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 definition of Health Service Psychology (HSP) in the American Psychological Association Standards of Accreditation, we seek to prepare students for careers in HSP by offering clinical training where such training emphasizes:
Specifically, the five general aims of the University of South Dakota clinical psychology Ph.D. program are to produce Ph.D.s in clinical psychology who:
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.
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: