The Department of Psychological Sciences offers Ph.D. with training in the areas of Behavioral Neuroscience, Clinical, Cognitive, Developmental, Health, and Social. The Clinical program, which has been continuously accredited by the American Psychological Association since 1968, allows specialization in adult psychopathology, assessment, child clinical, clinical health psychology, and general clinical psychology. Students can also earn a minor in quantitative methods.
The curriculum and other aspects of training offered by the Department prepare students for careers in research, teaching, and/or clinical practice. The graduate program recognizes the necessity for students to acquire a fundamental knowledge of general psychology as well as more specialized training. The program is designed to acquaint students with the theoretical and research content in their areas of specialized study and to teach them the research skills necessary to become competent investigators. The Department considers research training important for all psychologists, regardless of their specific occupational goals, and believes it should begin as early as possible.
Since the philosophy and expectation of the Department are that all graduates of the program have a strong grounding in general psychology, all students are required to take a set of course requirements that include core courses as well as courses in statistics and methodology. Consistent with our interest in promoting interdisciplinary work and a cohesive department atmosphere, we also strive to include faculty members from different programs on all thesis and dissertation committees.