Training Model and Goals

The program adheres to the scientist-practitioner model of training. In this model, science and practice are truly integrated rather than simply parallel processes. 

Consistent with the scientist-practitioner training model, the program has three primary goals:

  • To prepare clinical psychologists who are skilled in the interface of theory, science and practice.
  • To prepare clinical psychologists who have the appropriate theoretical background, skills and experience to function as professionals in a research, clinical and academic capacity.
  • To prepare socially responsible clinical psychologists who demonstrate respect for individual and cultural differences in their contributions to the science and practice of psychology.

For a complete listing of the objectives and competences associated with each of these goals, as well as related outcome measures and evaluation benchmarks, please refer to Appendix A of the Graduate Handbook.

Clinical and Research Training

The clinical program offers a broad exposure to a range of clinical and research training experiences involving a variety of settings and populations. 

We incorporate an evidence-based approach to our clinical training. The theoretical orientation of the majority of clinical faculty and practicum supervisors is cognitive-behavioral. Other theoretical orientations represented among our supervisors include behavioral, developmental/systems and psychodynamic (such as interpersonal; object relations).

Our clinical faculty maintain active research programs involving laboratory-based research, survey studies and/or community-based, field research. You are exposed to a diversity of research methodologies, including traditional quantitative methods as well as community based participatory research, qualitative methods and program evaluation. You have the opportunity to work under the mentorship of clinical faculty whose research interests include the following:

  • Rural community psychology
  • Cross-cultural/individual differences, with a particular focus on Native American mental health
  • Disaster mental health and psychological first aid
  • Trauma
  • Ethics
  • Substance abuse
  • Health disparities

Required Coursework

Typical Sequence of Courses