Suffolk University’s doctoral program in clinical psychology was established in accordance with the scientist-practitioner model proposed at the national conference in Boulder, Colorado in 1949 (Boulder Model). Our philosophy is that the practice of clinical psychology should be grounded in science informed by the dynamic character of the discipline. Thus, our program involves systematic and cumulative training in both psychological research and practice in order to prepare students for careers in practice, research, or academic settings.
Our goal is to prepare students to be competent clinical psychologists who function with ethical and cultural awareness in academic, research, clinical, or community settings. The program’s orientation is that of understanding of the processes underlying adaptation and maladaptation within a cultural and bio psychosocial frame, thus throughout all aspects of training the program encourages an awareness of and respect for diversity.
Our faculty approach intervention and psychotherapy from a variety of perspectives, including: developmental, psychodynamic, systemic, behavioral, cognitive-behavioral, humanistic and integrative/eclectic. We approach assessment from a psychometrically sound, evidence-based, and culturally appropriate perspective. Our intent is to enable students to take a creative, empirical, and ethical approach to diagnostic and therapeutic problems among diverse populations; to critically evaluate and contribute to the evolving body of scholarly literature in the science and practice of psychology; and to integrate the clinical, theoretical, and scientific foundations of psychology.
The program also offers elective emphases in neuropsychology and clinical child psychology. Further, students may opt to pursue additional learning and mentoring in a variety of areas such as teaching of psychology (with an option to earn a teaching certificate), cultural diversity, community psychology, emotion regulation, life span development, and acceptance and mindfulness through research mentoring, elective coursework, and clinical placements (as available).