MASTER OF ARTS IN CLINICAL PSYCHOLOGY
The master’s program shares four training aims of the doctoral program:
(1) achieve familiarity with foundational knowledge of psychology to include four of the following domains: biological bases of behavior, development across the lifespan, theories and principles of social psychology, cognitive psychology, emotions, or history of psychology as a science.
(2) acquire familiarity with empirically supported treatment modalities and assessment tools;
(3) achieve knowledge of academic, ethical, and professional standards for psychologists as published by regulatory agencies;
(4) acquire knowledge of individual and cultural diversity, and be prepared to adapt supervised clinical activities.
(5) acquire skills that prepare them for doctoral study in clinical psychology or further training in related fields (e.g., counseling, social work).
DOCTOR OF PHILOSOPHY IN CLINICAL PSYCHOLOGY
Specific Aims. The broad aim of the program is to train professionally competent health service psychologists with a broad background in the field of psychology who can apply psychological theory, assessment techniques, and research methodology to address clinical problems. To elaborate this broad aim, our program defined specific training aims that were informed by the APA Guidelines for training Health Service Psychologists and the APA standards of Accreditation.
Namely, students will:
(1) demonstrate advanced discipline specific knowledge concerning biological bases of behavior, psychological, social, and biological development across the lifespan, theories and principles of social psychology, cognitive psychology, emotions, and history of psychology as a science;
(2) acquire clinical skills pertaining to empirically supported psychological assessment, clinical diagnosis and case conceptualization, intervention planning, implementation, and evaluation, clinical supervision, and clinical consultation;
(3) obtain skills concerning research methods and data analysis to perform and disseminate psychological research;
(4) achieve knowledge of academic, ethical, legal, and professional standards, and demonstrate these standards in professional values, attitudes, and behaviors; and
(5) acquire knowledge of individual and cultural diversity and be prepared to adapt their methods and practice to meet the needs of diverse populations.