Our goals and objectives of the doctoral program in clinical psychology are to:

  1. Provide students with didactic instruction and supervised training in the practice of clinical psychology.  Students will develop the skills needed to:
    1. Evaluate, administer and interpret psychological assessments with an understanding of the psychometric and empirical underpinnings of assessment 
    2. Formulate and apply psychological diagnoses with an appreciation of the conceptual strengths and limitations of current diagnostic approaches and an understanding of the role of etiological and risk processes. 
    3. Develop, evaluate, and implement treatment plans that reflect both knowledge of empirically-based principles and an appreciation of individual client characteristics and contextual factors
  2. Provide students with didactic instruction and mentored supervision in the conduct and evaluation of research.  Students will develop the skills needed to:
    1. Understand the strengths and limitations of different research methods
    2.  Understand, utilize and interpret basic and more advanced descriptive and inferential statistics
    3. Develop and conduct conceptually-driven and empirically sound research
  3. Cultivate an understanding of and appreciation for individual and cultural diversity across content areas of science and practice.  Students will develop the skills needed to:
    1. Consider the nature and impact of diversity on the administration and interpretation of assessments, the validity of diagnostic formulations, and the appropriateness of a particular treatment plan
    2. Conduct and evaluate research with an understanding of the influence of cultural diversity on all aspects of the research process
  4. Prepare students to make ethically and legally informed decisions about clinical, research, and other professional issues. Students will develop the skills needed to:
    1. Comprehensive knowledge of and skill in implementing the ethical/professional codes, standards and guidelines related to clinical work
    2. Comprehensive knowledge of the ethical/professional codes, standards and guidelines related to research
    3. Comprehensive knowledge of and skill in implementing ethical/professional codes, standards and guidelines related to teaching