The School of Professional Psychology offers three degree options: a master's in applied psychological science, a PhD in clinical psychology and a PsyD in clinical psychology. The school also offers internship opportunities, as well as services to the public through the Pacific Psychology & Comprehensive Health Clinic in two locations. All career paths and services in SPP reflect core values of compassion, integrity, diversity, and discovery. All programs lead to meaningful careers that allow students to apply their skills and knowledge acquired in the program in work that can range from clinical service to administration to teaching to research and more. Our graduates report that they are able to establish successful and fulfilling careers that allow them to continue to grow, contribute, and make a difference.
Striving for excellence, the faculty at Pacific University’s School of Professional Psychology prepare psychological professionals who foster collaborative relationships, have inquiring minds, create meaningful change, and dedicate themselves to models of health and well-being that support diversity and social justice.
Practice and Scholarship
Graduates of the Pacific University School of Professional Psychology are highly skilled practitioners — ready to provide assessment, consultation, education and treatment services to individuals, groups and systems. Whether your interests lie in designing programs to prevent or treat mental illness; assessing patient function; providing clinical intervention for psychological disturbances; or providing treatment to individuals, families or groups, you will become highly skilled in evidence-based practices (EBP) and be able to meet the needs of people and communities
The School of Professional Psychology's integrated, comprehensive program delivers a strong professional education complemented by an extensive range of practical opportunities. Counseling Psychology MA degree candidates can choose from numerous internship opportunities and can add tracks to fit personal interests. Clinical Psychology PsyD (the practitioner-scholar model) candidates gain practical experience, professional support and the ability to tailor the program to their needs while maintaining a high level of scholarship. For Clinical Psychology PhD candidates (the scientist-practitioner model) research training is an integral part of the education. In addition to the master’s project and dissertation, PhD clinical students are expected to be involved in research activity under the direction of a faculty member during each semester in residence. Most PhD candidates present their research at scientific meetings and publish their research. These research endeavors are an important part of graduate training and professional development. All programs focus on employing research to inform clinical work and serving diverse populations.
The School of Professional Psychology maintains two in-house psychology training clinics, which provide supervised clinical experiences for doctoral practicum students while offering a wide range of psychological services to the community. The school also has partnerships with more than 45 practicum sites, including St. Mary's Home for Boys, Juvenile and County Correction Centers, Oregon State Hospital, Oregon Health & Science University and LifeWorks Northwest.
Practicum and Internship Flexibility
Doctoral and master's students complete an internship during their last year of the program. Doctoral students complete practicums throughout their second and third years in the program, with the option of a fourth-year field placement. Training helps integrate scientific knowledge with clinical application, and you will gain supervision experience with a range of client populations in a variety of clinical settings. In addition, there are dozens of practicum and internship sites where you can further develop your interests.
The school offers its own American Psychological Association-accredited internship program for doctoral internship training. We successfully place interns at approved sites across the country that match their interests, including hospitals, academic counseling centers, Veterans Administration facilities, community mental health centers and military internships that prepare you for entering with the rank of captain after graduation. During your internship, you will learn under clinical supervision and be prepared to practice, teach or conduct research upon graduation.
The School of Professional Psychology, housed in the College of Health Professions in Hillsboro, Ore., is proud to be one of eight schools within Pacific University's College of Health Professions. This dynamic college provides a consortium of graduate and professional health students, creating a unique interdisciplinary environment.
Students at Pacific are engaged in interdisciplinary study in the first semester while enrolled in Interprofessional Competence: Theory & Practice, a course designed to bring students from all programs together to gain interprofessional knowledge and awareness in a team-based setting. Course topics include team building, diversity and leadership.
The College of Health Professions hosts six annual interprofessional Case Conferences in which faculty and community health professionals present case studies on current healthcare issues. By integrating these conferences throughout the year, we give students a forum for interaction and dialogue on topics that directly affect their areas of study while learning about the perspectives of other future healthcare providers. Students also have the opportunity to engage in the practices of other university programs by using on-campus clinic services for their individual healthcare needs.
Interested in learning medical Spanish? The College of Health Professions also offers an optional medical Spanish course for all health students — yet another opportunity to develop your skills while gaining interprofessional knowledge. In addition to on-campus involvement, you can apply your Spanish across borders. Students in the Latino Bilingual track or with fluency in Spanish can travel to various parts of the Pacific Northwest for a summer experiential course to further develop their skills.