 

3

84101J/

8420J

Clinical Practicum I (Adult Psychotherapy) or Clinical Practicum II (Child Psychotherapy) 

3

7550J

Adult Psychopathology 

3

7800J

Research Methods III: Quantitative 

3

 

Testing Lab

0

 

Total Credits

15

Course

Spring of 2nd Year

Credits

84101J/

8420J

Clinical Practicum I (Adult Psychotherapy) or Clinical Practicum II (Child Psychotherapy)

3

8500J

Evidence Based Psychodynamic Treatments

3

8440J

Diversity Issues in Clinical Psychology 

3

7113J

Cognition and Affect (offered every other year) 

3

7000J

History of Psychology 

3

 

Total Credits

15

Course

Fall of 3rd Year

Credits

7460J

Social Psychology

3

7398J

Practicum III: Advanced Practicum (1 semester required)

3

8343J

8343J Sex and Gender or Health of Lesbians, Gays, and Bisexuals 

3, E/R

8392J

Therapeutic Interventions II - Empirically Supported Treatments 

3

 

Elective

3

 

Total Credits

15

Course

Fall of 3rd Year

Credits

 

Advanced Integration of Biological, Affective, and Cognitive Bases of Behavior

3

85409

Practicum IV: Supervision & Consultation 

3

8013J

Diversity Issues in Psychotherapy 

3, E/R

 

Research Methods IV: Dissertation Practicum 

3

 

Elective

3

 

Total Credits

15

 

Total Completed Coursework (!5 credits x 6 semesters)

90

 

 

 

 

 

Total of required credits: 81
Total of elective credits: 9

 

Other Electives:

83904 Theory and Practice of Group Psychotherapy 3cr, E
76701 Assessment IV: Advanced Cognitive and Personality Testing 3cr, E
74103 Practicum V: Transference and Countertransference 3cr, E
83905 Contemporary Psychoanalytic Theory: Winnicott 3cr, E

Other Requirements

 

1st Year Requirements

  • Clinical work second semester of first year.
  • Attend Clinical Team meetings.
  • Complete and submit transfer credit for those who have completed graduate coursework in psychology prior to admission to our program.
  • Successfully pass First Doctoral Exam.

2nd Year Requirements

  • Continue research activity in Research Group.
  • Continue clinical work.
  • Complete Second Year Research and Scholarship project.
  • Submit application for en-route to masters.
  • Apply for teaching assistantship, if desired.
  • Start working on Second Doctoral Exam.

3rd Year Requirements

  • Continue research activity in Research Group.
  • Continue Clinical work.
  • Complete and defend Second Doctoral Examination by February.

4th Year Requirements

  • Complete any remaining coursework.
  • Students may apply for externship.
  • Submit dissertation proposal and Committee.
  • Selection form by the end of Spring semester of the fourth year for those applying to Internship during fifth year.
  • Continue clinical work.

5th Year Requirements

  • Defend and submit Dissertation Proposal by October of the fifth year.
  • Apply to internship.

6th Year Requirements

  • Complete internship.
  • Continue work on dissertation.
  • Complete and defend dissertation.

Notes on Individual Sequences

Notes on Individual Sequences
The following provides notes and additional information about each of the curricular sequences:

1. Broad and General Sequence:

   1. Biological Bases of Behavior Cognition and Affect
   2. Social Psychology
   3. Lifespan Development
   4. History of Psychology
   5. Proseminar on Ethical and Professional Issues
   6. Advanced Integration of Biological, Affective, and Cognitive Bases of Behavior

NB: All courses in the Broad and General Sequence are required (18 credits).

2. Research Methods Sequence: 

   1. Research Methods I: Statistics I
   2. Research Methods II: Statistics II
   3. Research Methods III: Quantitative Methods
   4. Research Methods IV: Research Practicum

NB: The Research Methods sequence has 4 required courses (12 credits).

3. Assessment Sequence:

   1. Assessment I: Cognitive and Personality Testing (formerly Psychodiagnostics I)
   2. Assessment II: Psychological Measurement
   3. Assessment III: Child Neuropsychological Assessment or Adult Neuropsychological Assessment
   4. Assessment IV: Advanced Cognitive and Personality Testing - E

NB: The assessment sequence has 3 required courses and 1 elective, with a 0 credit lab for each course (9 credits).

4. Practica Sequence:

   1. Practicum I: Child/Adult Intake
   2. Practicum II: Individual Child/Adult Psychotherapy
   3. Practicum III Advanced Practicum
   4. Practicum IV: Supervision and Consultation
   5. Practicum V: Transference and Countertransference - E

NB: The practicum sequence has a minimum of 6 required courses: child intake, adult intake, child practicum, adult practicum, advanced practicum and supervision/consultation.  Advanced Practicum will be offered every semester, taught by rotating faculty, and students can take it more than once as an elective. 

5. Theory Sequence:

   1. Theory I: Integrative Approaches to Psychotherapy
   2. Theory II: Psychoanalytic Theories
   3. Theory IV: Psychoanalytic Theories 2 - E
   4. Theory V: Contemporary Psychoanalytic Theories - E
   5. Theory VI: Basic Science and Clinical Practice – E

NB: The theory sequence has 2 required courses; the rest are electives (9 credits).

6. Psychopathology Sequence:

   1. Child Psychopathology
   2. Adult Psychopathology

NB: The psychopathology sequence has 2 courses, both of which are required (6 credits).

7. Evidenced-Based Sequence:

   1. Evidence Based Psychodynamic Treatments
   2. Cognitive Behavioral Treatments

NB: The evidence-based sequence has 2 courses, both of which are required (6 credits).

8. Diversity Sequence:

   1. Ethnicity and Mental Health
   2. Sex and Gender - E/R
   3. Health of Lesbians, Gays and Bisexuals - E/R
   4. Diversity Issues in Psychotherapy - E/R

NB: The Diversity sequence has 2 required courses: Ethnicity and Mental Health and a choice among the other three courses listed above (6 credits).       

 

Learning Goals for Examinations

Goal I: Research and Scholarship Training:
At the end of The Ph.D. Program, students will demonstrate knowledge of statistical analysis, research design, and the existing empirical literature in clinical psychology, as well as the implementation of that knowledge in clinical practice and in designing and implementing independent research.
 
Goal 2: Clinical Assesment Training:
At the end of The Ph.D. Program students will demonstrate comprehension of and competency in the clinical assessment of cognitive and personality functioning.
 
Goal 3: Clinical Intervention Training: 
At the end of The Ph.D. Program students will demonstrate comprehension of and competency in implementing a range of psychotherapeutic interventions in a culturally competent manner to a range of disadvantaged, diverse populations.
 
Goal 4: Training In Professional Conduct:
At the end of The Ph.D. Program students will be ethically grounded, culturally competent, and socially responsible psychologists.



The Ph.D. Program’s goals reflect four areas of training, such that by the time students graduate, they will:

1. Demonstrate knowledge of statistical analysis, research design, and the existing empirical literature in clinical psychology, as well as the implementation of that knowledge in designing independent research.
2. Demonstrate comprehension of and competency in the clinical assessment of psychopathology and cognitive and personality functioning.
3. Demonstrate comprehension of and competency in implementing a range of psychotherapeutic interventions to a range of disadvantaged and diverse populations.
4. Be ethically grounded, culturally competent, and socially responsible psychologists.

The First Doctoral Qualifying Examination, the Second Doctoral Qualifying Examination and the Dissertation are used as assessments of students’ competencies in the four training areas.



Specific Training Goals for the Second Doctoral Qualifying Examination (which involves the student preparing a 35-40 page case analysis and presenting their work in both written and oral formats) entail the student being able to:

- Provide a clear and detailed case history and diagnostic conceptualization for the patients that they treat.
- Demonstrate mastery of theory relevant to case conceptualization and treatment of a patient.
- Demonstrate mastery of empirical research relevant to case conceptualization and mastery of a patient.
- Demonstrate mastery in the use of interventions relevant to integration of theory and empirical research in the treatment of a patient.
- Demonstrate a sound understanding of how diversity and issues of difference impact treatment issues with patient care.
- Demonstrate an awareness of critical ethical issues that arise in the provision of patient care.



Specific Training Goals for the Dissertation (which assesses students competencies in the four training areas) entails the student being able to:

- Perform a comprehensive review of the literature and phenomenon of interest succinctly and critically.
- State the problem under investigation or query and provide a summary of the gaps and inconsistencies in the literature.
- Operationalize variables clearly and describe both measures and methodologies with detail and accuracy when conducting an empirical study.
- Formulate completely, specifically and accurately hypothesis and research questions that pertain to the phenomenon of interest when conducting an empirical study.
- Develop criteria for inclusion and exclusion of study participants and provide clear information on the relevance of a particular sample when conducting an empirical study.
- Identify an appropriate study design and corresponding statistical analyses which addresses the study of the phenomenon of interest when conducting an empirical study.
- Demonstrate solid writing skills, organization and proper language and grammar in the writing of the dissertation using APA style in formatting and referencing.