PhD in Clinical Psychology

Doctorate

The PhD program in Clinical Psychology at Pacific University adheres to an integrated scientist-practitioner model. In this model, our science advances our practice while, at the same time, our clinical practice guides, directs, and informs our research. Students are trained to integrate the science and practice of psychology by completing specific requirements in didactic instruction and experiential practica. Graduates are capable of functioning as scientists and providers, but are trained with a particular emphasis on the research and academic aspects of psychology.

In accordance with competencies outlined by the American Psychological Association as essential for psychologists and projections regarding the new and innovative ways in which psychologists will need to practice, students are trained to evaluate and administer programs and outcomes, to develop innovative interventions, to be competent supervisors and consultants, and to function effectively in integrated healthcare settings.

The training is generalist; however, the program emphasizes research and clinical experience in complementary healthcare. Students have the opportunity to gain experience in areas of faculty expertise, including mindfulness and MBSR, aging and cognitive issues (e.g., Alzheimer's disease; memory), behavioral neuroscience, pediatric neuropsychology, childhood risk & resilience, and substance abuse. 

The PhD Program has three primary Aims:

  1. To prepare culturally sensitive clinical health scientists, with competence at applied health research;
  2. To prepare culturally sensitive health service practitioners who provide evidence-based health care services;
  3. To prepare culturally sensitive psychologists committed to lifelong learning and dissemination of psychological knowledge, methods, and practice.

Pacific University’s PhD Program is Accredited by the APA Commission on Accreditation (see the APA Accreditation website for further details).

Questions related to the program's accredited status should be directed to the Commission on Accreditation: 
Office of Program Consultation and Accreditation 
American Psychological Association 
750 1st Street, NE, Washington, DC 20002
202-336-5979 | apaaccred@apa.org 
www.apa.org/ed/accreditation

Contact Us

School of Graduate Psychology
503-352-7277 | 503-352-7320 (fax)

190 SE 8th Ave., Ste. 260
Hillsboro, OR 97123

Jenni Gottschalk | Assistant Director of Graduate and Professional Admissions
800-933-9308 Ext 7225 or 503-352-7225 | PsychDoctorate@pacificu.edu

Headlines

Graduate Psychology Professor Laura Edwards-Leeper, PhD was quoted in an article published by the Economist, "An English ruling on transgender teens could have global repercussions" (paywall).

Edwards-Leeper is an expert in gender identity issues and her research covers issues related to gender non-conformity and transgenderism."

Sandy Ramirez

The longtime Red Cross volunteer helps deploy resources to places where people are hurting in the wake of natural disasters. This fall, they were hurting close to home.

Ruth Zúñiga

Pacific University Professor Ruth Zúñiga, the director of Pacific’s Sabiduría: Latina/o Psychology Emphasis, was awarded a pair of grants to support the outreach work she and her students conduct in the LatinX community.

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