Psychology | Clinical Psychology PhD

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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 Ph.D. 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.

The PhD degree differs from the PsyD degree offered at Pacific University in terms of the PhD Program’s greater emphasis on research training and research productivity, and the commitment to evidence-based practice. In particular, PhD students are required to complete both a Masters research project and an empirical dissertation (PsyD students complete only a dissertation). PhD students must demonstrate ability to disseminate research by (a) submitting original empirical research for peer-reviewed publication, and (b) attending and participating in at least two research conference presentations (PsyD students have no dissemination requirements). PhD students complete a four-course research sequence (PsyD students take only two courses), and PhD students must complete and pass a Research Competency Portfolio (there is not a comparable research requirement associated with the PsyD Program). Both programs involve intensive clinical training; PhD clinical training, however, is restricted to use of evidence-based clinical approaches through coursework and practicum placements. In courses and in practicum, PhD students are expected to critically review research about approaches to and to empricially evaluate outcomes of client issues

In accordance with APA policy, the program is not eligible to apply for accreditation until a sufficient number of students has matriculated at each level of the program, including candidacy status (see the APA Commission on Accreditation website for further details). The PhD Program in Clinical Psychology at Pacific University submitted a self study application for Accredited, On Contingency status to the American Psychological Association in late August 2016. The APA Commission on Accreditation approved the PhD Program for a site visit, which has been scheduled for Spring 2017. Pacific University is regionally accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU).

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 http://www.apa.org/ed/accreditation/about/coa/
Phone: (202) 336-5979 / E-mail: apaaccred@apa.org 
Web: www.apa.org/ed/accreditation

 

Assistant Professor, PhD Clinical Psychology Program
Dean, School of Graduate Psychology
Associate Professor, PhD Clinical Program
Assistant Professor, PhD Clinical Program
Professor & Director, PhD Clinical Program

Students must accumulate a minimum of 119 credits to graduate and must have completed all required coursework. The following is a typical academic schedule in the clinical psychology PhD program:

Year 1

Fall Credits
GPSY 982 Research Design & Methodology 3
GPSY 921 Clinical Assessment I - Foundations 3
GPSY 902 Self-Care & the Science and Practices of Mindfulness 3
GPSY 725 Basic Clinical Skills 3
GPSY 735 Basic Clinical Skills Lab 1
GPSY 510  
  Total 13.5
Spring Credits
GPSY 980 Advanced Statistics in Psychology I 3
GPSY 922 Clinical Assessment II - Applications 3
GPSY 820 Psychopathology 3
GPSY 813 Social Bases of Behavior 3
GPSY 807 Cognitive/Affective Bases of Behavior 3
  Total 15.5 Credits
Summer Credits
GPSY 870 Ethics & Professional Issues 3
GPSY 920 Thesis 2
GPSY 722 Evidence-Based Psychotherapy
  Total 9 Credits

Year 2

Fall Credits
GPSY 887 Practicum I 4
GPSY 920 Thesis 1
GPSY 802 Advanced Life Span Psychology 3
GPSY 981 Advanced Statistics in Psychology II 3
GPSY 800 History and Systems 3
  Total 15 Credits
Spring Credits
GPSY 887 Practicum I 4
GPSY 920 Thesis 1
GPSY 940 The Role of Psychologist in Integrated Healthcare 3
GPSY 811 Behavioral Neuroscience 3
  Total 12 Credits
Summer Credits
GPSY 887 Practicum I 4
GPSY 920 Thesis 2
GPSY 814 Human Diversity 3
GPSY 819 Human Diversity Laboratory 1
  Total 13 credits

Year 3

Fall Credits
GPSY 888 Practicum II 4
GPSY 970 Dissertation 2
GPSY 863 Program Evaluation and Administration 3
  Total 9 Credits
Spring Credits
GPSY 888 Practicum II 4
GPSY 970 Dissertation 2
GPSY 951 Neuropsychopharmacology 3
CHP Elective  
  Total 11 Credits
Summer Credits
GPSY 888 Practicum II 4
GPSY 970 Dissertation 2
  Total 6 Credits

Year 4

Fall Credits
GPSY 970 Dissertation 5 or 6
GPSY 873 Supervision Practicum 1
  Total 6 Credits
Spring Credits
GPSY 970 Dissertation 5 or 6
GPSY 873 Supervision Practicum 1
  Total 6 Credits
Summer Credits
GPSY 970 Dissertation 1
  Total 1 Credit

Year 5

Fall Credits
GPSY 890 Internship 2
  Total 2 Credits
Spring Credits
GPSY 890 Internship 2
  Total 2 Credits
Summer Credits
GPSY 890 Internship 2
  Total 2 Credits

*Please note that students enrolled in the PhD program have a number of potential elective courses to choose from; however, PhD students do not specialize in one of the six tracks outlined for the Doctor of Psychology in Clinical Psychology (PsyD).