Doctor of Psychology in Clinical Psychology Curriculum
All courses are 3 graduate credits unless otherwise indicated
Foundational Core Courses (21 credits):
PSYG 503 Psychopathology
PSYG 510 Research Design and Methodology
PSYG 512 Legal and Ethical Issues in Psychotherapy
PSYG 514 Development Across the Lifespan: Individual and Family
PSYG 532 The Role of Culture and Gender in Psychotherapy
PSYG 604 A Systemic Approach to the Problems of Adolescents
PSYG 608 Marriage and Family Therapy
Additional Requirements for M.S./Psy.D. Track (18 credits; these credits do NOT count towards the 116 credits required for the Psy.D. degree but are required for the M.S. in Clinical Psychology):
PSYG 500 Theories of Counseling and Psychotherapy
PSYG 506 Techniques of Counseling and Psychotherapy I
PSYG 508 Techniques of Counseling and Psychotherapy II
PSYG 745 Clinical Experience I
PSYG 755 Clinical Experience II
PSYG 765 Clinical Experience III
Required Upper-Level Doctoral Courses (62 credits):
PSYG 800 Psychological Assessment I (2 credits)
PSYG 801 Personality and Individual Differences
PSYG 801L Personality and Individual Differences Lab (1 credit)
PSYG 802 Psychological Assessment II
PSYG 803 Psychological Assessment III
PSYG 804 Historical Foundations of Psychology
PSYG 805 Psychometric Theory (2 credits)
PSYG 806 Psychodynamic Theory and Therapy
PSYG 806L Psychodynamic Theory and Therapy Lab (1 credit)
PSYG 808 Family Therapy
PSYG 808L Family Therapy Lab (1 credit)
PSYG 810 Biological Bases of Behavior
PSYG 812 Psychopharmacology
PSYG 815 Evidence-Based Practice
PSYG 815L Evidence-Based Practice Lab (1 credit)
PSYG 816 Advanced Topics in Human Diversity
PSYG 818 Statistical Applications
PSYG 820 Methods of Psychotherapy Integration
PSYG 820L Methods of Psychotherapy Integration Lab (1 credit)
PSYG 824 Ethics and Professional Practice Issues
PSYG 828 Cognitive/Affective Bases of Behavior
PSYG 829 Supervision and Consultation
PSYG 838 Social Bases of Behavior
PSYG 844 Dissertation Mentoring I (1 credit)
PSYG 845 Dissertation Mentoring II (1 credit)
PSYG 846 Dissertation Mentoring III (1 credit)
PSYG 848 The Role of the Professional Psychologist (1 credit)
PSYG 913 Dissertation Advising: Proposal Development (2 credits)
Dissertation Advising (6 credits):
PSYG 914 Dissertation Advising I (2 credits) each term for one year
(If needed) PSYG 918 Dissertation Advising – continuation (2 credits) each semester until dissertation is defended.
Practicum and Internship (15 credits):
PSYG 901, 903, & 904 Practicum I (1.5 credits each semester)
PSYG 905, 906, & 907 Practicum II (1.5 credits each semester)
PSYI 991, 992, 993 Internship I , II, and III (2 credits each semester)
Doctoral Electives (12 credits):
- Required for Marriage & Family Therapy Concentration:
PSYG 852 Treating the Diverse Family
PSYG 855 Family Therapy with Young Children
PSYG 859 Seminar in Family Therapy
- Required for Psychological Assessment Concentration:
PSYG 863 Advanced Personality Assessment
PSYG 864 Advanced Cognitive Assessment
PSYG 869 Neuropsychological Assessment
Students select three courses from the above list of electives and also complete either an additional practicum in Year V (PSYG 908-909, 3 credits) or an additional elective course selected from the list above.
Each student must pass a written Comprehensive Examination and a Clinical Competency Examination. If either examination is not passed on the first attempt, the student has two opportunities to retake the Comprehensive Examination and one opportunity to retake the Clinical Competency Examination. Students who do not pass the Comprehensive Examination by the third attempt or the Clinical Competency Examination by the second attempt will be dismissed from the program.
Each student must complete a dissertation, which may consist of an original empirical research study, an extensive critical review and integration of the literature on a topic in the field, or a detailed clinical analysis of a series of cases representing a particular problem or diagnosis. The student must successfully defend the dissertation before a committee of faculty members.
The Dissertation Process.
- Statistical Applications (Year III). This course reviews the basic methods of statistical analysis for quantitative data and introduces the student to computer software used for data analysis.
- Dissertation Mentoring. Starting with the summer semester of Year II, students begin a course sequence that is designed to assist them in determining a dissertation topic and developing the dissertation proposal.
- Dissertation Advising: Proposal Development. Following the third semester of Dissertation Mentoring, students meet individually with the Dissertation Chair to complete the formal dissertation proposal.
- Dissertation Advising. After completing the dissertation proposal students continue the development of the dissertation under the guidance of the Dissertation Chair and committee members.
Sample Psy.D. Program Course Schedule